Cincy's Travis Wood, making his sixth career MLB start, never allowed a Pirate past second base, turning over a 3-0 Reds lead to 41-year-old Russ Springer and 40-year-old Arthur Rhodes for the final two innings. Toss in an inside the park home run from the Reds' Chris Heisey (only the 2nd in PNC Park history), and you've got the recipe for a 4-0 Cincinnati win before a morose announced crowd of 15,000 and change on Monday night.
It doesn't take much offense to beat the Pirates, as Ross Ohlendorf knows all too well. Monday was the fourth time that the Bucs were shut out in an Ohlendorf start in 2010. Mr. Wonderful fell to an unreal 1-9 with this latest outing, allowing 10 baserunners in five innings. While it's clear that he has had a lack of run support, his regression this season is a major disappointment.
As for that offense, the Pirates have scored a total of two runs in their last four games, and it doesn't help that Pedro Alvarez is mired in a 2-for-28 slump, sitting out each of the past two contests. The only Pittsburgh hits on Monday were singles from Lastings Milledge, Delwyn Young, and Neil Walker.
The Buccos will try for a rebound tonight against highly-touted Mike Leake (3.57, 7-2), pitting Paul "He's Still Here?" Maholm (4.52, 6-9) against the Reds. Gametime is set for the usual 7:05 at PNC this evening.