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Series Wrap-up, 4/5 - 4/8 vs. LAD

The Pirates blew their chance at a three-game sweep of the two-time defending N.L. West champions today, losing 10-2. But it's not bad news overall for Pittsburgh, which acquitted itself well in its first series of the 2010 season. Of course, any discussion of the Dodgers series must begin with the mighty Garrett Jones, who hit 3-for-12 in the series - with all three hits leaving the yard. Andrew McCutchen (4-for-13, 3 runs), Ryan Doumit (5-for-13, .692 slugging) and the shortstops (a combined 6-for-14) also hit the ball well.

The starting pitching was average: 8 ER allowed in 16 innings for Zach Duke, Ross Ohlendorf and Paul Maholm. It's disconcerting that the trio struck out only 5 while walking 6 in those 16 innings, but they generally managed to escape too much damage.

The bullpen showed mixed results. On Wednesday, the 'pen helped carry the Buccos, throwing 5 shutout innings and escaping several jamsin a 3-3 tie to allow the Pirates offense enough time to come up with the winning run. On Thursday, Hayden Penn and Javier Lopez were disastrous in somewhat of mop-up roles, although those two were not exactly thought to be stalwarts anyway.

Lastly, it's become clear that the Pirates need to find a way to get Delwyn Young onto the field more often. He's a bit of a defensive liability, but his bat needs to be in the lineup given that the team can really struggle to score (see: 3 runs scored over the last 57 recorded outs for the offense). Young has learned 2nd base and has started to learn 3rd in addition to playing the corner outfield spots, so he's plenty versatile defensively for the Pirates to find some excuse to let him get regular at-bats.