Tweaked delivery working well for Ohlendorf

Tweaked delivery working well for Ohlendorf

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pitcher Ross Ohlendorf wouldn't go as far to say that he's a different pitcher now than the one he was when the Padres signed him June 4.

However, Ohlendorf's windup looks dramatically different than it did before.

Ohlendorf, who earned a no-decision in Sunday's victory over the Rockies, is featuring more of a twist during his delivery and is bringing his hands up higher over his head than before.

"I started going over my head and getting a little better turn, which is how I had pitched a few years ago when I felt like I was really pitching well," Ohlendorf said. "I decided to stop going over my head and not turn as much earlier this season. I've been happy with it."

The results have generally been better as the twist has added some deception to his delivery. Ohlendorf allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings with six strikeouts against the Rockies and has a 2.13 ERA over his last two starts.

"He's been fooling with his delivery a little bit and these last two outings have been really good," said Padres catcher John Baker. "He's got this almost Luis Tiant-like turn before he goes and throws the ball, and it's added a little deception."