It was a tough start for Pirates lefty Jeff Locke, who likely pitched himself into a spot in the Pirates bullpen or worse yet back with the Indianapolis Indians. Tonight Locke fell behind hitters, struggling with first pitch strike execution. Locke went 5.1 innings, surrendering 9 hits on 2 walks, giving up 6 runs, 4 of which were earned while striking out only 2. His ERA rose to 3.77 following the start and he takes the loss for the series opener.
The Pirates plated their first two runs in the 2nd following a Neil Walker leadoff single. Ike Davis then walked before the two were driven in by a Russell Martin double, his 9th of the season. Locke got out of a huge bases loaded jam in the third striking out Paul Goldschmidt to end the inning. A costly error in the fourth credited to Ike Davis at first on a Pedro Alvarez sinking throw with the bases loaded allowed two Dbacks to score and tie the game. Pedro continues to look hesitant in the field, an issue the team needs to address. The Pirates got a boost from a big home run off the bat of Walker to tie it back up in the 6th, his 16th of the year. Locke then went on to give up a two run bomb to Andy Marte, not Starling, just the 21st of his career in the bottom half of the inning. Aaron Hill then went yard off Locke the same inning to make it 6-3 in favor of Arizona, the point of Locke's implosion. Jeanmar Gomez came on to close out the innings. Stolmy Pimentel entered in the 7th and pitched a scoreless frame. An Andrew McCutchen single in the 7th drove in Polanco to cut the Arizona lead to just two runs. Pimentel struggled in the 8th and gave the Dbacks another run after serving up a home run to Dbacks shortstop Ahmed. The Pirates were blanked in the 9th as Addison Reed came on to close it for the Diamondbacks.
Polanco and Walker were the lone Pirates with multi hit games. Russell Martin picked up 2 rbis on his double while Cutch was able to gather a ribby on his single in the 7th. Walker was 2-4 with a home run and an RBI on the night, good enough to earn him BUCCO of the Game honors.
Today's game is scheduled for a 9:40 ET start as Edinson Volquez (8-7, 3.87) faces off against Vidal Nuno (0-2, 3.47)