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Diamondbacks 0, Pirates 8

This was a very long afternoon. And not just because it was a Jeremy Hellickson start.

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No, we could tell pretty much how this was going to go after the first inning. Hellickson loaded the bases without an out in the top half, then almost escaped by getting a foul out and K, then gave up a two-run hit. And when Arizona responded by Ender Inciarte singling to lead off the bottom half, he was thrown out trying to stretch that into a double. This set the tone for an afternoon where the offense couldn't buy a hit, and the Pirates had no such trouble with most of our pitchers. Hellickson ended the streak of quality starts, lasting only 4.2 innings, and being charged with four runs on seven hits and two walks, with six K's.

Andrew Chafin retired all seven batters he faced, but Oliver Perez and Daniel Hudson combined to allow six hits and four runs in their 1.1 innings of relief. The offense managed only three hits: Paul Goldschmidt reached safely twice with a pair of walks, but the Diamondbacks couldn't take advantage of seven free passes handed out by Pirates' pitchers. We were outscored in the series by a total margin of 14-2, and sank two games below .500 for the first time this season. We'll be hoping for much better, when the Rockies come to d