Wandy Rodriguiz always pitches pretty good against us. He did so again tonight. He had a rough 3rd inning, but even that was not all that bad. Harrison got a hit. McCutchen hit a fly ball to right that in most ball parks is a pre-warning track out, but in Houston was a two-run homer. Walker got on and Doumit hit a double to score Walker, but even that was played poorly by their left fielder. I thought it was catchable, but even if it wasn't he played the ball off the wall so bad that it gave at least an extra base to Doumit and Walker. After that inning Wandy was solid.
Ross Ohlendorf went 5 pretty good innings. He allowed two runs and struck out six. Nice work. Then everyone gave up a run. Veras came in and the game was already tied, and Veras allowed Carlos Lee to hit a three run homer. Look, I am not trying to be one of those Veras-stinks guys, but his arm is dead now. He had a great season, and I would not complain too much if they brought him back next year. But this year I think the work load is showing.
Brandon Wood went 0 for 4 with 4 K's. d'Arnaud might have joined him if he had not been lifted. He was 0 for 3 with 3 K's. Put those two guys in front of the pitcher and that is three easy outs in a row.
The Pirates did add one in the ninth when Jones walked and Cedano tripled, but what good is losing by three.
It is starting to look like the losing streak is still alive. I hope to see some guys get some playing time in September call ups. The real good news is that Jameson Taillon dominated the other night striking out 9 with no walks and no runs.
Slightly early gamethread: Taillon faces Arrieta
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