Jordan Lylesbegan perfectly, striking out the first two batters he faced in the Pirates' 11-3 loss to the Cubs Thursday at PNC Park.
After fanning the first two though?
Dinger. Walk. Double. Another dinger. Nearly hit batter. A third dinger. Another nearly hit batter, this time causing a scene.
In all, Lyles allowed 10 hits, three of which sailed into the stands, and struck out seven in just four innings of work. Clay Holmes, whom we'll get to in just a bit, came in and performed even more poorly.
Which leads us directly into my first thought coming out of this one...