Ross Ohlendorf was knocked from the game after being hit in the head by a line drive from Troy Tulowitzki. He was taken to the hospital but the results of tests showed no damage beyond a contusion to his face. The Pirates used a four run third to propel themselves past slumping Colorado.
Ohlendorf was in trouble early as Colorado put the first man on base only to have him doubled off when Jonathan Herrera lined out to Neil Walker at second base. Carlos Gonzalez singled and moved to third when Ohlendorf’s pick off throw eluded Jones (error charged to Jones.) Tulowitzki’s comebacker followed, scoring Gonzalez and forcing Ohlendorf from the contest. Sean Gallagher relieved and pitched three scoreless innings.
Jones tied the game with a solo homer leading of the second inning. In the third, the Pirates broke through against Cook. Gallagher walked with one out. Andrew McCutchen’s soft liner to center was nearly caught. Jose Tabata’s infield single to Herrera at second (with untested first baseman Brad Hawpe getting himself out of position) loaded the bases. Walker followed with a two run single. Jones drove in a run with a single. Pedro Alvarez capped the scoring with a single that sent Rockies starter Aaron Cook to the showers. Manny Corpas relieved and prevented any more damage.
Wil Ledezma made his Pirates debut in relief of Gallagher. He pitched 1-1/3 innings of scorless relief. Gonzalez homered off Javier Lopez in the sixth. Jones added another solo homer in the 8th off of Randy Flores.
Gallagher was the winner. Cook pitched 2-1/3 and gave up the first five Pirate runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out four.
Winning two straight on the road.
Jones had four hits to go along with three RBI and two runs scored.
Welcome Wil Ledezma!
Ohlendorf getting hit in the head marks the second Pirate (Chris Jakubauskas was the other) to get beaned by a come-backer this year.
This was the second time that Jones had four or more hits in one game. This was his third career two homer game and first since the opening series of the season.
Cook was 2-1 against Pittsburgh coming into the game.
Gallagher’s last win was 9/21/09 against the Pirates.
This was the 21st time that Pirate hitters whiffed at least 10 times in a game. Such events happened 28 times in 2009.
Bucs are 36-64 through 100 games. Pirates were 43-57 through 100 games in 2009 and 46-54 in 2008.