The Pirates scored no runs. Guess where this is headed?
Tim Hudson limited the Pittsburgh attack to three singles and four walks over eight innings. He induced 17 ground balls and got 3 whiffs. He was pulled for Eric O’Flaherty in the 9th and the Pirates put two men on before the shutout was official.
Ross Ohlendorf didn’t last to see the fifth inning. Super Rook Jason Heyward hit a two run homer in the third and had an RBI double the following inning as Ohlendorf gave up six runs in 3-2/3 innings.
Garrett Jones and Bobby Crosby accounted for all the hits (two each). Jones also had an outfield assist, throwing out catcher Brian McCann at second base in the third inning.
The Pirates bullpen (Jeff Karstens, D.J. Carrasco and Brendan Donnelley) combined to give up one run in 5-1/3 innings.
Ohlendorf getting rocked.
A lack of offense.
Hudson is now 5-3 against the Pirates with a sub 3.00 ERA. Of the A’s big three of nearly a decade ago, Hudson has the most career wins (153 compared to 139 for Barry Zito and 103 for Mark Mulder).
This was Ohlendorf’s second career appearance and first decision against Atlanta. You have to go back to 9-15-08 against LA to find a shorter start for Ohlendorf.
This was Heyward’s first career appearance against the Buccos. This was his third three hit game and the first time he homered and doubled in the same game.
Aki Iwamura was retired as pinch hitter and is 1-43 since May 2.
Andy LaRoche hit leadoff for the first time in his career. Over the first 42 games of the year, the Pirates have used 34 different batting orders.
You know what was on tonight that I was excited to see? The classic Roddy Piper movie ‘They Live.’ Great stuff. Formaldehyde face!