Petco Park | 10:05 | Ohlendorf vs. Cha Seung Baek |Box
Welcome to the off-season of the 16th straight year of sub-.500 baseball.
The Pirates hit a pair of solo homers off of rookie Wade LeBlanc to take a 2-1 lead and then tacked three on in the 9th to run away with a W in game #162. LeBlanc was in after starter Cha Seung Baek left after straining a calf muscle.
The three runs in the 9th were charged to Heath Bell. Two were driven in by Jason Michaels and the the other by Adam LaRoche. Back in the fourth, LaRoche and Steve Pearce connected on the back-to-back solo dingers.
Unfortunately, Ross Ohlendorf didn’t last long enough to get the win. Leading 2-1 (after an RBI double from Brian Giles in the third gave the Pads a short lived 1-0 lead), Having already thrown 98 pitches, Ohlendorf was pulled with two on and two out. Jesse Chavez got Kevin Kouzmanoff to end it. Then five more Pirates hurlers combined to complete a six hitter. Tyler Yates and not Chavez was credited with the win, per the official scorer’s right, after striking out the side in the 8th on twelve pitches.
Fear not Pirate fans, my co-writer, Matt Bandi and I promise to not abandon ship this Winter. We will update the site with pertinent Pirate news, outlooks for 2009, recaps of 2008 and in my case, probably some non-so-pertinent Pirate history, plus anything else that comes to mind.
Like Jimmy Barthmaier on Saturday, Ross Ohlendorf will use this game as a launching point in his bid for a rotation spot next Spring. Ohlendorf has not been very impressive in his first four starts in Pittsburgh. He is 0-3 with a 7.50 ERA in 18 IP.
Ohlendorf has not faced the Padres in his career. No Padre hitters have batted against him in the Show.
Cha Seung Baek was signed out of a high school in Korea by the Mariners. He was DFA’d earlier this year and picked up by the Padres. He is 6-9 with a 4.72 ERA for SD in 19 starts and two relief appearances.
Baek beat the Buccos in his only career start and appearance against them on July 25. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s also the day that Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady were shipped to the Bronx for Ohlendorf. Oh the irony!
Adam LaRoche is 2-2 with a pair of solo homers off of Baek. Freddy Sanchez is 2-3.