Ross Ohlendorf (RHP) (7-6, 4.41 ERA, 52 K) @ Ricky Nolasco (RHP) (5-6, 5.99 ERA, 70 K)

1:10 P.M. EST @ Land Shark Stadium

Post Game Updates
There weren’t many Pirate highlights tonight. 3 hits. Ross Ohlendorf allowed 5 in 5 innings. Andrew McCutchen managed to go 2-4, keeping his average at .300. On to Houston.

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Ted Lilly (LHP) (7-5, 3.41 ERA, 81 K) @ Ross Ohlendorf (RHP) (6-6, 4.75 ERA, 44 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Post Game Updates:
Given the trades that took place today, I did not expect the Pirates to play well in tonight’s game, but all in all, this was probably one of the best games the Pirates played all season.

Ross Ohlendorf was fantastic, striking out 8 and allowing just 4 hits in 7 innings. Grabow and Capps sealed the deal.

Freddy Sanchez went 3-3 with an RBI.

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Inning 1

Away
Alfonso Soriano grounds out softly to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Kosuke Fukudome grounds out softly, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Derrek Lee singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Jake Fox flies out to left fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Andrew McCutchen flies out to left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
Freddy Sanchez walks.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.
Adam LaRoche called out on strikes.

Inning 2

Away
Micah Hoffpauir flies out to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Geovany Soto strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Mike Fontenot strikes out swinging.

Home
Andy LaRoche walks.
Brandon Moss flies out to left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into double play, third baseman Jake Fox to second baseman Mike Fontenot to first baseman Derrek Lee. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd.

Inning 3

Away
Ryan Theriot pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Ted Lilly strikes out swinging.
Alfonso Soriano grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.
Ross Ohlendorf lines out to left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
Andrew McCutchen flies out to right fielder Micah Hoffpauir.

Inning 4

Away
Kosuke Fukudome lines out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Derrek Lee strikes out swinging.
Jake Fox lines out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Home
Freddy Sanchez singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder Micah Hoffpauir.
Delwyn Young lines out to right fielder Micah Hoffpauir.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Kosuke Fukudome.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to left fielder Alfonso Soriano. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging. Brandon Moss advances to 1st, on missed catch error by pitcher Ted Lilly. Wild pitch by pitcher Ted Lilly. Freddy Sanchez scores. Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into a force out, shortstop Ryan Theriot to second baseman Mike Fontenot. Brandon Moss out at 2nd.

Inning 5

Away
Micah Hoffpauir flies out to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Geovany Soto doubles (9) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Mike Fontenot called out on strikes.
Ryan Theriot called out on strikes.

Home
Jack Wilson singles on a bunt ground ball to second baseman Mike Fontenot.
Ross Ohlendorf out on a sacrifice bunt, first baseman Derrek Lee to second baseman Mike Fontenot. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Kosuke Fukudome. Jack Wilson scores.
With Delwyn Young batting, Freddy Sanchez steals (5) 2nd base.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.

Inning 6

Away
Ted Lilly pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche in foul territory.
Alfonso Soriano hit by pitch.
Kosuke Fukudome flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Derrek Lee strikes out swinging.

Home
Adam LaRoche singles on a sharp line drive to right fielder Micah Hoffpauir.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to left fielder Alfonso Soriano. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Robinzon Diaz lines into unassisted double play, second baseman Mike Fontenot. Adam LaRoche doubled off 2nd.

Inning 7

Away
Jake Fox pops out to catcher Robinzon Diaz in foul territory.
Micah Hoffpauir strikes out swinging.
Geovany Soto singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Mike Fontenot singles on a line drive to left fielder Brandon Moss. Geovany Soto out at 3rd on the throw, left fielder Brandon Moss to third baseman Andy LaRoche.

Home
Jack Wilson pops out to first baseman Derrek Lee in foul territory.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Steve Pearce replaces Ross Ohlendorf.
Steve Pearce doubles (1) on a ground ball to left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
Andrew McCutchen flies out to center fielder Kosuke Fukudome.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (25) on a line drive to left fielder Alfonso Soriano. Steve Pearce scores.
Delwyn Young flies out to right fielder Micah Hoffpauir.

Inning 8

Away
Pitcher Change: John Grabow replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th.
Ryan Theriot singles on a ground ball to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Milton Bradley replaces Ted Lilly.
Milton Bradley singles on a ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson. Milton Bradley to 2nd. Ryan Theriot advances to 3rd, on throwing error by shortstop Jack Wilson.
Alfonso Soriano strikes out swinging.
Kosuke Fukudome called out on strikes.
Derrek Lee grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Pitcher Change: Jeff Samardzija replaces Ted Lilly, batting 2nd, replacing center fielder Kosuke Fukudome.
Milton Bradley remains in the game as the center fielder.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Ryan Theriot to first baseman Derrek Lee.
Brandon Moss singles on a line drive to left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into a force out, third baseman Jake Fox to second baseman Mike Fontenot. Brandon Moss out at 2nd.

Inning 9

Away
Pitcher Change: Matt Capps replaces John Grabow, batting 9th.
Jake Fox grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Micah Hoffpauir pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Geovany Soto walks.
Mike Fontenot flies out to left fielder Brandon Moss.

Cliff Lee (LHP) (4-6, 2.94 ERA, 74 K) @ Ross Ohlendorf (RHP) (6-6, 4.94 ERA, 42 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Post Game Updates
Ross Ohlendorf outpitched Cliff Lee in tonight’s rubber-match against the Cleveland Indians. Ohlendorf allowed just 2 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings. John Grabow and Matt Capps closed things out.

Andrew McCutchen was strong once again at the plate, going 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run. Jack Wilson went 3-3.

Interleague play continues against the Kansas City Royals.

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Inning 1

Away
Jamey Carroll flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Mark DeRosa grounds out softly, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Victor Martinez singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Shin-Soo Choo singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Victor Martinez to 2nd.
Jhonny Peralta grounds out softly, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andrew McCutchen lines out to second baseman Jamey Carroll.
Nyjer Morgan reaches on a fielding error by shortstop Luis Valbuena.
Freddy Sanchez grounds into a force out, shortstop Luis Valbuena to second baseman Jamey Carroll. Nyjer Morgan out at 2nd. Freddy Sanchez to 1st.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Jamey Carroll to first baseman Victor Martinez.

Inning 2

Away
Ben Francisco pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson in foul territory.
Luis Valbuena strikes out swinging.
Kelly Shoppach walks.
Cliff Lee strikes out swinging.

Home
Andy LaRoche grounds out, third baseman Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Victor Martinez.
Brandon Moss lines out softly to shortstop Luis Valbuena.
Jason Jaramillo called out on strikes.

Inning 3

Away
Jamey Carroll singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Mark DeRosa grounds into a double play, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Jamey Carroll out at 2nd.
Victor Martinez walks.
Shin-Soo Choo doubles (12) on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Victor Martinez scores.
Jhonny Peralta flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Jack Wilson singles on a sharp line drive to shortstop Luis Valbuena, deflected by pitcher Cliff Lee.
Ross Ohlendorf called out on strikes.
Andrew McCutchen grounds into a force out, shortstop Luis Valbuena to second baseman Jamey Carroll. Jack Wilson out at 2nd. Andrew McCutchen to 1st.
Nyjer Morgan pops out to third baseman Jhonny Peralta in foul territory.

Inning 4

Away
Ben Francisco pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche in foul territory.
Luis Valbuena grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Kelly Shoppach lines out to third baseman Andy LaRoche.

Home
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, third baseman Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Victor Martinez.
Adam LaRoche grounds out sharply, second baseman Jamey Carroll to first baseman Victor Martinez.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Luis Valbuena to first baseman Victor Martinez.

Inning 5

Away
Cliff Lee flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Jamey Carroll lines out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Mark DeRosa grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Brandon Moss called out on strikes.
Jason Jaramillo flies out to right fielder Mark DeRosa.
Jack Wilson singles on a ground ball to center fielder Ben Francisco.
Ross Ohlendorf strikes out swinging.

Inning 6

Away
Victor Martinez homers (13) on a fly ball to center field.
Shin-Soo Choo grounds out sharply to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jhonny Peralta grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Ben Francisco walks.
With Luis Valbuena batting, Ben Francisco steals (11) 2nd base.
Luis Valbuena grounds out, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andrew McCutchen doubles (4) on a sharp ground ball to left fielder Shin-Soo Choo.
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager John Russell ejected by HP umpire Jerry Layne.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out to first baseman Victor Martinez. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd.
Freddy Sanchez out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Ben Francisco. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 7

Away
Kelly Shoppach flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Cliff Lee flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Jamey Carroll grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andy LaRoche walks.
Brandon Moss singles on a line drive to left fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo out on a sacrifice bunt, third baseman Jhonny Peralta to second baseman Jamey Carroll. Andy LaRoche to 3rd. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Cliff Lee intentionally walks Jack Wilson.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Ross Ohlendorf.
Delwyn Young flies out to left fielder Shin-Soo Choo.
Andrew McCutchen walks. Andy LaRoche scores. Brandon Moss to 3rd. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds into a force out, shortstop Luis Valbuena to second baseman Jamey Carroll. Andrew McCutchen out at 2nd.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Mark DeRosa walks.
Victor Martinez flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Shin-Soo Choo strikes out swinging.
With Jhonny Peralta batting, Mark DeRosa steals (1) 2nd base.
Jhonny Peralta walks.
Ben Francisco walks. Mark DeRosa to 3rd. Jhonny Peralta to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ryan Garko replaces Luis Valbuena.
Ryan Garko strikes out on a foul tip.

Home
Defensive switch from second base to third base for Jamey Carroll.
Defensive switch from third base to shortstop for Jhonny Peralta.
Defensive Substitution: Josh Barfield replaces Ryan Garko, batting 7th, playing second base.
Pitching Change: Joe Smith replaces Cliff Lee, batting 9th.
Freddy Sanchez strikes out swinging.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Andy LaRoche walks. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Rafael Perez replaces Joe Smith, batting 9th.
Brandon Moss walks. Adam LaRoche to 3rd. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo grounds into a double play, shortstop Jhonny Peralta to first baseman Victor Martinez. Brandon Moss out at 2nd.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces John Grabow, batting 9th.
Kelly Shoppach flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Travis Hafner replaces Rafael Perez.
Travis Hafner strikes out swinging.
Jamey Carroll grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Pitching Change: Matt Herges replaces Rafael Perez, batting 9th, replacing Travis Hafner.
Jack Wilson singles on a sharp line drive to left fielder Shin-Soo Choo.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Matt Capps.
Eric Hinske singles on a line drive to left fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
With Andrew McCutchen batting, Jack Wilson steals (2) 3rd base.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a line drive to left fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Jack Wilson scores. Eric Hinske to 2nd.

Ross Ohlendorf (RHP) (6-5, 4.56 ERA, 39 K) @ Jason Marquis (RHP) (8-4, 3.77 ERA, 41 K)

9:10 P.M. EST @ Coors Field

Post Game Update
The Pirates opened their 3 game series in Colorado tonight. The Rockies are hot under the direction of their new manager Jim Tracy (yes, we all remember him).

The Pirates’ offense was wimpy, but Jack Wilson hit a solo HR in the 7th. Eric Hinske and Andrew McCutchen knocked in two after-the-fact runs in the top of the 9th.

Ross Ohlendorf wasn’t sharp, surrendering 6 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings. Burnett and Meek pitched well. Matt Capps got an inning of work in the 8th, and he gave up a hit and a run.

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Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Nyjer Morgan hit by pitch.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball. Nyjer Morgan out at 2nd, hit by batted ball, second baseman Clint Barmes unassisted.
Adam LaRoche grounds out to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Dexter Fowler doubles (17) on a ground ball to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Clint Barmes grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Dexter Fowler to 3rd.
With Todd Helton batting, passed ball by Robinzon Diaz, Dexter Fowler scores.
Todd Helton grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Brad Hawpe singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
With Troy Tulowitzki batting, Brad Hawpe caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Robinzon Diaz to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Jack Wilson.

Inning 2

Away
Delwyn Young walks.
Andy LaRoche flies out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into a force out, third baseman Ian Stewart to second baseman Clint Barmes. Delwyn Young out at 2nd. Robinzon Diaz to 1st.
Jack Wilson grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Troy Tulowitzki homers (10) on a fly ball to center field.
Ian Stewart singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
With Carlos Gonzalez batting, Ian Stewart steals (4) 2nd base.
Carlos Gonzalez lines out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Chris Iannetta called out on strikes.
Jason Marquis flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 3

Away
Ross Ohlendorf grounds out, pitcher Jason Marquis to first baseman Todd Helton.
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan called out on strikes.

Home
Dexter Fowler lines out to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Clint Barmes flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Todd Helton doubles (16) on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Brad Hawpe doubles (24) on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young. Todd Helton scores.
Troy Tulowitzki pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 4

Away
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Todd Helton to pitcher Jason Marquis.
Delwyn Young walks.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Ian Stewart strikes out swinging.
Carlos Gonzalez flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Chris Iannetta grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 5

Away
Robinzon Diaz grounds out sharply, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Todd Helton.
Jack Wilson grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Ross Ohlendorf grounds out, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Jason Marquis singles on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young. Jason Marquis advances to 2nd, on a fielding error by right fielder Delwyn Young.
Dexter Fowler out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Jason Marquis to 3rd.
Clint Barmes out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Delwyn Young. Jason Marquis scores.
Todd Helton singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Brad Hawpe homers (10) on a fly ball to center field. Todd Helton scores.
Troy Tulowitzki strikes out swinging.

Inning 6

Away
Andrew McCutchen doubles (3) on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Nyjer Morgan flies out to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Delwyn Young grounds out to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th.
Ian Stewart flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Carlos Gonzalez strikes out swinging.
Chris Iannetta called out on strikes.

Inning 7

Away
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Jack Wilson homers (2) on a fly ball to left field.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss replaces Sean Burnett.
Brandon Moss grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th, replacing Brandon Moss.
Jason Marquis called out on strikes.
Dexter Fowler grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Clint Barmes flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

Inning 8

Away
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Adam LaRoche singles on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd.
Delwyn Young grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th.
Todd Helton doubles (17) on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Brad Hawpe grounds out sharply, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Todd Helton to 3rd.
Troy Tulowitzki out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Todd Helton scores.
Ian Stewart pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.

Inning 9

Away
Andy LaRoche singles on a ground ball to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into a force out, second baseman Clint Barmes to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd. Robinzon Diaz to 1st.
Jack Wilson grounds out softly, pitcher Jason Marquis to first baseman Todd Helton. Robinzon Diaz to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Matt Capps.
Eric Hinske singles on a line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Robinzon Diaz scores.
Andrew McCutchen triples (3) on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe. Eric Hinske scores.
Pitching Change: Alan Embree replaces Jason Marquis, batting 9th.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.

Dontrelle Willis (LHP) (1-3, 6.60 ERA, 16 K) @ Ross Ohlendorf (RHP) (5-5, 4.82 ERA, 37 K)

1:35 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

The Stanley Cup is coming to PNC Park today, and Bill Guerin is throwing out the first pitch.

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Post Game Updates
Tonight’s game was interesting. It was old-school night at PNC Park. This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Pirates defeating the Tigers in the World Series. Everything at PNC Park was imitated to make it look more like 1909. Baggy uniforms, no mascots, and a plain looking scoreboard made for a unique night at the park.

Ross Ohlendorf pitched 6 nice innings to get the win in today’s rubber match. Grabow and Capps pitched well to close out the 8th and 9th.

Andrew McCutchen went 2-3 with 2 runs. Freddy Sanchez went 2-4 with 2 runs. Delwyn Young went 3-4 with a run.

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Inning 1

Away
Don Kelly doubles (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Ramon Santiago out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to first baseman Eric Hinske. Don Kelly to 3rd.
Josh Anderson grounds out to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Miguel Cabrera strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Eric Hinske.

Home
Andrew McCutchen walks.
Andy LaRoche singles on a fly ball to center fielder Curtis Granderson. Andrew McCutchen to 2nd.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a bunt ground ball to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Craig Monroe walks. Andrew McCutchen scores. Andy LaRoche to 3rd. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Delwyn Young grounds into a force out, first baseman Miguel Cabrera to catcher Gerald Laird. Andy LaRoche out at home. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd. Craig Monroe to 2nd. Delwyn Young to 1st.
Eric Hinske walks. Freddy Sanchez scores. Craig Monroe to 3rd. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Robinzon Diaz out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Curtis Granderson. Craig Monroe scores. Delwyn Young to 3rd.
Jack Wilson flies out to center fielder Curtis Granderson.

Inning 2

Away
Curtis Granderson pops out to catcher Robinzon Diaz in foul territory.
Brandon Inge pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Gerald Laird flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.

Home
Ross Ohlendorf walks.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to pitcher Dontrelle Willis. Ross Ohlendorf to 2nd.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, third baseman Brandon Inge to second baseman Ramon Santiago. Ross Ohlendorf to 3rd. Andrew McCutchen out at 2nd. Andy LaRoche to 1st.
Freddy Sanchez grounds into a double play, third baseman Brandon Inge to second baseman Ramon Santiago to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd.

Inning 3

Away
Adam Everett pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Dontrelle Willis grounds out, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Don Kelly pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson.

Home
Craig Monroe walks.
Delwyn Young singles on a line drive to right fielder Josh Anderson. Craig Monroe to 3rd.
Eric Hinske walks. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Robinzon Diaz pops out to second baseman Ramon Santiago on the infield fly rule.
Jack Wilson pops out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera on the infield fly rule.
Ross Ohlendorf grounds out, shortstop Adam Everett to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Inning 4

Away
Ramon Santiago walks.
Josh Anderson singles on a ground ball to left fielder Craig Monroe. Ramon Santiago to 3rd.
Miguel Cabrera grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Josh Anderson out at 2nd. Miguel Cabrera to 1st.
Curtis Granderson grounds into a double play, first baseman Eric Hinske to shortstop Jack Wilson. Ramon Santiago scores. Miguel Cabrera out at 2nd.

Home
Andrew McCutchen walks.
With Andy LaRoche batting, Andrew McCutchen steals (2) 2nd base.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Miguel Cabrera to pitcher Dontrelle Willis. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder Josh Anderson. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.
Delwyn Young singles on a ground ball to left fielder Don Kelly. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Eric Hinske walks. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Zach Miner replaces Dontrelle Willis, batting 9th.
Robinzon Diaz singles on a ground ball to center fielder Curtis Granderson. Freddy Sanchez scores. Delwyn Young scores. Eric Hinske to 2nd.
Jack Wilson flies out to left fielder Don Kelly.

Inning 5

Away
Brandon Inge flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.
Gerald Laird grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Adam Everett hit by pitch.
Zach Miner strikes out swinging.

Home
Ross Ohlendorf grounds out, pitcher Zach Miner to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche pops out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera in foul territory.

Inning 6

Away
Don Kelly walks.
Ramon Santiago pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
With Josh Anderson batting, throwing error by Ross Ohlendorf on the pickoff attempt, Don Kelly to 2nd.
Josh Anderson pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Miguel Cabrera pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.

Home
Freddy Sanchez pops out to second baseman Ramon Santiago.
Craig Monroe called out on strikes.
Delwyn Young singles on a ground ball to right fielder Josh Anderson.
Eric Hinske walks. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into a force out, shortstop Adam Everett to third baseman Brandon Inge. Delwyn Young out at 3rd.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th.
Curtis Granderson walks.
Brandon Inge grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Curtis Granderson out at 2nd. Brandon Inge to 1st.
Gerald Laird singles on a ground ball to right fielder Delwyn Young. Brandon Inge to 2nd.
Adam Everett grounds into a force out, fielded by third baseman Andy LaRoche. Brandon Inge out at 3rd. Gerald Laird to 2nd. Adam Everett to 1st.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Marcus Thames replaces Zach Miner.
Marcus Thames singles on a line drive to left fielder Craig Monroe. Gerald Laird to 3rd. Adam Everett to 2nd.
Don Kelly singles on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young. Gerald Laird scores. Adam Everett scores. Marcus Thames to 3rd.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Steven Jackson, batting 9th.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Placido Polanco replaces Ramon Santiago.
Placido Polanco flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.

Home
Pitching Change: Nate Robertson replaces Zach Miner, batting 1st, replacing left fielder Don Kelly.
Placido Polanco remains in the game as the second baseman.
Marcus Thames remains in the game as the left fielder.
Jack Wilson grounds out, third baseman Brandon Inge to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss replaces Sean Burnett.
Brandon Moss hit by pitch.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a line drive to left fielder Marcus Thames. Brandon Moss to 3rd.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, third baseman Brandon Inge to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Andrew McCutchen to 2nd.
Nate Robertson intentionally walks Freddy Sanchez.
Craig Monroe grounds into a force out, third baseman Brandon Inge to second baseman Placido Polanco. Freddy Sanchez out at 2nd.

Inning 8

Away
Defensive Substitution: Nyjer Morgan replaces left fielder Craig Monroe, batting 4th, playing left field.
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th, replacing Brandon Moss.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn replaces Josh Anderson.
Ryan Raburn walks.
Miguel Cabrera pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Curtis Granderson grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Eric Hinske. Ryan Raburn to 2nd.
Brandon Inge flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Home
Pitching Change: Joel Zumaya replaces Nate Robertson, batting 1st.
Ryan Raburn remains in the game as the right fielder.
Delwyn Young walks.
Eric Hinske called out on strikes.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to center fielder Curtis Granderson.
Jack Wilson pops out to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces John Grabow, batting 9th.
Gerald Laird walks.
Adam Everett grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Eric Hinske. Gerald Laird out at 2nd.
Marcus Thames strikes out swinging.

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.

Mike Pelfrey (RHP) (4-1, 3.88 ERA, 23 K) @ Ross Ohlendorf (RHP) (5-5, 4.45 ERA, 32 K)

12:35 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Post Game Update

Since today’s game was at 12:35, and the Penguins played at 8:00, I decided to take the day off and spend the day in Pittsburgh. Lucky for me, I got to see Andrew McCutchen’s MLB debut, and he looked good! McCutchen batted in the leadoff spot, and Nyjer Morgan batted second, essentially giving the Pirates two leadoff hitters. The two leadoff 4 of the 8 innings this afternoon. McCutchen was 2-4 with a walk and 3 runs. Nyjer was 2-4 with a run. Ramon Vazquez was playing SS today because Jack Wilson was out with the stomach flu. Vazquez was impressive, going 4-4 with 4 singles and a run.

Ross Ohlendorf didn’t look sharp, only going 4.1 innings, while giving up 9 hits and 5 runs. Tom Gorzelanny looked good as he came in to finish off the 5th. Steven Jackson gave 2 innings of excellent relief effort.

Today was a fun game to watch. Even with McLouth gone, we looked like a good baseball team. I love McCutchen and Morgan batting 1-2 (although I was expecting to see Morgan-McCutchen). We’re only 3 games under .500 with a series at Houston. Hopefully we can win this one!

Go Bucs!

Following the game, Carlos Beltran had this to say about the Pirates’ series: “The reality of this is coming here to Pittsburgh and getting swept, me, I feel embarrassed. I mean, we have to take this personally. It can’t happen. It can’t happen, us being able to come here and lose three games just like that. Three games to this team. I know they’re a big-league ball club, but we’re better than them.”

Andrew McCutchen

Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Alex Cora pops out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Luis Castillo grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Carlos Beltran doubles (16) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Gary Sheffield called out on strikes.

Home
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to right fielder Gary Sheffield. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out to first baseman Daniel Murphy. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Mike Pelfrey intentionally walks Adam LaRoche.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to left fielder Fernando Martinez. Andrew McCutchen scores. Nyjer Morgan scores. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to second baseman Luis Castillo, deflected by pitcher Mike Pelfrey. Adam LaRoche to 3rd. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a line drive to left fielder Fernando Martinez. Adam LaRoche scores. Andy LaRoche scores. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a fly ball to left fielder Fernando Martinez. Brandon Moss to 3rd. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Ross Ohlendorf grounds into a double play, pitcher Mike Pelfrey to catcher Omir Santos to first baseman Daniel Murphy. Brandon Moss out at home.

Inning 2

Away
David Wright walks.
With Daniel Murphy batting, David Wright steals (13) 2nd base.
Daniel Murphy singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. David Wright scores.
Fernando Martinez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Daniel Murphy to 3rd.
Omir Santos reaches on a fielder’s choice out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to catcher Jason Jaramillo. Daniel Murphy out at home. Fernando Martinez to 2nd.
Mike Pelfrey ground bunts into a force out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Fernando Martinez to 3rd. Omir Santos out at 2nd. Mike Pelfrey to 1st.
Alex Cora doubles (5) on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Fernando Martinez scores. Mike Pelfrey to 3rd.
Luis Castillo singles on a ground ball to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Mike Pelfrey scores. Alex Cora to 3rd.
Carlos Beltran walks. Luis Castillo to 2nd.
Gary Sheffield grounds out, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andrew McCutchen flies out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Nyjer Morgan reaches on a fielding error by first baseman Daniel Murphy. Nyjer Morgan to 3rd.
Freddy Sanchez strikes out swinging.
Adam LaRoche doubles (18) on a fly ball to left fielder Fernando Martinez. Nyjer Morgan scores.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Daniel Murphy to pitcher Mike Pelfrey.

Inning 3

Away
David Wright walks.
Daniel Murphy flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Fernando Martinez flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Omir Santos singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. David Wright to 2nd.
Mike Pelfrey grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, shortstop Alex Cora to first baseman Daniel Murphy.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Fernando Martinez.
Ross Ohlendorf strikes out swinging.

Inning 4

Away
Alex Cora pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche in foul territory.
Luis Castillo grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Carlos Beltran homers (7) on a fly ball to right center field.
Gary Sheffield grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andrew McCutchen walks.
Nyjer Morgan out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Mike Pelfrey to first baseman Daniel Murphy. Andrew McCutchen to 2nd.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Luis Castillo to first baseman Daniel Murphy. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Andy LaRoche hit by pitch. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Brandon Moss walks. Andrew McCutchen scores. Adam LaRoche to 3rd. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a line drive to left fielder Fernando Martinez. Adam LaRoche scores. Andy LaRoche scores. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Ken Takahashi replaces Mike Pelfrey, batting 9th.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a line drive to right fielder Gary Sheffield. Brandon Moss scores. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Ross Ohlendorf strikes out swinging.

Inning 5

Away
David Wright singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Daniel Murphy pops out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Fernando Martinez doubles (3) on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. David Wright scores.
Pitching Change: Tom Gorzelanny replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th.
Omir Santos grounds out, pitcher Tom Gorzelanny to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Fernando Martinez to 3rd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Emil Brown replaces Ken Takahashi.
Emil Brown grounds out, pitcher Tom Gorzelanny to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Pitching Change: Sean Green replaces Ken Takahashi, batting 9th, replacing Emil Brown.
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, shortstop Alex Cora to first baseman Daniel Murphy.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, pitcher Sean Green to first baseman Daniel Murphy.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.

Inning 6

Away
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Tom Gorzelanny, batting 9th.
Alex Cora grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Luis Castillo lines out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Carlos Beltran strikes out swinging.

Home
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Fernando Martinez.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Brandon Moss grounds out to first baseman Daniel Murphy.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces Sean Burnett, batting 5th, replacing third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Defensive Substitution: Eric Hinske replaces pitcher Sean Burnett, batting 9th, playing third base.
Gary Sheffield grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
David Wright grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Daniel Murphy walks.
Fernando Martinez grounds into a force out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Daniel Murphy out at 2nd.

Home
Pitching Change: J. Putz replaces Sean Green, batting 9th.
Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Andy LaRoche left the game due to an injured knee.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, third baseman David Wright to first baseman Daniel Murphy.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Fernando Martinez.
With Eric Hinske batting, Ramon Vazquez steals (1) 2nd base.
Eric Hinske pops out to first baseman Daniel Murphy.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a line drive to right fielder Gary Sheffield. Ramon Vazquez scores.
With Nyjer Morgan batting, Andrew McCutchen steals (1) 2nd base.
Nyjer Morgan triples (5) on a fly ball to right fielder Gary Sheffield. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Freddy Sanchez lines out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.

Inning 8

Away
Omir Santos flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Jeremy Reed replaces J. Putz.
Jeremy Reed grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Steven Jackson.
Alex Cora flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Pitching Change: Pedro Feliciano replaces J. Putz, batting 9th, replacing Jeremy Reed.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces Steven Jackson.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.
Brandon Moss grounds out to pitcher Pedro Feliciano.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Steven Jackson, batting 5th, replacing Craig Monroe.
Luis Castillo walks.
With Carlos Beltran batting, wild pitch by Jesse Chavez, Luis Castillo to 2nd.
Carlos Beltran grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Luis Castillo to 3rd.
Gary Sheffield pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche in foul territory.
David Wright doubles (13) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Luis Castillo scores.
Daniel Murphy flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Joel Pineiro (4-2, 3.66) @ Ross Ohlendorf (3-3, 4.14), 7:05 P.M., PNC Park

Postgame Update:
There was a lot to feel good about in Pittsburgh last night. The Penguins destroyed the Capitals 6-2 in Game 7 of their Stanley Cup playoff series. The Pirates beat the Cardinals 5-2 and started a much-needed winning streak.

Ross Ohlendorf pitched another nice game (6IP, 2H, 1R, 5K). Pirate pitchers allowed 0 walks tonight. Matt Capps entered the game with a bit of a jam in the 9th (runners on 1st and 2nd, 1 out, 4 run lead). He allowed an Albert Pujols RBI single, but then he got Chris Duncan to ground into a double play for the save.

Jack Wilson found himself at the plate tonight. He was 3-4 with an RBI double. Like I said yesterday, it’s great having him healthy again.

Adam LaRoche hit a “home run” in the 1st that was reviewed with video replay. Replay showed that the home run hit the railing and did not clear the park. The call was overturned, and LaRoche was given an RBI double. That’s the first time that video overturned a call in PNC Park history.

Finally, in non-Pirate news, Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman had a 30 game hitting streak going into last night. Unfortunately, he failed to record a hit against Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants. Zimmerman spent a few months with the Harrisburg Senators on his way up to the big leagues, so I’m a fan of his. I hope he starts a new streak tomorrow (but hopefully he doesn’t hurt us too bad in our 4 game series with the Nats next week!).

Well, we’ve got a winning streak, and we’ve guaranteed a series win against the Cardinals! We’ll be reaching for the brooms tonight.

Go Bucs!

The M-Boys: McLouth, Morgan, and Moss Celebrate the Win

The M-Boys: McLouth, Morgan, and Moss Celebrate the Win

Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Skip Schumaker flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Shane Robinson grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Albert Pujols flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Skip Schumaker to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (14) on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Nate McLouth grounds out to first baseman Albert Pujols. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd.
Umpire reviewed (other), call on the field was overturned: Swinging strike.
Umpire reviewed (other), call on the field was overturned: Adam LaRoche doubles (9) on a fly ball to right fielder Shane Robinson. Freddy Sanchez scores.
Robinzon Diaz reaches on a fielder’s choice out, third baseman Joe Thurston unassisted. Adam LaRoche out at 3rd.

Inning 2

Away
Chris Duncan strikes out swinging.
Yadier Molina grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Colby Rasmus singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
With Khalil Greene batting, Ross Ohlendorf picks off Colby Rasmus at 1st on throw to Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to right fielder Shane Robinson.
Jack Wilson singles on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Duncan. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Ross Ohlendorf strikes out on a missed bunt.
Nyjer Morgan grounds into a force out, second baseman Skip Schumaker to shortstop Khalil Greene. Jack Wilson out at 2nd.

Inning 3

Away
Khalil Greene flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Joe Thurston grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to pitcher Ross Ohlendorf.
Joel Pineiro strikes out swinging.

Home
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nate McLouth lines out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Adam LaRoche doubles (10) on a fly ball to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Inning 4

Away
Skip Schumaker homers (1) on a fly ball to right center field.
Shane Robinson grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Albert Pujols flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Chris Duncan grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Brandon Moss doubles (3) on a fly ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Jack Wilson doubles (4) on a fly ball to right fielder Shane Robinson. Brandon Moss scores.
Ross Ohlendorf grounds out softly, third baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols. Jack Wilson to 3rd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, pitcher Joel Pineiro to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Inning 5

Away
Yadier Molina grounds out, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Colby Rasmus flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Khalil Greene grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, third baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nate McLouth lines out to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Adam LaRoche pops out to shortstop Khalil Greene.

Inning 6

Away
Joe Thurston strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Joel Pineiro strikes out swinging.
Skip Schumaker strikes out swinging.

Home
Robinzon Diaz hit by pitch.
Andy LaRoche singles on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Duncan, deflected by third baseman Joe Thurston. Robinzon Diaz to 3rd.
Brandon Moss grounds into a force out, second baseman Skip Schumaker to shortstop Khalil Greene. Robinzon Diaz scores. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd. Brandon Moss to 1st.
Jack Wilson singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder Shane Robinson. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Ross Ohlendorf.
Eric Hinske grounds out to first baseman Albert Pujols. Brandon Moss to 3rd. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Brandon Moss scores. Jack Wilson scores.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Nyjer Morgan to 3rd.
Nate McLouth pops out to second baseman Skip Schumaker.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Tyler Yates replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Shane Robinson grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Albert Pujols grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chris Duncan doubles (11) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Yadier Molina grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Pitching Change: Kyle McClellan replaces Joel Pineiro, batting 9th.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Tyler Yates, batting 9th.
Colby Rasmus strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Khalil Greene flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Joe Thurston lines out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Pitching Change: Chris Perez replaces Kyle McClellan, batting 9th.
Brandon Moss called out on strikes.
Jack Wilson pops out to third baseman Joe Thurston.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces John Grabow.
Craig Monroe flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces John Grabow, batting 9th, replacing Craig Monroe.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Nick Stavinoha replaces Chris Perez.
Nick Stavinoha flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Skip Schumaker singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Shane Robinson singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Skip Schumaker to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 9th.
Albert Pujols singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Skip Schumaker scores. Shane Robinson to 3rd.
Chris Duncan grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Albert Pujols out at 2nd.

Ready or not, Game 2 of our series with the Cardinals is a day game.

Ross Ohlendorf (3-2, 3.48) @ Todd Wellemeyer (2-2, 5.28), 1:40 P.M., Busch Stadium

Compare today’s starting lineup with the Opening Day lineup.
Today: McLouth, Young, Monroe, Hinske, Moss, An. LaRoche, Diaz, Bixler
Opening Day: Morgan, Sanchez, McLouth, Doumit, LaRoche, LaRoche, Moss, Wilson
Obviously, injuries have played some role in these changes. I’m also guessing that John Russell is trying anything that might help to end this losing skid.

The Pirates only managed 4 hits in the game. Robinzon Diaz went 2 for 3, including a solo homer. The Bucs have now lost 5 in a row.

stlouiscardinals

Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Nate McLouth walks.
Delwyn Young grounds into a double play, pitcher Todd Wellemeyer to shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols. Nate McLouth out at 2nd.
Craig Monroe grounds out sharply, first baseman Albert Pujols to pitcher Todd Wellemeyer.

Home
Skip Schumaker triples (1) on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Colby Rasmus flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Albert Pujols out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Nate McLouth. Skip Schumaker scores.
Ryan Ludwick grounds out, shortstop Brian Bixler to first baseman Eric Hinske.

Inning 2

Away
Eric Hinske flies out to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Brandon Moss pops out to third baseman Joe Thurston in foul territory.
Andy LaRoche walks.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to right fielder Ryan Ludwick.

Home
Chris Duncan flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Khalil Greene grounds out, shortstop Brian Bixler to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Joe Thurston singles on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Jason LaRue grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Eric Hinske.

Inning 3

Away
Brian Bixler called out on strikes.
Ross Ohlendorf singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Nate McLouth flies out to right fielder Ryan Ludwick.
Delwyn Young pops out to first baseman Albert Pujols in foul territory.

Home
Todd Wellemeyer flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.
Skip Schumaker singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Colby Rasmus flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.
Albert Pujols flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Inning 4

Away
Craig Monroe flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Eric Hinske flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Brandon Moss grounds out to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Home
Ryan Ludwick called out on strikes.
Chris Duncan strikes out swinging.
Khalil Greene reaches on a throwing error by third baseman Andy LaRoche. Khalil Greene to 2nd.
Joe Thurston grounds out, second baseman Delwyn Young to first baseman Eric Hinske.

Inning 5

Away
Andy LaRoche walks.
Robinzon Diaz singles on a line drive to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Brian Bixler strikes out swinging.
Ross Ohlendorf flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Nate McLouth doubles (2) on a line drive to right fielder Ryan Ludwick. Andy LaRoche scores. Robinzon Diaz to 3rd.
Delwyn Young flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Home
Jason LaRue homers (1) on a fly ball to left center field.
Todd Wellemeyer strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Skip Schumaker singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Colby Rasmus singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Ross Ohlendorf. Skip Schumaker to 2nd.
Albert Pujols hit by pitch. Skip Schumaker to 3rd. Colby Rasmus to 2nd.
Ryan Ludwick hit by pitch. Skip Schumaker scores. Colby Rasmus to 3rd. Albert Pujols to 2nd.
Chris Duncan out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Craig Monroe. Colby Rasmus scores.
Khalil Greene singles on a line drive to left fielder Craig Monroe. Albert Pujols scores. Ryan Ludwick to 3rd.
Joe Thurston pops out to second baseman Delwyn Young.

Inning 6

Away
Craig Monroe lines out to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Eric Hinske grounds out to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Brandon Moss pops out to third baseman Joe Thurston.

Home
Jason LaRue called out on strikes.
Todd Wellemeyer strikes out swinging.
Skip Schumaker walks.
With Colby Rasmus batting, Skip Schumaker caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to shortstop Brian Bixler.

Inning 7

Away
Andy LaRoche flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Robinzon Diaz homers (1) on a fly ball to left field.
Brian Bixler strikes out swinging.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez replaces Ross Ohlendorf.
Ramon Vazquez strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th, replacing Ramon Vazquez.
Colby Rasmus strikes out swinging.
Albert Pujols grounds out, shortstop Brian Bixler to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Ryan Ludwick flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Trever Miller replaces Todd Wellemeyer, batting 9th.
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.
Delwyn Young flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Pitching Change: Blaine Boyer replaces Trever Miller, batting 9th.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.

Home
Chris Duncan strikes out swinging.
Khalil Greene walks.
Joe Thurston grounds into a force out, second baseman Delwyn Young to shortstop Brian Bixler. Khalil Greene out at 2nd. Joe Thurston to 1st.
Jason LaRue hits a ground-rule double (1) on a fly ball to left-center field. Joe Thurston to 3rd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Shane Robinson replaces Blaine Boyer.
Shane Robinson grounds out, shortstop Brian Bixler to first baseman Eric Hinske.

Inning 9

Away
Defensive switch from second base to left field for Skip Schumaker.
Defensive Substitution: Brian Barden replaces left fielder Chris Duncan, batting 5th, playing third base.
Defensive switch from third base to second base for Joe Thurston.
Pitching Change: Ryan Franklin replaces Blaine Boyer, batting 9th, replacing Shane Robinson.
Eric Hinske grounds out sharply, second baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.

I didn’t get to see or hear much Pirate baseball this weekend because I was in State College, PA for the Blue/White game, Penn State Football’s annual spring scrimmage. The weekend is really more about tailgating and enjoying the outdoors, but a reminder that college football season is on its way isn’t a bad thing either.

The Pirates were in San Diego for a 3 game series this weekend. Despite a mess of injuries, the Bucs found a way to win 2 out of 3 games and claim their third consecutive series win. Nate McLouth didn’t play at all this weekend due to an injured right oblique. It doesn’t sound like this injury will require a trip to the DL, but the team decided to keep McLouth out for precautionary reasons. Jack Wilson was sent to the DL because of the injured left middle finger that has been bothering him over the past week. Brian Bixler was called up to replace Wilson, and Bixler will likely split time at shortstop with Ramon Vazquez. Finally, Craig Hansen was sent to the DL because of neck spasms. Evan Meek was called up to replace Hansen.

Game 16 – The series opened with a tough loss for the Bucs. Pittsburgh used every pitcher that they had available before losing 4-3 in 11 innings. Ian Snell only lasted 5 and 1/2 innings. The relievers pitched 5 scoreless innings until Matt Capps walked 2 in the 11th and former Pirate, Brian Giles hit a game winning double.

Game 17 – Zach Duke looked strong once again to claim his 3rd win of the season. The Bucs dominated the Padres from start to finish in this game and took home the 10-1 victory. Duke pitched 8 and 1/3 inning, giving up 6 hits and 1 ER. He got plenty of support from his own batters with Freddy Sanchez going 3-5, Craig Monroe going 3-5, Eric Hinske going 2-3, Andy LaRoche going 2-4, and Jason Jaramillo going 2-4.

Game 18 – Ross Ohlendorf out-pitched Jake Peavy, and Adam LaRoche hit 2 home runs to lead the Bucs to an 8-3 win over the Padres. Ohlendorf pitched 7 innings, giving up 5 hits and 3 ER. John Grabow finished up the final two innings. Andy LaRoche went 2-5 to extend his consecutive game hitting streak to 10. So much for that slow start!

The Pirates are now 11-7, and they have already seen strong pitching performances from all of their starters. It sure looks like Pitching Coach, Joe Kerrigan is doing a lot of the right things.

With this series win, the Pirates are now 4 games over .500. That hasn’t happened since 2002. Also, the Pirates are now assured of a winning record in the month of April. That’s happened just twice in the last 15 years.

One final note from the weekend. Dave Davidson was claimed off waivers by the Florida Marlins. Only time will tell if this means anything.

padres

A 3 game series with the Milwaukee Brewers is next. Let’s hope that our injury depleted Pittsburgh Pirates can find a way to keep the wins coming.

Monday – Jeff Karstens @ Braden Looper – 8:05 P.M.
Tuesday – Paul Maholm @ Dave Bush – 8:05 P.M.
Wednesday – Ian Snell @ – Yovani Gallardo 1:05 P.M.