Tonight the Dodgers opened a four-game series at PNC Park with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nick Tepesch got his first start as a Dodger.
SPOILER ALERT: He was terrible!
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Tepesch gave up three consecutive hits. Toss in Yasiel Puig missing the cut-off man (again) and you get the Pirates up 2-0.
In the time it took me to pour a cold drink and return to the game, it became 4-0. Sheesh!
Back to back doubles from Corey Seager and Justin Turner got the Dodgers on the board 4-1.
Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon slipped mid-pitch and balked Turner home. 4-2
3rd inning Bucs 4-2
Tepesch gave up an immediate home run to give a run back to the Bucs. 5-2
5th inning Bucs 5-2
Tepesch settled down after the third and didn’t give up any more runs. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke, who walked.
Chase Utley followed with a double to put men on second and third with nobody out.
Corey Seager hit an RBI single to make the score 5-3.
Justin Turner was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Adrian Gonzalez. Sac fly 5-4
Louis Coleman in for the Dodgers.
He allowed the Bucs to nibble and gnaw for two more runs. 7-4
6th inning Bucs 7-4
Yasiel Puig opened things up with a monster shot to the upper deck in left field. 7-5
Justin Turner came up with the bases loaded and one out. Sac fly 7-6
7th inning Bucs 7-6
Chris Hatcher gave up a mammoth home run to make it 8-6, and that’s the way the game ended.
Dodgers lose 8-6
The Dodgers had been on a hot streak, winning six in a row. The Pirates had lost three in a row and 15 of their last 23. Things were looking good for the boys in blue.
Victory was not to be, as Nick Tepesch had a lousy Dodgers debut, giving up five fast runs. Athough the Dodgers battled back to get within one run in the fifth, the pitching bad luck did not leave with Tepesch. The recently reliable bullpen faltered tonight as Coleman and Hatcher gave up three more runs.
The bright spot tonight was the way the offense valiantly kept on punching back. They chipped away at Buc leads of 4-0, 5-2, and 7-4. Unfortunately, the mountain of Pirates runs was just too high to overcome.
In personal bright spots, Corey Seager had the second four-hit game of his career, with a double, an RBI, and he scored a run.
Nick Tepesch went 4 innings with 7 hits, 5 runs, 0 walks, 3 Ks, 1 HR. ERA 11.25
Home run: Yasiel Puig
Doubles: Turner, Seager, Utley
Team with RISP: 3 for 8 Not bad, but done in by bad pitching.