D-Train Wild as Pittsburgh Beats Detroit (Again)

It has been an ugly descent into mediocrity for Dontrelle Willis. A player who used to play with such enthusiasm. I hope he can recover the form that he once had. In the meantime, the Pirates took advantage of his wildness (8 walks) to score six runs off him in 3-2/3 IP. It could’ve been much worse. D-Train got out of a third inning bases loaded none out jam.

Robinzon Diaz drove home three with a first inning sac fly and a two run single in the fourth after Willis was pulled in favor of Zach Miner.

Ross Ohlendorf was the recipient of early support. He allowed just two hits and two walks in four innings of effort. Steven Jackson gave up two runs in relief before the Grabow/Capps combo nailed down the win.

The Good

Impressive start for Ohlendorf. It was the third time this year he let up two hits in a start.

Starting in RF Delwyn Young had three singles.

Bucs hitters collected 11 walks. 

The Bad

Bucs left 14 men on base.

The Rest

Young has a streak of six straight starts with multiple hits.

This was the first three RBI game of Diaz’ career.

This was the first time since May 6 against St. Louis that the team had more walks earned that whiffs. Last time the Pirates drew 10 walks in a nine inning game was 4-12-04. Last time they drew more than 11 walks was 5-1-99.

Pittsburgh had nine hits – all singles. Last time the Bucs hit double digits in hits with none going for extra bases was 6-22-08.

Former Pirate and Pittsburgh area native Don Kelly had his first hit since 5-19-07, had his first two hit day in the Majors, had his first RBIs in the majors and had his first ML XBH.

Author: Randy Linville

Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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