The starting pitchers had their share of ups and downs in the west.
It started Monday night with an awful performance from Taillon’s replacement, Trevor Williams, who allowed six first-inning runs in a 12-1 Dodger rout. Tuesday was more encouraging, as the Bucs got a usual solid outing from Ivan Nova, who allowed two runs in 6 and 1/3. Wednesday saw more mediocrity from Chad Kuhl, who allowed four earned runs over five innings as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep. The Pirates offense wasted another Gerrit Cole gem Thursday in a 2-1 loss to the D-Backs.
The most disconcerting outing came Friday night in Arizona. After two consecutive promising performances, it looked like Tyler Glasnow might be turning a corner. The tall righty took a step back, however, allowing seven runs in a nightmare third inning as the Bucs were pounded, 11-4.
In my mind, Saturday’s performance by Williams was the most impressive of the road trip. In five innings of work, Williams did his job, allowing one run and giving the Pirates a great chance to end their six-game losing streak, which they did. On Sunday, Nova did not have his best stuff. But he battled through six innings of three-run ball, and most importantly, gave Pittsburgh a chance to win.
This week saw some good, bad and ugly from the Pirates starting pitching. Since there was no set pattern, I think a solid C is a fair grade for the Bucco arms.