If the pitching is good and the offense is bad and the defense is bad, usually you lose. Usually happened in Oakland. The Pirates managed just two runs and committed four errors, leading to all three runs for the opponents.
Ross Ohlendorf deserved better. But he was partly to blame. In the thir his errant pick off throw trying to get Cliff Pennington allowed Pennington to advance to third. Unfortunately, Garrett Jones toss trying to get Pennington at third was also wild. And Pennington scored.
In the fifth it went walk, error, single for Oakland. With the bases loaded and no one out, Ohlendorf walked Coco Crisp and then retired the next three hitters.
The Pirates were unable to do much off of Gio Gonzalez. He brought a shutout into the seventh inning. A lead off homer from Lastings Milledge sent Gonzalez to the showers. Brad Ziegler would allow the equalizer later in the inning as Jose Tabata doubled in Andy LaRoche.
But the defense remained shaky. Evan Meek was on and with two outs, a foul pop up from Kurt Suzuki was dropped by Jason Jaramillo. Of course, Suzuki went on to homer for the winning tally. Craig Breslow tossed a scoreless 8th for the win and Andrew Bailey got a double play ball in the 9th and then ended the game when Jose Tabata’s grounder hit Pedro Alvarez. Bailey got a save. Meek got a tough luck loss and Ohlendorf and Gonzalez both had the ND.
Milledge hit his first homer of the year.
Ohlendorf allowed just two hits and four walks in six innings.
Bucs grounded into three double plays.
This was the first start for both hurlers against their opponents.
This was only the fourth time in 2010 that Oakland was held to three hits or fewer and this was their first win in such a game.
LaRoche started at 3B in place of Neil Walker who officially has a concussion.