Pirates-White Sox: Richard Shuts Down Bucs; Pittsburgh Shuout Again

Brian WolffCorrespondent IMay 23, 2009

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 06:  Clayton Richard #54 of the Chicago White Sox throws a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Four of the ALDS during the 2008 MLB Playoffs at U.S. Cellular Field on October 6, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, May 23—The Pirates were hoping to put their losing way behind them as they once again went up against the Chicago White Sox, with the lowest run output in the American League. Despite their low run scoring, the Sox had enough yesterday as the Bucs were two hit by Gavin Floyd.

The Pirates would get shut out again in this one, 4-0 as their bats again failed to produce on a day when the starting pitching was adequate.

Ross Ohlendorf went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up six hits and two walks wile giving up three earned runs.

Good defense and pitching kept the game at zeros until the bottom of the fourth. Jermaine Dye reached on a throwing error by Jack Wilson, Dye to second. Paul Konerko then made the error hurt with a single that went off the glove of Freddy Sanchez; Dye scored making White Sox 1-0.

After a one out single by Chris Getz in the bottom of the fifth Alexai Ramirez hit his second home run in two games, connecting on a sinker to make it 3-0.

In the eighth inning Dye hit a solo shot off of Ohlendorf to make it 4-0.

The Pirate batters continued to make Sox pitchers look good. Clayton Richard had a great start, giving up just four hits, walking three and striking out eight in six innings of shout out ball.

The Sox bullpen held the Pirates to one hit and striking out five along the way in three innings of relief.

The Pirates had runners on first and second a couple of times but would never get a runner past second in the game.

The Pirates hope to salvage the series tomorrow in an afternoon game with Jeff Karstens (1-2, 5.21 ERA) taking the mound against White Sox ace Mark Buehrle (6-1, 2.77 ERA).