The most entertaining moment in yesterday’s uneventful game between the Pirates and Reds occurred before the first pitch was even thrown. While Pirates’ first baseman Josh Bell was taking batting practice, he connected on a ball that ended up Randy Johnson-ing a bird. Unlike the Big Unit’s infamous pitch that absolutely obliterated an unlucky bird to merely feathers, this little guy was still kicking. Pirates’ reliever Antonio Bastardo took notice and promptly came to the rescue.

I’m not really quite sure what the hell water does in a situation where a bird’s already dumb brain is scrambled eggs, but I command the effort by Bastardo.

As for Antonio Bastardo’s effort on the mound? He came in relief yesterday of starting pitcher Ivan Nova and gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and 4 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. Bastardo’s ERA has now skyrocketed to an abysmal 20.50 in 4 innings of work so far this season. If things continue to go this way for Bastardo, perhaps a job at the National Aviary is in his near future.