The streak is over.
As of 7:30 PM last night, the Pirates had held the longest streak of games in MLB history in which they did not allow more than five runs to start a season.
Alex Presley extended his hitting streak to 11 games after hitting two singles and is now batting .296. Pedro Alvarez drew two walks, bringing his total to three on the season, but also struck out, going 0-2 in his at bats. The Pirates’ offense did absolutely nothing, what a surprise. Garrett Jones drove in the only Pirates’ run when he hit a single, driving in Andrew McCutchen from second. Only five different Pirates had a hit, and the team batting average for the game was .221.
A.J. Burnett was solid in his second outing as a Bucco, going six innings, allowing just six hits, but the Braves notched two runs off him, despite striking out eight, including striking out the side after a single in the first inning. Tony Watson was absolutely brutal. He threw to four batters, but getting just one out. He walked allowed a single and then walked two batters, on five and four pitches, respectively, before Clint Hurdle took him out of the game in favor of Evan Meek. Eventually, all three runners would come across to score and then Meek would allow another run before being able to put the Pirates out of their misery.