Astros Deal Ohlendorf, Bucs Another Loss

By Biertempfel, Rob | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 12, 2009 | Go to article overview

Astros Deal Ohlendorf, Bucs Another Loss


Biertempfel, Rob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


HOUSTON -- Ross Ohlendorf did all the little things right Saturday.

Ohlendorf held the Houston Astros to just four hits. He worked deep into the game. He held runners on first base. He worked ahead in the count. He was efficient with his pitches.

It was the big things -- a pair of two-run homers -- that hurt Ohlendorf and sent the Pirates to a 4-2 loss.

Ohlendorf (11-10) has had a breakout season, leading Pirates starters in victories and ERA.

Ohlendorf threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of the 24 batters he faced, an excellent ratio. But in the seventh, with the score tied at 2-2, he fell behind 2-0 for the first time and wound up walking leadoff batter Lance Berkman.

With one out and Miguel Tejada batting, Ohlendorf made three throws to first, trying to keep Berkman from stealing his eighth base of the season. The crowd of 35,213 grumbled with each toss.

Ohlendorf got ahead of Tejada 0-2, then fired again to first base. The boos this time were louder.

The next pitch was a fastball, low in the zone. As soon as Tejada made contact, Ohlendorf shouted and angrily punched the air. He knew what he'd done.

Tejada's 11th home run put the Astros ahead to stay.

The game got off to a fast start -- both Ohlendorf and Astros starter Brian Moehler made it through the lineup once without allowing a hit -- until the fourth inning. With two outs, a running blunder took the Pirates out of a possible scoring situation.

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