Game 52: Bucs Rally Late to Top Cubs

The offense is still stagnant. The pitching was stellar. More of the same from Ross Ohlendorf, please.

Ohlendorf was very sharp in tossing seven innings of one run ball. He struck out six and gave up three hits. One of those hits was a triple in the second from Alfonso Soriano that bounced off the glove of Andrew McCutchen as he tried to avoid a collision with leftfielder Ryan Church. Soriano scored on a ground out Geovany Soto.

That held up for several innings as Randy Wells gave up three hits and three walks and no runs in five shutout innings. He was pulled to start the six in favor of rookie James Russell. He yielded a game tying solo homer to the first batter he faced – Garrett Jones.

Jones started the winning rally. He led off the 8th off Sean Marshall with a double. Two outs came without him moving up a base. Bobby Crosby came in as a pinch hitter and singled Jones home with the winning run.

Octavio Dotel tossed the 9th for the save. Evan Meek was the winner with a scoreless 8th.

The Good
Jones’ hitting.

Ohlendorf

Neil Walker had two hits.

Meek continues to pitch exceptionally well.

The Bad
The offense is still scuffling.

The Rest
Jones Doubled and homered in the same game for the second time in May.

Walker eclipsed his 2009 hit total in fewer at bats this year.

This was Ohlendorf’s longest outing of the year. He has allowed just two earned runs in 20 innings of work against the Wriglies.

Wells previous start in 2010 against the Pirates was a disaster. He allowed six earned runs and only got six outs.

Analysis
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