Zach Duke and Gavin Floyd showed their stuff in this game, keeping things scoreless and pretty much hitless much of the way. Duke gave up six hits and two runs in nine innings of work, striking out seven along the way.
However, on this day Floyd was better, giving up just two hits and a couple of walks in eight innings of shutout ball as the Pirates fell to the White Sox in their first game of inter-league play. Floyd, looking like he did in 2008, struck out eight batters.
Perhaps realizing that Duke was on hit game, in the bottom of the third the White Sox started to play a little create a run baseball. Alexi Ramirez lead off with a single to center and stole second, when it looked like he was out on the pick off.
Brian Anderson then walked and Josh Fields sacrificed to the pitcher, moving the runners forward. Scott Podsednik then grounded out to second, scoring Ramirez from third. Jayson Nix flied out to center to end the inning, White Sox 1-0.
In the eighth Alexei Ramirez hit a solo home run to make the score 2-0.
The Pirates' only hits were singles by Jason Jaramillo and Brandon Moss in the fifth and in the seventh.
Ross Ohlendorf (5-3, 4.31 ERA) will be pitching against Clayton Richard (0-0, 4.33 ERA) in tomorrow's game.