Pirates Game 4 Recap: Carpenter shuts down offense

The Pirates lost to the Cardinals today, evening the series at 2-2. While any loss is disappointing, this one had some encouraging aspects, and some good moments. Ross Ohlendorf had a strong outing, going six innings and allowing seven hits, one walk, and two earned runs. He was helped by some solid defense, such as a great running catch by Nyjer Morgan, and a double play by Brandon Moss, with the second out coming from a throw out at the plate.

As for the Pirates offense, they supported Ohlendorfs effort with one hit…that’s it? One d*** hit?!

The effort wasn’t horrible, since it featured a healthy Chris Carpenter on the mound. Carpenter had a no hitter going in to the 7th inning, with the Pirates up 1-0. It looked like another Jered Weaver situation in the making, with Carpenter throwing a no hitter but losing in the process. Ohlendorf kept the pace, but struggled in the 7th.

Ohlendorf allowed two runners to reach base, followed by a single up the middle that Freddy Sanchez couldn’t reach. The play was arguably makeable (I’m not sure if that’s a word), but Sanchez just missed it, and missed a double play opportunity. Ohlendorf was taken out, and received one more run thanks to a Sean Burnett single, before the Pirates got out of the inning with Brandon Moss’ throw to nail Yadier Molina at home for a double play.

2009 MVP Tracker

The negative points for the MVP tracker for today’s game mostly go to the offense:

-One negative point for Jack Wilson. Wilson went 0 for 3, including a strikeout in the seventh with two outs and runners at the corners.

-One negative point for Freddy Sanchez, and one for Nate McLouth. The Pirates were fortunate in the third. Ramon Vazquez walked, then Ross Ohlendorf came up to bunt with one out. Pujols threw to second to try and get Vazquez, but missed the throw, sending Vazquez to third. Nyjer Morgan hit one to Pujols on the next play, and Pujols went home to try and get Vazquez, but Vazquez beat the throw. That left the Pirates with runners at first and second and one out. Sanchez came up and struck out on some horrible pitches, and McLouth grounded out to first. This was the best opportunity for the Pirates to score runs and support Ohlendorf today.

Other Stuff

Since I plan on doing a recap of each game, I’ll also use this space to post updates to the blog, and mention other information on the Pirates that I don’t want to use a whole post on.

-Pedro Alvarez hit a homer in his first professional game at Lynchburg. I’ll be going to see Lynchburg play on Monday, and will be providing Twitter updates on Alvarez. Add me on Twitter to get the updates.

-The 2009 Draft Prospects Tracker was updated today with performances from Rich Poythress and Dustin Ackley yesterday. Poythress homered, while Ackley scored three runs. The tracker is updated almost every day, so bookmark it to stay up to date on some potential Pirates draft picks this June.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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