The bright side to tonight's game is that, at the end of the day, the Pirates only get one loss for it. Wandy Rodriguez had by far his worst start of the year so far, allowing three homers (including one to pitcher Yovani Gallardo), four walks and seven runs in 3.2 innings. And then the Pirates sent out Jonathan Sanchez to the mound in a page straight out of the Go Big or Go Home textbook from the School of Losing (where 2003 Tigers veteran Brandon Inge is probably a professor emeritus or something).
Jonathan Sanchez, people! I applaud this. If you're going to lose, it might as well do it right. Wake up in the morning with a bloody face and a clear heart. Sanchez got the one out he needed in the fourth, but in the fifth he gave up back-to-back homers to Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt, followed by a triple by Martin Maldonado. Awesome!
Any more said about Sanchez's performance would simply be piling on. This outing didn't cost the Pirates anything (even with Garrett Jones' two-run homer in the eighth, the Pirates had very little chance here), and Sanchez will not pitch another inning with the Bucs. If he does, you have my full permission to freak out.