It took more than a little while, but in the end I'm smiling. Jose Tabata knocked in Josh Rodriguez with two outs in the 14th inning to move the Pirates to 5-3. If you are keeping track, the club needs 77 wins for a season above .500. Rodriguez had walked with two outs off Franklin Morales - Colorado's eighth pitcher of the game. Tabata followed with a high drive that bounced off the Clemente wall in right to score Rodriguez easily.
Ross Ohlendorf got in trouble early, settled in and then left prematurely with shoulder issues. He surrendered a two out, three run jack to Jason Giambi in the first inning. Giambi's dinger followed a lead off walk to Dexter Fowler and a single from Jonathan Herrera. After getting the first two hitters in the third inning, Ohlendorf was done due to his injury. Jeff Karstens relieved and, trend-setting for the rest of the bullpen, kept Colorado off the board.
While Karstens tossed 3-1/3 innings of shutout relie...
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.