Nolasco Stops Bucs Cold

Ricky Nolasco won his fourth straight appearance by tossing eight innings of shutout baseball. He whiffed 12. He gave up three singles and two walks.

Ross Ohlendorf gave up 9 hits and five runs in five innings. He gave up two runs in the third and fifth inning to put the Bucs into a whole from which they would not emerge.

Steven Jackson and Jeff Karstens mopped up. Leo Nunez tossed the 9th for Florida.

The Good

Two of the singles came from Andrew McCutchen.

Freddy Sanchez was named as a sub for the All-Star game. He hasn’t started since July 1 due to back issues.

The Bad

Offense. Please?!

The Rest

Nunez was a former Pirate farmhand, traded all those years ago for Benito Santiago.

Nolasco’s career mark for Ks is 13, accomplished 8-2-08 against the Stones.

Pirate hitters have whiffed in double digits 13 times now in 2009. The Pirates offense has reached double digits in runs 10 times.

Ohlendorf’s only other appearance against Florida was a win back on 4/20/09.

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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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