Padres Win Close One in Absence of Pirate Offense

The Pirates scraped together a mere five singles and three walks as they once again failed to support a strong outing from Ross Ohlendorf. The Pirates starter allowed just one run on five hits and one walk in seven innings. He struck out five. Clayton Richard was equally good for the visiting Friars. He gave up just one unearned run (in the first inning) on four hits in six innings.

It wasn’t decided until the 9th. An error by Brian Bixler and two walks set up a sac fly from Henry Blanco for the game winning run. That made a loser of Phil Dumatrait and a winner of Luke Gregerson, who tossed a scoreless 8th. Heath Bell earned the save with a scoreless 9th.

The Good

Ohlendorf, once again.

The Bad

The offense, once again.

The Rest

Despite an ERA approaching 3.00, Ohlendorf is winless in his last five starts.

Garrett Jones had started every Pirate game since July 1, but got the day off.

Steve Pearce was 0-3 with three Ks.

Analysis
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