Tim Lincecum (RHP) (10-2, 2.33 ERA, 149 K) @ Paul Maholm (LHP) (6-4, 4.60 ERA, 66 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

NL All Star starting pitcher Tim Lincecum takes on Paul Maholm in the Bucco’s first game following the All Star break.

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Bruce Chen (LHP) (0-0, -.– ERA, 0 K) @ Paul Maholm (LHP) (4-4, 4.48 ERA, 61 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Post Game Update
Paul Maholm pitched well, allowing just 2 runs in 7 innings. He got some nice run support from Pirate hitters, with Nyjer Morgan, Freddy Sanchez, Adam LaRoche, Delwyn Young, and Jack Wilson each recording 2 hits, and combining to knock in 6 runs.

The win marks 4 in a row (all against the American League too!).

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Inning 1

Away
David DeJesus flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Willie Bloomquist triples (5) on a sharp fly ball to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Billy Butler singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Willie Bloomquist scores.
Jose Guillen grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Billy Butler out at 2nd.

Home
Andrew McCutchen flies out to left fielder David DeJesus.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a line drive to center fielder Willie Bloomquist.
With Freddy Sanchez batting, Nyjer Morgan picked off and caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Bruce Chen to first baseman Billy Butler to shortstop Luis Hernandez.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Luis Hernandez to first baseman Billy Butler.

Inning 2

Away
Miguel Olivo strikes out swinging.
Alberto Callaspo reaches on a fielding error by pitcher Paul Maholm.
Mark Teahen flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
With Luis Hernandez batting, Alberto Callaspo steals (1) 2nd base.
Luis Hernandez flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

Home
Adam LaRoche grounds out sharply, first baseman Billy Butler to pitcher Bruce Chen.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche flies out to left fielder David DeJesus.

Inning 3

Away
Bruce Chen walks.
David DeJesus lines into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Bruce Chen doubled off 1st.
Willie Bloomquist singles on a soft ground ball to third baseman Andy LaRoche.
With Billy Butler batting, Willie Bloomquist steals (13) 2nd base.
Billy Butler singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Willie Bloomquist scores.
Jose Guillen grounds into a force out, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Billy Butler out at 2nd.

Home
Robinzon Diaz pops out to third baseman Mark Teahen.
Jack Wilson singles on a line drive to center fielder Willie Bloomquist.
Paul Maholm bunt pops out to pitcher Bruce Chen.
With Andrew McCutchen batting, wild pitch by Bruce Chen, Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Andrew McCutchen flies out to center fielder Willie Bloomquist.

Inning 4

Away
Miguel Olivo lines out sharply, pitcher Paul Maholm to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Alberto Callaspo flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Mark Teahen grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Alberto Callaspo to first baseman Billy Butler.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a soft fly ball to left fielder David DeJesus.
Adam LaRoche singles on a line drive to right fielder Jose Guillen. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Delwyn Young homers (2) on a fly ball to center field. Freddy Sanchez scores. Adam LaRoche scores.
Andy LaRoche flies out to center fielder Willie Bloomquist.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop Luis Hernandez to first baseman Billy Butler.

Inning 5

Away
Luis Hernandez grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Bruce Chen singles, on fan interference.
David DeJesus grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Bruce Chen out at 2nd.

Home
Jack Wilson pops out to first baseman Billy Butler.
Paul Maholm called out on strikes.
Andrew McCutchen lines out softly to shortstop Luis Hernandez.

Inning 6

Away
Willie Bloomquist grounds out softly, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Billy Butler pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche in foul territory.
Jose Guillen called out on strikes.

Home
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to center fielder Willie Bloomquist.
Freddy Sanchez pops out to second baseman Alberto Callaspo in foul territory.
With Adam LaRoche batting, Nyjer Morgan picked off and caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Bruce Chen to first baseman Billy Butler to shortstop Luis Hernandez.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder David DeJesus.

Inning 7

Away
Miguel Olivo grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Alberto Callaspo flies out softly to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Mark Teahen pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson.

Home
Delwyn Young pops out to catcher Miguel Olivo in foul territory.
Andy LaRoche triples (2) on a fly ball to right fielder Jose Guillen.
Pitching Change: Roman Colon replaces Bruce Chen, batting 9th.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop Luis Hernandez to first baseman Billy Butler.
Jack Wilson singles on a line drive to left fielder David DeJesus. Andy LaRoche scores.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Paul Maholm.
Eric Hinske walks. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Andrew McCutchen flies out to left fielder David DeJesus.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Paul Maholm, batting 9th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Luis Hernandez flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brayan Pena replaces Roman Colon.
Brayan Pena singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
David DeJesus called out on strikes.
Willie Bloomquist flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

Home
Pitching Change: John Bale replaces Roman Colon, batting 9th, replacing Brayan Pena.
Nyjer Morgan flies out softly to center fielder Willie Bloomquist.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (24) on a ground ball to right fielder Jose Guillen.
Adam LaRoche doubles (22) on a line drive to center fielder Willie Bloomquist. Freddy Sanchez scores.
With Delwyn Young batting, wild pitch by John Bale, Adam LaRoche to 3rd.
Delwyn Young singles on a line drive to left fielder David DeJesus. Adam LaRoche scores.
Andy LaRoche walks. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into a double play, pitcher John Bale to second baseman Alberto Callaspo to first baseman Billy Butler. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Jeff Karstens replaces John Grabow, batting 9th.
Billy Butler lines out to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Jose Guillen singles on a sharp ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Miguel Olivo strikes out swinging.
Kansas City Royals catcher Miguel Olivo ejected by HP umpire Phil Cuzzi.
Alberto Callaspo grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

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.

Paul Maholm (LHP) (4-2, 3.61 ERA, 50 K) @ Glen Perkins (LHP) (1-3, 5.36 ERA, 26 K)

8:10 P.M. EST @ Metrodome

After getting a series win against the Tigers, interleague play continues, and the Pirates travel to Minnesota for a 3 game set.

Post Game Update
Tonight’s game in the Metrodome didn’t go so well. Paul Maholm was all over the place. He allowed 14 hits and 8 runs in 5 innings.

Pirate hitters managed 11 hits, but they could only get 2 runs across.

buccofans.com pointed out an interesting statistic regarding Paul Maholm and whoever catches him.

ERA with Jaramillo – 8.39
ERA with Diaz – 0.67
ERA with Doumit – 0.87

Pirate fielders struggled all night, losing balls in the white roof of the Metrodome.

This could be a long 3 game series.

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Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, third baseman Joe Crede to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out softly, shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Carlos Gomez.

Home
Brendan Harris singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Joe Mauer singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Brendan Harris to 3rd.
Justin Morneau grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Brendan Harris scores. Joe Mauer out at 2nd.
Joe Crede strikes out swinging.

Inning 2

Away
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Craig Monroe singles on a line drive to right fielder Michael Cuddyer.
Delwyn Young singles on a line drive to center fielder Carlos Gomez. Craig Monroe to 2nd.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo grounds into a force out, shortstop Brendan Harris to second baseman Nick Punto. Delwyn Young out at 2nd.

Home
Jason Kubel singles on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Michael Cuddyer doubles (13) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Jason Kubel out at home on the throw, center fielder Andrew McCutchen to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to catcher Jason Jaramillo. Michael Cuddyer to 3rd on the throw.
Delmon Young singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Michael Cuddyer scores.
With Carlos Gomez batting, wild pitch by Paul Maholm, Delmon Young to 2nd.
Carlos Gomez pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Nick Punto grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 3

Away
Jack Wilson doubles (14) on a ground ball to left fielder Delmon Young.
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan homers (1) on a fly ball to right field. Jack Wilson scores.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Nick Punto to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Adam LaRoche singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Craig Monroe pops out to first baseman Justin Morneau in foul territory.

Home
Brendan Harris walks.
Joe Mauer singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Brendan Harris to 2nd.
Justin Morneau singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Brendan Harris scores. Joe Mauer to 2nd.
Joe Crede singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Joe Mauer to 3rd. Justin Morneau to 2nd.
Jason Kubel grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Joe Mauer scores. Justin Morneau to 3rd. Joe Crede out at 2nd.
Michael Cuddyer strikes out swinging.

Inning 4

Away
Delwyn Young called out on strikes.
Andy LaRoche flies out to left fielder Delmon Young.
Jason Jaramillo flies out to right fielder Michael Cuddyer.

Home
Delmon Young strikes out swinging.
Carlos Gomez singles on a soft fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Nick Punto grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Carlos Gomez out at 2nd.

Inning 5

Away
Jack Wilson flies out to left fielder Delmon Young.
Andrew McCutchen doubles (2) on a ground ball to left fielder Delmon Young.
Nyjer Morgan walks.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to right fielder Michael Cuddyer. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Adam LaRoche grounds into a double play, second baseman Nick Punto to shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau. Freddy Sanchez out at 2nd.

Home
Brendan Harris strikes out swinging.
Joe Mauer singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Justin Morneau lines out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Joe Crede doubles (8) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Joe Mauer scores.
Jason Kubel flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 6

Away
Craig Monroe grounds out, shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Delwyn Young flies out to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau.

Home
Michael Cuddyer singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
With Delmon Young batting, wild pitch by Paul Maholm, Michael Cuddyer to 2nd.
Delmon Young singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Michael Cuddyer to 3rd.
Carlos Gomez singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder Delwyn Young. Michael Cuddyer scores. Delmon Young to 3rd.
Pitching Change: Jeff Karstens replaces Paul Maholm.
Nick Punto out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Delwyn Young. Delmon Young scores.
Brendan Harris flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
With Joe Mauer batting, Carlos Gomez steals (6) 2nd base.
Joe Mauer doubles (10) on a ground ball to right fielder Delwyn Young. Carlos Gomez scores.
Justin Morneau walks.
Joe Crede grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: R. A. Dickey replaces Glen Perkins.
Jason Jaramillo strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to third baseman Joe Crede.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Nick Punto to first baseman Justin Morneau.

Home
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Jeff Karstens.
Jason Kubel walks.
Michael Cuddyer grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Jason Kubel out at 2nd.
Delmon Young flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

Inning 8

Away
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Delmon Young.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging. Craig Monroe advances to 1st, on a throwing error by catcher Joe Mauer.
Delwyn Young doubles (4) on a line drive to left fielder Delmon Young. Craig Monroe to 3rd.
Andy LaRoche grounds out to catcher Joe Mauer. Andy LaRoche out on batter interference.

Home
Carlos Gomez strikes out swinging, catcher Jason Jaramillo to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Nick Punto singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Brendan Harris grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Nick Punto out at 2nd.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Jose Mijares replaces R. A. Dickey.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Robinzon Diaz replaces Jason Jaramillo.
Robinzon Diaz singles on a ground ball to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Jack Wilson singles on a soft fly ball to center fielder Carlos Gomez. Robinzon Diaz to 2nd.
Andrew McCutchen flies out to right fielder Michael Cuddyer.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez lines out to center fielder Carlos Gomez.

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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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.

Paul Maholm (LHP) (3-2, 3.82 ERA, 38 K) @ Roy Oswalt (RHP) (2-2, 4.28 ERA, 55 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ Minute Maid Park

Post Game Update

Roy Oswalt took to the mound for the Astros tonight. Again, it seems the better team or the better the pitcher the Pirates face, the better they can hit. The Pirates also finally provided some run support for Paul Maholm who got his 4th win of the season.

The Pirates scored all 6 of their runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Paul Maholm hit a single with the bases loaded in the 2nd to score Andy LaRoche. Andrew McCutchen followed with a 2 RBI single to score Brandon Moss and Jason Jaramillo. In the 3rd inning, the LaRoche brothers each singled, followed by a Brandon Moss double. Jaramillo hit an RBI ground out, and Jack Wilson followed with an RBI double.

John Grabow and Matt Capps looked good in the 8th and 9th, respectively. Hopefully their troubles are behind them, and we can count on them to close out games night-in and night-out.

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Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Nyjer Morgan flies out to left fielder Carlos Lee.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, pitcher Roy Oswalt to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Home
Michael Bourn grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Paul Maholm.
Miguel Tejada singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Hunter Pence homers (7) on a fly ball to left field. Miguel Tejada scores.
Carlos Lee doubles (12) on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss, deflected by center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Lance Berkman grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Carlos Lee to 3rd.
Ivan Rodriguez grounds out, pitcher Paul Maholm to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 2

Away
Adam LaRoche doubles (19) on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Andy LaRoche singles on a ground ball to right fielder Hunter Pence. Adam LaRoche to 3rd.
Brandon Moss reaches on a fielder’s choice out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Adam LaRoche out at home. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo walks. Andy LaRoche to 3rd. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Jack Wilson flies out to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Paul Maholm singles on a ground ball to second baseman Edwin Maysonet, deflected by pitcher Roy Oswalt. Andy LaRoche scores. Brandon Moss to 3rd. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to right fielder Hunter Pence. Brandon Moss scores. Jason Jaramillo scores. Paul Maholm to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan lines out to second baseman Edwin Maysonet.

Home
Jeff Keppinger grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Edwin Maysonet singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Roy Oswalt called out on strikes.
Michael Bourn grounds into a force out, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Edwin Maysonet out at 2nd.

Inning 3

Away
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Adam LaRoche singles on a line drive to third baseman Jeff Keppinger.
Andy LaRoche singles on a ground ball to left fielder Carlos Lee. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Brandon Moss doubles (10) on a fly ball to left fielder Carlos Lee. Adam LaRoche scores. Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman. Andy LaRoche scores. Brandon Moss to 3rd.
Jack Wilson doubles (10) on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Lee. Brandon Moss scores.
Paul Maholm strikes out swinging.

Home
Miguel Tejada grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Hunter Pence triples (4) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Carlos Lee grounds out, pitcher Paul Maholm to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Hunter Pence scores.
Lance Berkman grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 4

Away
Andrew McCutchen flies out to left fielder Carlos Lee.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to left fielder Carlos Lee.

Home
Ivan Rodriguez grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jeff Keppinger flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Edwin Maysonet grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 5

Away
Adam LaRoche lines out to center fielder Michael Bourn.
Andy LaRoche pops out to second baseman Edwin Maysonet.
Brandon Moss lines out to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Home
Roy Oswalt called out on strikes.
Michael Bourn strikes out swinging.
Miguel Tejada doubles (21) on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Hunter Pence walks.
Carlos Lee singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Miguel Tejada scores. Hunter Pence to 2nd.
Lance Berkman flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 6

Away
Jason Jaramillo doubles (9) on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Jack Wilson pops out to second baseman Edwin Maysonet.
Paul Maholm called out on strikes.
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.

Home
Ivan Rodriguez grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jeff Keppinger singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Edwin Maysonet called out on strikes.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Jason Michaels replaces Roy Oswalt.
Jason Michaels flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Tim Byrdak replaces Roy Oswalt, batting 9th, replacing Jason Michaels.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Adam LaRoche walks.
With Andy LaRoche batting, Adam LaRoche advances to 2nd base on a caught stealing error by Edwin Maysonet, assist to catcher Ivan Rodriguez.
Andy LaRoche walks.
Brandon Moss grounds out to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Home
Michael Bourn grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Miguel Tejada flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Hunter Pence flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Chris Sampson replaces Tim Byrdak, batting 9th.
Jason Jaramillo strikes out on a foul tip.
Jack Wilson doubles (11) on a fly ball to left fielder Carlos Lee.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Paul Maholm.
Delwyn Young grounds out, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to first baseman Lance Berkman. Jack Wilson to 3rd.
Andrew McCutchen flies out to right fielder Hunter Pence in foul territory.

Home
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Paul Maholm, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Carlos Lee flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Lance Berkman walks.
Ivan Rodriguez singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Lance Berkman to 2nd.
Jeff Keppinger grounds into a force out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson. Lance Berkman to 3rd. Ivan Rodriguez out at 2nd. Jeff Keppinger to 1st.
Edwin Maysonet grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Jeff Keppinger out at 2nd.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: LaTroy Hawkins replaces Chris Sampson, batting 9th.
Nyjer Morgan reaches on a fielding error by third baseman Jeff Keppinger.
With Freddy Sanchez batting, Nyjer Morgan steals (12) 2nd base.
With Freddy Sanchez batting, Nyjer Morgan caught stealing 3rd base, pitcher LaTroy Hawkins to third baseman Jeff Keppinger.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a fly ball to left fielder Carlos Lee.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, pitcher LaTroy Hawkins to first baseman Lance Berkman. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Home
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces John Grabow, batting 5th, replacing third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Defensive Substitution: Ramon Vazquez replaces pitcher John Grabow, batting 9th, playing third base.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Darin Erstad replaces LaTroy Hawkins.
Darin Erstad grounds out, pitcher Matt Capps to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Michael Bourn flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Miguel Tejada singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Hunter Pence flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

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.

Jorge De La Rosa (LHP) (0-3, 3.53 ERA, 35 K) @ Paul Maholm (LHP) (3-1, 4.06 ERA, 21 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

The Rockies come to Pittsburgh for a 3 game series with the Bucs.

Post Game Update:
This game stung in every sense of the word. The Pirates are still struggling to put runs on the board, but thanks to a great start by Paul Maholm, an OK relief effort from Tyler Yates, and a good relief effort from John Grabow, the Bucs were in position to win until Matt Capps took the mound in the top of the ninth.

The only run up to that point came from a Nate McLouth single and stolen base, followed by a Craig Monroe RBI single.

In the top of the ninth, with struggling Capps at the mound, the Rockies went: Ground Rule Double, Home Run, Single, Ground Out, Fly Out, Single, Stolen Base, Single.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Bucs mysteriously pinch hit Ramon Vazquez for Andy LaRoche. Regardless, Huston Street struck out the side to collect the save that Matt Capps left on the mound.

Sigh.

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Inning 1

Away
Dexter Fowler grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Troy Tulowitzki singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
With Todd Helton batting, Troy Tulowitzki steals (3) 2nd base.
Todd Helton flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Garrett Atkins grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Nyjer Morgan flies out to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
Freddy Sanchez called out on strikes.
Nate McLouth grounds out, first baseman Todd Helton to pitcher Jorge De La Rosa.

Inning 2

Away
Brad Hawpe singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Ryan Spilborghs grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Brad Hawpe out at 2nd. Ryan Spilborghs to 1st.
Chris Iannetta flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Clint Barmes called out on strikes.

Home
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.
Adam LaRoche singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Robinzon Diaz pops out to second baseman Clint Barmes in foul territory.
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.

Inning 3

Away
Jorge De La Rosa flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Dexter Fowler flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Troy Tulowitzki doubles (5) on a fly ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Todd Helton singles on a ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson. Troy Tulowitzki to 3rd.
Garrett Atkins flies out to right fielder Craig Monroe.

Home
Jack Wilson flies out to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
Paul Maholm grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Nyjer Morgan called out on strikes.

Inning 4

Away
Brad Hawpe grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Ryan Spilborghs grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chris Iannetta doubles (4) on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Clint Barmes pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche in foul territory.

Home
Freddy Sanchez strikes out swinging.
Nate McLouth grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton.
Craig Monroe doubles (2) on a ground ball to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
With Adam LaRoche batting, wild pitch by Jorge De La Rosa, Craig Monroe to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Todd Helton to pitcher Jorge De La Rosa.

Inning 5

Away
Jorge De La Rosa called out on strikes.
Dexter Fowler walks.
With Troy Tulowitzki batting, Dexter Fowler picked off and caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Paul Maholm to first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Troy Tulowitzki strikes out swinging.

Home
Robinzon Diaz singles on a line drive to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
Andy LaRoche called out on strikes.
Jack Wilson grounds out, third baseman Garrett Atkins to first baseman Todd Helton. Robinzon Diaz to 2nd.
Paul Maholm strikes out swinging.

Inning 6

Away
Todd Helton flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Garrett Atkins grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Brad Hawpe called out on strikes.

Home
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton.
Nate McLouth singles on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
With Craig Monroe batting, Nate McLouth steals (4) 2nd base.
Craig Monroe singles on a line drive to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs. Nate McLouth scores. Craig Monroe to 2nd on the throw.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 7

Away
Ryan Spilborghs grounds out, pitcher Paul Maholm to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chris Iannetta grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Clint Barmes grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Robinzon Diaz doubles (3) on a line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging, catcher Chris Iannetta to first baseman Todd Helton.
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Paul Maholm.
Delwyn Young grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Tyler Yates replaces Paul Maholm, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Seth Smith replaces Jorge De La Rosa.
Seth Smith singles on a ground ball to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Dexter Fowler singles on a bunt ground ball to catcher Robinzon Diaz. Seth Smith to 3rd.
Troy Tulowitzki flies into a double play, left fielder Nyjer Morgan to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson. Seth Smith doubled off 3rd.
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Tyler Yates, batting 9th.
Todd Helton flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Pitching Change: Alan Embree replaces Jorge De La Rosa, batting 9th, replacing Seth Smith.
Nyjer Morgan walks.
With Freddy Sanchez batting, Nyjer Morgan steals (10) 2nd base.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Nate McLouth pops out to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
Alan Embree intentionally walks Craig Monroe.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces John Grabow, batting 9th.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ian Stewart replaces Garrett Atkins.
Ian Stewart hits a ground-rule double (4) on a fly ball to left field.
Brad Hawpe homers (6) on a fly ball to center field. Ian Stewart scores.
Ryan Spilborghs singles on a fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Chris Iannetta grounds out softly to pitcher Matt Capps. Ryan Spilborghs to 2nd.
Clint Barmes flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Matt Murton replaces Alan Embree.
Matt Murton singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Ryan Spilborghs scores.
With Dexter Fowler batting, Matt Murton steals (1) 2nd base.
Dexter Fowler singles on a ground ball to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Matt Murton out at home, first baseman Adam LaRoche to third baseman Andy LaRoche to catcher Robinzon Diaz.

Home
Ian Stewart remains in the game as the third baseman.
Pitching Change: Huston Street replaces Alan Embree, batting 9th, replacing Matt Murton.
Robinzon Diaz called out on strikes.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez replaces Andy LaRoche.
Ramon Vazquez strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.

The Pirates have lost 10 of 11. Today is a day game in the Big Apple. Roberto Alomar will be managing for the suspended Jerry Manuel.

Paul Maholm (3-0, 2.97) @ John Maine (2-2, 5.20), 1:10 P.M., Citi Field

Post Game Update:
We never had a chance in this one. Pirate pitchers gave up 17 hits, and the only run on the Away half of the scoreboard came from Paul Maholm’s solo home run.

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Inning 1

Away
Nyjer Morgan flies out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Fernando Tatis.
Nate McLouth flies out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
With Adam LaRoche batting, Freddy Sanchez steals (2) 2nd base.
Adam LaRoche lines out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.

Home
Jose Reyes singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
With Luis Castillo batting, wild pitch by Paul Maholm, Jose Reyes to 2nd.
With Luis Castillo batting, Jose Reyes steals (9) 3rd base.
Luis Castillo singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Jose Reyes scores.
Carlos Beltran grounds into a force out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Luis Castillo out at 2nd. Carlos Beltran to 1st.
Carlos Delgado grounds into a double play, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Carlos Beltran out at 2nd.

Inning 2

Away
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche doubles (8) on a line drive to right fielder Gary Sheffield.
Ramon Vazquez strikes out swinging.
John Maine intentionally walks Jason Jaramillo.
Paul Maholm flies out to left fielder Fernando Tatis.

Home
David Wright strikes out swinging.
Gary Sheffield flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Fernando Tatis grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 3

Away
Nyjer Morgan flies out to left fielder Fernando Tatis.
Freddy Sanchez walks.
With Nate McLouth batting, Freddy Sanchez steals (3) 2nd base.
Nate McLouth grounds out, second baseman Luis Castillo to first baseman Carlos Delgado. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Home
Ramon Castro grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
John Maine grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jose Reyes flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Inning 4

Away
Brandon Moss grounds out, second baseman Luis Castillo to first baseman Carlos Delgado.
Andy LaRoche hit by pitch.
Ramon Vazquez grounds into a force out, shortstop Jose Reyes to second baseman Luis Castillo. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd. Ramon Vazquez to 1st.
Jason Jaramillo lines out softly to shortstop Jose Reyes.

Home
Luis Castillo singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Carlos Beltran singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Luis Castillo to 2nd.
Carlos Delgado strikes out swinging.
David Wright singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Luis Castillo scores. Carlos Beltran to 3rd.
Gary Sheffield singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Carlos Beltran scores. David Wright to 2nd.
Fernando Tatis singles on a soft fly ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. David Wright scores. Gary Sheffield to 3rd.
Ramon Castro walks. Fernando Tatis to 2nd.
John Maine lines out softly to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jose Reyes singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Gary Sheffield scores. Fernando Tatis scores. Ramon Castro to 2nd.
Luis Castillo grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 5

Away
Paul Maholm homers (1) on a fly ball to right field.
Nyjer Morgan flies out to left fielder Fernando Tatis.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Nate McLouth pops out to shortstop Jose Reyes.

Home
Carlos Beltran homers (6) on a fly ball to left center field.
Carlos Delgado grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
David Wright pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Gary Sheffield singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Fernando Tatis flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 6

Away
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Luis Castillo to first baseman Carlos Delgado.
Brandon Moss flies out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Andy LaRoche lines out to left fielder Fernando Tatis.

Home
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Paul Maholm, batting 9th.
Ramon Castro strikes out swinging.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy replaces John Maine.
Daniel Murphy grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jose Reyes grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 7

Away
Defensive Substitution: Omir Santos replaces catcher Ramon Castro, batting 8th, playing catcher.
Pitching Change: Ken Takahashi replaces John Maine, batting 9th, replacing Daniel Murphy.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a fly ball to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Jason Jaramillo flies out to right fielder Gary Sheffield.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces Jesse Chavez.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 9th, replacing Craig Monroe.
New York Mets catcher Ramon Castro left the game due to an injured leg.
Luis Castillo grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Carlos Beltran grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Evan Meek.
Carlos Delgado doubles (6) on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
David Wright triples (2) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Carlos Delgado scores.
Gary Sheffield grounds out, pitcher Evan Meek to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 8

Away
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Nate McLouth flies out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Luis Castillo to pitcher Ken Takahashi.

Home
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th.
Fernando Tatis singles on a soft fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Omir Santos doubles (3) on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Fernando Tatis to 3rd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Jeremy Reed replaces Ken Takahashi.
Jeremy Reed singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Fernando Tatis scores. Omir Santos to 3rd.
Jose Reyes singles on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Omir Santos scores. Jeremy Reed to 2nd.
Luis Castillo strikes out swinging.
Carlos Beltran flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Carlos Delgado singles on a soft ground ball to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Jeremy Reed to 3rd. Jose Reyes to 2nd.
David Wright lines out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.

Inning 9

Away
Defensive Substitution: Alex Cora replaces shortstop Jose Reyes, batting 1st, playing shortstop.
Pitching Change: Brian Stokes replaces Ken Takahashi, batting 4th, replacing first baseman Carlos Delgado.
Defensive switch from left field to first base for Fernando Tatis.
Jeremy Reed remains in the game as the left fielder.
Brandon Moss flies out to left fielder Jeremy Reed.
Andy LaRoche doubles (9) on a line drive to left fielder Jeremy Reed.
Ramon Vazquez lines out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Jason Jaramillo pops out to third baseman David Wright.

Within the same 15 minutes last night, I watched the Penguins fall to the Washington Capitals 3-2 to go down 2-0 in their NHL playoff series, and I listened to the Pirates blow an 8th inning and a 9th inning lead to lose their 16th straight game to the Milwaukee Brewers. sigh.

I know it’s unrealistic to expect the Pirates’ team to make a playoff run, and it’s probably even unrealistic to consider a .500 season, but losses like this really sting.

Paul Maholm made a strong start, giving the team a chance to win. He pitched 7 1/3 innings, gave up just six hits, struck out 7, and left with a 3-1 lead. Tyler Yates then got a 2nd out. John Grabow came in to replace Yates, and it was all downhill from there. Yates gave up a single and walk to load the bases, and then f@#$ing Ryan Braun hit a pinch hit double (for Chris Duffy) to tie the game.

Some clutch hitting in the bottom of the 8th by Jason Jaramillo put the Bucs back on top 4-3. Matt Capps came in for the 9th inning and gave up 2 singles and a walk to load the bases. A J.J. Hardy sacrifice fly and a Rickie Weeks home run put the game out of reach.

This is the 2nd consecutive game where Capps has looked bad. After seeing Saturday night’s disaster relief effort against the Reds this showing didn’t surprise me a great deal, but it’s still extremely disappointing.

On the positive side, Nate McLouth had another nice night, going 3-5 with an RBI, and I felt good with Jaramillo’s night.

We should have won this game. I guess the Brewers really do own us. I can’t wait to see what happens tonight.

Come On, Mad Capper, Let's Get it Together

Come On, Mad Capper, Let's Get it Together