Nicasio (2-2) didn't pitch poorly, but was saddled with the loss, allowing two runs on three hits over five innings against the Diamondbacks on Saturday. He also struck out four and walked four.
He left with just a 2-1 deficit, but the Pirates bullpen blew up again, and Pittsburgh fell 7-1. After allowing just one run and two hits in his Pirates debut, Nicasio has taken a little step back, yielding nine runs over his three most recent outings (5.79 ERA). His biggest problem is 11 walks in the last 14 frames. Nicasio is scheduled to make his next start against his former team in Colorado.