Game 120: Ohlendorf Pitches into More Tough Luck as Bucs Lose 80th game

I’d like to give Ross Ohlendorf a do over for 2010. He was injured. He was hit in the head by a line drive. The Pirates have given him minimal run support in his 10 losses (four shutouts and just one game with more than three runs scored). It happened again against Florida.

Florida’s runs came one at a time and they totaled three. Dan Uggla led off the second with a homer. Cody Ross hit a lead off double in the fifth and one batter later scored on a single from Chad Tracy. In the 8th former Pirates Ronny Paulino doubled to lead off. He was pushed to third on a sac bunt from Florida starter Josh Johnson and scored on a sac fly from Hanley Ramirez.

There were no rallies. There was only one inning with multiple hits. Three of the four runners that reached on a safety came around to score.

Pittsburgh’s runs also came quickly. Ryan Doumit (second inning) and Andrew McCutchen (eighth inning) hit solo homers. Johnson pitched well for the Marlins. But the Pirates put at least one runner on base every inning against him except the 8th and couldn’t get the big hit.

Johnson allowed seven hits and walked none in eight innings. He struck out six. Leo Nunez struck out two in the ninth for the save. Ohlendorf’s eight innings saw three runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out five.

The Good
Jose Tabata had a double and two singles.

Ohlendorf.

McCutchen finding his power stroke.

The Bad
Losing for the 80th time.

Bucs had three runners erased on the bases – two double plays and one caught stealing.

The Rest
Bucs need to go 42-0 the rest of the way to finish above .500.

Ohlendorf falls to 1-2 against Florida. Johnson picks up his first win in his second career start against Pittsburgh.

Johnson is seventh in wins among pitchers born in 1984. Scott Kazmir leads the list with 64. But he has been going backwards. Others on that leader board include Chad Billingsley, Jon Lester, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum. Pirate pitcher James McDonald, born in 1984, has five career wins.

McCutchen has two homers in his last three games. Other than his two homer game back on 4/28/10, he hasn’t hit homers this close together all year.

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