Pirates Blanked For Second Straight Game

by Zane Heiple

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has been inconsistent and frustrating all season long.  After starting this home stand by scoring 16 runs in the first two games, they have score zero in the past two, including tonight’s 2-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Jair Jurrjens stifled the Pirates bat’s all night long.  He would give up only six hits in 7.2 innings pitched, while striking out four and walking only one batter.  None of the Pittsburgh base runners would advance past second base. 
A major theme to this season has also been wasting quality starts, and while usually Paul Maholm is the one on the mound when this happens, tonight it was Charlie Morton.  Morton would give up both runs tonight.  The first occurred in the second inning on a sacrifice fly to right field by Brooks Conrad that scored Alex Gonzalez.  The last would happen in the third, when Martin Prado doubled down the leftfield line allowing Jordan Schafer to score all the way from first base.  Charlie would go seven innings tonight giving up seven hits, striking out four and walking three.
Jose Tabata and Chris Snyder were the only Buccos to record multiple hits tonight.  Joe Beimel would pitch a scoreless eighth inning, while Evan Meek made his first appearance since coming off of the DL on Sunday.   He looked impressive as he struck out all three Braves that he faced.   To make room for Meek, former first round pick Daniel Moskos was sent back to AAA Indianapolis.
The Pirates will look to even up this two game series with the Braves tomorrow afternoon at 12:35pm.  James McDonald will take to the hill for Pittsburgh.
Record vs. Braves:  0-1
Record vs. N.L. East 2-6
Record at PNC Park:  9-13
Overall Record 22-25
As Always…
Let’s Go Bucs!!!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.

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