Ross Ohlendorf hit a three-run home run and pitched seven innings of four hit baseball and the Pirates picked up their 68th win of the season and need to go 7-5 the rest of the way for my preseason "best case" come together for 75 wins.
OK, I know I could come on here and tell you just about anything for you to believe it. It's late in the season and the Pirates are around 15 games under .500 and they were on the west coast against a team under.500 and you probably didn't stay up to watch the whole game. I could tell you pretty much anything and you would probably rush to the box score to beleive me so I could have some fun this this.
The funny thing is I am not lying about the first paragraph. Ross Ohlendorf went deep in the four run second inning and actually pitched OK for his first win since July 2, 2010. Unreal.
He only gave up four hits and a pair of runs. For a while there it looked like Ohlendorf was going to give it all away but he hung in there tight and threw 72 pitches in the seven innings of work.
Jason Grilli continues to be excellent going a scoreless inning and Joel Hanrahan relieved Evan Meek, make his third start since coming off the DL and walked two. Hanrahan picked up his 38th save of the season.
The Pirates offense had 12 hits and knocked out Dana Eveland after five innings as Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Doumit, Ryan Ludwich and Brandon Wood all had multiple hits. Who knew.
Good win in Los Angeles even if only 10 people saw it.