Padres Earn Series Win in Extras

It was a nice comeback and it was good to see some fight in the fellas. The Pirates scored three in the 8th and one in the 9th to send the game to extra innings. But Jeff Karstens was torched for five runs in the extra frame as San Diego took 3 of 4.

Daniel McCutchen (6 IP, 8 hits, three runs, zero whiffs) was on the hook for the loss. Until Luke Gregerson gave up three runs in the 8th and Heath Bell uncharacteristically blew a 9th inning save. That took away a win from rookie Wade LeBlanc (5 IP, 5 hits, one run, five strike outs).

It was a 3-2 game coming into the 8th. But Chase Headley (solo) and Nick Hundley (two run) hit homers off of Jesse Chavez to push the lead to four runs. But Andrew McCutchen’s two run double off of Gregerson keyed the 8th inning rally. The Pirates loaded the bases with no one out in the 9th off of Bell, but managed just the tying run.

Headley’s RBI double in the 11th opened the scoring in that frame and was his fifth hit of the game. That outburst made a winner of Sean Gallagher.

The Good

The comeback.

Garrett Jones hit his 20th homer.

The Bad

Karstens got hit hard.

Another loss.

Only getting one run off of Heath Bell in the 9th.

The Rest

That was the 9th time this year that Headley has had three or more hits. It was his first three double game in his career. Combined Andy LaRoche and Brandon Moss only have six games with three or more hits.

Phil Dumatrait tossed a scoreless inning of relief. He has been scored on in six of his 11 appearances.

Adrian Gonzalez drove in two runs to reach 92 RBI. He is trying to become the first Padre ever to knock in 100 runs in three straight seasons. Only one other Padre – Phil Nevin – recorded three different 100 RBI seasons.

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Correia’s Arm Leads Padres Past Pittsburgh

I’m not certain a well coached high school pitcher couldn’t beat the Pirates right now. Kevin Correia picked up his 11th win on the year with seven shutout innings. He allowed five singles, a double and no walks. He struck out five.

San Diego’s offense scored three times in six innings against Paul Maholm and tacked on one more against the bullpen in the 9th.

The Good

Nothing.

The Bad

The offense.

Two errors from Ryan Doumit led to a pair of unearned runs for the Friars.

The Rest

This was Correia’s first career win and sixth career appearance (third start) against Pittsburgh.

Bucs have been shutout 15 times in 2009. Washington was an NL worst in 2008 with 21 shoutouts against them.No other NL team has been shutout more than 11 times. Through the years:

2009 – 15

2008 – 7

2007 – 13

2006 – 11

2005 – 9

2004 – 8

2003 – 9

2002 – 15

2001 – 11

2000 – 7

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Padres Win Close One in Absence of Pirate Offense

The Pirates scraped together a mere five singles and three walks as they once again failed to support a strong outing from Ross Ohlendorf. The Pirates starter allowed just one run on five hits and one walk in seven innings. He struck out five. Clayton Richard was equally good for the visiting Friars. He gave up just one unearned run (in the first inning) on four hits in six innings.

It wasn’t decided until the 9th. An error by Brian Bixler and two walks set up a sac fly from Henry Blanco for the game winning run. That made a loser of Phil Dumatrait and a winner of Luke Gregerson, who tossed a scoreless 8th. Heath Bell earned the save with a scoreless 9th.

The Good

Ohlendorf, once again.

The Bad

The offense, once again.

The Rest

Despite an ERA approaching 3.00, Ohlendorf is winless in his last five starts.

Garrett Jones had started every Pirate game since July 1, but got the day off.

Steve Pearce was 0-3 with three Ks.

Morton Pitches Pittsburgh Past Padres

Charlie Morton allowed a first inning run and then no more over seven strong innings. He gave up six hits (four in the first two innings) and just one free pass, while striking out four.

The Pirates battled back early off of a wild Tim Stauffer. With the aid of four walks and a pair of triples, the Pirates scored three times in the first and never looked back. Brandon Moss’ two run triple was the big hit.

After that it was Morton. Stauffer was pulled after three, allowing the three runs on four hits and four walks. Jesse Chavez and Matt Capps each tossed a scoreless inning to end it.

The Good

Getting a win.

Morton’s outing

The Bad

Wow. Nothing.

The Rest

This was Morton’s first win since August 21 against Pittsburgh. In his next start, he was clobbered for 10 runs against the Cubs. This was his best start since he threw seven shutout innings against San Francisco in July.

Brandon Moss is statistically at least, having an awful year for a corner outfielder. Looking back at Pirate players that had 350 or more plate appearances and failed to drive in 40 runs, you have a collection of lead off hitters and middle infielders. Other than Andy Van Slyke’s disastrous final season in Pittsburgh, the list is populated with names like Jose Castillo, Abraham Nunez, Lou Collier, Mike Benjamin, Jacob Brumfield.

Ohlendorf, Adam LaRoche Take Series from San Diego

Ross Ohlendorf settled in after allowing a two run bomb to Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning. He pitched into the 8th and gave way after giving up a pinch hit homer leading off the 8th to Edgar Gonzalez.

The Pirates offense worked early off Jake Peavy to erase the 2-0 deficit. Robinson Diaz drove in a pair of runs in the fourth with a two out single. Adam LaRoche hit a three run dinger in the next frame to break the tie.

Freshly recalled Brian Bixler stroked a two run double in the 8th and LaRoche homered again (solo) in the 8th for the final tally.

Ohlendorf gave up just five hits in his 7+ innings. He walked three and whiffed two.

The Good

Ohlendorf’s effort will be accepted all year long. Count me surprised at the early impact of the pitching staff.

Adam LaRoche is not just having a decent April. He’s actually having a good April. I was hoping for something other than a total bust. This is June/July type of production from him.

Don’t look now buy Andy LaRoche’s average is up to .264 after a 2-5 day.

Bucs travel to Milwaukee for three more games to close out April. With today’s win, the Pirates have guaranteed a winning April.

The Bad

Nyjer Morgan was CS for the second time this year.

The Rest

The middle of the Pirates infield included four guys who were not Opening Day starters at those positions- Robinson Diaz (C), Brian Bixler (SS), Ramon Vazquez (2B) and Morgan in CF.

This was the earliest two homer game in the season in LaRoche’s career. He had two dingers for Atlanta on 5/28/06. But he had never cranked two in April.

According to baseball-reference.com, Ohlendorf has been giving up more fly balls than ground balls. Today he retired 15 hitters on grounders and just three on fly balls. That’s good news.

John Grabow finished with two innings of work. It was his longest outing since 7/27/08, also against San Diego.

Giles Beats Pirates in 11

It went late out West. 11 innings and nearly 3:45 of baseball later, Brian Giles sharp liner down the right field line scored Chris Burke with the winning run.

Kevin Correia and Ian Snell both went five innings and allowed three earned runs. Snell walked five and gave up five extra base hits. So, it could’ve been much worse. He snagged a liner up the box by Jody Gerut with the bases loaded and two gone in the fourth.

The Pirates got him off the hook with two runs in the sixth. The Pirates left the bases loaded in the sixth with Jack Wilson striking out to end the threat. Then the bullpens took over. The Pirate relievers allowed just one hit during the next five innings.

In the 11th, Matt Capps walked Chris Burke and David Eckstein in front of Giles game winning, two out hit.

The Good

Nice work by the bullpen. Jesse Chavez continues to be used in tight situations, being the first guy out of the pen in a tie game.

The Bad

Snell was a tad uneven. He kept the team in the game.

Njyer Morgan was picked off first base after leading off the first with a single. I guess you have to take the good with the bad.

The Rest

Former Bucco Jody Gerut hit lead off for SD and was 0-6.

This was Ian Snell’s first ever two hit game. He drove in the Pirates first run.