Rough outing for Ohly, Pirates lose five straight
Ross Ohlendorf took the mound last night for the first time since getting hit on the side of his head from a combacker just five days earlier. Unfortunately, it was not a good night for Ross.
Ohlendorf lasted just five innings, gave up five hits, three runs, struck out four, walked four, plus a hit by pitch. He threw 104 pitches, 60 for strikes.
To be honest, Ohly is lucky the Reds only scored three runs off him. The first inning lasted just over 15 minutes and he walked the first two batters he faced. By the time the second inning came Ross had already threw 56 pitches.
In the third inning, Johnny Gomes hit the ball off the top of the Clemente wall, so close to being a homerun. Fortunately for Ohlendorf, Gomes thought the ball was gone and stood at the plate and admired it for a few seconds and jogged twoards first base. Once the ball hit off the wall, Jonny could only make it to second base.
The fifth inning was the only good inning from Ross, he only needed nine pitches to end the inning.
“I felt like I was going to pitch much better and then got out there and didn’t have very good command,” Ohlendorf said. “My arm felt great, but I was just throwing a lot of balls and throwing up in the zone.”
“I really want to finish strong, get on a roll like I did last year,” he said. “I feel like I’m definitely capable of it. There’s still a lot to play for to show that I deserve to be a part of the rotation next year.”
The Pen’ did a good job on the night. Ledezma pitched two scoreless, hitless innings, striking out one. Justin Thomas pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Pirates. The only mistake came in the eight inning with Hanrahan on the mound. He gave up a hit to Heisey which went over McCutchen’s head when he tried to slide and make the catch. It trickled into the North Side Notch. No Error on Cutch, it was rulled an inside-the-park Home Run, the first by an opponent in PNC Park History.
The Reds Rookie, Travis Wood allowed just two hits through seven innings and struck out four. (The two hits were, Walker in the first; Milledge in the fifth)
The biggest thing about him was he kept the ball down,” Russell said of Wood, who took a perfect game into the ninth against the Phillies last month. “He elevated some to get some guys to chase. He was very effective.”
I try to work quick with the fastball and let pitches work off that,” Wood said. “I was able to throw strikes to both sides of the plate and get them off balance and make some good pitches”
Chris Synder made his Pirates debut against the Reds. He went 0-for-3. I did manage to take some pictures of him.
Ohlendorf, Synder and Pitching Coach Kerrigan after the bullpen warm-up.
Synder’s first at bat as a Bucco.
I just happened to be walking by the ballpark when Chris Synder was dropped off. Apparently, he had just flown into Pittsburgh. I kind of felt like a paparazzi snapping his photo. I couldn’t get my camera out in time to snap a good one.
Tomorrow, Steve Pearce will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Not only will he be out the rest of this season, but it also might affect his ability to compete for a Roster spot in Spring Training in 2011.
Pearce had a plasma rich platelet injection in July in hopes that he would not require the knee surgery. Since then he still has felt pain in his knee and elected to have the surgery this week.
Pearce will be out of Minor League options next season. He played in 15 games for the Pirates this year before going on the disabled list with a sprained ankle. While he was rehabbing his right ankle, he was shut down with knee pain. Pearce was 8-for-29, .276 AVG, two doubles, one triple, and five RBI this season.
Other News & Notes:
- The Pirates have traded OF Brandon Jones to the Tigers for a player to be named later. Jones has been assigned to Detroit’s Double-A Erie.
- Cole White named New York Penn League Hitter of the Week. A Spikes player has now earned player of the week honors four straight weeks.
- Pitchers have fared best when Kratz is behind the plate (4.37) and worst with Jaramillo back there (5.70). The ERA is 4.91 with Doumit. (Via @LangoschMLB)
- The Pirates have scored just two runs in the last four games.
- Pirates have now been shutout 11 times this season.
- Pedro Alvarez has just 2 hits in his last 28 at-bats. (0.71 AVG)
Some Batting Pratice photos of the Reds:
Today’s Pitching Matchup: (CIN @ PIT 9/3)
Mike Leake (7-2, 3.57 ERA)
Paul Maholm (6-9, 4.52 ERA)
Leake is pitching on eight days’ rest after the Reds skipped his turn in an effort to limit his innings total in his rookie season. In his last three starts he is 1-1 with a 4.57 ERA and nine strikeouts in 19.2 IP.
Maholm allowed a season-worst eight earned runs and 11 hits in the most recent outing of an up-and-down stretch. The lefty threw a season-high 120 pitches in just 5 1/3 innings and has now not finished six innings in three of his last seven starts.