Three Cy Young winners in the first 4 games to start the 2012 season should make thes next few games seem like batting practice. Clayton Kershaw was the last of the three "Cy Youngs" they faced and were able to muster only one lone run against the young hard-throwing lefty and last years NL "Cy". It was a 1-1 score going into the ninth after the Bucs were able to manufacture a run the inning before on a ground-out to short from Matt Hague scoring Alex Presley who also registered 2 hits in the game. Jason Grille entered the game in the top of the ninth and looked very sharp on the first two hitters he faced, but Andre Eithier took advantage of a misplaced curve-ball and sent it into the leftfield stands making the the opening day a happy one for the L.A. faithful.
The Pirates, 2-2 on this young season so far have to be happy with the way their starting pitchers are throwing and can be nothing but encouraged with how their bullpen is shaping up. The Pirates had their chances all game long and even in the ninth but it just wasn't to be when Andrew McCutchen hit into surprisingly his 3rd doubleplay this season to end the game. Tomorrow's game features two pitchers that had outstanding performances in their 1st outings with Bedards for the Bucs going against Billingsley ... uh ... so ...maybe not quite batting practice yet but I like their chances to put up some crooked numbers in this one. With a righty going, we're sure to see Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez back in the lineup. Let's hope that "MONSTEROUS" home run that Alvarez was the 1st in a string of many more that will continue tomorrow.