Last night the Pirates brought the wood to provide them just the second win in the past 10 games. With the 8-6 victory over the Dodgers, the Pirates bring their June record to a whopping 6-18 and a 35-39 overall.
Jameson started for the Pirates and was getting hit all night. While he lasted just 4 innings, he gave up eight hits and a walk while only striking out two. Last night’s start brought his season’s ERA to a 4.50.
Pittsburgh started the scoring early in the contest with a four run 2nd inning that started with an RBI single by Sean Rodriguez that drove in Matt Joyce and Jordy Mercer. John Jaso followed it up by singling in Rodriguez and was later scored with the help of Starling Marte‘s line drive double to center.
With the lead, the Pirates would not look back a secure the victory. Jung Ho Kang and Matt Joyce each homered in the game as well. As a matter of fact, Matt Joyce food his sweet swing again as he went 3 for 4 with two RBI’s. With 105 at bats under his belt, Joyce is still putting up starters numbers with a slash line of .305/.434/.619/1.053 as he has collected eight homers and 26 RBI’s. Starling Marte continued his Silver Slugger season by collecting two hits and finding his season average at a .329, which is 42 points higher than last year’s average. What is even greater to see is the power that Jung Ho Kang is producing after his horrific leg injury. In just 134 at bats, Kang has delivered 11 homers and eight doubles to a tune of a .575 slugging percentage. His home run rate would put him at about a 45 home run pace over the course of an entire season.
Though the Pirates never lost the lead, it wasn’t necessarily because of our shut down bullpen. After Taillon’s departure, Jared Hughes came into the game and immediately hit Justin Turner to put him on base. Adrian Gonzalez then hit a sac fly to score Chase Utley and the inning would end with a score of 5-4.
Hughes stayed in the game for the 6th inning and tossed up a home run pitch to Yasiel Puig. With one on and one out, due to a Scot Van Slyke single off of Hughes, Kyle Lobstein entered the game. As you could imagine, Lobstein allowed two straight hits and was replaced by Neftali Feliz. After allowing a sac fly to Justin Turner, the bullpen would finally settle down and stop the bleeding. Tony Watson would bridge the gap in the 8th inning to hand the ball over to Mark Melancon would earned his 21st save on the year.
Today, the Pirates will again face the Dodgers for game 2 of their four game series.