The Pirates have lost their first game since the conclusion of a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros. Quite frankly, the Bucs need to prove that they can beat the good teams before the rest of the MLB takes them on as a serious threat.
Erik Bedard continued with the carnage he forces upon his own team, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on four hits while walking three batters for the first time since June 8th, and only striking out one in just three and two thirds of an inning. Chris Resop came in for relief and pitched two and a third, tying his second longest outing of the season, shutout innings without allowing a hit or walking anyone and striking out three. Juan Cruz came in to pitch the seventh and committed a Cardinal Sin in the Pirates bullpen: he allowed a run on a pair of hits. Jared Hughes pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings despite allowing two hits.
Although it took a day off on Thursday, the offense came back with a bang – literally. Actually, two bangs to be exact. Casey McGehee hit his first home run in PNC Park as a member of the Pirates in the fifth inning off of Barry Zito, his sixth of the season. In the eighth inning, Pedro Alvarez crushed a bomb to right center field, which made it into the Allegheny on a bounce, bringing the Bucs within one run. Neil Walker hit his 18th double of the season in the third inning to drive in Andrew McCutchen, who hit his fifth triple of the season two batters earlier, driving in Josh Harrison. Harrison also scored two innings earlier when Andrew McCutchen, coincidentally, singled him in on a fliner to left.
You can’t win them all, however.