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 ...

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