Once upon a time Dana Eveland was a Pirate. That was last June. He made one start among his three appearances. He pitched a total Of 9-2/3 innings and gave up nine runs. Today – in his first appearance since last June – he gave up just on run in eight innings in a rain out make up between Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.
Brad Lincoln pitched well in the loss. He got off to a bad start as LA scored three times in the first. Dee Gordon singled to start the game. Matt Kemp singled one out later and then stole second. Andre Ethier was given a free pass to bring up Aaron Miles. He singled sharply to right to score two runs, with Ethier moving to third. Tony Gwynn’s sac fly scored another run to make it 3-0.
Pittsburgh got one run back in the second. Ryan Doumit singled and Neil Walker did likewise to put runners on the corners. Josh Harrison hit into a double play to score Doumit.
After that shaky first, Lincoln retired 14 of the next 16 hitters he faced. LA loaded the bases off him in the sixth but they were unable to extend their lead.
Eveland was also wicked tough. He retired eleven straight after Walker’s second inning single. He exited after pitching eight innings.
Pittsburgh gave away a run in the seventh. James Loney and Kemp hit singles, leaving Loney on third. A passed ball from Doumit allowed Loney to score and, when Doumit wallowed in his frustration, Kemp moved to third. But Jason Grilli – who started the inning in relief of Lincoln – retired the next two orders to prevent more damage.
But Chris Resop was unable hold back the onslaught in the eighth. He gave up a two run double to Gordon to make it 6-1.
Blake Hawksworth relieved Eveland for the ninth and the Pirates came alive. Jose Tabata led off with a single. Alex Presley popped his second career homer over the fence in right. Kenley Jansen replaced Hawksworth. He walked Andrew McCutchen. Doumit singled him to third. Walker’s sac fly made it 4-2. Jansen the whiffed Harrison and Brandon Wood to end the game.
Lincoln gave up three runs in six innings. He allowed six hits and walked three he struck out a trio. Eveland walked no one and allowed only six hits in his eight innings. He also whiffed three. Jansen got the save, his third on the year.
Lincoln was good.
Doumit had three hits. Presley had two as did Chase d’Arnaud.
Doumit’s bone head play in the seventh.
Eveland hadn’t won in the Majors since May 2010. This was his second time facing Pittsburgh. This was Lincoln’s first appearance against the Dodgers.
Not sure if there is any truth to the rumor that Chicago is going to pull Jeff Pico or Al Nipper out of retirement to face Pittsburgh over the weekend. I’m thinking just about any ball chucker can beat the Pirates right now.
Is anyone losing hope of this team climbing back over .500?