Vogelsong fires gem in return, but teammates stumble badly

Ryan Vogelsong fires a pitch during his terrific outing at Turner Field. — GETTY

ATLANTA -- Two stories took place on Thursday at Turner Field.

Ryan Vogelsong, pitching again in the big leagues after enduring a career threatening eye injury, was superb.

His return was an emotional one, but apparently didn't give the Pirates an emotional lift.

Vogelsong's teammates played another in a line of horrendous games. The Pirates have fallen to .500 (53-53) after Thursday's 5-2 loss at Turner Field.

It was a game of misadventure for a team that seemingly has lost its way.