Paul Maholm (LHP) (4-3, 4.23 ERA, 54 K) @ Jorge De La Rosa (LHP) (2-7, 5.81 ERA, 76 K)

3:10 P.M. EST @ Coors Field

Post Game Updates
On Fathers’ Day, the Colorado Rockies finished their 3 game sweep against the Bucs.

Paul Maholm got off to a rough start, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings. Jeff Karstens and Steven Jackson finshed the game well, but the Pirate bats couldn’t quite generate the necessary run support.

McCutchen went 2-5 with 2 runs and Sanchez went 2-4 with a run and 3 RBI, but the Pirates still dropped the series finale 5-4.

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Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen triples (5) on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Delwyn Young hit by pitch. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Eric Hinske strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche walks. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Steve Pearce strikes out swinging.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, pitcher Jorge De La Rosa to first baseman Garrett Atkins.

Home
Dexter Fowler singles on a ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson, deflected by pitcher Paul Maholm.
Clint Barmes walks. Dexter Fowler to 2nd.
Ryan Spilborghs out on a sacrifice bunt to pitcher Paul Maholm. Dexter Fowler to 3rd. Clint Barmes to 2nd.
Brad Hawpe strikes out swinging.
Troy Tulowitzki walks.
Garrett Atkins strikes out swinging.

Inning 2

Away
Jack Wilson flies out to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Paul Maholm strikes out swinging.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Freddy Sanchez homers (6) on a fly ball to left field. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.

Home
Ian Stewart grounds out, first baseman Steve Pearce to pitcher Paul Maholm.
Paul Phillips walks.
Jorge De La Rosa out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Paul Maholm to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Paul Phillips to 2nd.
Dexter Fowler singles on a line drive to left fielder Delwyn Young. Paul Phillips scores. Dexter Fowler advances to 2nd, on a fielding error by left fielder Delwyn Young.
Clint Barmes doubles (16) on a soft line drive to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Dexter Fowler scores.
Ryan Spilborghs doubles (14) on a line drive to left fielder Delwyn Young. Clint Barmes scores.
Brad Hawpe strikes out swinging.

Inning 3

Away
Eric Hinske grounds out, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Andy LaRoche grounds out sharply, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Steve Pearce flies out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.

Home
Troy Tulowitzki singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
With Garrett Atkins batting, wild pitch by Paul Maholm, Troy Tulowitzki to 2nd.
Garrett Atkins singles on a line drive to right fielder Eric Hinske. Troy Tulowitzki scores. Garrett Atkins to 2nd on the throw.
Ian Stewart strikes out swinging.
Paul Phillips pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Jorge De La Rosa grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Steve Pearce.

Inning 4

Away
Robinzon Diaz singles on a ground ball to third baseman Ian Stewart.
Jack Wilson grounds out softly, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Garrett Atkins. Robinzon Diaz to 2nd.
Paul Maholm strikes out swinging.
Andrew McCutchen pops out to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Home
Dexter Fowler called out on strikes.
Clint Barmes homers (8) on a fly ball to left field.
Ryan Spilborghs strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Steve Pearce.
Brad Hawpe strikes out swinging.

Inning 5

Away
Freddy Sanchez grounds out sharply, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Delwyn Young grounds out softly, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Eric Hinske strikes out on a foul tip.

Home
Troy Tulowitzki singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Garrett Atkins walks. Troy Tulowitzki to 2nd.
Ian Stewart flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Troy Tulowitzki to 3rd.
Double play, Troy Tulowitzki caught stealing home, catcher Robinzon Diaz to shortstop Jack Wilson. Troy Tulowitzki out at home. Garrett Atkins out at 2nd.

Inning 6

Away
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd, left fielder Ryan Spilborghs to second baseman Clint Barmes.
Steve Pearce walks.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into a force out, third baseman Ian Stewart to second baseman Clint Barmes. Steve Pearce out at 2nd. Robinzon Diaz to 1st.
With Jack Wilson batting, throwing error by Paul Phillips on the pickoff attempt, Robinzon Diaz to 2nd.
Jack Wilson walks.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss replaces Paul Maholm.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Robinzon Diaz scores. Jack Wilson to 3rd.
Pitching Change: Josh Fogg replaces Jorge De La Rosa, batting 9th.
Andrew McCutchen grounds into a force out, third baseman Ian Stewart to second baseman Clint Barmes. Brandon Moss out at 2nd.

Home
Pitching Change: Jeff Karstens replaces Paul Maholm, batting 9th, replacing Brandon Moss.
Paul Phillips grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Steve Pearce.
Josh Fogg grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Steve Pearce.
Dexter Fowler walks.
Clint Barmes strikes out swinging.

Inning 7

Away
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Delwyn Young flies out to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Pitching Change: Randy Flores replaces Josh Fogg, batting 9th.
Eric Hinske strikes out swinging.

Home
Ryan Spilborghs flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Brad Hawpe flies out to right fielder Eric Hinske.
Troy Tulowitzki singles on a soft ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Garrett Atkins flies out to left fielder Delwyn Young.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Joel Peralta replaces Randy Flores, batting 9th.
Andy LaRoche called out on strikes.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche replaces Steve Pearce.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Robinzon Diaz strikes out swinging.

Home
Adam LaRoche remains in the game as the first baseman.
Ian Stewart grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Paul Phillips singles on a line drive to left fielder Delwyn Young.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Seth Smith replaces Joel Peralta.
Seth Smith doubles (4) on a line drive to right fielder Eric Hinske. Paul Phillips to 3rd.
Jeff Karstens intentionally walks Dexter Fowler.
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces Jeff Karstens, batting 9th.
Clint Barmes pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson on the infield fly rule.
Ryan Spilborghs grounds out, pitcher Steven Jackson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Huston Street replaces Joel Peralta, batting 9th, replacing Seth Smith.
Jack Wilson flies out to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez replaces Steven Jackson.
Ramon Vazquez flies out to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
Andrew McCutchen flies out to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.

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.

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.

Wandy Rodriguez (LHP) (5-3, 1.71 ERA, 56 K) @ Jeff Karstens (RHP) (1-2, 5.19 ERA, 18 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Jeff Karstens had a great night tonight (7IP, 6H, 2ER, 1BB, 4K).

Up 7-2 in the ninth, Gorzo and Capps made things a little scary in the 9th when they combined for: Ground Out, Fly Out, Walk, Double, Walk, (Pitcher Change), Hit By Pitch, Walk, Ground Out.

PNC Park was sold out tonight for SkyBlast with Zac Brown Band! My sister was there, and she said it was amazing!

The Pirates look for a series win against the Astros tomorrow.
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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Michael Bourn flies out to center fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Miguel Tejada doubles (18) on a fly ball to center fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Lance Berkman called out on strikes.
Carlos Lee flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

Home
Nyjer Morgan walks.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Lee. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to center fielder Michael Bourn. Nyjer Morgan scores. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Craig Monroe singles on a ground ball to left fielder Carlos Lee. Andy LaRoche scores. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Eric Hinske singles on a line drive to center fielder Michael Bourn. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd. Craig Monroe to 2nd.
Delwyn Young called out on strikes.
Robinzon Diaz out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Carlos Lee. Freddy Sanchez scores. Craig Monroe to 3rd.
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.

Inning 2

Away
Hunter Pence pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Ivan Rodriguez grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Jeff Keppinger flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

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Jeff Karstens strikes out on a foul tip.
Nyjer Morgan called out on strikes.
Andy LaRoche lines out to center fielder Michael Bourn.

Inning 3

Away
Edwin Maysonet walks.
Wandy Rodriguez out on a sacrifice bunt, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Edwin Maysonet to 2nd.
Michael Bourn flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young. Edwin Maysonet to 3rd.
Miguel Tejada doubles (19) on a fly ball to center fielder Nyjer Morgan. Edwin Maysonet scores.
Lance Berkman flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.

Home
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Craig Monroe flies out to center fielder Michael Bourn.
Eric Hinske singles on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Delwyn Young flies out to right fielder Hunter Pence.

Inning 4

Away
Carlos Lee hits a ground-rule double (11) on a line drive down the right-field line.
Hunter Pence grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Ivan Rodriguez grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Eric Hinske. Carlos Lee to 3rd.
Jeff Keppinger doubles (7) on a fly ball to center fielder Nyjer Morgan. Carlos Lee scores.
Edwin Maysonet strikes out swinging.

Home
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Jack Wilson doubles (8) on a fly ball to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Jeff Karstens called out on strikes.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.

Inning 5

Away
Wandy Rodriguez grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Michael Bourn bunt grounds out to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Miguel Tejada strikes out swinging.

Home
Andy LaRoche walks.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Hunter Pence. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Craig Monroe grounds into a double play, shortstop Miguel Tejada to second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman. Andy LaRoche to 3rd. Freddy Sanchez out at 2nd.
Eric Hinske walks.
Delwyn Young singles on a line drive to shortstop Miguel Tejada, deflected by third baseman Jeff Keppinger. Andy LaRoche scores. Eric Hinske to 2nd.
Robinzon Diaz singles on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Lee. Eric Hinske scores. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Jeff Fulchino replaces Wandy Rodriguez, batting 9th.
Jack Wilson grounds into a force out, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to second baseman Edwin Maysonet. Robinzon Diaz out at 2nd.

Inning 6

Away
Lance Berkman singles on a fly ball to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Carlos Lee grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Eric Hinske. Lance Berkman out at 2nd.
Hunter Pence flies out to center fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Jeff Karstens walks.
Nyjer Morgan called out on strikes.
Andy LaRoche lines out to third baseman Jeff Keppinger.
Freddy Sanchez walks. Jeff Karstens to 2nd.
Craig Monroe flies out to left fielder Carlos Lee.

Inning 7

Away
Ivan Rodriguez grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Jeff Keppinger strikes out swinging.
Edwin Maysonet singles on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Darin Erstad replaces Jeff Fulchino.
Darin Erstad lines out to center fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Pitching Change: Tim Byrdak replaces Jeff Fulchino, batting 9th, replacing Darin Erstad.
Eric Hinske singles on a ground ball to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Delwyn Young ground bunts into a force out, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to shortstop Miguel Tejada. Eric Hinske out at 2nd. Delwyn Young to 1st.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into a double play, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman. Delwyn Young out at 2nd.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Jeff Karstens, batting 9th.
Michael Bourn doubles (8) on a line drive to center fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Miguel Tejada grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Lance Berkman grounds out to first baseman Eric Hinske. Michael Bourn to 3rd.
Carlos Lee walks.
Hunter Pence grounds into a force out, fielded by second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Carlos Lee out at 2nd.

Home
Pitching Change: Brandon Backe replaces Tim Byrdak, batting 9th.
Jack Wilson doubles (9) on a fly ball to left fielder Carlos Lee.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss replaces John Grabow.
Brandon Moss doubles (9) on a fly ball to right fielder Hunter Pence. Jack Wilson scores.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman. Brandon Moss to 3rd.
Andy LaRoche doubles (13) on a fly ball to left fielder Carlos Lee. Brandon Moss scores.
Freddy Sanchez pops out to second baseman Edwin Maysonet.
With Craig Monroe batting, wild pitch by Brandon Backe, Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Tom Gorzelanny replaces John Grabow, batting 9th, replacing Brandon Moss.
Ivan Rodriguez grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Jeff Keppinger flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Edwin Maysonet walks.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Jason Michaels replaces Brandon Backe.
Jason Michaels doubles (5) on a fly ball to left fielder Craig Monroe. Edwin Maysonet to 3rd.
Michael Bourn walks.
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces Tom Gorzelanny, batting 9th.
Miguel Tejada hit by pitch. Edwin Maysonet scores. Jason Michaels to 3rd. Michael Bourn to 2nd.
Lance Berkman walks. Jason Michaels scores. Michael Bourn to 3rd. Miguel Tejada to 2nd.
Carlos Lee grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Eric Hinske.

Pirates are looking for a sweep tonight!

Mitchell Boggs (RHP) (1-0, 3.50 ERA, 19 K) @ Jeff Karstens (RHP) (1-1, 5.19 ERA, 12 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Postgame Update:
No need for brooms. This game was all about missed opportunities for the Pirates. In the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings, Nyjer Morgan and Freddy Sanchez both got on base (1st and 3rd with no outs, 5th with 1 out), and Nate McLouth couldn’t help more than a walk in the 5th, and those on-base efforts led to no runs. In the 4th inning, the Pirates got four consecutive hits, but they led to just one run because of a baserunning error by Robinzon Diaz.

The Pirates outhit the Cardinals 12-10, but the Bucs left 10 men on base. Final score: Cardinals 5 – Pirates 1.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Skip Schumaker reaches on a fielding error by first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Shane Robinson grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Skip Schumaker out at 2nd.
Albert Pujols grounds out, third baseman Eric Hinske to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Nyjer Morgan walks.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Nate McLouth pops out to shortstop Tyler Greene.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, third baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Inning 2

Away
Chris Duncan strikes out swinging.
Yadier Molina singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Colby Rasmus homers (2) on a fly ball to right field. Yadier Molina scores.
Tyler Greene singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Joe Thurston pops out to catcher Robinzon Diaz in foul territory.
Mitchell Boggs strikes out swinging.

Home
Eric Hinske flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Brandon Moss flies out to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Jack Wilson pops out to catcher Yadier Molina in foul territory.

Inning 3

Away
Skip Schumaker singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Shane Robinson grounds out, third baseman Eric Hinske to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Skip Schumaker to 2nd.
Albert Pujols flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Chris Duncan flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Jeff Karstens pops out to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to right fielder Shane Robinson.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Duncan. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Nate McLouth grounds into a double play, first baseman Albert Pujols to shortstop Tyler Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols. Freddy Sanchez out at 2nd.

Inning 4

Away
Yadier Molina grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Colby Rasmus flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Tyler Greene singles on a bunt ground ball to catcher Robinzon Diaz.
With Joe Thurston batting, Tyler Greene steals (2) 2nd base.
Joe Thurston flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Adam LaRoche triples (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Shane Robinson.
Robinzon Diaz singles on a line drive to right fielder Shane Robinson. Adam LaRoche scores.
Eric Hinske singles on a ground ball to second baseman Skip Schumaker, deflected by first baseman Albert Pujols. Robinzon Diaz out at 3rd, first baseman Albert Pujols to second baseman Skip Schumaker to third baseman Joe Thurston.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to right fielder Shane Robinson. Eric Hinske to 3rd.
Jack Wilson grounds into a double play, third baseman Joe Thurston to second baseman Skip Schumaker to first baseman Albert Pujols. Brandon Moss out at 2nd.

Inning 5

Away
Mitchell Boggs doubles (1) on a fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Skip Schumaker singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Mitchell Boggs to 3rd.
Shane Robinson out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Mitchell Boggs scores.
Albert Pujols grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Skip Schumaker out at 2nd.

Home
Jeff Karstens grounds out, pitcher Mitchell Boggs to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a line drive to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to second baseman Skip Schumaker, deflected by shortstop Tyler Greene. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
With Nate McLouth batting, Nyjer Morgan advances to 3rd on a balk. Freddy Sanchez advances to 2nd on a balk.
Nate McLouth walks.
Pitching Change: Trever Miller replaces Mitchell Boggs, batting 9th.
Adam LaRoche pops out to third baseman Joe Thurston in foul territory.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Inning 6

Away
Chris Duncan grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Yadier Molina flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Colby Rasmus grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Eric Hinske singles on a bunt ground ball to third baseman Joe Thurston.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Pitching Change: Kyle McClellan replaces Trever Miller, batting 9th.
Jack Wilson pops out to second baseman Skip Schumaker.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Jeff Karstens.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Jeff Karstens, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Tyler Greene flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Joe Thurston strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Kyle McClellan strikes out swinging.

Home
Nyjer Morgan walks.
Freddy Sanchez grounds into a double play, pitcher Kyle McClellan to second baseman Skip Schumaker to first baseman Albert Pujols. Nyjer Morgan out at 2nd.
Pitching Change: Dennys Reyes replaces Kyle McClellan, batting 9th.
Nate McLouth singles on a line drive to right fielder Shane Robinson.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 8

Away
Skip Schumaker singles on a ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Shane Robinson singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Skip Schumaker to 2nd.
With Albert Pujols batting, wild pitch by Evan Meek, Skip Schumaker to 3rd. Shane Robinson to 2nd.
Albert Pujols singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Skip Schumaker scores. Shane Robinson scores.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brian Barden replaces Chris Duncan.
With Brian Barden batting, Albert Pujols steals (6) 2nd base.
Brian Barden strikes out swinging.
Sean Burnett intentionally walks Yadier Molina.
Colby Rasmus lines into a double play, right fielder Brandon Moss to shortstop Jack Wilson. Albert Pujols doubled off 2nd.

Home
Defensive switch from second base to right field for Skip Schumaker.
Defensive switch from right field to left field for Shane Robinson.
Brian Barden remains in the game as the third baseman.
Defensive switch from third base to second base for Joe Thurston.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Andy LaRoche replaces Eric Hinske.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Brandon Moss doubles (4) on a fly ball to right fielder Skip Schumaker.
Pitching Change: Chris Perez replaces Dennys Reyes, batting 9th.
Jack Wilson flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Inning 9

Away
Andy LaRoche remains in the game as the third baseman.
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th.
Tyler Greene flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Joe Thurston grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Nick Stavinoha replaces Chris Perez.
Nick Stavinoha flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Pitching Change: Ryan Franklin replaces Chris Perez, batting 9th, replacing Nick Stavinoha.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez replaces Jesse Chavez.
Ramon Vazquez grounds out, second baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, first baseman Albert Pujols to pitcher Ryan Franklin.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, first baseman Albert Pujols to pitcher Ryan Franklin.

What a time to be playing the Mets! After losing 5 in a row and 9 of our last 10, now we get to go to the Big Apple and play 3 games with one of the best teams in baseball in their brand new stadium.

I didn’t see any of this game because I was out kayaking and camping on the Susquehanna River. All I missed was another loss for our losing streak.

It was Jeff Karstens @ Jon Niese. Karstens actually did a fair job, pitching 6 innings and leaving with the score 2-2. The disaster came in the 8th inning at the hands of Tyler Yates and Sean Burnett. Yates gave up 2 singles and a walk. Burnett came in and gave up a HR, a single, a double, a wild pitch, and a walk.

The Pirates added a meaningless run in the 9th. 7-3 Mets.

This series could get ugly.

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The Pirates are 12-12, but they have a tough road ahead. Their next 10 are against the Brewers, Cardinals, and Mets.

The Brewers put their 15 game winning streak against the Bucs on the line tonight.

It should be a good pitchers’ duel with Yovani Gallardo @ Paul Maholm, 7:05 P.M. at PNC Park.

Ryan Braun will not be playing tonight because he will be having an MRI on his back.

Last week, Jeff Karstens hit Braun in the back with a pitch. Braun thought it was an intentional beaning, and Karstens was fined by MLB for the pitch. Karstens has appealed.

Today, John Russell said, “We haven’t thought about it. Obviously they said a few things about it. Our guy got fined. They hit three guys the next day. So I wouldn’t think there’s anything on their side. We obviously don’t want to make a big issue of it. We just want to go out and play baseball. I would think it should be over.”

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Corey Hart singles on a ground ball to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
J. Hardy singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Corey Hart to 2nd.
Rickie Weeks flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss. Corey Hart to 3rd.
Prince Fielder grounds into a force out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Corey Hart scores. J. Hardy out at 2nd. Prince Fielder to 1st.
Mike Cameron grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Prince Fielder out at 2nd.

Home
Nyjer Morgan flies out to right fielder Corey Hart.
Freddy Sanchez lines out to left fielder Bill Hall.
Nate McLouth flies out to left fielder Bill Hall.

Inning 2

Away
Bill Hall flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Casey McGehee grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jason Kendall grounds out, pitcher Paul Maholm to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Defensive Substitution: Chris Duffy replaces left fielder Bill Hall, batting 6th, playing left field.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Brandon Moss triples (2) on a fly ball to left fielder Chris Duffy. Adam LaRoche scores.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, third baseman Casey McGehee to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Ramon Vazquez walks.
Jason Jaramillo lines out to shortstop J. Hardy.
Paul Maholm walks. Ramon Vazquez to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds into a force out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to shortstop J. Hardy. Paul Maholm out at 2nd.

Inning 3

Away
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Bill Hall left the game due to an injured leg.
Yovani Gallardo strikes out swinging.
Corey Hart strikes out swinging.
J. Hardy flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Freddy Sanchez pops out to second baseman Rickie Weeks.
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to right fielder Corey Hart.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Chris Duffy.
Brandon Moss pops out to third baseman Casey McGehee.

Inning 4

Away
Rickie Weeks singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
With Prince Fielder batting, passed ball by Jason Jaramillo, Rickie Weeks to 2nd.
Prince Fielder singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. Rickie Weeks to 3rd.
Mike Cameron pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Chris Duffy called out on strikes.
Casey McGehee grounds into a force out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Prince Fielder out at 2nd.

Home
Andy LaRoche homers (1) on a fly ball to left field.
Ramon Vazquez grounds out to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Paul Maholm called out on strikes.

Inning 5

Away
Jason Kendall grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Yovani Gallardo lines out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Corey Hart doubles (7) on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
J. Hardy grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (11) on a line drive to right fielder Corey Hart.
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to center fielder Mike Cameron. Freddy Sanchez scores.
Adam LaRoche called out on strikes.
Brandon Moss pops out to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Inning 6

Away
Rickie Weeks strikes out swinging.
Prince Fielder strikes out swinging.
Mike Cameron grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andy LaRoche lines out to pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
Ramon Vazquez strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo hits a ground-rule double (6) on a fly ball down the left-field line.
Paul Maholm called out on strikes.

Inning 7

Away
Chris Duffy grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Casey McGehee grounds out, pitcher Paul Maholm to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jason Kendall singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Yovani Gallardo strikes out swinging.

Home
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (12) on a line drive to left fielder Chris Duffy.
Nate McLouth grounds out, pitcher Yovani Gallardo to first baseman Prince Fielder. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.

Inning 8

Away
Corey Hart strikes out swinging.
J. Hardy walks.
Pitching Change: Tyler Yates replaces Paul Maholm, batting 9th.
Rickie Weeks strikes out swinging.
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Tyler Yates, batting 9th.
Prince Fielder singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. J. Hardy to 2nd.
Mike Cameron walks. J. Hardy to 3rd. Prince Fielder to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ryan Braun replaces Chris Duffy.
Ryan Braun doubles (5) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. J. Hardy scores. Prince Fielder scores. Mike Cameron to 3rd.
Casey McGehee strikes out swinging.

Home
Ryan Braun remains in the game as the left fielder.
Pitching Change: Mark DiFelice replaces Yovani Gallardo, batting 9th.
Brandon Moss flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Andy LaRoche lines out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a line drive to right fielder Corey Hart.
Jason Jaramillo doubles (7) on a fly ball to right fielder Corey Hart. Ramon Vazquez scores.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces John Grabow.
Delwyn Young flies out to left fielder Ryan Braun.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces John Grabow, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Jason Kendall singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Counsell replaces Mark DiFelice.
Craig Counsell singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Jason Kendall to 2nd.
Corey Hart walks. Jason Kendall to 3rd. Craig Counsell to 2nd.
J. Hardy out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Nate McLouth. Jason Kendall scores. Craig Counsell to 3rd.
Rickie Weeks homers (6) on a fly ball to left field. Craig Counsell scores. Corey Hart scores.
Prince Fielder strikes out on a foul tip.
Mike Cameron flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Pitching Change: Trevor Hoffman replaces Mark DiFelice, batting 9th, replacing Craig Counsell.
Nyjer Morgan flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, pitcher Trevor Hoffman to second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to shortstop J. Hardy.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.

I had a nice visit to Pittsburgh this weekend. I went to the game on Saturday night, which turned out to be the best game of the weekend (and the only game where a Pirate crossed home plate). It was also marathon weekend in Pittsburgh, so I enjoyed watching some friends run all over the city on Sunday.

Game 22 – Zach Duke pitched well (7 innings, 1 ER), but he got absolutely no help from the hitters. Bronson Arroyo shut down and shut out the Pirates, allowing 4 hits in 8 innings. This loss marked the 2nd game in a row where the Bucs were shutout, and it put the Pirates back to .500.

Game 23 – The Pirates got started early, putting 4 singles, a walk, and a HBP together to score 4 runs in the top of the 1st. Later, the Bucs got some help from a Brandon Phillips error that allowed 2 runs to score. In the top of the 9th, with an 8-4 lead, Matt Capps nearly imploded, but he survived with an 8-6 finish. Once again, the Pirates were a game above .500.

Game 24 – The thrill of victory was short-lived, as Johnny Cueto and Jeff Karstens took to the mound at 1:35 on Sunday afternoon. Karstens looked bad, as he gave up 5 runs in 5 innings. Again, the Bucs never got the bats moving, and they were shutout for the 3rd time in 4 games. No Pirate batter reached 2nd base in this game. Back to .500, and the Brewers are coming to PNC for a 2-game series.

Quick Thoughts
– We really need Ryan Doumit and Jack Wilson back in this lineup. Jen Langosch reported that Jack Wilson took some batting practice swings on Sunday. Ryan Doumit will rejoin the team on Friday.
– Who’s hot? – Delwyn Young looks good in the PH role. He’s 3-7 with 2 doubles. Other than giving up the 3 run homer to Lance Berkman on 4/16, Sean Burnett has pitched clean in relief.
– Who’s not? – Brian Bixler 3-15 and 10K, Brandon Moss 13-66 and OBP .243

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It’s not like the Pirates deserved a 5-1 lead midway through last night’s game, and so it wasn’t entirely surprising when it disappeared. Two runs scored after a Brewer error helped to keep the 3rd inning alive. Two runs came in the 5th on a Jason Jaramillo double immediately after Eric Hinske and Andy LaRoche were hit by pitches.

Paul Maholm didn’t have the same command that he had in his 3 wins this season. He walked 5 batters and gave up 7 hits over his 5.1 innings of work.

Walks have been a problem in the last two games against the Brewers. Pirate pitchers have given up 17 walks in 16 innings (1.06 BB/Inn). Prior to this series, Pirate pitchers had given up 65 walks in 158 innings (0.41 BB/Inn). The Brewers walked just one batter last night.

Another subplot for this series has been the beaned batters. Things started to get ugly in the series opening game on Monday when Jeff Karstens seemingly intentionally hit Ryan Braun (who homered in his first at-bat of the game) to start the 3rd inning. Braun was quite upset by the pitch, and John Hirschbeck warned both benches. Later in the game, Jason Kendall was hit by Jesse Chavez in the 6th and by Evan Meek in the 8th, but no ejections were made. After the game, Ryan Braun had this to say:

Asked if Karstens drilled him intentionally, Braun said, “Probably, yeah. It’s rare for major-league pitchers to miss by that much with a fastball.”

Then, issuing a not-so-wise warning to the commissioner’s office, Braun added, “We play them about 17 more times (actually 13). Tell Mr. Selig, we’ll see what happens. It’s going to be interesting.”

Last night, Brewers’ starter Dave Bush hit three Pirate batters (Freddy Sanchez in the 1st and Eric Hinske and Andy LaRoche in the 5th).

There’s something to keep an eye on in the next 13 Brewers/Pirates matchups.

The Pirates managed 7 hits last night, and they came from an unlikely crew: the RBI double by Jaramillo, Brian Bixler avenged his 4K night by going 2-4, Ramon Vazquez singled in his only at-bat, Eric Hinske had a 2 RBI double, and Brandon Moss and Freddy Sanchez added hits.

If you’re keeping track at home, you can make that 17 consecutive losses at Miller Park for the Buccos. They try to reverse the trend at 1:05 today.

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This game was not pretty and not a fun one to listen to, but despite it all, the Pirates still found themselves with a chance to win late in the game.

The Bucs scored 2 runs in the top half of the first inning thanks to four consecutive singles from the top of our order, followed by a J.J. Hardy error. Jeff Karstens looked bad in his 5 innings of work, and he served up the Brewer hitters early and often. He gave up 5 runs on 3 homers in the first three innings.

Jesse Chavez and Evan Meek each pitched a scoreless inning, and the Pirate bats fought for 2 runs in the top of the eighth to tie the score at 5-5.

Then, the bullpen collapsed.

Coming into tonight, John Grabow was 1-0, pitching 10 innings for 8H, 0R, 0ER, 3 BB, and 10K. Tonight, he pitched 1/3 of an inning for 2H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 0K.

Tyler Yates’ struggles continued last night. He pitched 1/3 of an inning for 0H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, and 0K. His ERA for the season is up to 9.95.

Sean Burnett entered to get the final out of the 8th, but it was too little, too late. The damage was done.

Brian Bixler played shortstop in place of the injured Jack Wilson. He went 0-4 with 4K.

Positives from tonight: Adam LaRoche, Nyjer Morgan, and Freddy Sanchez continue their hot hitting. Andy LaRoche has an 11 game hit streak.

The Pirates have now lost 16 consecutive games at Miller Park! That’s just ridiculous, and it needs to end tonight.

Paul Maholm @ Dave Bush – 8:05

Miller Park: Not a Friendly Place

Miller Park: Not a Friendly Place