Yovani Gallardo was cruising along, but his inability to get through six cleanly struck again. Before the sequence that led to two runs, he'd been throwing a one-hitter.
The Pirates put two on the board with a double, single, two walks and a wild pitch and added another in the eighth.
The defense did the team no favors, as the runners were in scoring position in the sixth thanks to a wild pitch and stolen base and the run in the eighth scored when Alex Gonzalez failed to pick a throw from Rickie Weeks cleanly. The throw wasn't great, the pick was worse. Pick your poison on who to blame.
The only offensive moment came on Weeks' home run. I don't want to jinx anything, but obviously that's a good sign.
It was Aramis Ramirez, Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez in the ninth, but they went meekly on a popout, a strikeout and a groundout to the pitcher, respectively. The Gomez AB was especially frustrating as he saw exactly zero pitches in the zone and looked to be pressing. Leads the NL in batting average, but clearly wasn't so comfortable having the game on his shoulders...
Edit: As I pressed publish on this, it was reported that Blake Lalli was sent down to make room for K-Rod