Ross Ohlendorf will return to some familiar territory today as he toes the rubber in Pittsburgh, but this time as a visitor instead of as a member of the home team. He will make his eighth start as a Padre as he takes on his former team in the series finale at PNC Park. In his seven starts so far he is 4-2 with a 5.61 ERA. Although both of his losses have come on the road, Ohlendorf should feel confident taking the mound at PNC Park, even though this will be his first time pitching against Pittsburgh since a scoreless 1.1-inning relief appearance as a Yankee.
Our Padres have outscored the Pirates 86-33 over their 11 straight victories at PNC Park. In the first two games of this series alone, our offense has put up 14 runs. Chase Headley has been leading the way with three home runs and eight RBI. They'll try to stay hot today and keep their win streak intact as they go for their second consecutive streak and season-high seventh consecutive win.
Erik Bedard will get be given the task of trying to break the Pirates out of their slump. He has won each of his four career starts against our Padres, posting a 1.63 ERA over 27.2 innings. Despite his league-worst 12 losses this season, he has put up great numbers at home, keeping opponents to a .192 average while posting a 2.38 ERA. Bedard's last start saw him shut out the Diamondbacks for seven innings, limiting them to two hits and issuing no walks.
Bedard will definitely need his offense to come through if he wants to have a chance at winning today. But he probably won't be able to count on Andrew McCutchen, who seems to have hit a wall lately. He has yet to record a hit this series and is currently riding an 0-for-9 streak.
Besides the prospect of having the winning streak at PNC Park extend into 2013, a victory today will do so much for the morale of this team. And after such a rough start, it's nice for fans to be rewarded for keeping the faith and continuing to follow this team through all the injuries and unmet expectations in the first half of the season.
Padres lead the series 2-0
WP: Brad Brach (1 - 2)
SV: Huston Street
LP: Tony Watson (5 - 2)
|9 - 8 win|
WP: Jason Marquis (6 - 6)
LP: A.J. Burnett (14 - 4)
|5 - 0 win|