Nolasco Stops Bucs Cold

Ricky Nolasco won his fourth straight appearance by tossing eight innings of shutout baseball. He whiffed 12. He gave up three singles and two walks.

Ross Ohlendorf gave up 9 hits and five runs in five innings. He gave up two runs in the third and fifth inning to put the Bucs into a whole from which they would not emerge.

Steven Jackson and Jeff Karstens mopped up. Leo Nunez tossed the 9th for Florida.

The Good

Two of the singles came from Andrew McCutchen.

Freddy Sanchez was named as a sub for the All-Star game. He hasn’t started since July 1 due to back issues.

The Bad

Offense. Please?!

The Rest

Nunez was a former Pirate farmhand, traded all those years ago for Benito Santiago.

Nolasco’s career mark for Ks is 13, accomplished 8-2-08 against the Stones.

Pirate hitters have whiffed in double digits 13 times now in 2009. The Pirates offense has reached double digits in runs 10 times.

Ohlendorf’s only other appearance against Florida was a win back on 4/20/09.

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Hanley Ramirez is a Stud

The Marlins took the second game of the series behind Hanley Ramirez. He homered and drove in two runs in support of Andrew Miller. The Marlins scored two runs on double play ground outs and another run on a wild pitch.

Miller tossed 6-2/3 IP of three run ball to get the win. The Marlins did their damage off of Zach Duke who gave three earned runs in six innings. He struck out five. Andy LaRoche and Garrett Jones homered to pace the Pittsburgh attack. Dan Meyer tossed the 9th for the save.

The Good

Wow. Not much. Homers, I guess.

The Bad

How many times can I bemoan the lack of offense.

The Rest

Former Bucco backstop Ronny Paulino was 0-4.

Miller had lost in his only other appearance against the Bucs, back in April of this season.

Duke has never beaten the Marlins. Florida is the only NL team he has yet to beat in his career.

Morton Sharp as Offense Picks Up

Charlie Morton tossed six shutout innings to earn his first win as a Pirate, allowing one single and four walks.

The Pirates offense gave him seven runs of support, which was nearly eventually needed as Florida scored four times late off the Pittsburgh bullpen. Brandon Moss and Ramon Vazquez both homered and knocked in two runs. Jack Wilson’s two run double keyed a three run seventh inning at the expense of Chris Leroux. The Pirates got to Chris Volstad early as he gave up four runs in three innings on three hits. He didn’t come back to the mound after a 45 minute rain delayed play.

Florida touched Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens for two runs a piece, but it wasn’t enough. Karstens gave up a two run tater to John Baker before closing out the game in the 9th.

The Good

Happy to see some offense.

Vazquez is filling in for a day-to-day Sanchez who has back issues.

The Bad

Joel Hanrahan continues to struggle. His ERA creeped toward eight.

The Rest

First time since June 14-15 that the offense totaled 15 runs or more in consecutive games.

Four players have picked up their first win as a Pirate this season – Morton, Ross Ohlendorf, Steven Jackson and Virgil Vazquez.

Andrew McCutchen has doubled in three straight contests.

Bucs Sweep Marlins

The Pirates have taken the Marlins for three straight games. The offense was powered by the LaRoche brothers. Adam had four hits and three doubles and Andy drove in two runs.

Paul Maholm retired the first nine Marlin clubbers before struggling through innings 4-6 by giving up four runs and eight hits. The bullpen combined four pitches to toss three shutout innings.

Maholm departed after six with the score tied at four. But newcomer Delwyn Young doubled with one out as a pinch hitter. He scored on a single from Nyjer Morgan. The Bucs OF took second on the throw home. He then stole third and scored on a throwing error from none other than Ronny Paulino.

The Good

Maholm has won three straight starts for the second time in his career and the first time since August 2007.

Adam LaRoche’s BA is above .300. And it is April.

The Bad

I got nothing

The Rest

Bucs have a travel day tomorrow to travel to SD and then MIL.