Two 1st inning walks from McDonald helped put the Pirates in an early four run hole.
There have been a couple of warning signs about the Pirates early season success in pitching. A lack of strikeouts and a plethora of free passes would top the list when doing a quick breeze through the stats. Despite having the worst K/BB ratio of any staff in the NL, the team came into the game with the third best ERA in the league. Babip against the Pirates hurlers was .279. For the vaunted Phillies, it was .336. The debt collectors came today and the result was the Pirates giving up more than five runs for just the second time on the young season.
It was ugly from the start. James McDonald manned the box. He walked Jonathan Herrera and Troy Tulowitzki. With two outs Seth Smith singled to drive in one. Jose Lopez followed with a three run bomb.
Pittsburgh was poised for a big inning in the second. Singles from Pedro Alvarez and Ryan Doumit off Jhoulys Chacin plus a walk to Garrett Jones loa...
Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.