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Early hole dooms Bucs

Final: Dodgers 3, Pirates 2

WP: Chris Capuano (1-0, 5.40 ERA)
LP: Jeff Karstens (0-1, 3.27 ERA)
SV: Javy Guerra (5, 0.00 ERA)

Jeff Karstens gave up three runs in the first inning and that ended up being the game. After the first, he pitched great, pitching four more scoreless innings. But the damage had been done as the Pirates’ bats once again were unable to produce much offense.

The Pirates scored their first run in the 5th inning when Michael McKenry hit a solo homer [video] to cut the lead to 3-1. Yamaico Navarro then hit a sacrifice fly [video] in the 6th to plate another run, but that would be all the Pirates would get.

Andrew McCutchen was 3 for 3 [video] with a double and a walk. He is hitting .409/.480/.500 on the young season. He did, however, get caught stealing in the 7th inning attempting to get into scoring position with two outs.

The Pirates bullpen was brilliant yet again with three scoreless innings after Karstens’ departure. Chris Resop pitched two innings and Jason Grilli pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning. The bullpen has a combined 1.59 ERA, which is the best in Major League Baseball.

Pedro Alvarez took a pretty good step back from what we had seen the past week. He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. Perhaps it is best he sits out against even mediocre lefties.

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