So why was this a momentous day? Two reasons:
1. The 100th anniversary of the opening of Forbes Field
2. For the second straight year the Pirates have traded away 2/3 of their starting outfield.
Ross Ohlendorf picked up his 7th win by tossing seven shutout innings to overshadow (at least temporarily) all of that. He allowed three singles, a double and no walks while striking out eight.
Freddy Sanchez played the role of a man picking up the empty pieces of an offense. He had a part in all three Pirate runs, driving in a pair and scoring the third. He also stole a base.
The Cubs didn’t threaten until they put two on with none gone against John Grabow in the 8th. But Grabow held on, whiffing Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome before getting Derrek Lee to ground out. Matt Capps pitched the 9th for the save.
A winning June. First one since 1996. Unbelievable.
Nice job by Ohlendorf. Second on the staff in wins.
Need more of that from Sanchez.
I have to say I’m happy thus far on the return for Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett. Lastings Milledge seems to have been around for a while, but he just turned 24. The only member of the club younger than him is Andrew McCutchen.
Ted Lilly gave up all three runs to the Pirates. The first of which scored when Freddy Sanchez scored from second on a strike three when Geovany Soto’s throw to Lilly covering home went through the pitcher’s wickets.
McCutchen is just 1-18. His first struggle at this level. Hopefully he works out of it soon.
Delwyn Young has two hits in his last 18 at bats.
Ohlendorf established a single game mark for whiffs.
Welcome Garrett Jones who was brought up from Indy before the game. He didn’t appear tonight. He spent the better part of the last four years in AAA averaging better than 20 homers a year.
Lilly was 3-0 in his career against the Pirates coming in.