Final: Dodgers 4, Pirates 1
Erik Bedard started and pitched very well before a few bounces went the wrong way in the sixth inning. Over 5+ innings, Bedard gave up two runs. He struck out three and walked one.
The Pirates got on the board first when Clint Barmes hit a solo homer [video] in the 3rd inning. It was Barmes’ first hit of the season after starting out 0 for 12. That would be the only offense the Pirates could muster up, though as Billingsley
Pedro Alvarez was 0 for 3, but nearly missed hitting a homer in the 2nd with a drive to the wall and also lined out in his last at-bat. So far he looks like a totally different hitter than what we saw in spring training. He is actually putting some good at-bats together.
A lot has been said about Evan Meek and his drop in velocity. In this game, his average fastball was 91.3 mph. In 2010, his average fastball was 95.1 mph. Velocity isn’t everything, but for Meek, if he is not going to get his velocity back, then he is going to have to learn how to hit his spots better as he grooved a couple last night, which ultimately put the game out of reach.
The Pirates are 30 for 159 on the season, which is good for a .189 batting average. Now, to be fair, they have faced the #1, #2, and #3 vote getters for last season’s NL Cy Young, but it would be cool if that average went up a bit.