Game Recap: Pirates @ Dodgers 4/12/12

The Pirates and Dodgers squared off in the third game of the series tonight, with the Bucs looking to avoid a sweep.  Jeff Karstens started for the Pirates and Chris Capuano started for Los Angeles.

The Bucs’ offense started off exactly where it left off last night.  Jose Tabata and Josh Harrison struck out looking to start the game.  Andrew McCutchen and Casey McGehee both had two out singles, but Yamaico Navarro, who started in left field, popped out to end the inning.  The Dodgers struck quickly in the first, getting the bases loaded on a Mark Ellis single, Matt Kemp double, and Andre Ethier HPB.  Juan Rivera then hit a sac fly, making it 1-0 early.  James Loney and Juan Uribe then followed with RBI singles, making it 3-0.

The second inning was easy for both starters, with Capuano striking out Clint Barmes, Pedro Alvarez, and Michael McKenry in order.  Karstens got through the bottom half with no trouble.  Cutch doubled in the fourth inning, but nothing came of it.  Then with one out in the fifth inning, The Fort went deep to center field for a solo homer, putting the Bucs on the board.  Karstens got through the bottom of the inning, stranding the back to back singles he gave up to start the inning.  Cutch stayed hot in the sixth inning, singling to lead off.  Casey McGehee followed with another base knock, and Cutch went first to third.   Navarro flew out to left, scoring McCutchen and making it 3-2.  That knocked Capuano out of the game, and Mike MacDougal replaced him.  After Barmes singled, Pedro grounded into a fielder’s choice, and McKenry walked to load the bases.  Garrett Jones came out to pinch hit, but Don Mattingly brought in the lefty Scott Elbert to counter.  Matt Hague then pinch hit for Jones, and lined out to center, leaving the bases loaded.

Chris Resop came in, and got through the sixth, stranding Uribe at third.  Jose Tabata lined a ball off of pitcher Josh Lindblom for a single to lead off the seventh, but Neil Walker followed with a sharply hit double play ball.  After Cutch singled, he was caught dead trying to steal second, ended the inning.  Resop got through the bottom of the inning, setting down the Dodgers in order.  Both teams went down in order in the eigth, with Jason Grilli coming for the bottom of the inning.  Javy Guerra came in to get his third save of the series, immediately striking out Alvarez.  Nate McLouth followed with a groundout, and Rod Barajas popped out to secure the Dodgers’ sweep of the series.

Other highlights:
– Pedro went 0-4, with 3 strikeouts.
– Cutch had a very nice game with the exception of getting caught stealing, going 3-3 with a double and a walk.
– Jason Grilli and Chris Resop looked good out of the bullpen, not allowing any runs and only giving up one hit between them.
– The Pirates played yet another one run game, and so far all six games of the season have been won/lost by one run.  When the offense is struggling, it’s important to take advantage of every scoring opportunity they get.  Expect even more one run games if the offense continues to leave guys on base in key situations.

Star of the Game: Juan Uribe.  Simply for the fact that he had the big two out RBI in the first inning that ended up being the difference in the game.
Goat of the Game: Matt Hague.  He left the bases loaded in the sixth inning, although he did hit the ball hard.  At the end of the day, the box score shows that he left three guys on base, even though he did line out.  He has to find a way to get at least one of the runs in, especially the way the offense has been struggling to put anything on the board.

Pirates (2-4) – Dodgers (6-1)

Win: Capuano (1-0)
Loss: Karstens (0-1)
Save: Guerra (5)

BOX SCORE

Go Bucs

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