Pirates Swept By Dodgers, Raise Team Batting Average To .119
By Tom Smith
The Pittsburgh Pirates can’t escape Los Angeles quickly enough after losing 6-2 and getting swept in the three game series. The Bucs did increase their team batting average closer to .120, but Hyun-jin Ryu held the Bucs bats mostly quiet to get his first win in the Major Leagues.
In the first inning, Andrew McCutchen took Ryu outta the ravine with a laser shot. Cutch blasted a two-run bomb in the first inning to stake Jeff Locke and the Buccos to a 2-0 lead.
Gaby Sanchez followed with a walk, but after that Ryu cruised. The only positives for the Pirates last 20 batters was a single and a walk. It really pissed me off too–Ryu had thrown nearly 40 pitches through two innings. The Neal Huntington phrase of the day was grind out at bats as he repeated at least ten times in his show on 93.7 The Fan before the game.
For two innings, the Bucs worked the mantra. After that it was all downhill, while L.A. showed patience and deliberance in completing the sweep.
Lefty Jeff Locke gave up numerous rockets, but had some nice defense behind him who turned double plays and allowed the southpaw to put up a line that could have been much, much worse against the Dodgers Sunday lineup. The Dodgers were paced by Adrian Gonzalez who ripped three run-scoring singles. The Dodgers have whipped the Pirates nine straight times at Dodgers Stadium–and you thought it was only in Milwaukee didn’t you?
Starling Marte had a nice bunt single and also stole a homer.
Pedro Alvarez is whiffing at an alarming rate. Something like seven of the last eight against lefties. Sorry guys, that’s all we got tonight.