Ross Ohlendorf was awesome today, striking out eight Phillies and stranding five hits over seven innings. The Bucs squeaked out another close win thanks to their pitching, which has recently been terrific – Ohlendorf is the latest to post a great start, after Paul Maholm, Daniel McCutchen and Brad Lincoln earlier in the week.
Here’s the writeup from the Sports Network:
Recap: Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia
Sports Network | July 2, 2010
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Ross Ohlendorf combined with two other pitchers in a five-hit shutout as Pittsburgh took a 2-0 win over Philadelphia in the second of a four-game set.
Ohlendorf (1-6) got his first win since August 18, 2009 as he gave up five hits and a walk with a season-high eight strikeouts over seven innings. He had gone 16 starts without a win, including 11 this season.
Andy LaRoche drove in a run while Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Pirates, who have won three in a row. Joel Hanrahan tossed a perfect eighth while Octavio Dotel worked the ninth for his 18th save of the season.
Jamie Moyer (9-7) had a three-start winning streak broken despite giving up just two runs — one earned -- on five hits with a pair of walks and a season high eight strikeouts over six innings for the Phillies, who have dropped three straight and five of their last seven. Wilson Valdez had two of the five hits.
The Pirates got back-to-back, one-out singles from Pedro Alvarez and McCutchen in the first, but Moyer retired the next two batters to strand them on the basepaths.
The Phils got a runner in scoring position in the third when Dane Sardinha hit a one-out single and moved to second on Moyer’s sac bunt. However, after Jimmy Rollins was hit by a pitch, Raul Ibanez fouled out to end the frame.
Pittsburgh got on the board in the fourth. With two outs and one on, Ryan Doumit singled and Bobby Crosby followed with a walk to load the bases. LaRoche then hit a soft grounder to the left of the mound and Moyer fielded it, but his throw to first went wide and two runs scored. Ohlendorf then flied out and Pittsburgh held a 2-0 lead after four innings.
Philly got a leadoff single from Valdez to start the fifth, but Sardinha hit into a double play and Moyer struck out to end the frame.
The Phils had runners at first and third with two outs in the sixth and Ben Francisco hit a sharp liner to right, but Lastings Milledge made a nice diving catch to keep the shutout intact.
The visitors stranded a runner at second in the seventh then were set down in order by Hanrahan in the eighth.
Dotel then threw a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the win.
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 1-for-3 effort…Pittsburgh has taken three of four from Philly this year…Moyer fell to 5-7 in 16 games against Pittsburgh…Kyle Kendrick takes the mound for the Phillies on Saturday and will be opposed by Paul Maholm.