Pittsburgh 5 – Milwaukee 2
Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports
Starting pitcher Ross Ohlendorf (11-8) continues to be a bright spot for the last place Pirates as the right hander allowed only one run over seven-plus innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates (48-70) beat the Milwaukee Brewers (58-61) 5-2 Tuesday night at PNC Park
Ohlendorf, the Pirates lone 10+ game winner, has three of the Pirates five wins since July 24th and is 4-1 since the All-Star break.
“At the beginning of the season, I think I felt pretty good, but I feel a lot better now,” Ohlendorf said.
“I feel like I’m throwing the ball much better. I really feel like since I went over my head that’s helping me out a lot, I’m pitching with a lot of confidence. That been a big key for me.”
Ohlendorf allowed a solo home run to Brewers 1B Prince Fielder (32) in the second inning but threw five straight shut-out innings before being pulled in the 8th inning. Ohlendorf had five strikeouts and two walks on the night.
“He’s fun to watch, the way he’s developed and way he’s taken to everything and really matured as a starting pitcher,” Pittsburgh Pirates manager John Russell said in his post game comments. “It’s been really enjoyable to watch him grow. He’s just taking it every outing and continuing to make very good, great, strides forward. He’s the type of pitcher now, he can be the workhorse for you and a guy you can really count on.”
Delwyn Young (6) and Lastings Milledge (1) each homered for the Pirates. Milledge two run homer in the 5th inning was his first home run in a Pirates uniform. Milledge is batting .227 on the season with one home run and 10 rbi’s.
Garrett Jones added two hits and Andy Laroche went 2-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. The Pirates have scored 14 runs in their past two games.
Paul Maholm (6-7) will take the mound for the Pirates tomorrow night in the final game of the three game series against Milwaukee.