Big Lead Sports Bar

9/04/2008

MR. WONDERFUL


Oh, his name's Ohlendorf, not Orndorff? Sorry for the confusion. But the nickname might stick anyway if new Bucco pitcher Ross Ohlendorf can pitch like he did last night in a 6-5 win over Cincinnati.

Ohlendorf pitched six innings, allowing seven hits, a walk and three earned runs. And while he didn't hit the 98 MPH that he's known for, he did reach 95, which is at least in the neighborhood. For a team that was trotting out John Van Benschoten and Yoslan Herrera a short time ago, I'll take that any day. Said manager John Russell: "He was aggressive in the strike zone. He has the arm to be aggressive in the strike zone. He has a decent mix [of pitches]. He used both sides of the plate."

The Pirates somehow managed to win the game despite striking out 15 times, including 13 at the hands of Reds starter Edinson Volquez. The Pittsburgh offense was provided by a 10-hit attack scattered among six batters.

Tonight's matchup will surely help decide the 2008 NL Cy Young race: LHP Tom Gorzelanny (6-9, 6.61) vs. RHP Josh Fogg (2-7, 7.29). Good tickets still available.

Ohlendorf impressive in debut [PG]

2 comments:

HotDog_Zanzabar said...

Only the Pirates can have a starter go 6 and give up 3 earned, and have it be described as an "amazing debut"

art said...

Looked like at least as many empty seats in Cincinnati last night as a typical weeknight at PNC.

The 2 teams are a combined 37 games under the mythical .500 line.

Pirates only 1 1/2 games behind Reds in battle for next to last place in the division.