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Pirates shut down Dodgers in series opener

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Right-hander Jared Jones had the best start of his career for the Pirates, carrying them to a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Right-hander Jared Jones had the best start of his career for the Pirates, carrying them to a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

The Pirates pitching staff stymied a Dodgers, who again could not give right-hander Tyler Glasnow run support. 

Glasnow turned in yet another great start, lowering his ERA to 2.93. He pitched six innings, giving up three hits and one run while also striking out nine. While Glasnow got the loss, it was his offense that’s to blame.

The Dodgers (38-24) went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base. The only player with a multi-hit game was Freddie Freeman, who has been one of the Dodgers’ best hitters as of late. 

The closet they came to scoring was a rally in the eighth inning that stalled as Andy Pages struck out with runners on first and third. 

Here are the takeaways:

No help for Glasnow

The Dodgers have not scored a run of support for Tyler Glasnow in five consecutive starts. For whatever reason, the batting lineup changes when he takes the mound. 

Could it be the lineup is facing some of the better arms opponents have to offer when Glasnow pitches? There is no real answer, but it is worth monitoring as move toward the midway point of the season.

Freeman stays hot

Freeman is hitting .351 with 13 hits, two home runs, six RBI and four runs scored in his last 10 games. After a 2-for-4 performance, he is hitting .296 on the season after a long slump pushed his average around .270. 

It was always shocking to see Freeman’s average dip so far below .300 given how consistent he has been with the Dodgers. Now, he is back on track and looks like the best hitter of the newly formed “big three” at the top of the lineup.

Dodgers are buyers

It wouldn’t be June or July without the Dodgers entering their name into trade talks. It seems that around this time year in and year out, the trade market revolves around contenders and the Dodgers are usually in the thick of it. 

This year, it has been reported by a variety of news outlets that they are seeking to bolster the bottom of their lineup. That has been an area of concern for a few months now. 

With players like Luis Robert Jr. and Tommy Pham of the White Sox reportedly available, it is expected that the Dodgers use some of their loaded farm system to make a deal.

This series second game is 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, when the Dodgers send left-hander James Paxton (5-0, 3.29 ERA) to face the Pirates’ rookie phenom, right-hander Paul Skenes (2-0, 2.45).