Paul Maholm (LHP) (4-2, 3.94 ERA, 42 K) @ Javier Vazquez (RHP) (4-5, 3.54 ERA, 93 K)

1:00 P.M. EST @ Turner Field

The final game of this series, in which every game has been decided by 1 run, starts today at 1:00.

Go Bucs!

Post Game Update

Paul Maholm and Javier Vazquez were locked in a pitchers’ duel. The two combined for 21 strikeouts.

Delwyn Young hit his first home run as a Pirate to tie the game at 1. Young’s homered finally ended the Pirates’ homerless streak of 323 plate appearances.

After having a tough day, Andrew McCutchen came up big in the 9th by hitting a leadoff single. Nyjer Morgan sacrificed him to 2nd. Freddy Sanchez grounded out to move him to 3rd. Bobby Cox then made the surprising move of intentionally walking Adam LaRoche to pitch to hotter-hitting brother Andy. Andy poked a single up the middle to score McCutchen and brother Adam to take the lead.

Big Bull Rider Matt Capps shut things down in the 9th.

It feels good to leave Atlanta with a split.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez called out on strikes.

Home
Nate McLouth flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Yunel Escobar grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chipper Jones grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 2

Away
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Kelly Johnson to first baseman Barbaro Canizares.
Andy LaRoche singles on a fly ball to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Delwyn Young strikes out on a foul tip.
Robinzon Diaz strikes out swinging.

Home
Barbaro Canizares called out on strikes.
Matt Diaz strikes out swinging.
Jeff Francoeur singles on a sharp ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson, deflected by third baseman Andy LaRoche.
David Ross strikes out swinging.

Inning 3

Away
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.
Paul Maholm grounds out softly to first baseman Barbaro Canizares.
Andrew McCutchen flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Kelly Johnson strikes out swinging.
Javier Vazquez strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Nate McLouth walks.
Yunel Escobar called out on strikes.

Inning 4

Away
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Barbaro Canizares.
Adam LaRoche lines out to pitcher Javier Vazquez.

Home
Chipper Jones pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Barbaro Canizares grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Matt Diaz reaches on a fielding error by shortstop Jack Wilson.
With Jeff Francoeur batting, Matt Diaz steals (2) 2nd base.
Jeff Francoeur singles on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young. Matt Diaz scores.
With David Ross batting, Jeff Francoeur steals (3) 2nd base.
David Ross walks.
Kelly Johnson grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 5

Away
Andy LaRoche flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Delwyn Young homers (1) on a fly ball to right center field.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.

Home
Javier Vazquez grounds out, pitcher Paul Maholm to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Nate McLouth grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Yunel Escobar strikes out swinging.

Inning 6

Away
Paul Maholm flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out to first baseman Barbaro Canizares.

Home
Chipper Jones grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Barbaro Canizares singles on a sharp ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Matt Diaz grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Barbaro Canizares to 2nd.
Jeff Francoeur walks.
David Ross pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.

Inning 7

Away
Freddy Sanchez reaches on a throwing error by shortstop Yunel Escobar.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Andy LaRoche out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Javier Vazquez to first baseman Barbaro Canizares. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Delwyn Young called out on strikes.

Home
Kelly Johnson doubles (14) on a fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Javier Vazquez out on a sacrifice bunt, catcher Robinzon Diaz to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Kelly Johnson to 3rd.
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.
Yunel Escobar flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 8

Away
Robinzon Diaz strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson grounds out, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Barbaro Canizares.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss replaces Paul Maholm.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces Paul Maholm, batting 9th, replacing Brandon Moss.
Chipper Jones lines out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Barbaro Canizares strikes out swinging.
Matt Diaz singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
With Jeff Francoeur batting, Matt Diaz steals (3) 2nd base.
Jeff Francoeur grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Rafael Soriano replaces Javier Vazquez, batting 9th.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Nyjer Morgan out on a sacrifice bunt, catcher David Ross to second baseman Kelly Johnson. Andrew McCutchen to 2nd.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out softly, pitcher Rafael Soriano to first baseman Barbaro Canizares. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd.
Rafael Soriano intentionally walks Adam LaRoche.
With Andy LaRoche batting, Adam LaRoche advances to 2nd on defensive indifference.
Andy LaRoche singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Andrew McCutchen scores. Adam LaRoche scores.
Delwyn Young singles on a ground ball to right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.

Home
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces Steven Jackson, batting 9th.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco replaces David Ross.
Gregor Blanco grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Kelly Johnson grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Matt Capps.
Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox ejected by 1B umpire Brian Knight.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brian McCann replaces Rafael Soriano.
Brian McCann strikes out swinging.

Charlie Morton (RHP) (0-0, -.– ERA, 0 K) @ Jair Jurrjens (RHP) (5-3, 2.84 ERA, 48 K)

7:00 P.M. EST @ Turner Field

Hello, Charlie Morton. Welcome to Pittsburgh!! The newly acquired pitcher is called up to the majors to face his old team. How can’t you be excited about the bottom of the first inning when Morton pitches to McLouth?

Tom Gorzelanny was sent back to AAA Indianapolis.

Post Game Update

Charlie Morton started, but he didn’t last long. After 13 pitches, he left the game due to an injured left hamstring. Jeff Karstens resumed and had a nice outing. Morton is scheduled to go again next Tuesday.

In small-ball fashion, the Pirates put 4 runs togheter, and it was enough to take home the 4-3 victory. The Pirates haven’t homered in their last 309 plate appearances. It goes back to Jaramillo’s first career home run. That’s not good.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to left fielder Garret Anderson.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
With Adam LaRoche batting, Nyjer Morgan steals (14) 2nd base.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Andy LaRoche hit by pitch. Nyjer Morgan to 3rd. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.

Home
Nate McLouth grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Yunel Escobar singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Chipper Jones grounds into a force out, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Yunel Escobar out at 2nd. Chipper Jones to 1st.
Brian McCann pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson.

Inning 2

Away
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Jack Wilson flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Zach Duke replaces Charlie Morton.
Zach Duke out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Jair Jurrjens to second baseman Kelly Johnson. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: Jeff Karstens replaces Charlie Morton, batting 9th, replacing Zach Duke.
Garret Anderson grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Greg Norton grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jeff Francoeur flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 3

Away
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton left the game due to an injured leg.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a fly ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Nyjer Morgan to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche grounds into a force out, second baseman Kelly Johnson to shortstop Yunel Escobar. Nyjer Morgan scores. Freddy Sanchez out at 2nd. Adam LaRoche to 1st.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, first baseman Greg Norton to shortstop Yunel Escobar. Adam LaRoche out at 2nd. Andy LaRoche to 1st.
Brandon Moss walks. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a fly ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Andy LaRoche scores. Brandon Moss to 3rd.
Jack Wilson grounds out, third baseman Chipper Jones to first baseman Greg Norton.

Home
Kelly Johnson grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jair Jurrjens grounds out, pitcher Jeff Karstens to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Nate McLouth doubles (9) on a fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Yunel Escobar pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 4

Away
Jeff Karstens strikes out swinging.
Andrew McCutchen pops out to first baseman Greg Norton in foul territory.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.

Home
Chipper Jones flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Brian McCann doubles (9) on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Garret Anderson pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Greg Norton flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 5

Away
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Kelly Johnson to first baseman Greg Norton.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Greg Norton.

Home
Jeff Francoeur lines out to third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Kelly Johnson flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Jair Jurrjens grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 6

Away
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.

Home
Nate McLouth flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Yunel Escobar doubles (14) on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Chipper Jones flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Umpire reviewed (other), call on the field was upheld: Ball.
Umpire reviewed (other), call on the field was upheld: Brian McCann doubles (10) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Yunel Escobar scores.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Jeff Karstens, batting 9th.
Garret Anderson pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Eric O’Flaherty replaces Jair Jurrjens, batting 9th.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces Sean Burnett.
Craig Monroe hit by pitch.
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, second baseman Kelly Johnson to first baseman Greg Norton. Craig Monroe to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, catcher Brian McCann to first baseman Greg Norton.
Eric O’Flaherty intentionally walks Freddy Sanchez.
Adam LaRoche singles on a ground ball to second baseman Kelly Johnson. Craig Monroe scores. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Peter Moylan replaces Eric O’Flaherty, batting 9th.
Andy LaRoche walks. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Brandon Moss grounds out, first baseman Greg Norton to pitcher Peter Moylan.

Home
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Sean Burnett, batting 6th, replacing right fielder Brandon Moss.
Craig Monroe remains in the game as the right fielder.
Greg Norton strikes out swinging.
Jeff Francoeur grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Kelly Johnson strikes out swinging.

Inning 8

Away
Jason Jaramillo lines out to first baseman Greg Norton.
Jack Wilson grounds out, pitcher Peter Moylan to first baseman Greg Norton.
Craig Monroe pops out to shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Home
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Matt Diaz replaces Peter Moylan.
Matt Diaz flies out to right fielder Craig Monroe.
Nate McLouth bunt grounds out, pitcher John Grabow to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Yunel Escobar flies out to right fielder Craig Monroe in foul territory.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Jeff Bennett replaces Peter Moylan, batting 9th, replacing Matt Diaz.
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, third baseman Chipper Jones to first baseman Greg Norton.
Nyjer Morgan bunt grounds out, catcher Brian McCann to first baseman Greg Norton.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (21) on a line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Jeff Bennett intentionally walks Adam LaRoche.
Andy LaRoche walks. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces John Grabow.
Eric Hinske called out on strikes.

Home
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces John Grabow, batting 6th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Chipper Jones flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Brian McCann grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Garret Anderson homers (3) on a fly ball to right field.
Greg Norton flies out to right fielder Craig Monroe.

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

7:00 P.M. EST @ Turner Field

Post Game Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live Updates:

Inning 1

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

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

Inning 2

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

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

Inning 3

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

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

Inning 4

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

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

Inning 5

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

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

Inning 6

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

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

Inning 7

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

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

Inning 8

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

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

Inning 9

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

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

7:00 P.M. EST @ Turner Field

Post Game Update

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

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

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

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

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

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

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

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

Inning 2

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

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

Inning 3

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

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

Inning 4

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

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

Inning 5

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

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

Inning 6

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

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

Inning 7

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

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

Inning 8

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

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

Inning 9

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

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

Inning 10

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

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

Inning 11

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

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

Inning 12

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

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

Inning 13

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

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

Inning 14

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

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

Inning 15

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

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

Ian Snell (RHP) (1-6, 5.64 ERA, 42 K) @ Felipe Paulino (RHP) (1-4, 6.21 ERA, 33 K)

2:05 P.M. EST @ Minute Maid Park

Post Game Update

For the third time this season, the Pirates were going for a series win against the Houston Astros, and for the 3rd time, the Astros prevailed.

Ian Snell pitched better tonight than he has in awhile. Snell pitched 6 innings and gave up just 3 runs. Steven Jackson struggled in 1.1 innings, giving up 3 runs.

Andrew McCutchen went 3-5 with an RBI in the leadoff spot.

It’s frustrating to lose this series after sweeping the Mets and being just 3 games below .500.

Now it’s on to Atlanta.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to center fielder Michael Bourn.
With Nyjer Morgan batting, wild pitch by Felipe Paulino, Andrew McCutchen to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan called out on strikes.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Home
Michael Bourn singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Miguel Tejada grounds into a double play, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Michael Bourn out at 2nd.
Hunter Pence strikes out swinging.

Inning 2

Away
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo doubles (10) on a fly ball to center fielder Michael Bourn. Andy LaRoche scores.
Ramon Vazquez strikes out on a foul tip.
Pitching Change: Russ Ortiz replaces Felipe Paulino, batting 9th.
Ian Snell strikes out swinging.

Home
Carlos Lee reaches on a fielding error by shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Lance Berkman strikes out swinging and Carlos Lee caught stealing 2nd, catcher Jason Jaramillo to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Geoff Blum doubles (6) on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Jeff Keppinger singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Geoff Blum scores.
Humberto Quintero flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 3

Away
Andrew McCutchen pops out to second baseman Jeff Keppinger.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Jeff Keppinger to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Home
Russ Ortiz flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss in foul territory.
Michael Bourn singles on a ground ball to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Miguel Tejada grounds into a double play, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Michael Bourn out at 2nd.

Inning 4

Away
Adam LaRoche walks.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a double play, shortstop Miguel Tejada to second baseman Jeff Keppinger to first baseman Lance Berkman. Adam LaRoche out at 2nd.
Brandon Moss singles on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Houston Astros pitcher Felipe Paulino left the game due to an injured groin.
Jason Jaramillo called out on strikes.

Home
Hunter Pence flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Carlos Lee grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Lance Berkman strikes out swinging.

Inning 5

Away
Ramon Vazquez strikes out swinging.
Ian Snell singles on a ground ball to shortstop Miguel Tejada.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to pitcher Russ Ortiz. Ian Snell to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan lines into a double play, third baseman Geoff Blum to second baseman Jeff Keppinger. Ian Snell doubled off 2nd.

Home
Geoff Blum flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Jeff Keppinger doubles (8) on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Humberto Quintero doubles (2) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Jeff Keppinger scores.
Russ Ortiz grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Humberto Quintero to 3rd.
Michael Bourn flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 6

Away
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Michael Bourn.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Carlos Lee.
Andy LaRoche flies out to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Brandon Moss grounds out, pitcher Russ Ortiz to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Home
Miguel Tejada grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Hunter Pence walks.
With Carlos Lee batting, Hunter Pence steals (6) 2nd base.
Carlos Lee singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Hunter Pence scores. Carlos Lee out at 2nd, right fielder Brandon Moss to catcher Jason Jaramillo to shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Lance Berkman doubles (10) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Geoff Blum flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Tim Byrdak replaces Russ Ortiz, batting 9th.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Hunter Pence. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Ian Snell.
Delwyn Young singles on a ground ball to right fielder Hunter Pence. Jason Jaramillo to 3rd. Ramon Vazquez to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Jeff Fulchino replaces Tim Byrdak, batting 9th.
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, first baseman Lance Berkman to pitcher Jeff Fulchino. Jason Jaramillo scores. Ramon Vazquez to 3rd. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence. Ramon Vazquez scores. Delwyn Young to 3rd. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd on the throw.
Freddy Sanchez walks.
Adam LaRoche grounds into a double play, first baseman Lance Berkman to catcher Humberto Quintero to first baseman Lance Berkman. Delwyn Young out at home.

Home
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces Ian Snell, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Jeff Keppinger grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Humberto Quintero singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Matt Kata replaces Jeff Fulchino.
Matt Kata grounds into a force out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Humberto Quintero out at 2nd. Matt Kata to 1st.
Michael Bourn walks. Matt Kata to 2nd.
Miguel Tejada singles on a ground ball to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Matt Kata scores. Michael Bourn to 2nd.
Hunter Pence strikes out swinging.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Chris Sampson replaces Jeff Fulchino, batting 9th, replacing Matt Kata.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, third baseman Geoff Blum to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Brandon Moss flies out to left fielder Carlos Lee.
Jason Jaramillo strikes out swinging.

Home
Carlos Lee walks.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Darin Erstad replaces Carlos Lee.
Lance Berkman singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Darin Erstad to 2nd.
Geoff Blum flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Steven Jackson, batting 9th.
Jeff Keppinger strikes out swinging.
Humberto Quintero singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Darin Erstad scores. Lance Berkman to 3rd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Jason Michaels replaces Chris Sampson.
Jason Michaels hits a ground-rule double (6) on a fly ball down the right-field line. Lance Berkman scores. Humberto Quintero to 3rd.
Michael Bourn pops out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.

Inning 9

Away
Darin Erstad remains in the game as the left fielder.
Pitching Change: LaTroy Hawkins replaces Chris Sampson, batting 9th, replacing Jason Michaels.
Ramon Vazquez called out on strikes.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Jesse Chavez.
Eric Hinske doubles (7) on a line drive to center fielder Michael Bourn.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to second baseman Jeff Keppinger. Eric Hinske to 3rd.
Nyjer Morgan out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Michael Bourn. Eric Hinske scores.
With Freddy Sanchez batting, Andrew McCutchen advances to 2nd on defensive indifference.
Freddy Sanchez pops out to first baseman Lance Berkman in foul territory.

Rainout! This game will be played on July 2 at 12:35 P.M.

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But…. that’s not what Pirate fans will be talking about tonight.

Management has made one of those “tough decisions” that they said they’d have to make. Nate McLouth has been traded to the Atlanta Braves. In return, the Pirates pick up 3 prospects, 2 of which may not be far from the Major Leagues. Charlie Morton is a RHP who has been a leader in the International League this season. Gorkys Hernandez is an OF who is another potential leadoff-type guy. Hernandez has been playing well in AA this season. Jeff Locke is a LHP that I haven’t heard much about. Andrew McCutchen will make his debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow.

It’s tough to see McLouth go, but McCutchen seems ready for the Majors, and we had extra outfielders. McLouth is the guy with the highest trade value. Hopefully the prospects begin to bloom within the Pittsburgh system.

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Ryan Doumit sat out Monday’s game against the Florida Marlins after injuring his wrist during Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

A CT scan revealed a fractured scaphoid bone. He’ll be out 8-10 weeks.

It looks like Jason Jaramillo will take over catching duties. Robinzon Diaz will be called up from AAA.

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The Pirates officially won their first series of the season when they took 2 out of 3 games from the Atlanta Braves. The Pirates scored 3-0 and 10-0 shutouts from strong pitching performances by Paul Maholm and Ian Snell. Zach Duke started the 3rd game of the series. Things got off to a bad start and never improved much. The Braves took the final game 11-1.

Some quick notes:

Game 10
Another great start for Paul Maholm. 7IP 4H.
Jack Wilson sat this game out with a sore finger.
Delwyn Young made his first at-bat as a Pirate. He entered as a pinch hitter and fouled out to the catcher.

Game 11
Another great start for Ian Snell. 7IP 4H.
Jack Wilson sat out again.
Craig Monroe had a 6 RBI game.
Andy LaRoche is using a new batting stance, and he seems to be figuring things out, going 3-4 with an RBI

Game 12
Zach Duke didn’t have a great start. 6IP 12H 6R.
Jack Wilson got back into the starting lineup. He went 1-3.
The Pirates had 7 hits, but they could only score 1 meaningless run in the 9th.
Delwyn Young played 2 innings in LF. He struck out swinging in the 8th.

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After losing a disappointing series at home to the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves come to town for a weekend series.

The Pirates are going to need more strong starts from Maholm, Snell, and Duke to get back up and over .500.

Friday – Jair Jurrjens @ Paul Maholm – 7:05
Saturday – Jo Jo Reyes @ Ian Snell – 12:35
Sunday – Javier Vazquez @ Zach Duke – 1:35

I won’t see much of these games because I’m traveling to Boston tonight to see my girlfriend and sister run in the marathon on Monday. We’ve got tickets to Orioles @ Red Sox on Sunday afternoon!

Have a good weekend! Go Bucs!

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I wrote a script that automatically grabs the current roster of every MLB team and saves it as a ROS file.  This script runs every day at 12:00 PM.  These files are available from the .ROS Files tab at the top of every page.

ROS files are used by Retrosheet’s box.exe, bevent.exe, and bgame.exe programs.  They are plain-text, comma-delimited files having the format: ID, Last Name, First Name, Batting Hand, Throwing Hand, Team Abbreviation, Position Abbreviation.

ID can be any unique ID for the player.  Retrosheet has a unique ID for each player based on first and last name.  For instance, Derek Jeter is jeted001.  Other databases use different formats.  The files that I generate use the 6 digit unique ID used by mlb.com.

The batting hand value can be either R, L, or B (both – switch hitter).

The throwing hand value can be either R or L.

The team value is a three-digit representation of each team.  Retrosheet has established abbreviations for each team.  They are:ANA, ARI, ATL, BAL, BOS, CHA (Chicago American – Whit Sox), CHN (Chicago National – Cubs), CIN, CLE, COL, DET, FLO, HOU, KCA, LAN, MIL, MIN, NYA, NYN, OAK, PHI, PIT, SDN, SEA, SFN, SLN, TBA, TEX, TOR, and WAS.

The position value can be either: P, C, IF, OF, or DH.

As an example, here are the first few lines from the current Atlanta Braves’ ROS file.

407924,Acosta,Manny,B,R,ATL,P
430831,Bennett,Jeff,R,R,ATL,P
430641,Boyer,Blaine,R,R,ATL,P
499107,Bueno,Francisley,L,L,ATL,P
435658,Campillo,Jorge,R,R,ATL,P