Ohlendorf’s Mistakes Prove Costly

Frustrated tonight. Missed the Notre Dame game due to travel. Caught the bulk of it on the radio. I’m of the opinion that a Lou Holtz defense wouldn’t have buckled with the game on the line. Listened to OSU/USC and now home in time to watch the finish.

And, of course, checking on my beloved, pathetic Buccos. Poor Ross Ohlendorf. He gave up only four hits in 6-1/3. Two of them were dingers. Both came with a man on. Four runs against. And he got just two runs of support. So, he took the loss.

Brian Moehler gave up both Pirate runs over six innings. But, he didn’t get the decision. Jeff Fulchino tossed a scoreless seventh and was the winner since Miguel Tejada’s tie-breaking dinger came in the home half of the 7th (Carlos Lee hit the other homer). Jose Valverde closed things out.

The Good

Ohlendorf – here’s hoping he keeps it up next year, too.

Ronny Cedeno and Lastings Milledge each had two hits.

The Bad

The losing. The lack of an offense.

Notre Dame gagging.

The Rest

Fulchino has two wins and has allowed no runs in 5-1/3 innings over four appearances against Pittsburgh in 2009.

Over his last 15 starts, Ohlendorf is just 5-5 despite an ERA around 3.50. He has allowed more than three earned runs in a start just twice since July.

Lee needs six more RBI to reach 100 for the fifth straight year.

And now the Buckeyes have lost…

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Maholm, Astros Defense Help Bucs Past Houston

Paul Maholm was effective in winning for just the third time in his last 13 starts. He went six innings and gave up two runs on five singles, a double and a pair of walks.

The Pirates offense was kick started by Jack Wilson who blasted a two out homer in the third. Houston edge back into it against Maholm with single runs in the third and the sixth. But things went the Buccos way in the 7th. Brian Moehler who had retired the side in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth, allowed consecutive walks with one out in the 7th. He was pulled for Tim Byrdak who also gave up a BB to load ’em. Byrdak gave way to Chris Sampson. Jason Jaramillo’s grounder to first baseman Lance Berkman was fielded cleanly. Berkman’s throw home was a bad one, allowing a run to score and all to be safe. Delwyn Young (pinch hitting for Maholm), Andrew McCutchen and Wilson all followed with RBI hits to blow it open.

But it wasn’t over yet. Joel Hanrahan was allowed to pitch in a game that was far from over and was charged with a run in the 7th after giving way to John Grabow. Houston loaded the bases with one out in the 8th before Grabow got Jeff Keppinger to hit into an inning ending DP. Matt Capps got three ground ball outs in the 9th to seal it.

Moehler went 6-1/3 and gave up three earned runs on three hits and two walks.

The Good

Bucs made the most of a few opportunities. Seven hits and six runs.

McCutchen, Wilson and Jones each had two hits.

Maholm was good.

Bucs turned three double plays.

The Bad

Why is Joel Hanrahan in a game in the 7th?

Freddy Sanchez was out again.

The Rest

Jones stole two bases. He had one swipe in the Show coming into the game (in 37 career ML games) and 54 career steals in 1,038 career minor league games.

Wilson’s homer was his 10th in Houston, making it easily his favorite road homer park. Next closest is Great American in Cincy with 4. He also hit two in Cinergy/Riverfront.

This was the second time in July the Pirates scored six or more runs on fewer than 10 hits. Other time was July 3rd against Florida.

Barring an injury, McCutchen is set up to have the best debut season by a Pirate since Warren Morris (not rookie season as that would be Jason Bay, but debut season). No Pirate since Morris has had 50 runs and 50 RBIs in their debut season.

Moehler’s Arm, Maysonet’s Bat Squelch Pirates

What’s worse:

Getting beaten down by a pitcher who hadn’t gone the distance in nine years or

Giving up four hits to a player who had only three career knocks?

Well, they both happened tonight in Pittsburgh. Brian Moehler tossed a complete game – his first since 8-8-00 to get his second win of the year. He entered the contest with an unsightly 8.31 ERA. And in his lone 2009 start against the Pirates he was ripped to the tune of five runs and seven hits (back on 4-13-09). Moehler nearly tossed a shutout, but Jason Jaramillo drove in a 9th inning run.

In support of Moehler, the Houston offense had three base runners thrown out by Pirate outfielders. But rookie Edwin Maysonet had four hits, four RBIs and scored twice. He doubled twice, singled and homered. Pudge Rodriguez had three safeties as Houston tallied 15 hits overall. Maysonet came into the game with just three hits in his young ML career.

Ross Ohlendorf allowed four of the Astros six runs in five innings. He gave up eight hits and whiffed five as his record fell to 5-5. Moehler gave up five singles, two doubles and two walks while yielding just the one run.

The Good

Freddy Sanchez had two hits, including his ML leading 18th double of the season. Andy LaRoche alos had two hits, to push his BA back over .300.

The Bad

The offense. Oh, man, are they struggling to score.

Is Ohlendorf the new Josh Fogg?

The Rest

Had Maysonet collected another hit, he would’ve been among a handful of players to collect five hit in a game before their 20th career game. The earliest anyone has ever done it is their fifth caeer game. Both former Buc John Wehner and Mike Lansing accomplished that.

Had Maysonet tripled, he would’ve established the mark for earliest in a career for hitting for the cycle. Gary Ward has the record now at game #14 on 9-18-80 when he hit for the cycle against the Brewers.