Ross Ohlendorf had a bumpy ride toward the end of spring training, putting up final stats of 0-3 with a 9.61 ERA in six outings. Over 19 2/3 innings, the righty allowed 34 hits and seven walks.
Ohlendorf gave up five runs in five innings Friday against the Phillies in his final preseason outing. Yet, pitching coach Joe Kerrigan was encouraged by what he saw.
“He threw the hell out of the ball last time,” Kerrigan said. “He was really good. He was a solid 92-93 mph average (with the fastball). He had a good slider, good changeup. I think he’s right on. The last game in Philadelphia, he looked like the Ross we saw in the second half last year.”
Which version will show up tonight, when the Pirates play host to the Dodgers in the first regular-season night game? Last year, Ohlendorf went 8-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 16 starts at PNC Park. He’s won his past five decisions at home.
Lineups for tonight’s game:
Dodgers (0-1) – 1. Rafael Furcal ss, 2. Matt Kemp cf, 3. Andre Ethier rf, 4. Manny Ramirez lf, 5. James Loney 1b, 6. Casey Blake 3b, 7. Blake DeWitt 2b, 8. Russell Martin c, Clayton Kershaw lhp
Pirates (1-0) – 1. Aki Iwamura 2b, 2. Andrew McCutchen cf, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Ryan Doumit c, 5. Lastings Milledge lf, 6. Jeff Clement 1b, 7. Andy LaRoche 3b, 8. Ross Ohlendorf rhp, 9. Ronny Cedeno ss