(BaseballStL) -- And Jake Westbrook’s struggles against the Pittsburgh Pirates continued on Monday...
Westbrook’s quest for his fifth straight quality start was hampered after the first four Pirates reached base and scored, three of which via a Pedro Alvarez blast, in the first inning of an eventual 9-2 loss.
It was another case of history repeating itself for the 35-year-old right-hander against the Pirates. It could have been a lot worse if not for an inning-ending strikeout of Russell Martin with the bases loaded in the second inning.
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The poor history between Westbrook and Pittsburgh could be summed up with this:
In 14 games, including 10 starts, prior to Monday’s start, Westbrook posted a 1-7 record with a 4.81 ERA against the Pirates. It was worse when factoring in only games pitched at PNC Park, which he posted a 0-5 record with a 5.86 ERA in nine games (five starts).
On Monday, Westbrook’s ineffectiveness created problems again as he walked three batters in a game for the third time in his last four starts. He also hit three batters.
The four runs allowed over five innings pitched raised his season ERA from 2.95 to 3.18, the first time it’s been over 3.00 this season.