Game #138: Bucs Win Two Straight!

Great American Ball Park | 7:05 | Ohlendorf vs. Edinson Volquez | Box
For the first time since August 18-19, the Pirates have won consecutive games. Adam LaRoche and Ryan Doumit each drove in a pair of runs. LaRoche’s 8th inning RBI broke a 4-4 tie and Andy LaRoche followed with an other run scoring hit to put the Pirates up by a pair.
They would need the cushion as the bullpen surrendered an 8th inning run before turning it over to Matt Capps for a perfect 9th.
Ross Ohlendorf was mildly effective. He gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings of work. He struck out two, walked one and gave up seven hits, including solo homers to Joey Votto and Chris Dickerson.
THe Pirates offense, despite a total of 15 whiffs, was up to the task against Edinson Volquez he allowed four runs over seven innings and struck out 13. Neither Ohlendorf nor Volquez was involved in the decision. Tyler Yates was the winner for Pittsburgh for getting the last out of the seventh. Jeremy Affeldt was charged with both 8th inning runs and the loss.

Pre-Game Thoughts
We all know what Edinson Volquez can do. But what can Ross Ohlendorf do? This will be his first ML start and his first ML appearance for the Pirates after coming over from the Bombers in the Xavier Nady trade. Earlier this year he made 25 mostly ineffective appearances for the Yanks – 40 IP and a 6.53 ERA. At AAA Indy, Ohlendorf was 4-3 with a 3.47 ERA in seven starts.
While pitching for NYY earlier this year he gave up two hits in 2/3 IP against the Reds. Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto collected the hits. No other current Redleg has hit against Ohlendorf.
Volquez has a 16-5 record and a very nice 3.05 ERA. He is 1-0 in three career starts against Pittsburgh. His last start (and his win) against the Bucs came on August 12. His ERA against the Pirates in 17 IP is 2.12.
The Pirates are hitting a surprising .302 against Volquez. Both Ryan Doumit and Nate McLouth have three hits.

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