The Pirates have made 2 more big moves today.

Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett to the Washington Nationals for Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan.

Eric Hinske to the New York Yankees for Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer.

milledge

Charlie Morton (RHP) (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0 K) @ Jason Hammel (RHP) (4-3, 4.10 ERA, 42 K)

8:10 P.M. EST @ Coors Field

Craig Monroe was designated for assignment, and Steven Pearce was recalled from AAA-Indianapolis. Charlie Morton gives his “1st” start for the Pirates a 2nd chance. He takes the mound against Jason Hammel, tonight at 8:10 at Coors Field.

Post Game Updates
Tonight’s loss to the Rockies is very very frustrating.

Down 4-2 after 6 innings, the Pirates got a 4 runs 7th, and they added a run in the 8th to take a 7-4 lead.

The bullpen couldn’t hold it, and the Rockies scored 3 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to finish a 9-7 victory.

Charlie Morton did his job, holding the Rockies to 2 runs after 5. Sean Burnett didn’t pitch well in the 6th, but Pirate batters bailed him out in the 7th. John Grabow was a disaster in the 8th, and Jesse Chavez was no better in the 9th.

Nyjer Morgan was 4-5 with a run and an RBI. McCutchen was 1-5 with a run and 3 RBI. Brandon Moss went 3-4.

morganlaroche

Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen grounds out sharply, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Dexter Fowler grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Clint Barmes pops out to pitcher Charlie Morton.
Todd Helton strikes out swinging.

Inning 2

Away
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Brandon Moss doubles (12) on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez. Andy LaRoche scores.
Jason Jaramillo pops out to first baseman Todd Helton.
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.

Home
Brad Hawpe called out on strikes.
Troy Tulowitzki walks.
Ian Stewart doubles (8) on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Troy Tulowitzki scores.
Carlos Gonzalez flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Ian Stewart to 3rd.
Chris Iannetta walks.
Jason Hammel grounds into a force out, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Chris Iannetta out at 2nd.

Inning 3

Away
Charlie Morton lines out to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Todd Helton.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (23) on a line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Nyjer Morgan scores.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.

Home
Dexter Fowler flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan in foul territory.
Clint Barmes strikes out swinging.
Todd Helton singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Brad Hawpe grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 4

Away
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Brandon Moss singles on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Jason Jaramillo grounds into a double play, pitcher Jason Hammel to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton. Brandon Moss out at 2nd.

Home
Troy Tulowitzki called out on strikes.
Ian Stewart triples (1) on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Carlos Gonzalez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Ian Stewart scores.
With Chris Iannetta batting, Carlos Gonzalez steals (3) 2nd base.
Chris Iannetta lines into a double play, first baseman Adam LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Carlos Gonzalez doubled off 2nd.

Inning 5

Away
Jack Wilson grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Charlie Morton grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.

Home
Jason Hammel grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Dexter Fowler singles on a ground ball to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
With Clint Barmes batting, Dexter Fowler steals (12) 2nd base.
Clint Barmes pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Todd Helton flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 6

Away
Nyjer Morgan singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Jason Hammel.
Freddy Sanchez out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Jason Hammel to first baseman Todd Helton. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Andy LaRoche lines out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Brandon Moss grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Charlie Morton, batting 9th.
Brad Hawpe grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Troy Tulowitzki singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Ian Stewart homers (13) on a fly ball to center field. Troy Tulowitzki scores.
Carlos Gonzalez grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chris Iannetta singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Jason Hammel grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 7

Away
Jason Jaramillo singles on a line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Jack Wilson singles on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Sean Burnett.
Delwyn Young walks. Jason Jaramillo to 3rd. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Matt Daley replaces Jason Hammel, batting 9th.
Andrew McCutchen triples (4) on a fly ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Jason Jaramillo scores. Jack Wilson scores. Delwyn Young scores.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Freddy Sanchez strikes out swinging.
Pitching Change: Alan Embree replaces Matt Daley, batting 9th.
Adam LaRoche lines into a double play, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton. Nyjer Morgan doubled off 1st.

Home
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Dexter Fowler grounds out sharply to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Clint Barmes grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Todd Helton grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 8

Away
Andy LaRoche doubles (14) on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Brandon Moss doubles (13) on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler, deflected by second baseman Clint Barmes. Andy LaRoche scores.
Pitching Change: Joel Peralta replaces Alan Embree, batting 2nd.
Defensive Substitution: Omar Quintanilla replaces pitcher Alan Embree, batting 9th, playing second base.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Jack Wilson ground bunts into a force out, pitcher Joel Peralta to third baseman Ian Stewart. Brandon Moss out at 3rd. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd. Jack Wilson to 1st.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Steven Jackson.
With Eric Hinske batting, Joel Peralta picks off Jason Jaramillo at 2nd on throw to Troy Tulowitzki.
Eric Hinske strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Steven Jackson, batting 9th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Brad Hawpe walks.
Troy Tulowitzki strikes out swinging.
Ian Stewart strikes out swinging.
Carlos Gonzalez singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Brad Hawpe to 2nd.
Chris Iannetta homers (10) on a fly ball to center field. Brad Hawpe scores. Carlos Gonzalez scores.
Omar Quintanilla strikes out swinging.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Huston Street replaces Joel Peralta, batting 2nd.
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Freddy Sanchez strikes out swinging. Nyjer Morgan steals (17) 2nd base. Nyjer Morgan advances to 3rd, on a throwing error by catcher Chris Iannetta.
Huston Street intentionally walks Adam LaRoche.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to second baseman Omar Quintanilla. Adam LaRoche out at 2nd.

Home
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces John Grabow, batting 9th.
Dexter Fowler flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Seth Smith replaces Huston Street.
Seth Smith singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Todd Helton homers (9) on a fly ball to right center field. Seth Smith scores.

Ross Ohlendorf (RHP) (6-5, 4.56 ERA, 39 K) @ Jason Marquis (RHP) (8-4, 3.77 ERA, 41 K)

9:10 P.M. EST @ Coors Field

Post Game Update
The Pirates opened their 3 game series in Colorado tonight. The Rockies are hot under the direction of their new manager Jim Tracy (yes, we all remember him).

The Pirates’ offense was wimpy, but Jack Wilson hit a solo HR in the 7th. Eric Hinske and Andrew McCutchen knocked in two after-the-fact runs in the top of the 9th.

Ross Ohlendorf wasn’t sharp, surrendering 6 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings. Burnett and Meek pitched well. Matt Capps got an inning of work in the 8th, and he gave up a hit and a run.

sancheztracy

Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Nyjer Morgan hit by pitch.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball. Nyjer Morgan out at 2nd, hit by batted ball, second baseman Clint Barmes unassisted.
Adam LaRoche grounds out to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Dexter Fowler doubles (17) on a ground ball to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Clint Barmes grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Dexter Fowler to 3rd.
With Todd Helton batting, passed ball by Robinzon Diaz, Dexter Fowler scores.
Todd Helton grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Brad Hawpe singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
With Troy Tulowitzki batting, Brad Hawpe caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Robinzon Diaz to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Jack Wilson.

Inning 2

Away
Delwyn Young walks.
Andy LaRoche flies out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into a force out, third baseman Ian Stewart to second baseman Clint Barmes. Delwyn Young out at 2nd. Robinzon Diaz to 1st.
Jack Wilson grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Troy Tulowitzki homers (10) on a fly ball to center field.
Ian Stewart singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
With Carlos Gonzalez batting, Ian Stewart steals (4) 2nd base.
Carlos Gonzalez lines out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Chris Iannetta called out on strikes.
Jason Marquis flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 3

Away
Ross Ohlendorf grounds out, pitcher Jason Marquis to first baseman Todd Helton.
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan called out on strikes.

Home
Dexter Fowler lines out to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Clint Barmes flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Todd Helton doubles (16) on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Brad Hawpe doubles (24) on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young. Todd Helton scores.
Troy Tulowitzki pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 4

Away
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Todd Helton to pitcher Jason Marquis.
Delwyn Young walks.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Ian Stewart strikes out swinging.
Carlos Gonzalez flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Chris Iannetta grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 5

Away
Robinzon Diaz grounds out sharply, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Todd Helton.
Jack Wilson grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Ross Ohlendorf grounds out, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Jason Marquis singles on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young. Jason Marquis advances to 2nd, on a fielding error by right fielder Delwyn Young.
Dexter Fowler out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Jason Marquis to 3rd.
Clint Barmes out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Delwyn Young. Jason Marquis scores.
Todd Helton singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Brad Hawpe homers (10) on a fly ball to center field. Todd Helton scores.
Troy Tulowitzki strikes out swinging.

Inning 6

Away
Andrew McCutchen doubles (3) on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Nyjer Morgan flies out to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Delwyn Young grounds out to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th.
Ian Stewart flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Carlos Gonzalez strikes out swinging.
Chris Iannetta called out on strikes.

Inning 7

Away
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Jack Wilson homers (2) on a fly ball to left field.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss replaces Sean Burnett.
Brandon Moss grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th, replacing Brandon Moss.
Jason Marquis called out on strikes.
Dexter Fowler grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Clint Barmes flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

Inning 8

Away
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Adam LaRoche singles on a line drive to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd.
Delwyn Young grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.

Home
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th.
Todd Helton doubles (17) on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Brad Hawpe grounds out sharply, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Todd Helton to 3rd.
Troy Tulowitzki out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Todd Helton scores.
Ian Stewart pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.

Inning 9

Away
Andy LaRoche singles on a ground ball to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into a force out, second baseman Clint Barmes to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd. Robinzon Diaz to 1st.
Jack Wilson grounds out softly, pitcher Jason Marquis to first baseman Todd Helton. Robinzon Diaz to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Matt Capps.
Eric Hinske singles on a line drive to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Robinzon Diaz scores.
Andrew McCutchen triples (3) on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe. Eric Hinske scores.
Pitching Change: Alan Embree replaces Jason Marquis, batting 9th.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Todd Helton.

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.

atlanta

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.

I really thought today was going to be the day. Coming into the game, we had lost 7 in a row and 11 of the last 12. I thought we had a favorable pitching matchup (Ian Snell @ Livan Hernandez). We were swinging pink bats on Mother’s Day. We even got a 2-0 after 3 innings.

In the first inning, Nyjer Morgan singled and stole 2nd. A Delwyn Young single and a Nate McLouth sac fly brought him in. In the second inning, McLouth doubled and a Robinzon Diaz single brought him in.

Not surprisingly, it fell apart.

The Mets put some hits together in the bottom of the 4th to score 3 runs. Ian Snell left the game after 6 innings with the Pirates trailing 3-2. Sean Burnett came in and a Brian Bixler error at shortstop allowed the 7th inning to go longer than it should have and the Mets added another. John Grabow came in for the 8th inning and gave up 3 more runs.

Nate McLouth added an after-the-fact 2 run homer in the 9th.

Final Score: Mets 8, Pirates 4

We know we won’t lose tomorrow. Thankfully, the Bucs have the day off.

Jack Wilson played a AAA game on Saturday. He went 1 for 3 with an RBI double, and he started a double play for the Indianapolis Indians. He should be back in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Cardinals. It’s a good thing because we need him in the lineup badly. This season, Brian Bixler has had 25 at bats and 18 strikeouts. He’s committed 2 errors in 8 games.

Brian Bixler - The Indianapolis Indians should get their SS back tomorrow.

Brian Bixler - The Indianapolis Indians should get their SS back tomorrow.

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.

burnett

After a disappointing home-stand against the Reds and Brewers, the Pirates travel to St. Louis to take on the division leading Cardinals. At 17-10, the Cardinals have one of the best records in baseball, but the Pirates managed a 2-2 split with them in their season-opening series.

Tonight, we’ll see: Zach Duke (3-2, 2.21) @ Mitchell Boggs (1-0, 3.29)

Delwyn Young will be starting in right field.

Post Game Update:
Given the current state of the Pirates’ offense, it tough to win many games. Pirate hitting was too few and far between, and the Pirates lost to the Cardinals 4-2. That’s their 8th loss in 9 games. (I guess I need to be in attendance more often!)

Tonight wasn’t Zach Duke’s best outing, but he still left the game in a manageable condition. Sean Burnett continued to be the strongest member of the Bucs’ bullpen, pitching 2 and 1/3 strong innings.

Albert Pujols was nasty, as always, going 4-4 including a 1st inning homer.

Our offense needs a jump-start.

Delwyn Young... until I can find a picture of him in a Pirates' uniform

Delwyn Young... until I can find a picture of him in a Pirates' uniform

Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (13) on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Nate McLouth flies out to right fielder Ryan Ludwick.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Home
Brian Barden lines out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Joe Thurston pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche in foul territory.
Albert Pujols homers (11) on a line drive to left center field.
Ryan Ludwick lines out to third baseman Andy LaRoche.

Inning 2

Away
Delwyn Young singles on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Andy LaRoche walks. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Ramon Vazquez grounds into a double play, shortstop Khalil Greene to second baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols. Delwyn Young to 3rd. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Zach Duke walks. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Delwyn Young scores. Jason Jaramillo out at home on the throw, center fielder Colby Rasmus to catcher Yadier Molina.

Home
Yadier Molina grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chris Duncan grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Khalil Greene doubles (3) on a fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Mitchell Boggs grounds out, pitcher Zach Duke to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 3

Away
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nate McLouth grounds out to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Home
Colby Rasmus strikes out swinging.
Brian Barden grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Joe Thurston grounds out, pitcher Zach Duke to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 4

Away
Delwyn Young walks.
Andy LaRoche singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Ramon Vazquez flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Delwyn Young to 3rd.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out softly, catcher Yadier Molina to first baseman Albert Pujols. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Zach Duke called out on strikes.

Home
Albert Pujols singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Ryan Ludwick walks. Albert Pujols to 2nd.
Yadier Molina lines out to center fielder Nate McLouth. Albert Pujols to 3rd.
Chris Duncan triples (2) on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. Albert Pujols scores. Ryan Ludwick scores.
Khalil Greene out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Nate McLouth. Chris Duncan scores.
Mitchell Boggs grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 5

Away
Nyjer Morgan walks.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
With Nate McLouth batting, Nyjer Morgan steals (7) 2nd base.
Nate McLouth doubles (1) on a line drive to right fielder Ryan Ludwick. Nyjer Morgan scores.
Pitching Change: Trever Miller replaces Mitchell Boggs, batting 8th.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Nate McLouth to 3rd.
Delwyn Young walks.
Pitching Change: Kyle McClellan replaces Trever Miller, batting 8th.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, pitcher Kyle McClellan to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Home
Colby Rasmus flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Brian Barden grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Joe Thurston strikes out on a foul tip.

Inning 6

Away
Ramon Vazquez strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Zach Duke reaches on a fielding error by shortstop Khalil Greene. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a fly ball to right fielder Ryan Ludwick. Jason Jaramillo to 3rd. Zach Duke to 2nd.
Freddy Sanchez grounds into a double play, third baseman Brian Barden to second baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols. Nyjer Morgan out at 2nd.

Home
Albert Pujols singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Ryan Ludwick singles on a fly ball to right fielder Delwyn Young. Albert Pujols to 2nd.
With Yadier Molina batting, Albert Pujols caught stealing 3rd base, catcher Jason Jaramillo to third baseman Andy LaRoche, Ryan Ludwick to 2nd.
Yadier Molina walks.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Zach Duke, batting 9th.
Chris Duncan lines into an unassisted double play, first baseman Adam LaRoche. Yadier Molina doubled off 1st.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Dennys Reyes replaces Kyle McClellan, batting 8th.
Nate McLouth pops out to second baseman Joe Thurston.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Delwyn Young flies out to right fielder Ryan Ludwick.

Home
Khalil Greene called out on strikes.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Adam Wainwright replaces Dennys Reyes.
Adam Wainwright flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Colby Rasmus flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

Inning 8

Away
Defensive Substitution: Skip Schumaker replaces left fielder Chris Duncan, batting 6th, playing left field.
Pitching Change: Jason Motte replaces Dennys Reyes, batting 8th, replacing Adam Wainwright.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Ramon Vazquez flies out to right fielder Ryan Ludwick.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, second baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Home
Brian Barden grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Joe Thurston grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Sean Burnett.
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th.
Albert Pujols singles on a ground ball to third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Ryan Ludwick strikes out swinging.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Ryan Franklin replaces Jason Motte, batting 8th.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss replaces Jesse Chavez.
Brandon Moss grounds out to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Ryan Ludwick.

16 consecutive losses to one team? We need to get this monkey off of our back and beat the Brewers. Another glimpse of .500 wouldn’t be bad either.

Jeff Suppan (1-2, 5.88) @ Ian Snell (1-3, 3.72), 7:05 P.M. @ PNC Park

Post-Game Update:

It’s official. We’ve lost to the Brewers 17 consecutive times. They own us. At least we don’t have to see them again until July 20.

Freddy Sanchez got the Pirates started early with a home run in the 1st inning, but it wasn’t enough. Ian Snell didn’t pitch great (probably because he threw 131 pitches in his last outing), but he still managed to leave in the 6th inning with a 3-2 lead (he did walk the first 2 batters in the 6th). Jesse Chavez came into the game in relief, and things got bad. Chavez allowed 3 runs to score, before Sean Burnett came in and closed out the inning. Pirate pitchers gave up 10 walks in the game.

Delwyn Young hit a 2 RBI double in the 8th, but even that wasn’t enough, and the Brewers beat the Bucs 8-5.

You have to wonder if the Pirates will see .500 again this season.

doumit0406_500

Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Rickie Weeks flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Craig Counsell grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Ryan Braun flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Nyjer Morgan flies out to right fielder Corey Hart.
Freddy Sanchez homers (3) on a fly ball to left field.
Nate McLouth grounds out softly, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Inning 2

Away
Prince Fielder walks.
Mike Cameron grounds into a double play, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Prince Fielder out at 2nd.
Corey Hart doubles (8) on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
J. Hardy singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Corey Hart scores.
Jason Kendall grounds into a force out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. J. Hardy out at 2nd.

Home
Brandon Moss walks.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, shortstop J. Hardy to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Brandon Moss out at 2nd. Andy LaRoche to 1st.
Ramon Vazquez called out on strikes.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, shortstop J. Hardy to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Inning 3

Away
Jeff Suppan grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Rickie Weeks flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Craig Counsell grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Ian Snell grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Jeff Suppan.
Freddy Sanchez walks. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Nate McLouth flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 4

Away
Ryan Braun walks.
Prince Fielder flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Mike Cameron grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Ryan Braun out at 2nd. Mike Cameron to 1st.
Corey Hart doubles (9) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Mike Cameron scores. Corey Hart to 3rd on the throw.
J. Hardy doubles (2) on a fly ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Corey Hart scores.
Jason Kendall reaches on a fielder’s choice out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. J. Hardy out at 2nd.

Home
Brandon Moss singles on a soft ground ball to pitcher Jeff Suppan.
Andy LaRoche walks. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Ramon Vazquez flies out to right fielder Corey Hart in foul territory. Brandon Moss to 3rd. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a line drive to center fielder Mike Cameron. Brandon Moss scores. Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Ian Snell out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Jeff Suppan to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Inning 5

Away
Jeff Suppan called out on strikes.
Rickie Weeks grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Ian Snell.
Craig Counsell walks.
Ryan Braun strikes out swinging.

Home
Freddy Sanchez flies out to left fielder Ryan Braun.
Nate McLouth grounds out, first baseman Prince Fielder to pitcher Jeff Suppan.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Ryan Braun.

Inning 6

Away
Prince Fielder walks.
Mike Cameron walks. Prince Fielder to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Ian Snell, batting 9th.
Corey Hart grounds into a force out, fielded by second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Prince Fielder to 3rd. Mike Cameron out at 2nd. Corey Hart to 1st.
With J. Hardy batting, Corey Hart steals (3) 2nd base.
J. Hardy singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Prince Fielder scores. Corey Hart scores.
Jason Kendall singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. J. Hardy to 2nd.
Jeff Suppan walks. J. Hardy to 3rd. Jason Kendall to 2nd.
Rickie Weeks walks. J. Hardy scores. Jason Kendall to 3rd. Jeff Suppan to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 9th.
Craig Counsell pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche in foul territory.
Ryan Braun grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to center fielder Mike Cameron.
With Ramon Vazquez batting, wild pitch by Jeff Suppan, Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Ramon Vazquez out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Mike Cameron. Andy LaRoche scores.
Pitching Change: Seth McClung replaces Jeff Suppan, batting 9th.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces Sean Burnett.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Tyler Yates replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th, replacing Craig Monroe.
Prince Fielder pops out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Mike Cameron flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Corey Hart strikes out swinging.

Home
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, shortstop J. Hardy to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Nate McLouth walks.
Pitching Change: Mitch Stetter replaces Seth McClung, batting 6th.
Defensive Substitution: Chris Duffy replaces pitcher Seth McClung, batting 9th, playing right field.
Adam LaRoche flies out to right fielder Chris Duffy.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Tyler Yates, batting 9th.
J. Hardy walks.
Jason Kendall walks. J. Hardy to 2nd.
Chris Duffy out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Evan Meek to first baseman Adam LaRoche. J. Hardy to 3rd. Jason Kendall to 2nd.
Rickie Weeks reaches on a fielder’s choice out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to catcher Jason Jaramillo. Hardy out at home. Jason Kendall to 3rd.
Craig Counsell doubles (3) on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Jason Kendall scores. Rickie Weeks scores.
Ryan Braun flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Brandon Moss walks.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, shortstop J. Hardy to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Brandon Moss out at 2nd. Andy LaRoche to 1st.
Ramon Vazquez walks. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo flies out to right fielder Chris Duffy.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Evan Meek.
Delwyn Young doubles (3) on a fly ball to right fielder Chris Duffy. Andy LaRoche scores. Ramon Vazquez scores.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out on a foul tip.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Donnie Veal replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Prince Fielder hit by pitch.
With Mike Cameron batting, wild pitch by Donnie Veal, Prince Fielder to 2nd.
Mike Cameron flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Casey McGehee replaces Mitch Stetter.
Casey McGehee flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
J. Hardy walks.
Jason Kendall strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: Carlos Villanueva replaces Mitch Stetter, batting 6th, replacing Casey McGehee.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Chris Duffy.
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Prince Fielder to pitcher Carlos Villanueva.

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

dsc00239

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