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 decis...