The Pirates continued on their west coast road trip tonight, starting a three game series at Chase Field against the D’Backs. Both teams sent out lefties to pitch, with Erik Bedard facing Joe Saunders. It was another late night game, so this will just be a quick and abbreviated recap of the game.
After Alex Presley and Jose Tabata were set down to start the game, Andrew McCutchen singled and stole second. Casey McGehee followed with another single, and Neil Walker drove in Cutch after him. Rod Barajas drew a walk, loading the bases, but Josh Harrison couldn’t tack on any more runs, and flew out to right field.
Bedard retired Willie Bloomquist to start the bottom of the first, but then gave up a solo shot to Aaron Hill to tie the game. In the bottom of the second, Bedard did a nice job to get an inning ending double play on a 3-0 pitch to Ryan Roberts, keeping the game tied.
After giving up back to back walks to Paul Goldschmidt and Jason Kubel, Bedard gave up a soft line drive single to Roberts, giving Arizona the 2-1 lead. Evan Meek came out for the sixth inning, after Bedard went 5 innings and gave up two earned runs. Meek gave up a leadoff single, and then a two run homer to Chris Young, putting the Diamondbacks up 4-1. Chris Resop pitched the seventh inning, giving up a leadoff home run into the Chase Field pool to make it 5-1. Resop finished the seventh, and also pitched the eighth.
– Bedard didn’t have his best control tonight, walking four batters. His velocity was up though, and he reached 93 MPH a few times. Overall, his start was enough to keep the Pirates in the game, but the offense couldn’t pick him up.
– For the first time this year, the bullpen was really shaky. Thankfully it didn’t really matter though because the offense couldn’t get anything going to begin with.
– Cutch stole his third base of the year, but Presley got caught stealing for the first time this year.
Star of the Game: Joe Saunders. Like Bedard, Saunders didn’t have his best control tonight, but was able to shut down the lineup after the first inning. His final stat line was 7IP, 6H, 1ER, 5K, 2BB.
Goat of the Game: Pirates lineup. It’s the third time this year that the whole lineup is the goat of the game. Saunders was no doubt effective tonight, but the Pirates had a few chances, especially in the first, to tack on more runs and make this a closer game into the late innings. It wasn’t a horrible hitting night for the Pirates, collecting six hits and two walks, but they couldn’t execute and put runs on the board.
Pirates (3-7) – Diamondbacks (7-3)
Loss: Bedard (0-3)