Bad Brad Lincoln gave up a three spot in the first, and the second got worse. He had two outs and a runner on first, but a pair of singles loaded the sacks and Clint Hurdle went to the pen. Aaron Thompson came on, and after a homer, double, and pair of walks, it was 9-0.
The usually dependable Chris Leroux followed in the third, and he gave up three hits and walk, yielding another pair of runs before Chris Resop poked his finger in the dam. He threw a clean fourth, and the Pittsburgh nine got on the board when Xavier Paul doubled home Chase d'Arnaud with two away in the fifth.
Evan Meek faced six hitters, striking out two, walking three and giving up a knock and a run on a bases juiced free pass before D-Mac closed out the frame. But McCutchen's luck ran out in the sixth. His post-Atlanta meltdown continued as he surrendered three runs on six hits. Tony Watson and Jason Grilli put up zeroes to finish up the game.
The Pirate attack was AWOL again. They left nine aboard as seven of their ten runners reached base after two outs and they struck out nine more times. Then again, they could have scored everybody and still would have been blown out. Geez, July seems like such a long time ago.
Charlie Morton faces Ian Kennedy at Arizona tomorrow night. Kennedy is taking his second crack at 20 wins; he's 19-4 on the season.
- The eight hurlers Pittsburgh trotted out today ties the franchise record for most pitchers used in a nine inning game.
- Pirate pitchers haven't thrown a clean inning since the eighth frame Friday night. That's seventeen straight innings that the Dodgers have had at least a runner aboard.
- Matt Kemp was a triple away from hitting for the cycle - after the third inning. No, he didn't get it. LA pulled him after five innings.