August 14, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones (46) misplays a ground ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Los Angeles Dodgers won 11-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The Dodgers crushed the Pirates 11-0 Tuesday, continuing their trend of depressing play. The Dodgers got one in the third on an RBI groundout by Shane Victorino, then three more in the fourth on an infield single, an error, an infield single, an RBI groundout, and a two-run single. Then in the sixth, the Dodgers got three straight one-out singles, the last of which plated a run, and got one more on a sacrifice fly. All told, the Dodgers had six runs by the time Kevin Correia left after six, even though Correia didn't allow an extra base hit and only walked one.
The Dodgers scored five more in the ninth off Chad Qualls, which ranks pretty low on the "who cares" scale. More crucial is that the Bucs' offense didn't do much of anything, garnering only five hits (there were two doubles, one by Garrett Jones and one by Travis Snider) and one walk.
In summary, baseball history has seen worse 11-0 losses, but still, yuck, and the Bucs face Clayton Kershaw tomorrow, so it's not going to get any easier. The Bucs are now six back of the Reds, and only one game ahead of the Cardinals and Giants in the race for the second wild-card spot.