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Erik Bedard Dominates DBacks in 4-0 Shutout Win

Final: Pirates 4, Diamondbacks 0

WP: Erik Bedard (6-12, 4.53 ERA)
LP: Wade Miley (12-7, 2.85 ERA)

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.

The Pirates added three more runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles by Neil Walker and Travis Snider and a sacrifice fly by Rod Barajas.

Jason Grilli and Chad Qualls each pitched 1-2-3 innings in relief to close things out and complete the two-hit shutout.

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.

Gaby Sanchez had his second straight two-hit game and is now 4 for 13 (.308) since being acquired. Travis Snider went 1 for 1 with an RBI single and is 4 for 16 (.250) since being traded.

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.

 
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