The Pittsburgh Pirates offensive woes continued in a 5-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night. The Pirates offense jumped out to an early 1-0 lead and showed signs of life in the first inning, but ultimately, they just couldn’t get anything going. The Pirates have now dropped six of seven road games in the early parts of this season.
Andrew McCutchen started things off for the Pirates in the top of the first. McCutchen singled to left field, stole second base with Casey McGehee at the plate and moved to third after an infield single by McGehee. Neil Walker drove in McCutchen for the Pirates only run of the game on a two out single to center field.
The Pirates 1-0 lead was short lived when Aaron Hill homered to left field off of Pirates’ starter Erik Bedard in the bottom of the first inning. The game remained tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth inning when Ryan Roberts singled to right field to bring in Paul Goldschmidt who was on base courtesy of a walk by Bedard. The RBI by Roberts gave the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead.
Miguel Montero led off the bottom of the sixth for the Diamondbacks with a single off of Pirates’ reliever Evan Meek. The next batter, Chris Young, hit a line drive home run into the left field seats to bring home Montero and give the Diamondbacks a comfortable 4-1 lead.
The Diamondbacks added another insurance run in the seventh inning to put the final score at 5-1 when pinch hitter Gerardo Perra homered to right field off of Chris Resop.
Bedard, now winless in three starts for the Pirates, pitched five innings of work giving up two runs on three hits and walking four batters. McCutchen had one hit and scored a run, being one of the only Pirates hitters to be productive offensively. Rod Barajas added a double for the only extra base hit by the Pirates.
The Pirates look to bounce back on Tuesday night in Arizona. Jeff Karstens (0-1) faces off against Ian Kennedy (2-0) with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 p.m.