Davis, Diamondbacks shut down Pirates
PHOENIX — Crazy plays and tricky bounces went the Pirates’ way Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
None of it helped the Pirates score any runs, though.
Doug Davis and three relievers combined to pitch an eight-hit shutout, enabling the Diamondbacks to cruise to a 7-0 victory.
It was the Pirates’ 10th shutout among their 54 losses, and the 25th time they have scored one run or fewer in a game. What makes this one sting even more is that it came one day after the Pirates racked up 10 runs against Arizona.
“That’s kind of been the story of our year,” shortstop Jack Wilson said. “We bang out 15 hits and score 10 and the next day get shut out.
“It’s inconsistent at-bats, but at the same time you’ve got to tip your hat to the guy throwing the pitches. (Davis) had good stuff tonight. Good pitching and bad at-bats equals not too much success.”
The Diamondbacks hit rockets all night against righty Ross Ohlendorf (8-8), but came up with just six hits against him.
“He competed without his best location,” manager John Russell said. “For not having his command and his best slider, he competed very well just giving up three (runs). It was another good learning experience for him, keeping us in the game.”
Ohlendorf gave up three runs, two earned, in six innings. Only 44 of his 79 pitches were strikes.
“If it wasn’t for needing to pinch-hit for me, I was in position to go at least seven (innings),” Ohlendorf said. “That’s something I’ve been working on in the second half.”
Arizona took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. Stephen Drew doubled. Justin Upton hit a two-run homer to left field.
Mark Reynolds walked and went to third on Miguel Montero’s double. Chad Tracy hit a bouncer to first. Steve Pearce saw Reynolds break and threw to home plate — but the ball went over catcher Ryan Doumit’s head.
Reynolds scored. When no one covered home, Montero also tried to score, but Doumit chased down the ball and dove toward the plate to tag him out.
Pearce’s wild throw snapped the Pirates’ streak of 72 error-free innings.
Davis (5-10) was hit hard in his previous two starts. The left-hander had allowed 13 earned runs on 13 hits and worked a total of just 6.1 innings.
Last night, Davis blanked the Pirates for six innings on five hits. He struck out eight and walked three.
“Most of our chances came with two outs,” Russell said. “It’s tough to get those two-out base hits.”
The Pirates failed to score in a wacky second inning. With one out, Andy LaRoche singled. LaRoche then appeared to be picked off first base, but umpire Tim Welke called a balk.
Brandon Moss hit a comebacker, and LaRoche got caught in a rundown and was tagged out. Jack Wilson walked.
Pirates pitchers came into the game a combined 1-for-47 at the plate against lefty pitchers. (The lone hit was Jeff Karstens’ single June 5 off Mike Hampton.) In his career, Ohlendorf was 1-for-44 against all pitchers, left- and right-handers.
Defying the odds, Ohlendorf lined a sharp single into center field off Davis.
Not that it mattered. The throw from center fielder Gerardo Parra was high, but Montero caught it in plenty of time to tag out Moss at the plate.
The game’s most unusual play happened in the bottom of the third. With one out, Augie Ojeda hit a hard roller down the third base line. The ball kicked off the fence, bounced away from Moss and rolled toward the wall.
Ojeda, who has decent speed, opted to try for a triple. But the was thrown out at third by … Wilson.
Yep. Wilson never stopped chasing the ball and was there to grab it well before McCutchen could get there. Ojeda was out by two steps.
How they scored
Diamondbacks fourth inning — (Ross Ohlendorf pitching) Stephen Drew doubled to right field. Gerardo Parra bunted out to third base, sacrifice, Drew to third. Justin Upton hit a two-run home run (No. 18) to left on a 1-1 pitch. Mark Reynolds walked. Miguel Montero doubled to center, Reynolds to third. Chad Tracy hit a grounder to first base, fielder’s choice, Reynolds scored on throwing error by first baseman Steve Pearce, Montero out at the plate, Tracy to second. Diamondbacks 3, Pirates 0
Diamondbacks eighth — (Evan Meek pitching) Augie Ojeda doubled to right. Josh Whitesell (pinch-hitting for Jon Rauch) grounded out to first base, Ojeda to third. Drew walked. Parra singled to shallow left, Ojeda scored, Drew to second. Upton singled to left, Drew scored. Fielding error by left fielder Brandon Moss, Parra scored, Upton to third. With two outs, Montero doubled to right, Upton scored. Diamondbacks 7, Pirates 0