Jeff Karstens (RHP) (1-2, 5.21 ERA, 16 K) @ Mark Buehrle (LHP) (6-1, 2.77 ERA, 33 K)

2:05 P.M. EST @ U.S. Cellular Field

Post Game Update
16 hits, including 3 when the Pirates were down to their last out helped the Pirates get a win against the Chicago White Sox. Down 1, with 2 outs in the ninth, Jack Wilson hit a home run to tie the game. Nyjer Morgan followed with a double and Delwyn Young knocked him in to score the go-ahead run. Matt Capps finally showed some command, striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth. Hopefully Joe Kerrigan’s adjustments are starting to make a difference.

The Bucs made some bone-headed base-running mistakes, but I’ll take the win.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Nyjer Morgan flies out to center fielder Scott Podsednik.
Delwyn Young called out on strikes.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to right fielder Brian Anderson.
Craig Monroe singles on a fly ball to right fielder Brian Anderson. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd.
Eric Hinske hits a ground-rule double (6) on a ground ball down the right-field line. Freddy Sanchez scores. Craig Monroe to 3rd.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.

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Scott Podsednik grounds out to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Alexei Ramirez pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Jim Thome flies out to left fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 2

Away
Brandon Moss flies out to center fielder Scott Podsednik.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop Alexei Ramirez to first baseman Paul Konerko.
Jack Wilson singles on a line drive to right fielder Brian Anderson.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a fly ball to center fielder Scott Podsednik. Jack Wilson out at 3rd on the throw, center fielder Scott Podsednik to third baseman Josh Fields.

Home
Paul Konerko pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson.
A. J. Pierzynski flies out to center fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Carlos Quentin doubles (5) on a line drive to center fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Brian Anderson homers (1) on a fly ball to left field. Carlos Quentin scores.
Chris Getz grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Eric Hinske.

Inning 3

Away
Delwyn Young grounds out, second baseman Chris Getz to first baseman Paul Konerko.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Quentin.
Craig Monroe singles on a line drive to center fielder Scott Podsednik. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Eric Hinske lines into a double play, second baseman Chris Getz to shortstop Alexei Ramirez. Freddy Sanchez doubled off 2nd.

Home
Josh Fields grounds out softly, pitcher Jeff Karstens to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Scott Podsednik lines out sharply to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Alexei Ramirez strikes out swinging.

Inning 4

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Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Alexei Ramirez to first baseman Paul Konerko.
Brandon Moss grounds out, first baseman Paul Konerko to pitcher Mark Buehrle.
Robinzon Diaz singles on a sharp line drive to center fielder Scott Podsednik.
Jack Wilson grounds into a force out, third baseman Josh Fields to second baseman Chris Getz. Robinzon Diaz out at 2nd.

Home
Jim Thome grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Paul Konerko flies out to center fielder Nyjer Morgan.
A. J. Pierzynski strikes out swinging.

Inning 5

Away
Nyjer Morgan singles on a sharp ground ball to shortstop Alexei Ramirez, deflected by third baseman Josh Fields.
Delwyn Young grounds into a double play, shortstop Alexei Ramirez to second baseman Chris Getz to first baseman Paul Konerko. Nyjer Morgan out at 2nd.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Brian Anderson.

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Carlos Quentin flies out to center fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Brian Anderson singles on a bunt ground ball to third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Chris Getz grounds out to first baseman Eric Hinske. Brian Anderson to 2nd.
Josh Fields singles on a line drive to left fielder Brandon Moss. Brian Anderson scores.
Scott Podsednik flies out to center fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 6

Away
Craig Monroe grounds out, shortstop Alexei Ramirez to first baseman Paul Konerko.
Eric Hinske grounds out, first baseman Paul Konerko to pitcher Mark Buehrle.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to right fielder Brian Anderson.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brian Anderson. Brandon Moss out at 2nd on the throw, right fielder Brian Anderson to shortstop Alexei Ramirez to first baseman Paul Konerko.

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Alexei Ramirez singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Jim Thome grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Eric Hinske. Alexei Ramirez to 2nd.
Paul Konerko walks.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Jeff Karstens.
A. J. Pierzynski pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson on the infield fly rule.
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Sean Burnett.
Carlos Quentin pops out to first baseman Eric Hinske.

Inning 7

Away
Robinzon Diaz singles on a line drive to right fielder Brian Anderson.
Jack Wilson pops out to shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
Nyjer Morgan lines out to left fielder Carlos Quentin.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.

Home
Brian Anderson flies out to center fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Chris Getz singles on a line drive to center fielder Nyjer Morgan. Chris Getz out at 2nd, center fielder Nyjer Morgan to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Josh Fields strikes out swinging.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Octavio Dotel replaces Mark Buehrle.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Alexei Ramirez to first baseman Paul Konerko.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.
Eric Hinske homers (1) on a fly ball to right field.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Jesse Chavez.
Scott Podsednik singles on a soft ground ball to catcher Robinzon Diaz.
Alexei Ramirez out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher John Grabow to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Scott Podsednik to 2nd.
Jim Thome called out on strikes.
John Grabow intentionally walks Paul Konerko.
A. J. Pierzynski lines out to left fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Bobby Jenks replaces Octavio Dotel.
Brandon Moss grounds out, pitcher Bobby Jenks to first baseman Paul Konerko.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, second baseman Chris Getz to first baseman Paul Konerko.
Jack Wilson homers (1) on a fly ball to left field.
Nyjer Morgan doubles (5) on a line drive to right fielder Brian Anderson.
Delwyn Young singles on a sharp ground ball to left fielder Carlos Quentin. Nyjer Morgan scores.
Freddy Sanchez lines out to left fielder Carlos Quentin.

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Defensive switch from center field to left field for Nyjer Morgan.
Defensive Substitution: Nate McLouth replaces right fielder Delwyn Young, batting 2nd, playing center field.
Defensive switch from left field to right field for Brandon Moss.
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces John Grabow.
Carlos Quentin strikes out swinging.
Brian Anderson strikes out swinging.
Chris Getz strikes out swinging.

Aaron Cook (RHP) (2-1, 5.03 ERA, 21 K) @ Ian Snell (RHP) (1-5, 4.50 ERA, 27 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Nyjer Morgan sat tonight’s game out because of a sore hamstring. It doesn’t sound like any major problem.

The Pirates put 4 singles and a walk together in the bottom half of the 2nd inning to score 4 runs. Bullpens were a big part of this game because rain started to fall in the bottom half of the 2nd inning, and there was a 1:37 delay.

Apparently, Joe Kerrigan has found a mechanical flaw in Matt Capps’s delivery. He allowed a walk in the 9th, but he still walked away with the save.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Dexter Fowler strikes out swinging.
Troy Tulowitzki flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Todd Helton walks.
Brad Hawpe singles on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young. Todd Helton to 3rd.
Ryan Spilborghs doubles (10) on a fly ball to right fielder Delwyn Young. Todd Helton scores. Brad Hawpe scores.
Ian Stewart pops out to catcher Jason Jaramillo in foul territory.

Home
Delwyn Young grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton.
Freddy Sanchez lines out to second baseman Clint Barmes.
Nate McLouth flies out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.

Inning 2

Away
Chris Iannetta strikes out swinging.
Clint Barmes homers (4) on a fly ball to left field.
Aaron Cook grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Dexter Fowler called out on strikes.

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Adam LaRoche singles on a ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Brandon Moss singles on a line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Adam LaRoche scores. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo walks. Brandon Moss to 3rd. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jack Wilson grounds out, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Todd Helton. Brandon Moss scores. Andy LaRoche to 3rd. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Ian Snell pops out to first baseman Todd Helton.
Delwyn Young singles on a line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Andy LaRoche scores. Jason Jaramillo scores.
Pitching Change: Matt Belisle replaces Aaron Cook, batting 9th.
With Freddy Sanchez batting, Delwyn Young steals (1) 2nd base.
Freddy Sanchez lines out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.

Inning 3

Away
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Ian Snell, batting 9th.
Troy Tulowitzki walks.
Todd Helton singles on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young. Troy Tulowitzki to 3rd.
Brad Hawpe out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Nate McLouth. Troy Tulowitzki scores. Todd Helton to 2nd.
Ryan Spilborghs reaches on a fielder’s choice out, shortstop Jack Wilson to third baseman Andy LaRoche. Todd Helton out at 3rd.
Ian Stewart strikes out swinging.

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Nate McLouth hit by pitch.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.
With Brandon Moss batting, Nate McLouth steals (5) 2nd base.
Brandon Moss grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton. Nate McLouth to 3rd.
Andy LaRoche flies out to right fielder Brad Hawpe.

Inning 4

Away
Chris Iannetta grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Clint Barmes singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Matt Belisle out on a sacrifice bunt, first baseman Adam LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Clint Barmes to 2nd.
Dexter Fowler called out on strikes.

Home
Jason Jaramillo grounds out to first baseman Todd Helton.
Jack Wilson flies out to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Sean Burnett grounds out, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Todd Helton.

Inning 5

Away
Troy Tulowitzki doubles (6) on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Todd Helton grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Troy Tulowitzki to 3rd.
Brad Hawpe grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Ryan Spilborghs lines out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Delwyn Young grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, pitcher Matt Belisle to catcher Chris Iannetta to first baseman Todd Helton.
Nate McLouth homers (6) on a fly ball to right field.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 6

Away
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th.
Ian Stewart grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chris Iannetta pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Clint Barmes reaches on a throwing error by shortstop Jack Wilson.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Garrett Atkins replaces Matt Belisle.
With Garrett Atkins batting, Clint Barmes steals (3) 2nd base.
Garrett Atkins walks.
Dexter Fowler grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

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Pitching Change: Jason Grilli replaces Matt Belisle, batting 9th, replacing Garrett Atkins.
Brandon Moss doubles (5) on a fly ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
With Andy LaRoche batting, wild pitch by Jason Grilli, Brandon Moss to 3rd.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs. Brandon Moss scores.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a ground ball to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs. Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Jack Wilson out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Brad Hawpe. Andy LaRoche scores.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Evan Meek.
Pitching Change: Randy Flores replaces Jason Grilli, batting 9th.
Eric Hinske called out on strikes.
Delwyn Young singles on a line drive to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs. Jason Jaramillo to 3rd.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Brad Hawpe.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Troy Tulowitzki called out on strikes.
Todd Helton strikes out swinging.
Brad Hawpe flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Nate McLouth grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton.
Adam LaRoche doubles (11) on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Brandon Moss flies out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Pitching Change: Manny Corpas replaces Randy Flores, batting 9th.
Andy LaRoche called out on strikes.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 9th.
Ryan Spilborghs grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Ian Stewart grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chris Iannetta walks.
Clint Barmes flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Jason Jaramillo pops out to third baseman Ian Stewart.
Jack Wilson singles on a ground ball to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
John Grabow out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Manny Corpas to second baseman Clint Barmes. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces John Grabow, batting 9th.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Matt Murton replaces Manny Corpas.
Matt Murton walks.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Seth Smith replaces Dexter Fowler.
Seth Smith grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Matt Murton out at 2nd.
Troy Tulowitzki grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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