R.A. Dickey showed great heart and guts tonight, pitching a shutout for 7 innings with a tear in his plantar fascia. However, he gave up 3 runs with 2 outs in the 8th, and with virtually no offense given to him he suffered the loss in a 5-1 Pirates win.
Dickey struck out a career high 10 batters, and cruised through 7 2/3. But in a flash a 1-0 lead turned into a 3-1 deficit as Josh Harrison and Neil Walker had RBI hits to change the outcome from good to bad. Bobby Parnell made his first appearance since April 19, but did not fare any better than he did back then, allowing 2 runs in the 9th to seal the game.