The Pirates managed only three runs. In dropping 8 of 10, the Pirates have averaged just 2.3 runs per game. Yuck.
The clubs traded solo homers early. Super Jason Heyward hit one with one out in the first. Andrew McCutchen knotted it in the third. Pirates starter Brian Burres helped himself with a two run triple in the fourth. That lead didn’t live long. Troy Glaus hit a two run double to tie it in the fifth. A sac fly from Martin Prado in the sixth and a two run double by one in the same in the 8th put Atlanta on top and then put the game away.
Burres gave up the first four Atlanta runs in five innings. He allowed seven hits and walked three. Kris Medlen was the winner. He allowed all three Bucco tallies over six innings. He allowed nine hits and walked two. Billy Wagner tossed a perfect ninth for the save.
It is early, but Neil Walker is off to a good start. He had two more hits tonight.
Ryan Doumit was unsuccessful in preventing two steals and was also picked off. The Pirates have the worst stolen base prevention percentage in the NL.
The Pirates came into the game 15th out of 16 NL teams in runs scored. They are closer to the cellar than they are to 14th place. They are also 15 out of 16 in ERA. They have made the 13th most errors of any team.
Burres is the only Pirate hurler with more than one hit and is the only Pirate chucker with an RBI (he now has three).
The Pirates hit into three double plays in the first five innings.