|Josh had three knocks at leadoff tonight (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Maeda must be tiring; he gave up two loud outs in the eighth, although at 89 pitches he should be fresh as a daisy. Johnny Barbato took his turn. A double and a walk put him in a pickle and a double by Yasmani Grandal on a two-out, 0-2 pitch chased another Dodger home; Grandal has been wearing out the Buc staff. The Bucs showed late life when J-Hay worked hard and was rewarded with a knock, then trotted home ahead of Amore's long ball. After a Cutch K, lefty Grant Dayton came in to finish off Gregory and J-Bell and broomed the Bucs out of the City of Angels.
Hopefully, Chad took to heart the lesson that a bases-empty, two-out walk can be a killer. Outside of that five-batter bump in the first, fueled by a pair of free passes, he tossed a creditable game. Not that it makes that much diff without some semblance of an offense. The Bucs can't get their injured sticks back quickly enough and need to kick start a couple of the everyday guys to compete.
- J-Hay had three hits at leadoff and Fran, sitting in the two hole, had two more. Nobody else in the lineup reached base. J-Bell's hitless streak climbed to 14 at-bats. Cutch has also been icy; he's in a 5-for-41 (.122) funk in his last 11 games, dropping his BA from .263 to .215. Four of those five hits have been for extra bases (2-2B, 2-HR) so he appears to be stuck in an extended swing-from-the-heels rut which we see a couple of times every season.
|Cutch may be trying to muscle up too much (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
- The Pirates will travel to Arizona for four games against the Diamondbacks after tonight; it's likely that Fraze and Freeser will join them sometime during the series.