Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How Many Cy Young Winners Can We Face?

Bucs fall to Dodgers 2-1

WP: Kenley Jansen (1-0)
LP: Jason Grilli (0-1)
S: Javy Guerra (3)

Like I said in the pregame, you need to watch out for Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. They came into the game with 8 RBI's each and left with 9 apiece. The Dodgers got their only runs on a groundout by Kemp and a solo homer by Ethier, but unfortunately that was still more than the Pirates had. Kevin Correia started the game, and he looked just as good, if not better than the other 3 guys that have pitched so far. He went 6 strong innings allowing just 4 hits. His only blemish came in the bottom of the 1st. Dee Gordon singled to right and then proceeded to steal second base. He advanced to third on a Mark Ellis groundout and scored on another groundout by Kemp. 

The Bucs offense pretty much looked the same as it did against the 2 other Cy Young winners they had faced this year. They managed just 4 hits and 1 run off of reigning Cy Young champion Clayton Kershaw. The Pirates had a golden oppurtunity to score when Casey McGehee led off the 2nd inning with a triple that he crushed to center, which Kemp misplayed. So the Pirates had a man on third with no outs. They then proceeded to do what the Bucs do best, leave men in scoring position. Swinging strike outs by Matt Hague and Neil Walker, followed by a flyout by Rod Barajas ended the threat. 

The Pirates had just 3 more hits after that point off of Kershaw (one of them coming from Correia). They got their only run came in the 7th inning. Back to back singles by Alex Presley and Andrew McCutchen and a sacrifice fly by McGehee put runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out (nice baserunning by Presley and Cutch to advance on the fly). The Pirates then scored the same way the Dodgers did, with an RBI groundout by Hague. Walker then grounded out to second to eliminate the possibility of another run. 

Juan Cruz relieved Correia and threw a solid 7th. He worked out of a 1st and 3rd jam by getting Dee Gordon swinging. The Pirates then ran into trouble when Jason Grilli came on for the 8th. He got two quick strikeouts of Ellis and Kemp, but didn't fare so well against Andre Ethier. Ethier clubbed a slider out to the right field seats to put the Dodgers back on top. 

Presley singled in the 9th, but Cutch grounded into a double play (which he seems to be doing a lot of lately) and that was the ball game. 

Although the Pirates faced another Cy Young winner in Kershaw, the lack of production is inexcusable. They had a man on third with no outs and failed to put the ball in play. Both Kemp and Ethier have more RBI's than the Pirates have runs scored. Tabata, Hague, Walker, Barajas, and Barmes are all hitting sub .200 (Barmes hitting .000) which is unacceptable if the Pirates expect to finish anywhere above last place. Oh well, back at it tomorrow.

Three Stars
3) Casey McGehee (1-3, 3B)
2) Clayton Kershaw (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 7K)
1) Andre Ethier (2-4, GW HR)

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