You know what's a great way to douse hope after a promising start? Losing games started by Mike Hampton and Russ Ortiz.
There's not a whole lot to take away from today's game that's position besides Adam LaRoche and Nyjer Morgan continuing to hit. Jeff Karstens stunk, Andy LaRoche followed his first hit of 2009 with a rally-killing double play, and we were generally neutered by a bad pitching staff after the second inning today. Games like today's are games that make you just feel bad about being a Pirate fan.