LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Hello Kitty characters perform before the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 18, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
I'm not even really sure what to say about this one, except that I feel dumb even typing about a late-September, 15-1 Pirates loss on a Sunday in which the Steelers also played. Four separate Dodgers had three or more hits, including James Loney with five and Jerry Sands with four.
Brad Lincoln gave up a solo homer to Matt Kemp in the first en route to allowing six runs in 1.2 innings, and after that, it just seemed like one reliever after another getting sent out to slaughter. There's no need, I don't think, to run down the list, but Daniel McCutchen in particular seems bent on squandering all the good luck he's gotten this season - today was the third straight outing in which he gave up three or more runs.
The Bucs used 21 players in this one. A pinch-hit appearance by Matt Pagnozzi! Pedro Ciriaco in left field! Aaron Thompson doing ... whatever! Good show, but I've got to say, I really wish the Pirates had considered some Corey Wimberly and Brian Bixler cameos. And was Eric Hacker not available?
The Pirates are now 68-85. This season can't end soon enough.