Ohlendorf Gets To Double Digits as Bucs Snap L Streak

Ross Ohlendorf allowed three runs in six plus innings to pick up his 10th win of the season, becoming the first Pirate to hit double digits in wins. He yielded solo homers to Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez among the four hits he allowed.

The Pirates were aided by the wildness of Rockies rookie starter Jhouyls Chacin. He lasted just 2-2/3 innings as he allowed just one hit, but gave up six walks. That lone hit was an RBI double from Ryan Doumit in the second that scored Andrew McCutchen. That run was negated with Tulowitzki’s dinger in the home half of the second. But Chacin’s wildness got the best of him and knocked him from the game in the third. Chacin walked McCutchen and Garrett Jones. On an attempted double steal, Chris Iannetta’s poor throw allowed Cutch to score and Jones to take third. After a two out walk to Steve Pearce, Chacin was yanked in favor of ex-Pirate Josh Fogg. Delwyn Young delivered a two run triple and Ronny Cedeno singled him in as the Pirates scored four times in the frame.

Fogg pitched 4-1/3 and gave up two runs. 

The Good

Have to be happy with Ohlendorf’s season.

McCutchen scored three times, doubled, walked three times and stole three bases.

Jones doubled twice and walked.

Nine walks as a club.

Each of the starting 8 had a knock.

The Bad

I got nothin’.

The Rest

Ohlendorf is the first Pirate pitcher to hit double digits since Tom Gorzelanny and Paul Maholm in 2007. Gorzy won his 10th game on 8/10/07. Maholm did it on 8/23/07.

The nine walks were the second most for the club this season (11 on 6/14 against Detroit). The pitching staff has yielded nine or more walks twice.

After 112 games, the team is 46-66. At the same juncture last year, the mark was 51-61.

Both Fogg and another former Bucco, Joe Beimel, pitched in relief.

This was the third time McCutchen has scored three runs or more in a game in 2009.

The last Pirate to steal three bases in one game was Matt Lawton on 7/26/05.


Snakes Go Extra to Sweep

The Pirates bullpen faltered again. Leading 6-3 heading into the 7th, Jeff Karstens and Jesse Chavez were unable to preserve the win for Bucco newcomer Kevin Hart. Arizona tied it with a solo homer in the 8th from Trent Oeltjen, who was making his ML debut.

After that it stayed knotted 12th when Arizona pounded Steven Jackson for five runs. Alex Romero hit a game breaking two run double in the 12th.

The Pirates got to Max Scherzer with a four run sixth that drove him from the game. He gave up five runs in 5-1/3. He was long gone before it was decided. Hart wasn’t great, but he left with the lead. He allowed nine hits and three runs in six innings before giving way to Karstens.

The Pirates offense managed just three hits after the sixth inning. Ronny Cedeno drove in a pair of runs in the sixth.

Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless 11th for the win. Jackson dropped his second decision of the year.

The Good

It is early, but Cedeno has hit the ball.

The Bad

The bullpen has struggled recently.

The Rest

Oeltjen is a native of Australia and is the first Aussie born player to homer in his first ML game. He is now tied for sixth among all Australian players in career homers.

Jackson had not been scored on in his previous 10-1/3 innings of work.

In the 4th Andy LaRoche was nabbed trying to swipe home as Hart whiffed.


Petit One Hits Bucs Through Eight

And then depression set in…

Yusmeiro Petit, whom the Pirates tagged for six runs in 4-1/3 IP on 7/24, allowed just a single to Ronny Cedeno (with no one out in the 8th) and three walks in 8 innings as the D-Backs cruised.

Zach Duke gave up three homers, including a pair to Ryan Roberts. The struggling Chris Young and Roberts both connected for two run bombs in a decisive four run fourth inning.

Duke went five and allowed five runs on nine hits. Petit one for the second time out. He gave way to Leo Rosales who pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation to preserve the combined shutout.

The Good


The Bad

Another shutout and almost a no-no.

Matt Capps continues to struggle. He pitched the 9th and gave up a pair of hits.

The Rest

Petit lowered his ERA by nearly a full run. He has won two straight starts. He has not allowed a run in 14 innings over those two starts.

Roberts has now hit five career homers and three of them are off of Duke, with all three of those coming this season.

Chris Young came into the game hitting less than .200 (he still is) and he hadn’t homered since June 13.

Nats Get to Maholm Late

Paul Maholm was in control through six innings. The Pirates were leading 2-1 heading into the seventh, with Maholm having allowed just three hits. The wheels fell off in a three run inning that pushed Washington to victory. Josh Willingham hit a two run homer and Ronny Belliard and Alberto Gonzalez hit back to back doubles to push across a third run.

The Pirates were mostly stymied by Collin Balester (sounds like an Englishman’s name, doesn’t it?) through 5 innings. He ran into trouble in the sixth and was pulled with two out and two on in favor of Sean Burnett. Ryan Doumit was retired to end the threat and Burnett was the pitcher of record as Washington took the lead for good in the next frame.

Pittsburgh’s offense came swiftly. Ronny Cedeno cracked a two run homer off of Ballester and Delwyn Young homered off of Jorge Sosa.

Maholm went 6-1/3 and gave up four runs to fall to 6-6. Mike MacDougal pitched a scoreless 9th for the save.

The Good

Lastings Milledge had two singles.

Cedeno has hit in each of his three games for Pittsburgh.

The Bad

Both Milledge and Andrew McCutchen were caught stealing.

The Rest

The Pirates are now 45-59 through 104 games. They were 48-56 through 104 games in 2008. My feeling is that it will be downhill through the rest of 2009. Avoiding 100 losses might be tough.

This was the 7th straight game for Garrett Jones without a homer. That’s his longest streak of the season.

Maholm has dropped four of his last six decisions and has had his ERA jump by a full run over that span.

Bucs and Nats have a wrap around game tomorrow. Nats travel home to take on Florida on Tuesday. Arizona comes into Pittsburgh.