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!

Phils @ Yanks – Game 1

I’ll be watching with some Philadelphia die-hards who will be serving cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, and italian ice…. mmm!

I also plan make an attempt at scoring the game, Reisner style. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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The Pirates have made 2 more big moves today.

Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett to the Washington Nationals for Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan.

Eric Hinske to the New York Yankees for Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer.

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Mike Hampton (LHP) (2-4, 5.63 ERA, 33 K) @ Paul Maholm (LHP) (3-1, 4.11 ERA, 34 K)

1:35 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Rubber match this afternoon.

Post Game Update:

Grrr… there’s not much more frustrating than a 2-1 loss…. especially when that loss comes at the hands of Mike Hampton (2-4, 5.63 ERA). Pirate batters went back into their shell, as they got just 4 hits tonight.

Nate McLouth led of the game with a solo home run, and that was the last time the Pirates would touch home plate.

Paul Maholm pitched well, but it’s tough to pitch well enough to win when your offense provides just 1 run.

Prior to today’s game, Donald Veal was sent to the DL with a strained right groin. Steven Jackson (newly acquired from the New York Yankees) will be recalled from AAA. Word is that Veal being placed on the DL could just be a convenient way for the Pirates to hold onto Veal without keeping him an active member of the bullpen. Since Veal was a Rule 5 pickup from the Chicago Cubs, Veal must be kept on the Pirates’ Major League roster.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Edwin Maysonet strikes out swinging.
Miguel Tejada doubles (20) on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Hunter Pence strikes out swinging.
With Carlos Lee batting, wild pitch by Paul Maholm, Miguel Tejada to 3rd.
Carlos Lee flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.

Home
Nate McLouth homers (9) on a fly ball to right field.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Freddy Sanchez walks.
Craig Monroe grounds into a double play, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman. Freddy Sanchez out at 2nd.

Inning 2

Away
Lance Berkman walks.
Jason Michaels flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth. Lance Berkman to 2nd.
Jeff Keppinger grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Humberto Quintero singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Lance Berkman scores. Humberto Quintero to 2nd on the throw.
Mike Hampton called out on strikes.

Home
Adam LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.

Inning 3

Away
Edwin Maysonet grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Miguel Tejada reaches on a fielding error by third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Hunter Pence singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Miguel Tejada to 2nd.
Carlos Lee grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Miguel Tejada to 3rd. Hunter Pence to 2nd.
Lance Berkman strikes out swinging.

Home
Jack Wilson grounds out, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Paul Maholm grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Nate McLouth singles on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, pitcher Mike Hampton to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Inning 4

Away
Jason Michaels flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Jeff Keppinger flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.
Humberto Quintero singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Mike Hampton flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Craig Monroe grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Adam LaRoche singles on a ground ball to shortstop Miguel Tejada, deflected by pitcher Mike Hampton.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Inning 5

Away
Edwin Maysonet singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Miguel Tejada grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Edwin Maysonet out at 2nd.
Hunter Pence grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Brandon Moss grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Jack Wilson flies out to center fielder Jason Michaels.
Paul Maholm strikes out swinging.

Inning 6

Away
Carlos Lee walks.
Lance Berkman pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche in foul territory.
Jason Michaels flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Jeff Keppinger grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Carlos Lee out at 2nd.

Home
Nate McLouth grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Inning 7

Away
Humberto Quintero flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Mike Hampton singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Edwin Maysonet singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Mike Hampton to 2nd.
With Miguel Tejada batting, passed ball by Robinzon Diaz, Mike Hampton to 3rd. Edwin Maysonet to 2nd.
Miguel Tejada singles on a soft line drive to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Mike Hampton scores. Edwin Maysonet to 3rd.
Hunter Pence grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Miguel Tejada out at 2nd.

Home
Craig Monroe grounds out to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Robinzon Diaz bunt grounds out, pitcher Mike Hampton to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Paul Maholm, batting 9th.
Carlos Lee grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Lance Berkman lines out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Jason Michaels flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Pitching Change: Chris Sampson replaces Mike Hampton, batting 4th, replacing left fielder Carlos Lee.
Defensive switch from center field to left field for Jason Michaels.
Defensive Substitution: Michael Bourn replaces pitcher Mike Hampton, batting 9th, playing center field.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson grounds out, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Jesse Chavez.
Eric Hinske grounds out to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 9th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Jeff Keppinger grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Humberto Quintero flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th.
Michael Bourn called out on strikes.

Home
Pitching Change: LaTroy Hawkins replaces Chris Sampson, batting 4th.
Nate McLouth grounds out to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging, catcher Humberto Quintero to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Jason Michaels.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Nyjer Morgan replaces Freddy Sanchez.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Craig Monroe.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.

Jeff Karstens (RHP) (1-2, 5.06 ERA, 14 K) @ Shairon Martis (RHP) (5-0, 4.10 ERA, 21 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ Nationals Park

Post Game Update
In trade news, the Pirates claimed Steven Jackson off of waivers from the New York Yankees.

Nyjer Morgan was back in the lineup for tonights game. He led things off with a single and scored on Freddy Sanchez’s double in the 1st.

Andy LaRoche homered in the 3rd inning, but then the Pirates got no base runners until the 9th inning. Some clutch hitting in the 10th by Adam LaRoche and Brandon Moss helped the Pirates walk away with another victory from the Nationals.

The Pirates had two opportunities to use Matt Capps in a save situation (9th and 10th innings), but declined on both chances.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Nyjer Morgan doubles (3) on a ground ball to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to right fielder Adam Dunn. Nyjer Morgan scores.
Nate McLouth flies out to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Adam LaRoche walks. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
With Brandon Moss batting, wild pitch by Shairon Martis, Freddy Sanchez to 3rd. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Brandon Moss doubles (7) on a line drive to left fielder Josh Willingham. Freddy Sanchez scores. Adam LaRoche scores.
Andy LaRoche pops out to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Jack Wilson pops out to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman in foul territory.

Home
Cristian Guzman grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Nick Johnson lines out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Ryan Zimmerman grounds out, pitcher Jeff Karstens to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 2

Away
Jeff Karstens grounds out, shortstop Cristian Guzman to first baseman Nick Johnson.
Nyjer Morgan flies out to center fielder Willie Harris.
Freddy Sanchez strikes out swinging.

Home
Adam Dunn called out on strikes.
Josh Willingham flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Willie Harris walks.
With Anderson Hernandez batting, Willie Harris steals (2) 2nd base.
Anderson Hernandez flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 3

Away
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to center fielder Willie Harris.
With Adam LaRoche batting, wild pitch by Shairon Martis, Nate McLouth to 2nd.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Nick Johnson to pitcher Shairon Martis. Nate McLouth to 3rd.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche homers (2) on a fly ball to left field. Nate McLouth scores.
Jason Jaramillo pops out to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman in foul territory.

Home
Wil Nieves singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Shairon Martis out on a sacrifice bunt, first baseman Adam LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Wil Nieves to 2nd.
Cristian Guzman grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Wil Nieves to 3rd.
Nick Johnson hit by pitch.
Ryan Zimmerman grounds into a force out, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Nick Johnson out at 2nd.

Inning 4

Away
Jack Wilson flies out to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Jeff Karstens grounds out, shortstop Cristian Guzman to first baseman Nick Johnson.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, pitcher Shairon Martis to first baseman Nick Johnson.

Home
Adam Dunn homers (12) on a fly ball to left center field.
Josh Willingham grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Willie Harris grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Jeff Karstens.
Anderson Hernandez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Wil Nieves flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 5

Away
Freddy Sanchez pops out to second baseman Anderson Hernandez.
Nate McLouth flies out to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Anderson Hernandez to first baseman Nick Johnson.

Home
Shairon Martis grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Cristian Guzman grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Nick Johnson flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 6

Away
Brandon Moss flies out to center fielder Willie Harris.
Andy LaRoche flies out to center fielder Willie Harris.
Jason Jaramillo flies out to left fielder Josh Willingham.

Home
Ryan Zimmerman singles on a bunt pop to third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Adam Dunn walks. Ryan Zimmerman to 2nd.
Josh Willingham grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Ryan Zimmerman to 3rd. Adam Dunn out at 2nd.
Willie Harris singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Ryan Zimmerman scores.
Anderson Hernandez triples (1) on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Willie Harris scores.
Wil Nieves singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. Anderson Hernandez scores.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ronnie Belliard replaces Shairon Martis.
Ronnie Belliard strikes out swinging.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Ron Villone replaces Shairon Martis, batting 9th, replacing Ronnie Belliard.
Jack Wilson grounds out, pitcher Ron Villone to first baseman Nick Johnson.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces Jeff Karstens.
Craig Monroe flies out to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Nyjer Morgan bunt grounds out, first baseman Nick Johnson to second baseman Anderson Hernandez.

Home
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Jeff Karstens, batting 9th, replacing Craig Monroe.
Cristian Guzman walks.
Nick Johnson grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Cristian Guzman out at 2nd.
Ryan Zimmerman walks.
Adam Dunn walks. Ryan Zimmerman to 2nd.
Josh Willingham flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Inning 8

Away
Freddy Sanchez strikes out on a foul tip.
Nate McLouth flies out to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, pitcher Ron Villone to first baseman Nick Johnson.

Home
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th.
Willie Harris hit by pitch.
Anderson Hernandez out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Sean Burnett to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Willie Harris to 2nd.
Wil Nieves grounds out softly, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Sean Burnett. Willie Harris to 3rd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Austin Kearns replaces Ron Villone.
Austin Kearns flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Joe Beimel replaces Ron Villone, batting 9th, replacing Austin Kearns.
Brandon Moss flies out to left fielder Josh Willingham.
Andy LaRoche walks.
Jason Jaramillo pops out to shortstop Cristian Guzman.
Jack Wilson called out on strikes.

Home
Cristian Guzman flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Nick Johnson triples (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss, deflected by center fielder Nate McLouth.
Ryan Zimmerman walks.
With Adam Dunn batting, wild pitch by Sean Burnett, Nick Johnson scores. Ryan Zimmerman to 2nd.
Adam Dunn strikes out swinging.
Josh Willingham walks.
Pitching Change: Tom Gorzelanny replaces Sean Burnett, batting 6th.
Defensive Substitution: Ramon Vazquez replaces pitcher Sean Burnett, batting 9th, playing third base.
Willie Harris called out on strikes.

Inning 10

Away
Ramon Vazquez singles on a line drive to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Nyjer Morgan out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Joe Beimel to second baseman Anderson Hernandez. Ramon Vazquez to 2nd.
Joe Beimel intentionally walks Freddy Sanchez.
Nate McLouth flies out to center fielder Willie Harris. Ramon Vazquez to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche doubles (12) on a line drive to right fielder Adam Dunn. Ramon Vazquez scores. Freddy Sanchez scores.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to center fielder Willie Harris. Adam LaRoche scores.
Tom Gorzelanny strikes out swinging.

Home
Anderson Hernandez flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Wil Nieves strikes out swinging.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Alex Cintron replaces Joe Beimel.
Alex Cintron flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

I enjoyed opening day from the beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  The Yankees were in town for Opening Day, which made the day even more exciting.  The Birds took advantage of C.C. Sabathia’s struggles and won 10-5.

I kept myself posted on the Buccos thanks to the out-of-town scoreboard on the right-field wall.  Although my hopes were down when the Cardinals were leading 4-2 in the 9th, I was thrilled to see the scoreboard change to 6-4 Pirates.  Nothing like starting the season with a win!  80 to go.

I later learned that the Pirates got a nice effort from Paul Maholm, Nyjer Morgan played well in the leadoff spot, and Adam LaRoche, Andy LaRoche, and Jack Wilson all came up huge with 9th inning, 2-out hits.

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