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

1:35 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Rubber match this afternoon.

Post Game Update:

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

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

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

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

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

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

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

Inning 2

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

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

Inning 3

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

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

Inning 4

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

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

Inning 5

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

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

Inning 6

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

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

Inning 7

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

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

Inning 8

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

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

Inning 9

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

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

Brian Moehler (RHP) (1-3, 8.31 ERA, 20 K) @ Ross Ohlendorf (RHP) (5-4, 4.20 ERA, 27 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

The Astros come to Pittsburgh for a 3 game series. We need to take 2 out of 3, and a sweep would be great.

Post Game Update:
Quite simply, there were little to no Bucco bats out there tonight. The Pirates managed just 1 meaningless run in the bottom of the 9th inning. Brian Moehler pitched a complete game and held the Pirates to 7 hits and 2 walks.

Second baseman Edwin Maysonet went 4-4 with 4 RBI for the Astros.

Donald Veal made a pitching appearance for the Pirates. He pitched 2 innings and gave up 3 hits and a run.

Matt Wieters made his highly anticipated debut for the Baltimore Orioles. He went 0-4.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Michael Bourn grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Miguel Tejada walks.
Lance Berkman strikes out swinging.
With Carlos Lee batting, wild pitch by Ross Ohlendorf, Miguel Tejada to 2nd.
Carlos Lee walks.
Hunter Pence singles on a ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson. Miguel Tejada to 3rd. Carlos Lee to 2nd.
Ivan Rodriguez strikes out swinging.

Home
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.

Inning 2

Away
Jeff Keppinger flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Edwin Maysonet doubles (1) on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan, deflected by shortstop Jack Wilson.
Brian Moehler called out on strikes.
Michael Bourn singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. Edwin Maysonet scores. Michael Bourn out at 2nd on the throw, center fielder Nate McLouth to third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Jack Wilson.

Home
Adam LaRoche singles on a fly ball to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Brandon Moss flies out to center fielder Michael Bourn.
Andy LaRoche flies out to center fielder Michael Bourn.
Jason Jaramillo flies out to left fielder Carlos Lee.

Inning 3

Away
Miguel Tejada singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Lance Berkman flies into a double play, center fielder Nate McLouth to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Miguel Tejada out at 2nd.
Carlos Lee lines out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.

Home
Jack Wilson pops out to catcher Ivan Rodriguez in foul territory.
Ross Ohlendorf called out on strikes.
Nyjer Morgan flies out to left fielder Carlos Lee.

Inning 4

Away
Hunter Pence flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Ivan Rodriguez singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Jeff Keppinger strikes out swinging.
Edwin Maysonet homers (1) on a fly ball to left field. Ivan Rodriguez scores.
Brian Moehler strikes out swinging.

Home
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to center fielder Michael Bourn.
Nate McLouth called out on strikes.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Michael Bourn.
With Brandon Moss batting, wild pitch by Brian Moehler, Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.

Inning 5

Away
Michael Bourn grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Miguel Tejada grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Lance Berkman singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Carlos Lee grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andy LaRoche singles on a ground ball to shortstop Miguel Tejada.
Jason Jaramillo grounds into a double play, shortstop Miguel Tejada to second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd.
Jack Wilson grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Inning 6

Away
Hunter Pence walks.
Ivan Rodriguez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Hunter Pence to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th.
Jeff Keppinger singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Hunter Pence out at home, left fielder Nyjer Morgan to third baseman Andy LaRoche to shortstop Jack Wilson. Ivan Rodriguez to 2nd.
Edwin Maysonet doubles (2) on a fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Ivan Rodriguez scores. Jeff Keppinger scores.
Brian Moehler grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Michael Bourn singles on a ground ball to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Edwin Maysonet out at home, pitcher Jesse Chavez to catcher Jason Jaramillo.

Home
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez replaces Jesse Chavez.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a fly ball to center fielder Michael Bourn.
Nyjer Morgan grounds into a force out, first baseman Lance Berkman to shortstop Miguel Tejada. Ramon Vazquez out at 2nd. Nyjer Morgan to 1st.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Nate McLouth flies out to center fielder Michael Bourn.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Donnie Veal replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 9th, replacing Ramon Vazquez.
Miguel Tejada flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Lance Berkman called out on strikes.
Carlos Lee singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan, deflected by third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Hunter Pence walks. Carlos Lee to 2nd.
Ivan Rodriguez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Carlos Lee scores. Hunter Pence to 2nd.
Jeff Keppinger pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.

Home
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Michael Bourn.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to second baseman Edwin Maysonet. Brandon Moss out at 2nd. Andy LaRoche to 1st.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Inning 8

Away
Edwin Maysonet singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Brian Moehler called out on strikes.
Michael Bourn grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Edwin Maysonet out at 2nd. Michael Bourn to 1st.
Miguel Tejada grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Jack Wilson grounds out, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Donnie Veal.
Eric Hinske flies out to center fielder Michael Bourn.
Nyjer Morgan walks.
Freddy Sanchez hits a ground-rule double (18) on a fly ball down the right-field line. Nyjer Morgan to 3rd.
Nate McLouth flies out to left fielder Carlos Lee.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Donnie Veal, batting 9th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Lance Berkman doubles (7) on a fly ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Carlos Lee grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Lance Berkman to 3rd.
Hunter Pence grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Ivan Rodriguez grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Adam LaRoche walks.
Brandon Moss flies out to left fielder Carlos Lee.
Andy LaRoche hits a ground-rule double (12) on a fly ball to left-center field. Adam LaRoche to 3rd.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman. Adam LaRoche scores. Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Jack Wilson flies out to right fielder Hunter Pence.