Game Recap: Cubs 0, Pirates 3 -- He did WHAT?
If I told you a certain "Pitcher McPitcherson" put up this line:
7.0IP, 0R, 4H, 0BB, 8K
Wouldn't you assume the Cubs were facing some sort of well-established ace? That's a Johan Santana line, or a Peavy-in-his-prime line, or something like that.
I guess, for tonight at least, it's also a Russ Ohlendorf line.
Russ got through seven innings on 93 pitches, 62 of which were strikes. In other words, Ohlendorf was all over the strike zone, for the entire night, and the Cubs couldn't convert.
Even when Ohlendorf was gone, the Cubs couldn't take advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves later in the game.
In a moment of maximal frustration, the Cubs were unable to capitalize on a no-out situation with runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 8th inning. Soriano struck out swinging on an outside change-up, Fukudome looked at strikes two and three, and Derrek Lee grounded out.
Are Pirates pitchers that good? Maybe.
Is the Cubs offense that bad? Almost certainly.