Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl entered tonight’s game against the Cubs boasting a 2.60 ERA with a 1-1 record in 17.1 innings of work this season. Basically the type of production any team would be thrilled about coming from their number four starter. However, Kuhl’s hot start quickly became a fond memory as the defending World Series champs came into town seeking revenge after being swept by the Buccos two weekends ago in Wrigley.
Kuhl’s night started off relatively well. However, after recording two consecutive outs in the top of the 1st inning, Kuhl proceeded to give up four consecutive runs, including this 3-run bomb by Jason Heyward:
And the wheels weren’t completely off after that. The Cubs followed up the top of the 2nd by pouncing on Kuhl for five more runs. Eventually Clint Hurdle’s gimp ass made his way to the mound to take the ball out of Kuhl’s hand. But the damage was already done. Unsurprisingly, the Buccos would go on to drop the series opener to the Cubs by a score of 14-3.
As for those of you wondering what Kuhl’s stat line looked like tonight:
It’s not every day you see a pitcher’s ERA jump from 2.60 to 6.63. Although, it’s fair to say that Chad Kuhl has had a relatively decent start to his major league career when he’s facing off against teams not named the Chicago Cubs.
To add insult to injury, the Pirates suffered a blow to their already anemic offense by announcing today that utility man Adam Frazier (.306 BA/.370 OBP/.449 SLG) will be heading to the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring strain. It’s not even May yet, and things aren’t looking exactly positive for the Battlin’ Bucs as they now sit in last place in the NL Central.