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Offense Rebounds, Bucs Over .500 Again

Offense Rebounds, Bucs Over .500 Again

Faced with the prospect of falling below .500, the Pirates offense responded with 12 singles and a double. Four of those singles were accompanied by an HBP and a BB to bring home four runs in the first inning against Micah Owings. That outbust would stake the Pirates to a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Ross Ohlendorf did a nice job of pitching out of trouble. He retired the Reds in order just once in his six innings. Yet the Reds only scored in one of those innings - in the fourth when Alex Gonzalez belted a three run jack.
The Pirates bullpen finished up the last three innings and were knicked for three runs. Matt Capps had to strike out Gonazalez with the bases loaded to end it.
The Good
Ohlendorf rolls on. I'll take it.
Nate McLouth had three hits. Welcome back.
Sean Burnett has been scored up on just once in 12 appearances this year.
Pirate batters whiffed just once tonight. Believe it or not, you have to go back to 6/26/05 for the last time the Pirates struck out one t...

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