With the New York Yankees claiming their 27th World Series Championship last night, the 2009 baseball season is in the books. It also means that PitchByPitch is one year old! I started this site one year ago (the day after the Phillies won the 2008 title), as a place to host my baseball scoring projects and as a place to track the Pirates through thick and thin. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed year #1, and I’m looking forward to the year ahead.

Just this week, the Pirates made their Blueprint for Success available to the public. The blueprint talked about their 5 core priorities: Extremely aggressive drafts, Increased focus in our international operations, Aggressively adding talent at all levels, Rebuilind our player development systems, and Significant investment in our core operations.

Days later, the Pirates made good on one of their priorities by acquiring Akinori Iwamura from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Jesse Chavez. Iwamura is a 30 year-old second-baseman who will make $4.85 million in 2010. Iwamura fills an obvious need for the Pirates at 2B. He’s an exciting player, and I look forward to seeing him in black and gold. With the departure of Chavez, our bullpen is even further depleted. You have to believe that the bullpen is the next thing that management will look to improve.

Finally, I got a good chuckle when I looked at the rewards available on my Pirates’ Bank of America credit card. I was curious when I saw “Pirates Autographed Baseball”. Then, I saw the players that were available.

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Hmm… who to choose?

Go Bucs!

Carl Pavano (RHP) (6-5, 5.73 ERA, 59 K) @ Zach Duke (LHP) (7-5, 3.18 ERA, 47 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Post Game Updates
After losing 5 games in a row, the Pirates finally scored a win against the Cleveland Indians.

The Bucs got 11 hits and 8 runs (just 3 earned) against Carl Pavano in 3.2 innings.

Every Pirate starter scored a hit, and Adam LaRoche went 3-4 with 2 runs and 3 RBI.

Zach Duke pitched well through 6, and Chavez and Grabow were fine in the 7th and 8th.

The ninth inning was a disaster, as the Indians scored 5 runs, but a win is a win.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Jamey Carroll doubles (5) on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Grady Sizemore flies out softly to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Victor Martinez walks.
Shin-Soo Choo grounds into a force out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Jack Wilson. Jamey Carroll to 3rd. Victor Martinez out at 2nd. Shin-Soo Choo to 1st.
Mark DeRosa flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Home
Andrew McCutchen pops out to shortstop Luis Valbuena.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Jamey Carroll to first baseman Victor Martinez.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Grady Sizemore.
Adam LaRoche singles on a ground ball to center fielder Grady Sizemore. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 2

Away
Jhonny Peralta singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Luis Valbuena grounds into a force out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson. Jhonny Peralta out at 2nd. Luis Valbuena to 1st.
Kelly Shoppach strikes out swinging.
Carl Pavano lines out softly to third baseman Andy LaRoche.

Home
Brandon Moss walks.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a line drive to center fielder Grady Sizemore. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Jack Wilson singles on a soft fly ball to center fielder Grady Sizemore. Brandon Moss to 3rd. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Zach Duke singles on a ground ball to right fielder Mark DeRosa. Brandon Moss scores. Jason Jaramillo to 3rd. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to left fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Jason Jaramillo scores. Jack Wilson scores. Zach Duke to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan flies out to center fielder Grady Sizemore.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to center fielder Grady Sizemore. Zach Duke to 3rd. Andrew McCutchen to 2nd.
Adam LaRoche called out on strikes.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Luis Valbuena to first baseman Victor Martinez.

Inning 3

Away
Jamey Carroll strikes out swinging.
Grady Sizemore grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Zach Duke.
Victor Martinez grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Brandon Moss grounds out to first baseman Victor Martinez.
Jason Jaramillo called out on strikes.
Jack Wilson grounds out, shortstop Luis Valbuena to first baseman Victor Martinez.

Inning 4

Away
Shin-Soo Choo singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Mark DeRosa singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Shin-Soo Choo to 3rd.
Jhonny Peralta flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Luis Valbuena strikes out swinging.
Kelly Shoppach singles on a ground ball to pitcher Zach Duke. Shin-Soo Choo scores. Kelly Shoppach to 2nd. Mark DeRosa advances to 3rd, on a throwing error by pitcher Zach Duke.
Carl Pavano grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Zach Duke grounds out, first baseman Victor Martinez to pitcher Carl Pavano.
Andrew McCutchen bunt grounds out softly, pitcher Carl Pavano to first baseman Victor Martinez.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to left fielder Shin-Soo Choo.
With Freddy Sanchez batting, Nyjer Morgan steals (18) 2nd base.
Freddy Sanchez reaches on a throwing error by shortstop Luis Valbuena. Nyjer Morgan to 3rd.
With Adam LaRoche batting, wild pitch by Carl Pavano, Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Adam LaRoche singles on a line drive to center fielder Grady Sizemore. Nyjer Morgan scores. Freddy Sanchez scores.
With Andy LaRoche batting, Adam LaRoche steals (2) 2nd base.
Andy LaRoche singles on a ground ball to right fielder Mark DeRosa. Adam LaRoche scores. Andy LaRoche to 2nd on the throw.
Brandon Moss doubles (15) on a line drive to center fielder Grady Sizemore. Andy LaRoche scores.
Pitching Change: Jensen Lewis replaces Carl Pavano, batting 9th.
Jason Jaramillo homers (2) on a fly ball to right field. Brandon Moss scores.
Jack Wilson lines out to first baseman Victor Martinez.

Inning 5

Away
Jamey Carroll walks.
Grady Sizemore pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche in foul territory.
Victor Martinez flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Shin-Soo Choo pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche in foul territory.

Home
Zach Duke strikes out swinging.
Andrew McCutchen walks.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a line drive to center fielder Grady Sizemore. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd.
Freddy Sanchez grounds into a double play, third baseman Jhonny Peralta to second baseman Jamey Carroll to first baseman Victor Martinez. Nyjer Morgan out at 2nd.

Inning 6

Away
Mark DeRosa grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jhonny Peralta grounds out sharply, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Luis Valbuena strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: Tony Sipp replaces Jensen Lewis, batting 9th.
Adam LaRoche homers (11) on a fly ball to center field.
Andy LaRoche pops out to shortstop Luis Valbuena.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, second baseman Jamey Carroll to first baseman Victor Martinez.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Zach Duke, batting 9th.
Kelly Shoppach grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Jesse Chavez.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco replaces Tony Sipp.
Ben Francisco grounds out sharply, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jamey Carroll flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Defensive switch from second base to third base for Jamey Carroll.
Defensive Substitution: Chris Gimenez replaces first baseman Victor Martinez, batting 3rd, playing first base.
Defensive switch from third base to shortstop for Jhonny Peralta.
Defensive Substitution: Josh Barfield replaces shortstop Luis Valbuena, batting 7th, playing second base.
Pitching Change: Joe Smith replaces Tony Sipp, batting 9th, replacing Ben Francisco.
Jack Wilson grounds out softly, third baseman Jamey Carroll to first baseman Chris Gimenez.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Steve Pearce replaces Jesse Chavez.
Steve Pearce grounds out, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Chris Gimenez.
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, pitcher Joe Smith to first baseman Chris Gimenez.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 4th, replacing first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Defensive Substitution: Ramon Vazquez replaces second baseman Freddy Sanchez, batting 3rd, playing second base.
Steve Pearce remains in the game as the first baseman.
Grady Sizemore flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Chris Gimenez strikes out swinging.
Shin-Soo Choo strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: Rafael Perez replaces Joe Smith, batting 9th.
Nyjer Morgan walks.
Ramon Vazquez walks. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces John Grabow.
Delwyn Young grounds into a force out, pitcher Rafael Perez to shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Nyjer Morgan to 3rd. Ramon Vazquez out at 2nd. Delwyn Young to 1st.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a double play, third baseman Jamey Carroll to second baseman Josh Barfield to first baseman Chris Gimenez. Delwyn Young out at 2nd.

Inning 9

Away
Defensive switch from second base to shortstop for Ramon Vazquez.
Delwyn Young remains in the game as the second baseman.
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces John Grabow, batting 8th, replacing shortstop Jack Wilson.
Mark DeRosa flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Jhonny Peralta flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Josh Barfield singles on a ground ball to shortstop Ramon Vazquez, deflected by third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Kelly Shoppach homers (6) on a fly ball to left field. Josh Barfield scores.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ryan Garko replaces Rafael Perez.
Ryan Garko reaches on a fielding error by third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Jamey Carroll singles on a soft ground ball to third baseman Andy LaRoche. Jamey Carroll to 2nd. Ryan Garko advances to 3rd, on a throwing error by third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Grady Sizemore homers (10) on a fly ball to right field. Ryan Garko scores. Jamey Carroll scores.
Chris Gimenez walks.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Steven Jackson, batting 8th.
Shin-Soo Choo grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Steve Pearce.

Charlie Morton (RHP) (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0 K) @ Jason Hammel (RHP) (4-3, 4.10 ERA, 42 K)

8:10 P.M. EST @ Coors Field

Craig Monroe was designated for assignment, and Steven Pearce was recalled from AAA-Indianapolis. Charlie Morton gives his “1st” start for the Pirates a 2nd chance. He takes the mound against Jason Hammel, tonight at 8:10 at Coors Field.

Post Game Updates
Tonight’s loss to the Rockies is very very frustrating.

Down 4-2 after 6 innings, the Pirates got a 4 runs 7th, and they added a run in the 8th to take a 7-4 lead.

The bullpen couldn’t hold it, and the Rockies scored 3 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to finish a 9-7 victory.

Charlie Morton did his job, holding the Rockies to 2 runs after 5. Sean Burnett didn’t pitch well in the 6th, but Pirate batters bailed him out in the 7th. John Grabow was a disaster in the 8th, and Jesse Chavez was no better in the 9th.

Nyjer Morgan was 4-5 with a run and an RBI. McCutchen was 1-5 with a run and 3 RBI. Brandon Moss went 3-4.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen grounds out sharply, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Dexter Fowler grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Clint Barmes pops out to pitcher Charlie Morton.
Todd Helton strikes out swinging.

Inning 2

Away
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Brandon Moss doubles (12) on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez. Andy LaRoche scores.
Jason Jaramillo pops out to first baseman Todd Helton.
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.

Home
Brad Hawpe called out on strikes.
Troy Tulowitzki walks.
Ian Stewart doubles (8) on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Troy Tulowitzki scores.
Carlos Gonzalez flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Ian Stewart to 3rd.
Chris Iannetta walks.
Jason Hammel grounds into a force out, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Chris Iannetta out at 2nd.

Inning 3

Away
Charlie Morton lines out to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Todd Helton.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (23) on a line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Nyjer Morgan scores.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.

Home
Dexter Fowler flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan in foul territory.
Clint Barmes strikes out swinging.
Todd Helton singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Brad Hawpe grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 4

Away
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Brandon Moss singles on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Jason Jaramillo grounds into a double play, pitcher Jason Hammel to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton. Brandon Moss out at 2nd.

Home
Troy Tulowitzki called out on strikes.
Ian Stewart triples (1) on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Carlos Gonzalez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Ian Stewart scores.
With Chris Iannetta batting, Carlos Gonzalez steals (3) 2nd base.
Chris Iannetta lines into a double play, first baseman Adam LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Carlos Gonzalez doubled off 2nd.

Inning 5

Away
Jack Wilson grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Charlie Morton grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.

Home
Jason Hammel grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Dexter Fowler singles on a ground ball to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
With Clint Barmes batting, Dexter Fowler steals (12) 2nd base.
Clint Barmes pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Todd Helton flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 6

Away
Nyjer Morgan singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Jason Hammel.
Freddy Sanchez out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Jason Hammel to first baseman Todd Helton. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Andy LaRoche lines out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Brandon Moss grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Charlie Morton, batting 9th.
Brad Hawpe grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Troy Tulowitzki singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Ian Stewart homers (13) on a fly ball to center field. Troy Tulowitzki scores.
Carlos Gonzalez grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chris Iannetta singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Jason Hammel grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 7

Away
Jason Jaramillo singles on a line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Jack Wilson singles on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Sean Burnett.
Delwyn Young walks. Jason Jaramillo to 3rd. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Matt Daley replaces Jason Hammel, batting 9th.
Andrew McCutchen triples (4) on a fly ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Jason Jaramillo scores. Jack Wilson scores. Delwyn Young scores.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Freddy Sanchez strikes out swinging.
Pitching Change: Alan Embree replaces Matt Daley, batting 9th.
Adam LaRoche lines into a double play, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton. Nyjer Morgan doubled off 1st.

Home
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Dexter Fowler grounds out sharply to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Clint Barmes grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Todd Helton grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 8

Away
Andy LaRoche doubles (14) on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Brandon Moss doubles (13) on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler, deflected by second baseman Clint Barmes. Andy LaRoche scores.
Pitching Change: Joel Peralta replaces Alan Embree, batting 2nd.
Defensive Substitution: Omar Quintanilla replaces pitcher Alan Embree, batting 9th, playing second base.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Jack Wilson ground bunts into a force out, pitcher Joel Peralta to third baseman Ian Stewart. Brandon Moss out at 3rd. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd. Jack Wilson to 1st.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Steven Jackson.
With Eric Hinske batting, Joel Peralta picks off Jason Jaramillo at 2nd on throw to Troy Tulowitzki.
Eric Hinske strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Steven Jackson, batting 9th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Brad Hawpe walks.
Troy Tulowitzki strikes out swinging.
Ian Stewart strikes out swinging.
Carlos Gonzalez singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Brad Hawpe to 2nd.
Chris Iannetta homers (10) on a fly ball to center field. Brad Hawpe scores. Carlos Gonzalez scores.
Omar Quintanilla strikes out swinging.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Huston Street replaces Joel Peralta, batting 2nd.
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Freddy Sanchez strikes out swinging. Nyjer Morgan steals (17) 2nd base. Nyjer Morgan advances to 3rd, on a throwing error by catcher Chris Iannetta.
Huston Street intentionally walks Adam LaRoche.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to second baseman Omar Quintanilla. Adam LaRoche out at 2nd.

Home
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces John Grabow, batting 9th.
Dexter Fowler flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Seth Smith replaces Huston Street.
Seth Smith singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Todd Helton homers (9) on a fly ball to right center field. Seth Smith scores.

Zach Duke (LHP) (7-4, 3.10 ERA, 47 K) @ Nick Blackburn (RHP) (5-2, 3.31 ERA, 37 K)

1:10 P.M. EST @ Metrodome

Post Game Update
Nick Blackburn pitch a complete game 6 hitter, allowing just 1 run to Pirate hitters. That run was after-the-fact… down 5-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth.

Zach Duke pitched fair, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings. Chavez allowed 2 more in 2 innings, but Blackburn was the story of the night.

It feels good to be leaving Minnesota.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, pitcher Nick Blackburn to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Eric Hinske grounds out to first baseman Justin Morneau.

Home
Carlos Gomez flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Brendan Harris singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Justin Morneau doubles (18) on a fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Brendan Harris scores.
Michael Cuddyer pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jason Kubel flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 2

Away
Adam LaRoche grounds out, pitcher Nick Blackburn to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, third baseman Joe Crede to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Brandon Moss doubles (11) on a fly ball to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out to first baseman Justin Morneau.

Home
Joe Crede pops out to second baseman Ramon Vazquez.
Brian Buscher grounds out softly, pitcher Zach Duke to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Mike Redmond lines out to second baseman Ramon Vazquez.

Inning 3

Away
Ramon Vazquez flies out to left fielder Jason Kubel in foul territory.
Jack Wilson singles on a fly ball to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a soft ground ball to shortstop Brendan Harris. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds into a double play, pitcher Nick Blackburn to shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau. Andrew McCutchen out at 2nd.

Home
Nick Punto singles on a ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson.
With Carlos Gomez batting, Nick Punto steals (6) 2nd base.
Carlos Gomez walks.
Brendan Harris singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Nick Punto to 3rd. Carlos Gomez to 2nd.
Justin Morneau grounds into a double play, second baseman Ramon Vazquez to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Nick Punto scores. Carlos Gomez to 3rd. Brendan Harris out at 2nd.
Michael Cuddyer grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 4

Away
Eric Hinske grounds out, second baseman Nick Punto to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Nick Punto to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Andy LaRoche grounds out to first baseman Justin Morneau.

Home
Jason Kubel grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Joe Crede flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Brian Buscher flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 5

Away
Brandon Moss singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Jason Jaramillo grounds into a double play, second baseman Nick Punto to shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau. Brandon Moss out at 2nd.
Ramon Vazquez pops out to second baseman Nick Punto.

Home
Mike Redmond flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Nick Punto doubles (4) on a fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Nick Punto advances to 3rd, on a fielding error by left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Carlos Gomez grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Brendan Harris flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 6

Away
Jack Wilson flies out to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, third baseman Joe Crede to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, third baseman Joe Crede to first baseman Justin Morneau.

Home
Justin Morneau grounds out, second baseman Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Michael Cuddyer homers (10) on a fly ball to center field.
Jason Kubel hits a ground-rule double (14) on a fly ball to left field.
Joe Crede flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Jason Kubel to 3rd.
Brian Buscher walks.
Mike Redmond flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 7

Away
Eric Hinske flies out to left fielder Jason Kubel.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche pops out to first baseman Justin Morneau in foul territory.

Home
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Zach Duke.
Nick Punto strikes out swinging.
Carlos Gomez grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Brendan Harris singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Justin Morneau grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 8

Away
Brandon Moss flies out to right fielder Michael Cuddyer.
Jason Jaramillo strikes out swinging.
Ramon Vazquez walks.
Jack Wilson grounds into a force out, shortstop Brendan Harris to second baseman Nick Punto. Ramon Vazquez out at 2nd.

Home
Michael Cuddyer triples (5) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Jason Kubel grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Joe Crede reaches on a fielder’s choice out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to catcher Jason Jaramillo. Michael Cuddyer out at home.
Brian Buscher homers (2) on a fly ball to right field. Joe Crede scores.
Mike Redmond strikes out swinging.

Inning 9

Away
Andrew McCutchen lines out to third baseman Joe Crede.
Nyjer Morgan lines out to third baseman Joe Crede.
Eric Hinske doubles (9) on a fly ball to right fielder Michael Cuddyer.
Adam LaRoche singles on a line drive to right fielder Michael Cuddyer. Eric Hinske scores.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Nick Punto to first baseman Justin Morneau.

Armando Galarraga (RHP) (3-6, 5.19 ERA, 44 K) @ Zach Duke (LHP) (6-4, 3.07 ERA, 44 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Post Game Updates
The Pirates beat up on Armando Galarraga and Nate Robinson in the first 4 innings to take an 8-0 against the Tigers.

Adam LaRoche homered in the 2nd. Freddy Sanchez hit a grand slam in the 4th. Jack Wilson went 3-4, scoring 2 runs and an RBI.

Zach Duke pitched well, allowing just 3 runs in 8 innings of work. Jesse Chavez closed out the 9th.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Ryan Raburn singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Placido Polanco grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Ryan Raburn out at 2nd.
Marcus Thames homers (2) on a fly ball to center field.
Miguel Cabrera flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

Home
Andrew McCutchen pops out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera in foul territory.
Nyjer Morgan walks.
Freddy Sanchez grounds into a double play, pitcher Armando Galarraga to shortstop Adam Everett to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Nyjer Morgan out at 2nd.

Inning 2

Away
Magglio Ordonez grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Brandon Inge strikes out swinging.
Gerald Laird grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Adam LaRoche homers (8) on a fly ball to right field.
Delwyn Young singles on a line drive to center fielder Ryan Raburn.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to right fielder Magglio Ordonez. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a ground ball to right fielder Magglio Ordonez. Delwyn Young to 3rd. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jack Wilson singles on a line drive to left fielder Marcus Thames. Delwyn Young scores. Andy LaRoche to 3rd. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Zach Duke flies out to center fielder Ryan Raburn.
Andrew McCutchen grounds into a force out, shortstop Adam Everett to second baseman Placido Polanco. Andy LaRoche scores. Jason Jaramillo to 3rd. Jack Wilson out at 2nd. Andrew McCutchen to 1st.
Nyjer Morgan doubles (6) on a fly ball to right fielder Magglio Ordonez. Jason Jaramillo scores. Andrew McCutchen out at home on the throw, right fielder Magglio Ordonez to second baseman Placido Polanco to catcher Gerald Laird.

Inning 3

Away
Adam Everett singles on a line drive to shortstop Jack Wilson, deflected by third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Armando Galarraga strikes out swinging.
Ryan Raburn walks. Adam Everett to 2nd.
Placido Polanco singles on a ground ball to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Adam Everett to 3rd. Ryan Raburn to 2nd.
Marcus Thames out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Adam Everett scores. Ryan Raburn to 3rd.
Miguel Cabrera flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Home
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to left fielder Marcus Thames.
Adam LaRoche singles on a line drive to center fielder Ryan Raburn. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Nate Robertson replaces Armando Galarraga, batting 9th.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a double play, second baseman Placido Polanco to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Adam LaRoche out at 2nd.

Inning 4

Away
Magglio Ordonez doubles (9) on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Brandon Inge strikes out swinging.
Gerald Laird grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Adam Everett pops out to catcher Jason Jaramillo.

Home
Jason Jaramillo doubles (11) on a line drive to center fielder Ryan Raburn.
Jack Wilson singles on a ground ball to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Jason Jaramillo to 3rd.
Zach Duke strikes out on a missed bunt.
With Andrew McCutchen batting, wild pitch by Nate Robertson, Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Nate Robertson intentionally walks Andrew McCutchen.
Nyjer Morgan grounds into a force out, shortstop Adam Everett to catcher Gerald Laird. Jason Jaramillo out at home. Jack Wilson to 3rd. Andrew McCutchen to 2nd. Nyjer Morgan to 1st.
Freddy Sanchez hits a grand slam (5) to left field. Jack Wilson scores. Andrew McCutchen scores. Nyjer Morgan scores.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 5

Away
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Josh Anderson replaces Nate Robertson.
Josh Anderson grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Ryan Raburn homers (4) on a fly ball to left field.
Placido Polanco grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Marcus Thames grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Pitching Change: Ryan Perry replaces Nate Robertson, batting 3rd, replacing left fielder Marcus Thames.
Josh Anderson remains in the game as the left fielder.
Delwyn Young grounds out, shortstop Adam Everett to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, third baseman Brandon Inge to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, shortstop Adam Everett to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Inning 6

Away
Miguel Cabrera flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Magglio Ordonez grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Brandon Inge grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Jack Wilson doubles (13) on a line drive to left fielder Josh Anderson.
Zach Duke singles on a line drive to center fielder Ryan Raburn. Jack Wilson to 3rd.
With Andrew McCutchen batting, wild pitch by Ryan Perry, Zach Duke to 2nd.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a line drive to right fielder Magglio Ordonez. Jack Wilson scores. Zach Duke to 3rd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds into a double play, second baseman Placido Polanco to first baseman Miguel Cabrera to shortstop Adam Everett. Andrew McCutchen out at 2nd.
Freddy Sanchez strikes out swinging.

Inning 7

Away
Gerald Laird grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Adam Everett grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Josh Anderson grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Pitching Change: Bobby Seay replaces Ryan Perry, batting 3rd.
Adam LaRoche singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Josh Anderson.
Delwyn Young singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Magglio Ordonez. Adam LaRoche to 3rd.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson flies out to center fielder Ryan Raburn.

Inning 8

Away
Ryan Raburn pops out to catcher Jason Jaramillo in foul territory.
Placido Polanco grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Don Kelly replaces Bobby Seay.
Don Kelly flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Pitching Change: Brandon Lyon replaces Bobby Seay, batting 3rd, replacing Don Kelly.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez replaces Zach Duke.
Ramon Vazquez grounds out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Andrew McCutchen flies out to center fielder Ryan Raburn.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, pitcher Brandon Lyon to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Zach Duke, batting 9th, replacing Ramon Vazquez.
Miguel Cabrera singles on a fly ball to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Ramon Santiago replaces Miguel Cabrera.
Magglio Ordonez strikes out swinging.
Brandon Inge walks. Ramon Santiago to 2nd.
Gerald Laird flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Ramon Santiago to 3rd.
Adam Everett flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Ross Ohlendorf (RHP) (5-5, 4.85 ERA, 33 K) @ Derek Lowe (RHP) (6-3, 3.40 ERA, 45 K)

7:00 P.M. EST @ Turner Field

Post Game Update

The Pirates dropped their second 1-run game in a row to the Atlanta Braves. Ross Ohlendorf pitched well, but it wasn’t enough for the Pirates to get the W.

The Pirates scored early in the 1st inning when speedy Nyjer Morgan singled. Delwyn Young hit him over to 3rd, and Morgan scored on an Adam LaRoche groundout.

The Braves put some singles together in the bottom of the 3rd to score Nate McLouth and tie the game at 1.

Delwyn Young singled in the 4th, Eric Hinske walked, and Robinzon Diaz doubled to send them both home. 3-1 Bucs!

The lead lasted until the bottom of the 7th when Jesse Chavez gave up a 2 run single to Yunel Escobar.

This was the 2nd tough loss in a row for the Bucs.

Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen pops out to shortstop Yunel Escobar.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Delwyn Young singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. Nyjer Morgan to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Garret Anderson. Nyjer Morgan scores.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, pitcher Derek Lowe to first baseman Greg Norton.

Home
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.
Yunel Escobar strikes out on a foul tip.
Chipper Jones lines out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 2

Away
Eric Hinske flies out to right fielder Matt Diaz.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to right fielder Matt Diaz.
Jack Wilson flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Brian McCann strikes out swinging.
Garret Anderson singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Greg Norton flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Matt Diaz grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Delwyn Young. Garret Anderson out at 2nd.

Inning 3

Away
Ross Ohlendorf strikes out swinging.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to shortstop Yunel Escobar, deflected by pitcher Derek Lowe.
Nyjer Morgan grounds into a double play, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Greg Norton. Andrew McCutchen out at 2nd.

Home
Kelly Johnson flies out to right fielder Eric Hinske.
Derek Lowe pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Nate McLouth singles on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Eric Hinske.
Yunel Escobar singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Nate McLouth to 2nd.
Chipper Jones singles on a ground ball to second baseman Delwyn Young. Nate McLouth scores. Yunel Escobar to 3rd.
Brian McCann flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 4

Away
Delwyn Young singles on a fly ball to left fielder Garret Anderson.
Adam LaRoche grounds out softly to first baseman Greg Norton. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Andy LaRoche called out on strikes.
Eric Hinske walks.
Robinzon Diaz doubles (4) on a fly ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Delwyn Young scores. Eric Hinske scores.
Jack Wilson grounds out softly, pitcher Derek Lowe to first baseman Greg Norton.

Home
Garret Anderson strikes out swinging.
Greg Norton grounds out softly, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Ross Ohlendorf.
Matt Diaz grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 5

Away
Ross Ohlendorf grounds out softly, pitcher Derek Lowe to first baseman Greg Norton.
Andrew McCutchen called out on strikes.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a sharp line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
With Delwyn Young batting, Nyjer Morgan steals (13) 2nd base.
Delwyn Young grounds out softly, second baseman Kelly Johnson to first baseman Greg Norton.

Home
Kelly Johnson pops out to catcher Robinzon Diaz in foul territory.
Derek Lowe grounds out softly, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Nate McLouth flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan in foul territory.

Inning 6

Away
Adam LaRoche strikes out on a foul tip.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, third baseman Chipper Jones to first baseman Greg Norton.
Eric Hinske doubles (8) on a fly ball to left fielder Garret Anderson.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Yunel Escobar singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen, deflected by shortstop Jack Wilson.
Chipper Jones singles on a line drive to right fielder Eric Hinske. Yunel Escobar to 3rd.
Brian McCann singles on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Eric Hinske. Yunel Escobar scores. Chipper Jones to 2nd.
Garret Anderson grounds into a double play, first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Jack Wilson to pitcher Ross Ohlendorf. Chipper Jones to 3rd. Brian McCann out at 2nd.
Greg Norton grounds out softly, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Ross Ohlendorf.

Inning 7

Away
Jack Wilson grounds out sharply, third baseman Chipper Jones to first baseman Greg Norton.
Ross Ohlendorf grounds out, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Greg Norton.
Andrew McCutchen flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Matt Diaz singles on a fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th.
Kelly Johnson singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Sean Burnett. Matt Diaz to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco replaces Derek Lowe.
Gregor Blanco out on a sacrifice bunt, catcher Robinzon Diaz to second baseman Delwyn Young. Matt Diaz to 3rd. Kelly Johnson to 2nd.
Nate McLouth walks.
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th.
Yunel Escobar singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Matt Diaz scores. Kelly Johnson scores. Nate McLouth to 2nd.
Chipper Jones grounds into a double play, first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Jack Wilson to pitcher Jesse Chavez. Yunel Escobar out at 2nd.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Michael Gonzalez replaces Derek Lowe, batting 9th, replacing Gregor Blanco.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, third baseman Chipper Jones to first baseman Greg Norton.
Delwyn Young grounds out, third baseman Chipper Jones to shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Greg Norton.
Pittsburgh Pirates First Base Coach Perry Hill ejected by 1B umpire Doug Eddings.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: Tom Gorzelanny replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 9th.
Brian McCann grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Garret Anderson strikes out swinging.
Greg Norton called out on strikes.

Inning 9

Away
Defensive Substitution: Jeff Francoeur replaces left fielder Garret Anderson, batting 5th, playing right field.
Pitching Change: Rafael Soriano replaces Michael Gonzalez, batting 6th, replacing first baseman Greg Norton.
Defensive switch from right field to left field for Matt Diaz.
Defensive Substitution: Martin Prado replaces pitcher Michael Gonzalez, batting 9th, playing first base.
Andy LaRoche flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Eric Hinske flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Robinzon Diaz reaches on a fielding error by third baseman Chipper Jones. Robinzon Diaz to 2nd.
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.

Zach Duke (LHP) (6-4, 2.62 ERA, 42 K) @ Kenshin Kawakami (RHP) (3-6, 4.63 ERA, 46 K)

7:00 P.M. EST @ Turner Field

Post Game Update

Zach Duke didn’t have a strong start tonight. He gave up 11 hits and 6 runs in 6 innings. Still the Pirates managed to score 2 runs in the 6th thanks to triples from Andrew McCutchen and Freddy Sanchez. Nyjer Morgan and Adam LaRoche each hit sacrifice flies to score McCutchen and Sanchez. Jaramillo, Wilson, Hinske, and McCutchen hit four consecutive hits in the 7th to score 3 runs and tie the game.

The Pirate bullpen pitched remarkably well in innings 7 through 14. Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Sean Burnett, Steven Jackson, Jesse Chavez, and Evan Meek (3 innings!) all kept the Bucs in the game. Jeff Karstens entered for the bottom of the 15th inning, and he surrendered 2 walks and 2 hits, and Matt Diaz knocked in the winning run.

This was a tough loss for the Pirates tonight. Bobby Cox got his 2,000th win as a Braves manager. Nate McLouth hit a HR in his first game against the Pirates. Luckily, Andrew McCutchen is playing great, although is defense could use some work.

Since Karstens came into the game in relief tonight, we may see Charlie Morton enter the starting rotation soon.

Tonight’s game also brought up a minor bug in my scoresheet. I’ve known that there is currently a serious limitation in the scoresheet. Each team can only have 63 plate appearances. As I finished the scoresheet, I breathed a sigh of relief when the Pirates finished with 62 plate appearances and the Braves finished with 63. The minor bug occurred when a team had exactly 63 plate appearances. I’ll post an update shortly.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan hit by pitch.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
With Adam LaRoche batting, Nyjer Morgan caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Brian McCann to shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Home
Nate McLouth singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Yunel Escobar grounds into a force out, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Nate McLouth out at 2nd. Yunel Escobar to 1st.
Chipper Jones homers (8) on a fly ball to right field. Yunel Escobar scores.
Brian McCann hit by pitch.
Garret Anderson flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Jeff Francoeur flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 2

Away
Adam LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Martin Prado to pitcher Kenshin Kawakami.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Martin Prado.
Brandon Moss grounds out to first baseman Martin Prado.

Home
Martin Prado singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Kelly Johnson strikes out on a foul tip.
Kenshin Kawakami bunt pops out to pitcher Zach Duke.
Nate McLouth grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 3

Away
Jason Jaramillo flies out to left fielder Garret Anderson.
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.
Zach Duke grounds out, second baseman Kelly Johnson to first baseman Martin Prado.

Home
Yunel Escobar flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Chipper Jones walks.
Brian McCann flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Garret Anderson strikes out swinging.

Inning 4

Away
Andrew McCutchen singles on a line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Kelly Johnson to first baseman Martin Prado. Andrew McCutchen to 2nd.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (20) on a fly ball to right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Brandon Moss grounds out, second baseman Kelly Johnson to first baseman Martin Prado.

Home
Jeff Francoeur singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Martin Prado grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Jeff Francoeur out at 2nd.
Kelly Johnson singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Kenshin Kawakami grounds out, pitcher Zach Duke to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 5

Away
Jason Jaramillo called out on strikes.
Jack Wilson called out on strikes.
Zach Duke flies out to left fielder Garret Anderson.

Home
Nate McLouth homers (10) on a fly ball to center field.
Yunel Escobar flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Chipper Jones singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Brian McCann homers (6) on a fly ball to right field. Chipper Jones scores.
Garret Anderson walks.
Jeff Francoeur grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Zach Duke. Garret Anderson to 2nd.
Martin Prado flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 6

Away
Andrew McCutchen triples (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Nyjer Morgan out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Nate McLouth. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Freddy Sanchez triples (3) on a fly ball to left fielder Garret Anderson.
Adam LaRoche out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Garret Anderson. Freddy Sanchez scores.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, pitcher Kenshin Kawakami to first baseman Martin Prado.

Home
Kelly Johnson grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Matt Diaz replaces Kenshin Kawakami.
Matt Diaz singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Matt Diaz out at 2nd, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Nate McLouth singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
With Yunel Escobar batting, Nate McLouth steals (9) 2nd base.
Yunel Escobar singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Nate McLouth scores. Yunel Escobar out at 2nd on the throw, center fielder Andrew McCutchen to third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Peter Moylan replaces Kenshin Kawakami, batting 9th, replacing Matt Diaz.
Brandon Moss grounds out, pitcher Peter Moylan to first baseman Martin Prado.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a ground ball to third baseman Chipper Jones.
Jack Wilson doubles (12) on a sharp line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Jason Jaramillo to 3rd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Zach Duke.
Eric Hinske singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. Jason Jaramillo scores. Jack Wilson scores.
Andrew McCutchen triples (2) on a fly ball to right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Eric Hinske scores.
Pitching Change: Eric O’Flaherty replaces Peter Moylan, batting 9th.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out to first baseman Martin Prado.
Pitching Change: Jeff Bennett replaces Eric O’Flaherty, batting 9th.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.

Home
Pitching Change: Tom Gorzelanny replaces Zach Duke, batting 9th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Chipper Jones grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Brian McCann grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Garret Anderson singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Jeff Francoeur grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Michael Gonzalez replaces Jeff Bennett, batting 9th.
Adam LaRoche strikes out on a foul tip.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Brandon Moss grounds into a force out, third baseman Chipper Jones to second baseman Kelly Johnson. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd. Brandon Moss to 1st.
Jason Jaramillo lines out to second baseman Kelly Johnson.

Home
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Tom Gorzelanny, batting 9th.
Martin Prado strikes out swinging.
Kelly Johnson flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Greg Norton replaces Michael Gonzalez.
Greg Norton grounds out, pitcher John Grabow to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Rafael Soriano replaces Michael Gonzalez, batting 9th, replacing Greg Norton.
Jack Wilson singles on a fly ball to left fielder Garret Anderson.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces John Grabow.
Delwyn Young flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Kelly Johnson to first baseman Martin Prado.

Home
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces John Grabow, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Nate McLouth flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss in foul territory.
Yunel Escobar grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chipper Jones flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 10

Away
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Adam LaRoche singles on a soft fly ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
With Andy LaRoche batting, Adam LaRoche steals (1) 2nd base.
Andy LaRoche called out on strikes.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.

Home
Brian McCann lines out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Garret Anderson singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces Sean Burnett, batting 6th.
Defensive Substitution: Craig Monroe replaces pitcher Sean Burnett, batting 9th, playing right field.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Gregor Blanco replaces Garret Anderson.
With Jeff Francoeur batting, Gregor Blanco steals (1) 2nd base.
Steven Jackson intentionally walks Jeff Francoeur.
Martin Prado grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Jeff Francoeur out at 2nd.

Inning 11

Away
Gregor Blanco remains in the game as the left fielder.
Pitching Change: Manny Acosta replaces Rafael Soriano, batting 9th.
Jason Jaramillo strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Craig Monroe walks.
Andrew McCutchen doubles (1) on a ground ball to left fielder Gregor Blanco. Craig Monroe out at home on the throw, left fielder Gregor Blanco to shortstop Yunel Escobar to catcher Brian McCann.

Home
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Steven Jackson, batting 6th.
Kelly Johnson strikes out swinging.
Manny Acosta strikes out on a foul bunt.
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.

Inning 12

Away
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, third baseman Chipper Jones to first baseman Martin Prado.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Andy LaRoche walks. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez replaces Jesse Chavez.
Ramon Vazquez pops out to shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Home
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 6th, replacing Ramon Vazquez.
Yunel Escobar flies out to right fielder Craig Monroe.
Chipper Jones grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Brian McCann singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder Craig Monroe.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Jair Jurrjens replaces Brian McCann.
With Gregor Blanco batting, wild pitch by Evan Meek, Jair Jurrjens to 2nd.
Gregor Blanco grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 13

Away
Pitching Change: Kris Medlen replaces Manny Acosta, batting 4th, replacing Jair Jurrjens.
Defensive Substitution: David Ross replaces pitcher Manny Acosta, batting 9th, playing catcher.
Jason Jaramillo strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson grounds out, third baseman Chipper Jones to first baseman Martin Prado.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.

Home
Jeff Francoeur walks.
Martin Prado out on a sacrifice bunt, catcher Jason Jaramillo to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Jeff Francoeur to 2nd.
Kelly Johnson strikes out swinging.
David Ross called out on strikes.

Inning 14

Away
Andrew McCutchen flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Nyjer Morgan reaches on a fielding error by left fielder Gregor Blanco. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Kris Medlen intentionally walks Freddy Sanchez.
Adam LaRoche grounds into a double play, second baseman Kelly Johnson to shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Martin Prado. Freddy Sanchez out at 2nd.

Home
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.
Yunel Escobar flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Evan Meek intentionally walks Chipper Jones.
Kris Medlen pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.

Inning 15

Away
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ian Snell replaces Evan Meek.
Ian Snell out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Kris Medlen to second baseman Kelly Johnson. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.

Home
Pitching Change: Jeff Karstens replaces Evan Meek, batting 6th, replacing Ian Snell.
Gregor Blanco walks.
Jeff Francoeur ground bunts into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to shortstop Jack Wilson. Gregor Blanco out at 2nd. Jeff Francoeur to 1st.
Martin Prado singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Jeff Francoeur to 3rd.
Jeff Karstens intentionally walks Kelly Johnson. Martin Prado to 2nd.
David Ross singles on a ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson. Jeff Francoeur scores. Martin Prado to 3rd. Kelly Johnson to 2nd.

16 consecutive losses to one team? We need to get this monkey off of our back and beat the Brewers. Another glimpse of .500 wouldn’t be bad either.

Jeff Suppan (1-2, 5.88) @ Ian Snell (1-3, 3.72), 7:05 P.M. @ PNC Park

Post-Game Update:

It’s official. We’ve lost to the Brewers 17 consecutive times. They own us. At least we don’t have to see them again until July 20.

Freddy Sanchez got the Pirates started early with a home run in the 1st inning, but it wasn’t enough. Ian Snell didn’t pitch great (probably because he threw 131 pitches in his last outing), but he still managed to leave in the 6th inning with a 3-2 lead (he did walk the first 2 batters in the 6th). Jesse Chavez came into the game in relief, and things got bad. Chavez allowed 3 runs to score, before Sean Burnett came in and closed out the inning. Pirate pitchers gave up 10 walks in the game.

Delwyn Young hit a 2 RBI double in the 8th, but even that wasn’t enough, and the Brewers beat the Bucs 8-5.

You have to wonder if the Pirates will see .500 again this season.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Rickie Weeks flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Craig Counsell grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Ryan Braun flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Nyjer Morgan flies out to right fielder Corey Hart.
Freddy Sanchez homers (3) on a fly ball to left field.
Nate McLouth grounds out softly, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Inning 2

Away
Prince Fielder walks.
Mike Cameron grounds into a double play, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Prince Fielder out at 2nd.
Corey Hart doubles (8) on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
J. Hardy singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Corey Hart scores.
Jason Kendall grounds into a force out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. J. Hardy out at 2nd.

Home
Brandon Moss walks.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, shortstop J. Hardy to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Brandon Moss out at 2nd. Andy LaRoche to 1st.
Ramon Vazquez called out on strikes.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, shortstop J. Hardy to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Inning 3

Away
Jeff Suppan grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Rickie Weeks flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Craig Counsell grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Ian Snell grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Jeff Suppan.
Freddy Sanchez walks. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Nate McLouth flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 4

Away
Ryan Braun walks.
Prince Fielder flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Mike Cameron grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Ryan Braun out at 2nd. Mike Cameron to 1st.
Corey Hart doubles (9) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Mike Cameron scores. Corey Hart to 3rd on the throw.
J. Hardy doubles (2) on a fly ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Corey Hart scores.
Jason Kendall reaches on a fielder’s choice out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. J. Hardy out at 2nd.

Home
Brandon Moss singles on a soft ground ball to pitcher Jeff Suppan.
Andy LaRoche walks. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Ramon Vazquez flies out to right fielder Corey Hart in foul territory. Brandon Moss to 3rd. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a line drive to center fielder Mike Cameron. Brandon Moss scores. Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Ian Snell out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Jeff Suppan to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Inning 5

Away
Jeff Suppan called out on strikes.
Rickie Weeks grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Ian Snell.
Craig Counsell walks.
Ryan Braun strikes out swinging.

Home
Freddy Sanchez flies out to left fielder Ryan Braun.
Nate McLouth grounds out, first baseman Prince Fielder to pitcher Jeff Suppan.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Ryan Braun.

Inning 6

Away
Prince Fielder walks.
Mike Cameron walks. Prince Fielder to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Ian Snell, batting 9th.
Corey Hart grounds into a force out, fielded by second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Prince Fielder to 3rd. Mike Cameron out at 2nd. Corey Hart to 1st.
With J. Hardy batting, Corey Hart steals (3) 2nd base.
J. Hardy singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Prince Fielder scores. Corey Hart scores.
Jason Kendall singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. J. Hardy to 2nd.
Jeff Suppan walks. J. Hardy to 3rd. Jason Kendall to 2nd.
Rickie Weeks walks. J. Hardy scores. Jason Kendall to 3rd. Jeff Suppan to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 9th.
Craig Counsell pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche in foul territory.
Ryan Braun grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to center fielder Mike Cameron.
With Ramon Vazquez batting, wild pitch by Jeff Suppan, Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Ramon Vazquez out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Mike Cameron. Andy LaRoche scores.
Pitching Change: Seth McClung replaces Jeff Suppan, batting 9th.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces Sean Burnett.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Tyler Yates replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th, replacing Craig Monroe.
Prince Fielder pops out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Mike Cameron flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Corey Hart strikes out swinging.

Home
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, shortstop J. Hardy to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Nate McLouth walks.
Pitching Change: Mitch Stetter replaces Seth McClung, batting 6th.
Defensive Substitution: Chris Duffy replaces pitcher Seth McClung, batting 9th, playing right field.
Adam LaRoche flies out to right fielder Chris Duffy.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Tyler Yates, batting 9th.
J. Hardy walks.
Jason Kendall walks. J. Hardy to 2nd.
Chris Duffy out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Evan Meek to first baseman Adam LaRoche. J. Hardy to 3rd. Jason Kendall to 2nd.
Rickie Weeks reaches on a fielder’s choice out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to catcher Jason Jaramillo. Hardy out at home. Jason Kendall to 3rd.
Craig Counsell doubles (3) on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Jason Kendall scores. Rickie Weeks scores.
Ryan Braun flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Brandon Moss walks.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, shortstop J. Hardy to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Brandon Moss out at 2nd. Andy LaRoche to 1st.
Ramon Vazquez walks. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo flies out to right fielder Chris Duffy.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Evan Meek.
Delwyn Young doubles (3) on a fly ball to right fielder Chris Duffy. Andy LaRoche scores. Ramon Vazquez scores.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out on a foul tip.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Donnie Veal replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Prince Fielder hit by pitch.
With Mike Cameron batting, wild pitch by Donnie Veal, Prince Fielder to 2nd.
Mike Cameron flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Casey McGehee replaces Mitch Stetter.
Casey McGehee flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
J. Hardy walks.
Jason Kendall strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: Carlos Villanueva replaces Mitch Stetter, batting 6th, replacing Casey McGehee.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Chris Duffy.
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Prince Fielder to pitcher Carlos Villanueva.

It’s not like the Pirates deserved a 5-1 lead midway through last night’s game, and so it wasn’t entirely surprising when it disappeared. Two runs scored after a Brewer error helped to keep the 3rd inning alive. Two runs came in the 5th on a Jason Jaramillo double immediately after Eric Hinske and Andy LaRoche were hit by pitches.

Paul Maholm didn’t have the same command that he had in his 3 wins this season. He walked 5 batters and gave up 7 hits over his 5.1 innings of work.

Walks have been a problem in the last two games against the Brewers. Pirate pitchers have given up 17 walks in 16 innings (1.06 BB/Inn). Prior to this series, Pirate pitchers had given up 65 walks in 158 innings (0.41 BB/Inn). The Brewers walked just one batter last night.

Another subplot for this series has been the beaned batters. Things started to get ugly in the series opening game on Monday when Jeff Karstens seemingly intentionally hit Ryan Braun (who homered in his first at-bat of the game) to start the 3rd inning. Braun was quite upset by the pitch, and John Hirschbeck warned both benches. Later in the game, Jason Kendall was hit by Jesse Chavez in the 6th and by Evan Meek in the 8th, but no ejections were made. After the game, Ryan Braun had this to say:

Asked if Karstens drilled him intentionally, Braun said, “Probably, yeah. It’s rare for major-league pitchers to miss by that much with a fastball.”

Then, issuing a not-so-wise warning to the commissioner’s office, Braun added, “We play them about 17 more times (actually 13). Tell Mr. Selig, we’ll see what happens. It’s going to be interesting.”

Last night, Brewers’ starter Dave Bush hit three Pirate batters (Freddy Sanchez in the 1st and Eric Hinske and Andy LaRoche in the 5th).

There’s something to keep an eye on in the next 13 Brewers/Pirates matchups.

The Pirates managed 7 hits last night, and they came from an unlikely crew: the RBI double by Jaramillo, Brian Bixler avenged his 4K night by going 2-4, Ramon Vazquez singled in his only at-bat, Eric Hinske had a 2 RBI double, and Brandon Moss and Freddy Sanchez added hits.

If you’re keeping track at home, you can make that 17 consecutive losses at Miller Park for the Buccos. They try to reverse the trend at 1:05 today.

Ryan Braun threatens the Pirates

Ryan Braun threatens the Pirates

This game was not pretty and not a fun one to listen to, but despite it all, the Pirates still found themselves with a chance to win late in the game.

The Bucs scored 2 runs in the top half of the first inning thanks to four consecutive singles from the top of our order, followed by a J.J. Hardy error. Jeff Karstens looked bad in his 5 innings of work, and he served up the Brewer hitters early and often. He gave up 5 runs on 3 homers in the first three innings.

Jesse Chavez and Evan Meek each pitched a scoreless inning, and the Pirate bats fought for 2 runs in the top of the eighth to tie the score at 5-5.

Then, the bullpen collapsed.

Coming into tonight, John Grabow was 1-0, pitching 10 innings for 8H, 0R, 0ER, 3 BB, and 10K. Tonight, he pitched 1/3 of an inning for 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K.

Tyler Yates’ struggles continued last night. He pitched 1/3 of an inning for 0H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, and 0K. His ERA for the season is up to 9.95.

Sean Burnett entered to get the final out of the 8th, but it was too little, too late. The damage was done.

Brian Bixler played shortstop in place of the injured Jack Wilson. He went 0-4 with 4K.

Positives from tonight: Adam LaRoche, Nyjer Morgan, and Freddy Sanchez continue their hot hitting. Andy LaRoche has an 11 game hit streak.

The Pirates have now lost 16 consecutive games at Miller Park! That’s just ridiculous, and it needs to end tonight.

Paul Maholm @ Dave Bush – 8:05

Miller Park: Not a Friendly Place

Miller Park: Not a Friendly Place