Game 32: Arroyo Keeps Buc Bats at Bay

The only thing worse than knowing that Bronson Arroyo was once a Pirate is knowing that the Pirates got nothing in return for him. He was released free and clear and picked up on waivers by Boston in February 2003. Ouch, babe.

He went seven plus, allowing one run on five hits. One of those hits was a solo tater from Ronny Cedeno. The other four were singles. Francisco Cordero walked two in the 9th but Cedeno grounded out to end it.

Ross Ohlendorf made his 2010 debut as a healthy pitcher (he made one start on 4/7/10 before going on the DL). He was pulled after giving up one run in four innings. He walked four and gave up three hits. He threw 84 pitches and just 47 of those were for strikes. Regardless, it was good to have him back out there.

The game turned in the 8th. With Evan Meek on the mound, Adam LaRoche was unable to handle a ball off the bat of Joey Votto. It went for an error. Scott Rolen doubled him in and the next hitters were retired. Unearned run. That put the Pirates down 2-0 and Cedeno’s homer in the home half off the 8th merely cut the lead to one.

The Good
Welcome back, Ross Ohlendorf.

The Bad
The offense continues to flail.

LaRoche has errors in four straight games.

The Rest
Ohlendorf was 1-0 against the Reds.

Arroyo is 5-4 against his old team in his lifetime and has won four of his last five decisions.

Joey Votto was hitless but hit .472 in PNC in 2009.

Aki Iwamura is 1-24 over the last seven games.

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