LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11: Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on April 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Pirates Vs. Dodgers: Bucs Offense Again Fails To Show

The Pirates had just six hits against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

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Pirates Vs. Dodgers Score: Dodgers Score Three In First, Leading To 3-2 Victory

Jeff Karstens allowed three runs in the first inning against the Dodgers Thursday night. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t put the game out of reach, particularly given that he and the Pirates’ relievers then shut the Dodgers down the rest of the game.

This year, though, the Bucs can’t seem to score if their lives depend on it, and three runs might as well be a hundred. They did get one run in the fifth on a long blast to center by backup catcher Michael McKenry, then another in the sixth, but that was all they could muster, and the Dodgers won, 3-2.

Los Angeles starter Chris Capuano pitched 5.1 innings and had seven strikeouts and no walks, continuing a trend of poor control of the strike zone by the Pirates’ offense. Karstens’ long first inning earned him the loss, and he finished with five innings, three strikeouts and one walk.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.


Pirates Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Bucs Offense Anemic Yet Again In 4-1 Loss

The Pirates lost 4-1 to the Dodgers Wednesday night as their offense, in what has become a clear trend in this young season, flopped yet again.

The Bucs mustered only six hits against Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers, the fourth time in five games that the Pirates offense has been held to six hits or fewer. On Wednesday, one of those hits was a solo homer to left by Clint Barmes.

The Dodgers scored two runs against Bucs starter Erik Bedard, one on a single by Juan Rivera in the third, and the other on a single by Andre Ethier in the sixth. They scored two more in the seventh on a string of hits against Tony Watson and Evan Meek.

Billingsley picked up the win while striking out four and walking none in six innings. The Pirates struck out eight times and didn’t walk in the course of the game.

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Pirates Vs. Dodgers Score Update: Game Tied 1-1 After Three Innings Thanks To Clint Barmes Home Run

The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped their first game of their three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Tuesday, but on Wednesday night were able to jump out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning thanks to a Clint Barmes home run. Barmes led off the inning and hit the first pitch of the inning by Chad Billingsley over the center field wall.

Erik Bedard has picked up two strikeouts through three innings agains the Dodgers, allowing three hits early on. Bedard was able to get A.J. Ellis to strikeout looking and got Chad Billingsley on a swinging strike to start the bottom of the third inning. Unfortunately for Bedard, he walked Mark Ellis and gave up a single to Matt Kemp, putting a runner in scoring position. Juan Rivera then singled to right field, plating Ellis and tying the game 1-1.

The Pirates offense has had a tough time with Billingsley early on in the game, having just one hit outside of Barmes homerun.

To follow the game with fellow Pirates fans, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Dodgers, there's True Blue LA. For more on the MLB in general, visit Baseball Nation.


Pirates Vs. Dodgers: Chad Billingsley, Erik Bedard Square Off In Second Game In L.A.

Erik Bedard takes on Chad Billingsley as the Pirates continue their road series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night at 10:10 (ROOT Sports).

The Pirates lost 2-1 in the first game of the series as Clayton Kershaw struck out seven batters. The Bucs’ offense has only scored eight runs in the first four games of the season. Of course, having to face Kershaw, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee has had something to do with that.

Billingsley isn’t in that class, but he isn’t a pushover either. He typically posts strong strikeout numbers, though he also typically struggles with walks. His first start of the season, last Friday against the Padres in pitcher-friendly PETCO Park, was brilliant — he struck out 11 batters and walked only one in 8.1 scoreless innings.

Bedard was awfully good himself in his first outing, using a great breaking ball to strike out four while allowing just one run in seven innings on Opening Day. The Pirates ended up losing 1-0.

To follow the game with fellow Pirates fans, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Dodgers, there’s True Blue LA.


Pirates Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Pittsburgh Falls To Los Angeles, 2-1

More: Pirates lose another one run game, fall to Dodgers

There wasn't a lot of activity in the the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, until Andre Either hit a home run to give the Dodgers a defining one-run advantage.

Kevin Correia pitched six inning for the Pirates and gave one run, four hits in six innings. Correia also struck out three batters and walked four. Jason Grilli, however, was the losing pitcher, coming in after the game was already tied 1-1 in the eighth inning when he gave up the homer to Eithier.

Pittsburgh score that lone run on five hits in the game, while Los Angeles put up seven hits. For the Dodgers, the winning pitcher was Kenley Jansen and Javy Guerra got the save, but it was Clayton Kershaw who pitched the first seven innings of the game. Kershaw gave up only one earned run, four hits and he struck out seven without walking any Pittsburgh hitters.

The squads will play again Wednesday at 10:10 p.m.

Read more on the Pirates at Bucs Dugout. For more on the Dodgers, go to True Blue LA.


Pirates Vs. Dodgers: Bucs Face Clayton Kershaw As L.A. Celebrates Dodger Stadium

L.A. celebrates the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium as the Pirates take on Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday.

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