Pittsburgh lost a close one - something a bit unusual for the year. What wasn't surprising is that an error helped the Cubs get back in it late.

Ross Ohlendorf was crusing along pretty well. He had allowed just one run in six innings. His spot came up in the top of the seventh with two on and one out. Instead of calling for a pinch hitter, John Russell let his starter hit. It almost worked. Ohlendorf, coming into the game with an Iwamura like 4-67 career hitting mark, almost lofted a liner over the head of pulled in Kosuke Fukudome. But he made a leaping grab with his body being pulled away from the plate to preserve the 3-1 lead.

Ohlendorf walked the first hitter he faced (Mike Fontenot) in the home half of the seventh and was promptly pulled for Evan Meek. He got two quick outs before ...

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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.