The Pittsburgh Pirates have six games remaining in the 2011 season. Some envisioned this season ending on a much different note than the past nineteen years, but instead the Bucs are running on flat tires as they approach the checkered flag.
The wheels have been blown off the Pirates starting pitching. Just when it looked like Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf was starting to get rolling, he hit a giant pothole in Arizona.
Ohlendorf exited the game in the third inning, with the bases drunk with Diamondbacks and no outs on the scoreboard.
Ohlendorf was charged with seven runs allowed by giving up seven hits and two walks.
In the first inning the DBacks pulled a double steal…twice. It was Matt Pagnozzi’s first start since being signed by the Pirates.
The Pirates offense came from Ryan Ludwick, who is now 200% better than Matt Diaz in the home run department. Derrek Lee had three hits including another bomb.
The Pirates cut the Diamondbacks lead to 8-5, but closer JJ Putz racked up his 22nd consecutive save when he struckout the side in the ninth inning.