In what is becoming par for the course, the Dodgers began by giving up runs in the first inning. Brett Anderson immediately gave up a single, which was promptly followed by a two-run home run.
But Anderson wasn’t done giving up runs. He went on to give up a three-run home run. 5-0
Adrian Gonzalez singled to score Josh Reddick from second. 1-0
At this point the game was semi-legitimately within reach.
2nd inning 1-5
Officially chalk up another broken Dodger pitcher. Anderson was pulled, and Brock Stewart was brought in.
He gave up no runs (but he sure came close).
4th inning 1-5
Two singles and a stolen base made it 1-6. The nightmare just got worse.
Joc Pederson got his second home run in as many days. Unfortunately, no one was on base for him to drive in. 2-6
The game was still conceivably within reach. Right????
5th inning 2-6
Josh Reddick lost a fly ball in the sun. This resulted in a sun double, and another run. 2-7
Howie Kendrick scored on a balk. It’s called chipping away.
9th inning 3-7
Just for laughs, the Pirates hit one more home run, courtesy of thier Korean import, Jung Ho Kang. Also his second home run in as many days. 3-8
Another few hits brought in the ninth run for the Pirates.
By this point the Dodgers have joined many of the fans in just not caring any more. Two more runs scored to make it 3-11.
The thrashing finally stopped, and the Dodgers were finally out of their misery. Game over, first place seemingly a million miles away.
Dodgers lose 3-11
Well, loyal readers, the smoke has cleared and the mirrors are all cracked. The makeup has been washed off and the harsh, bright LA sun is showing off the Dodgers as they truly are. Without starting pitching, and with an offense that is more elusive than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
Even the die-hardiest of Dodger blue fans are going to have to admit there is not much behind the curtain. The front office has gathered a mess for a pitching staff, and there isn’t much for the fans to hang their hats on for hope.