Wellemeyer Dominant as Bucs Swoon Continues
Todd Wellemeyer allowed just four hits in seven innings to keep the Pirates offense at bay. On the other side of the ball, Ross Ohlendorf was done in by a four run fifth inning that included a solo homer from Jason LaRue leading off, a bunt single and two HBP. Prior to that outburst, it was a 1-1 contest.
Ohlendorf was charged with all five St. Louis runs in six innings. Wellemeyer gave up a run scoring double to Nate McLouth and Robinzon Diaz’ first career homer. That was the extent of the offense for Pittsburgh.
The Pirates have lost five straight and 9 of 10 to fall to four games under .500
Diaz’ first career homer is about it.
Losing 9 of 10 is enough to make this weary fan lose all hope. Almost.
Including 2009, LaRue’s BA over his last 536 at bats coming into this game (2006 – 2009) was a meager .190. This was his first homer of 2009 and his last since 8/20/08 also against Pittsburgh (Craig Hansen).
Wellemeyer has won his last four of his last five decisions against the Pirates. His loss came earlier in this season.