Recent

0

Correia Gives Quality Start In Pirates 2-1 Loss

Image Courtesy Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates saw yet another pitchers duel in game four of the 2012 season. Right-hander Kevin Correia took the mound at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Tuesday against Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. The lefty was the third Cy Young winner that the club faced over their first four games of the season.

Correia was solid for the Pirates in his 2012 season debut. After struggling at PNC Park last season, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle elected to give Correia the first start on the road in order to get him some momentum into season. It proved to pay off, as Correia became the fourth Pirates starter to give the club a quality start.

The 31-year-old allowed just one run on four hits over six frames. He walked two and struck out three while throwing 81 pitches, 52 for strikes.

The lone run the Dodgers were able to score off Correia came in the first inning. Infielder Dee Gordon lead off the frame with a broken bat base hit into right field. Gordon didn’t waste any time on the bases paths. He took off after Correia threw his first pitch to Mark Ellis to easily swipe second base. Gordon advanced to third after a groundout by Ellis, and scored after Matt Kemp hit a groundout to plate the only run allowed by Correia.

Correia followed Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens and James McDonald in the starting rotation to give the club the fourth solid outing to start the young season. All four pitched at least six frames in their starts and have combined to allow just five runs over 25.0 innings.

Kershaw held the Pirates bats to just two hits over six frames while striking out seven. The Pirates, however, were finally able to plate a run off the lefty in the 7th inning.

For the second time in as many games, Matt Hague was able to tie the game up for the Pirates. In the Bucs eventual 5-4 walkoff win on Sunday, Hague connected for a pinch-hit RBI single to left in the 8th inning to tie the game at 4. On Tuesday in Los Angeles, Hague came through again, this time in the 7th inning.

Alex Presley and Andrew McCutchen started the rally off lefty Kershaw by hitting back-to-back singles. It marked the first time the Bucs had more than one hit off Kershaw in the same inning. Casey McGehee hit a fly out to deep right field allowing both runners to tag up and advance to second and third. Hague hit a RBI grounder to short to tie the game at 1 for his second career RBI.

Right-hander Jason Grilli took the mound in the 8th inning to face the heart of the Dodgers lineup. After striking out his first two, Grilli hung a 2-1 slider that Andre Ethier took deep for a solo-shot to right field for the go-ahead run. The earned run was the first allowed by the Pirates pen this season (10.2 innings). With the 2-1 loss, the Pirates fall to 2-2 on the season.

Game Notes:

  • Relief: Juan Cruz: IP, 2H, 2K; Jason Grilli: IP, H, R, 2K
  • Casey McGehee led off the second frame with a triple out to deep center field. McGehee now has three  extra base hits already this season over three games.
  • Alex Presley was the only Pirate to pick up multiple hits on the day (2-for-4).
  • The Pirates combined for 10 strikeouts against the Dodgers arms.

Wednesday Game Info:

  • Left-hander Erik Bedard will make his second start of the season. Bedard will face right-hander Chad Billingsley of Los Angeles. The game starts at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

Morton Makes Final Rehab Start

Next Story »

Bucs Bats Stay Cold in Second Straight Loss to Dodgers

  • James S

    So glad they keep running Tabata out there everyday. Why put in a gold glove centerfielder who’s scored 113 runs, had 42 doubles, 25 homers, 94 rbi and 23 stolen bases in one season when they can play a slap hitter everyday who has never even dreamed of those numbers?
    But he has so much potential, oh yeah, right.
    That will win a lot of games.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1023681333 D.j. Carozza

       What are you suggesting they do?

      • http://twitter.com/RandyLinville Randy Linville

        I think he is suggesting Nate the Great. My belief is you have to stick with Tabata. He’s young. He – if it pans out – will be here for a while. McLouth looked lost the last two years. I don’t see him putting up numbers like he did in 2008. 

  • http://twitter.com/RandyLinville Randy Linville

    I listened to a chunk of this game on satellite during my drive home. Vin Scully was absent from the Dodgers home opener for just the second time in 63 years. One time he was calling the Masters. He is apparently sick with a cold. Listening to a Dodgers game without his voice is very odd. Maury Wills was in the booth for a couple of innings and he sounds like he is about out of his mind. He went off on a tangent about how much of a slump he was in during the 1962 season and he and John Roseboro were close to quitting baseball and opening a gas station together.

    Pittsburgh came into the game with the fewest walks in the NL and proceeded to not get walked at all. Part of that is, as Kristy pointed out, the stellar opponents starting against the club. But part of that is a continuation of the last couple of years (11th in the NL in walks in 2011 and 15th in 2010). It’s early, but five walks through four games is not a good start.

  • piratemike

    Kristy, I think you are doing a great job but I wish you would use other words in addition to “Plate”. I’m not trying to be snarky. Like I said I I think you are doing a great job.

    The position I’m worried about is ss It looks like Overbay all over again. The guy just flat out can’t hit and they have millions committed  to him  for two years and his glove doesn’t make up for his bat.

    • st1300b

      It sounds a little snarky anyway.
      I think it’s too early to make any generalizations yet… it’s been four games. Lets give all the guys on the team at least a few weeks before we even start to make assumptions about how they are living up to their contractual obligations.

Latest Analysis

  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    7 hours ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    2 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    3 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    4 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    6 days ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    7 days ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    1 week ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    2 weeks ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More