Final: Pirates 4, Diamondbacks 0
I only got to see the first four innings of this game, but from what I saw, it was easy to tell that Erik Bedard was on. And he absolutely rolled through Arizona’s lineup with seven scoreless innings. He struck out five, didn’t walk a batter, and allowed only two hits.
Miley pitched almost equally well for the Diamondbacks, but errors led to the Pirates’ first run. Leading off the fourth inning, Andrew McCutchen hit a bloop single to center field. Chris Young was unable to field it cleanly and McCutchen sped towards second. Young eventually found the ball and would have had McCutchen with a good throw, but bounced it to the base and shortstop Willie Bloomquist was unable to come up with it, allowing McCutchen to advance to third with no outs. Gaby Sanchez then grounded to short to score McCutchen.
Starling Marte drew his first walk of his career and has reached base five times over the past two games. If he can somehow stabilize the leadoff spot, it would be an enormous boost to the offense. For the year, Pirates’ leadoff hitters have a .268 OBP, which is second to last in the Majors.
The win allowed the Pirates to get back within 3 1/2 games of the Reds after they fell to the Brewers 6-3 tonight. It was the first time the Reds lost back-to-back games since they lost three in a row July 3-5.