Game 47: Arroyo Handcuffs Bucs

Few things about baseball anger me more than watching a player the Pirates gave away come back to haunt the team. It happened tonight.

Bronson Arroyo shut the Pirates out on five singles over 7-2/3 innings and the Reds bullpen finished it for a shutout. The Pirates put two runners on in the fifth and sixth inning but were unable to deliver.

Ross Ohlendorf was okay. He gave up three runs including a pair of RBI to Orlando Cabrera and a solo homer to Miguel Cairo in six innings. He gave up eight hits and walked five. Chris Heisey hit a pinch hit homer in the 8th off of Brendan Donnelley for the final score. Francisco Cordero tossed a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.

The Good
Neil Walker had two of the Pirates hits.

The Bad
Bucs made three errors, but they didn’t have any unearned runs.

The Rest
Aki Iwamura continued his hitting streak with one hit.

Bucs have been shutout six times this year. This was the fourth time this year the Pirates were held without an XBH. Pittsburgh was shutout 17 times in 2009.

Arroyo is now 6-4 against his old team.

Cairo homered on July 28, 2005 and just one time since then until tonight.

Bucs are 20-27 after 47 games. Through that many in 2009, the club was 21-26.

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