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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22 yankees

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.

STANLEY CUP

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.

Live Updates:

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.