I was worried about this. One of the most overhyped, mediocre pitchers in the past 20 years, Edwin Jackson mowed down the Pirates for seven shutout innings. I guess it was too much to ask for the Pirates to hit mediocre pitchers on back-to-back nights.
Tonight was the perfect opportunity for the Bucs to put together a winning streak, but instead their bats looked punchless against a pitcher with an ERA of 5.00 this season and on his second team of 2016 after being released two months ago.
Besides the lackluster bats, Ryan Vogelsong made another great start for the Bucs, Jung Ho Kang made a costly error like usual and the Pirates were buried 2-0 in the 2nd inning, which ended up being the difference.
The Pirates have a matinée game with the Padres tomorrow afternoon to close out this series with the Padres before heading to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Jameson Taillon will toe the rubber for the Bucs tomorrow at 12:35PM against Padres LHP Christian Friedrich, another struggling starter for San Diego.