The Pirates had one of those losses that serve as a reminder that they’re just not fielding a major league team. Adam Wainwright made them look bad, as usual, throwing seven shutout innings. Steven Brault just didn’t have anything. The Cards won, 13-0.
Brault got pummeled, giving up two in the second and five in the third. He allowed eight hits, including two triples to Edmundo Sosa, who had four hits and five RBIs on the day. Michael Chavis left with “right elbow discomfort,” possibly as a result of missing a diving attempt at Sosa’s second triple. Brault also gave up an RBI single to Wainwright. In his last three games against the Pirates, Wainwright is 4-for-9 (.444) with two doubles, two walks and two RBIs. The Pirates against Wainwright are 7-for-78 (.090) with two doubles, one walk and no runs.
After Brault, Kyle Keller threw two hitless innings. Anthony Banda gave up a run in one inning, then Luis Oviedo gave up two. Oviedo walked four, which isn’t terribly surprising considering that he’s a very inexperienced pitcher who’s being left to rot on the bullpen bench.
Sam Howard made his first appearance after his IL stint and gave up three runs in one inning. In keeping with the clown show the Pirates are putting on for their fans, Wilmer Difo pitched the ninth.
There’s nothing to say about the hitters except that they were clearly far out of their depth. Bryan Reynolds had a double and four other guys had singles. Cole Tucker, after the dismal failure of last year’s outfield experiment, replaced Chavis in the outfield. He did draw two walks.