A late-summer move combined with a hectic job schedule has obviously limited my ability to score the Pirates on a daily basis. Still, I kept a close eye on the Bucs throughout the 2009 season (as difficult as that was to do at times). I’m hopeful that I’ll soon have more time to continue working on my scorecard, and hopefully I’ll have time throughout next season to ‘keep the books.’

While most eyes (including mine) are closely watching the MLB playoffs, today does mark Opening Day of the Arizona Fall League.

In case you follow the Arizona Fall League (or any of the Winter Leagues) closely, roster files are now available in the Rosters section of this site.

Nationals’ pitcher, Stephen Strasburg highlights the Phoenix Desert Dogs’ roster.

I’ll be checking to see how Jose Tabata plays on the Scottsdale Scorpions’ roster.

Other Pirates in the AFL include: Daniel Moskos, Donnie Veal, Tony Watson, Brian Friday, Chase D’Arnaud, and 1 additional Pitcher.

Enjoy the Playoffs (and winter baseball)!

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The Pirates try to avoid a 3 game losing streak and their 18th consecutive loss at Miller Park.

Ian Snell @ Yovani Gallardo – 1:05 P.M.

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Updated: Well, not too much to say about this one. Yovani Gallardo pitched a stellar game for the Brew Crew. He pitched 8 innings, allowed 2 hits, and struck out 11 Pirate batters. Oh yeah, he also hit a solo home run to lead his team to the 1-0 victory.

Ian Snell pitched well, but he probably shouldn’t have stayed in as long as he did. He threw 131 pitches.

The Pirates have now been swept, and they’ve now been defeated 18 consecutive times at Miller Park. The record is 19.

Former Pirate, Chris Duffy contributed a hit for the Brewers today.

From the Minor Leagues, the injury bug is still alive. Jose Tabata will be out 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury.

The Reds are coming to Pittsburgh for the weekend. I’ll be there on Saturday!

Enjoy the off day! Go Bucs!

Live Updates!

Inning 1

Away
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging, catcher Jason Kendall to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Corey Hart.
Brandon Moss called out on strikes.

Home
Rickie Weeks lines out to right fielder Eric Hinske.
Chris Duffy walks.
Ryan Braun called out on strikes.
Prince Fielder walks. Chris Duffy to 2nd.
Corey Hart flies out to right fielder Eric Hinske.

Inning 2

Away
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Chris Duffy.
Eric Hinske called out on strikes.
Andy LaRoche flies out to right fielder Corey Hart.

Home
J. Hardy flies out to right fielder Eric Hinske.
Bill Hall singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Jason Kendall grounds into a force out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Bill Hall out at 2nd. Jason Kendall to 1st.
Yovani Gallardo pops out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.

Inning 3

Away
Ramon Vazquez grounds out, pitcher Yovani Gallardo to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop J. Hardy to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Ian Snell strikes out swinging, catcher Jason Kendall to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Home
Rickie Weeks grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Ian Snell.
Chris Duffy pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Ryan Braun strikes out swinging.

Inning 4

Away
Nyjer Morgan lines out to pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Brandon Moss grounds out, third baseman Bill Hall to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Home
Prince Fielder grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Corey Hart hits a ground-rule double (6) on a fly ball to left field.
J. Hardy flies out to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Bill Hall walks.
Jason Kendall grounds into a force out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Bill Hall out at 2nd.

Inning 5

Away
Adam LaRoche called out on strikes.
Eric Hinske strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche doubles (7) on a fly ball to center fielder Chris Duffy.
Ramon Vazquez called out on strikes.

Home
Yovani Gallardo grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Rickie Weeks pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Chris Duffy doubles (1) on a ground ball to right fielder Eric Hinske.
Ryan Braun strikes out on a foul tip.

Inning 6

Away
Robinzon Diaz strikes out swinging.
Ian Snell grounds out to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.

Home
Prince Fielder singles on a ground ball to right fielder Eric Hinske.
Corey Hart pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
J. Hardy strikes out swinging.
Bill Hall strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 7

Away
Freddy Sanchez reaches on a throwing error by shortstop J. Hardy.
Brandon Moss flies out to center fielder Chris Duffy.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Ryan Braun.
Eric Hinske walks. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Andy LaRoche pops out to first baseman Prince Fielder in foul territory.

Home
Jason Kendall flies out to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Yovani Gallardo homers (2) on a fly ball to left field.
Rickie Weeks walks.
Chris Duffy flies out to left fielder Brandon Moss.
With Ryan Braun batting, Rickie Weeks caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Robinzon Diaz to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.

Inning 8

Away
Ramon Vazquez called out on strikes.
Robinzon Diaz doubles (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Corey Hart.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces Ian Snell.
Craig Monroe called out on strikes.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Home
Pitching Change: Tyler Yates replaces Ian Snell, batting 9th, replacing Craig Monroe.
Ryan Braun grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Prince Fielder doubles (5) on a line drive to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Corey Hart called out on strikes.
J. Hardy grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Carlos Villanueva replaces Yovani Gallardo, batting 9th.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Brandon Moss grounds out, first baseman Prince Fielder to pitcher Carlos Villanueva.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.