Game 125: Pujols Batters Bucs; Ohlendorf Injured

Some things don’t surprise you: Albert Pujols homered and had three hits against Pittsburgh. Some things add salt to a very open wound: Ross Ohlendorf’s miserable 2010 was compounded by a shoulder injury that forced him to leave the game after pitching to two batters. Any way you look at it, St. Louis won easily. And that was another thing that wasn’t surprising.

Ohlendorf left in the first inning after giving a walk to Skip Schumaker and a single to John Jay. He alerted the team to shoulder difficulties and was removed for Sean Gallagher. With the unenviable task of having little time to prepare himself mentally, Gallagher’s first pitch was popped for a dinger by Pujols and three batters in, St. Louis was up 3-0. Matt Holliday doubled and Felipe Lopez walked in front of an RBI singled from Yadier Molina. Gallagher settled down after that and retired 12 of the next 13 Cardinal batters.

St. Louis broke it open in the fifth with three more runs. Pujols doubled with one out off of Gallagher. Holliday singled him in. After Lopez walked, Gallagher was pulled for Chan Ho Park. Molina hit a run scoring double. After a walk loaded the bases, Lopez scored on a wild pitch.

The Pirates put a runner on in each of the first five innings agaisnt Kyle Lohse, but couldn’t get a big hit. They had a minor breakthrough in the sixth. Neil Walker singled and scored on a dinger from Garrett Jones. Lohse was sent packing, but the St. Louis bullpen tossed 3-2/3 innings of scoreless releif to seal it. St. Louis scored three more times in the last three innings to make it an official blow out.

The Good
Jose Tabata had three hits and stole a base.

The Bad
Ohlendorf getting injured.

The Rest
Ohlendorf is 1-3 against the Cards. Lohse is 5-0 against Pittsburgh.

The homer was Jones fourth of the month.

Pujols came into the game hitting a Cobb-esque .369 against Pittsburgh in his career. He has nine homers in August.

Pirate pitchers gave up 10 runs for the 12th time this year. They also hit double digits in runs allowed 12 times in 2009. Pittsburgh batters reached double figures in runs just six times in 2010.

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