Game #150: Kuroda Keeps Bucs Off Balance

PNC Park | 7:05 | Ohlendorf vs. Hiroki Kuroda | Box
Hiroki Kuroda was very good. He kept the Pirates bats silent through seven shutout innings. He allowed just two singles and a walk in picking up his ninth win. Ross Ohlendorf was hit early and often. Manny Ramirez drove in two runs in a three run third inning, chasing Ohlendorf to the shower in favor of a pinch hitter in the bottom of the third. One inning later James Loney drove home a pair of runs against Marino Salas. And the route was on.
The Pirates scored twice on Adam LaRoche’s homer off of surgical repaired and recovering Brad Penny. That leaves us with one other subplot to watch: Can LaRoche catch Jason Bay for second place on the club leaders for HRs in 2008?

Pre-Game Thoughts
There aren’t any really exciting subplots remaining in Pittsburgh. Here are my two favorite:
Can Paul Maholm win 10 games?
Can Nate McLouth reach 100 RBI?
When Dodgers Japanese rookie starter Hiroki Kuroda has been good, he has been very good. The rest of the time he has been about average. He is 8-10 with a 3.93 ERA but has thrown two shutouts in his first season of American ball. He got no decision in his only appearance against the Pirates, way back on April 14.
Ross Ohlendorf will hopefully make a strong case for making the rotation next year. His first two starts as a Pirate have resulted in nine earned runs in 10 IP. He has never pitched against the Dodgers. He walked Manny Ramirez twice in two PAs when both wore different unis.

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