By Chad Carlson
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The Pirates began a difficult west-coast road trip tonight in the first of a four game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In tonight’s matchup, Ross Ohlendorf took the mound against Dana Eveland, who was a September call-up for the Dodgers.
In his first game on September 1 in a make-up contest at
, Eveland had the Pirates guessing all, earning a victory against his former team, just as he did in his second start against the San Francisco Giants. In fact, in his two starts with the big club this year, he was 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA. So why hasn’t he been the Dodgers all season? PNC Park
Because he gives up homeruns to opposing pitchers.
Ohlendorf hammered a three-run homerun to right field in the second inning, scoring Ryan Doumit and Ryan Ludwick, giving the Bucs a 4-1 lead at the time. The round-tripper was Ross’s first career homerun, leading the Pirates to a 6-2 victory over the Dodgers.
More importantly for Ohlendorf and the Pirates, though, he pitched very well tonight. After a rough first inning where he gave up an RBI ground-rule double to Justin Sellers, Ross settled down and held the Dodgers in check for the remainder of his seven-inning evening. He gave up two runs on four hits, striking out six and he didn’t walk a batter.
Ohlendorf won his first game of the season tonight, and tallied his first road victory since August 2009 when he defeated the Colorado Rockies.
This was a huge performance for Ohlendorf, and nice to see for Pirates’ fans. With the status of the starting pitching rotation up in the air as we approach the end of the season, the Bucs are certainly eyeing up every start by starters like Brad Lincoln, Charlie Morton, Jeff Karstens, Jeff Locke, and yes, Ross Ohlendorf.
Jason Grilli, Evan Meek, and Joel Hanrahan pitched the eighth and ninth innings to end the game. After recording the first pair of outs, Meek loaded the bases in the ninth before Clint Hurdle gave the ball to Hanrahan to finish the Dodgers off to end the game.
On another positive note, the Pirates’ offense came alive tonight, accumulating eleven hits against Dodgers’ pitching. Doumit, Ludwick, Andrew McCutchen, and Brandon Wood each had two hits and an RBI for
, while Neil Walker and Alex Presley added a hit a piece. The only starter to not have a hit was Chase d’Arnaud, who did reach base after he was hit by a pitch in the second inning. Pittsburgh
This is sure to be a tough seven-game road trip at
L.A. and , and it was very important to have a strong performance here in the first game. The Pirates got a strong outing from their starter, the batters were patient at the plate, stretched at-bats, and didn’t miss opportunities to drive in runs. The bullpen came in and shut things down. All in all, considering the skid the Pirates have been on the past month and a half, this was a very satisfying victory. Arizona
The Bucs and Dodgers will do it again tomorrow night at 10:10PM EST. Jeff Locke will get the start for
, looking for his first victory. In his first game on September 10, he gave up three runs on five hits through five innings in a 3-0 loss to the Florida Marlins. Pittsburgh
Record Vs. Dodgers: 2-3
Record Vs. N.L. West: 12-15
Record On The Road: 34-38
Overall Record: 68-82
Let’s Go Bucs!