Ubaldo Jimenez (RHP) (3-4, 4.73 ERA, 34 K) @ Zach Duke (LHP) (4-3, 2.52 ERA, 28 K)

1:35 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Post Game Update
Prior to this game, Tyler Yates was placed on the DL. Tom Gorzelanny was recalled. Nobody is quite sure yet how Gorzo will be used. The bullpen has been struggling more than the starters, so it’s possible that we may see him in relief.

A big seventh inning gave helped the Pirates earn an 11-4 win and a series win over the Colorado Rockies.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Ryan Spilborghs grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Clint Barmes flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Troy Tulowitzki called out on strikes.

Home
Delwyn Young walks.
Freddy Sanchez called out on strikes.
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.
Adam LaRoche walks. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into a force out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to second baseman Clint Barmes. Adam LaRoche out at 2nd.

Inning 2

Away
Brad Hawpe flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Matt Murton grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Garrett Atkins flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

Home
Brandon Moss pops out to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson singles on a ground ball to third baseman Ian Stewart.
Zach Duke singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brad Hawpe. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
With Delwyn Young batting, passed ball by Yorvit Torrealba, Jack Wilson to 3rd. Zach Duke to 2nd.
Delwyn Young called out on strikes.

Inning 3

Away
Yorvit Torrealba grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Ian Stewart strikes out swinging.
Ubaldo Jimenez strikes out swinging.

Home
Freddy Sanchez grounds out to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Nate McLouth homers (7) on a fly ball to right center field.
Adam LaRoche called out on strikes.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Garrett Atkins.

Inning 4

Away
Ryan Spilborghs walks.
Clint Barmes singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Ryan Spilborghs to 2nd.
Troy Tulowitzki flies out to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Brad Hawpe singles on a line drive to left fielder Brandon Moss. Ryan Spilborghs scores. Clint Barmes scores. Brad Hawpe to 3rd. Throwing error by catcher Robinzon Diaz.
Matt Murton doubles (2) on a fly ball to left fielder Brandon Moss. Brad Hawpe scores.
Garrett Atkins singles on a soft ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson. Matt Murton to 3rd.
Yorvit Torrealba out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Delwyn Young. Matt Murton scores.
Ian Stewart flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Brandon Moss walks.
Andy LaRoche singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brad Hawpe. Brandon Moss to 3rd.
Jack Wilson reaches on a fielder’s choice out, third baseman Ian Stewart to catcher Yorvit Torrealba. Brandon Moss out at home. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Zach Duke out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to second baseman Clint Barmes. Andy LaRoche to 3rd. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Delwyn Young grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Garrett Atkins.

Inning 5

Away
Ubaldo Jimenez strikes out swinging.
Ryan Spilborghs lines out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Clint Barmes walks.
Troy Tulowitzki flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

Home
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Nate McLouth grounds out to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 6

Away
Brad Hawpe grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Matt Murton grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Garrett Atkins grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Brandon Moss singles on a line drive to left fielder Matt Murton.
Andy LaRoche pops out to catcher Yorvit Torrealba in foul territory.
Jack Wilson called out on strikes.

Inning 7

Away
Yorvit Torrealba singles on a line drive to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Ian Stewart singles on a ground ball to right fielder Delwyn Young. Yorvit Torrealba to 2nd.
Ubaldo Jimenez ground bunts into a force out, pitcher Zach Duke to third baseman Andy LaRoche. Yorvit Torrealba out at 3rd. Ian Stewart to 2nd. Ubaldo Jimenez to 1st.
Ryan Spilborghs lines into a double play, pitcher Zach Duke to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Ubaldo Jimenez out at 1st.

Home
Pitching Change: Matt Daley replaces Ubaldo Jimenez, batting 9th.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Zach Duke.
Eric Hinske walks.
Delwyn Young singles on a soft fly ball to left fielder Matt Murton. Eric Hinske to 2nd.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (15) on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe. Eric Hinske scores. Delwyn Young to 3rd.
Pitching Change: Alan Embree replaces Matt Daley, batting 9th.
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to center fielder Ryan Spilborghs. Delwyn Young scores. Freddy Sanchez scores. Nate McLouth advances to 2nd, on a throwing error by center fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
Adam LaRoche reaches on a fielding error by center fielder Ryan Spilborghs. Nate McLouth scores. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Manny Corpas replaces Alan Embree, batting 9th.
Robinzon Diaz singles on a bunt ground ball to third baseman Ian Stewart. Adam LaRoche to 3rd.
Brandon Moss walks. Robinzon Diaz to 2nd.
Andy LaRoche doubles (10) on a fly ball to left fielder Matt Murton. Adam LaRoche scores. Robinzon Diaz scores. Brandon Moss to 3rd.
Jack Wilson singles on a line drive to center fielder Ryan Spilborghs. Brandon Moss scores. Andy LaRoche to 3rd.
Eric Hinske singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brad Hawpe. Andy LaRoche scores. Jack Wilson to 3rd.
Delwyn Young singles on a fly ball to right fielder Brad Hawpe. Jack Wilson scores. Eric Hinske out at 3rd on the throw, right fielder Brad Hawpe to second baseman Clint Barmes to third baseman Ian Stewart. Delwyn Young to 2nd on the throw.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Nate McLouth doubles (5) on a fly ball to center fielder Ryan Spilborghs. Delwyn Young scores.
Pitching Change: Jason Grilli replaces Manny Corpas, batting 9th.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Zach Duke, batting 9th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Clint Barmes strikes out swinging.
Troy Tulowitzki singles on a soft fly ball to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Brad Hawpe grounds into a force out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson. Troy Tulowitzki out at 2nd. Brad Hawpe to 1st.
With Matt Murton batting, wild pitch by Evan Meek, Brad Hawpe to 2nd.
Matt Murton flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Robinzon Diaz flies out to left fielder Matt Murton.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to center fielder Ryan Spilborghs, deflected by pitcher Jason Grilli.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson grounds into a force out, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to second baseman Clint Barmes. Brandon Moss out at 2nd.

Inning 9

Away
Garrett Atkins pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Yorvit Torrealba singles on a line drive to left fielder Brandon Moss.
Ian Stewart called out on strikes.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Seth Smith replaces Jason Grilli.
Seth Smith grounds into a force out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson. Yorvit Torrealba out at 2nd.

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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Live Updates:

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.

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

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

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

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

This series could get ugly.

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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

The Marlins were 11-1 heading into their game at PNC Park this evening. They certainly didn’t play the part. The Pirates advanced runners along the base paths at free will with Andrew Miller’s slow delivery and poor pickoff move. The Pirates stole 2 bases and took advantage of 3 wild pitches and a balk. Adam LaRoche moved from 2nd to 3rd by tagging up on a short fly ball to center.

Adam LaRoche hit a 2-run single in the 5th and Nate McLouth hit a 3 run home run in the 6th to break the game wide open.

Ross Ohlendorf had a strong performance to earn his first win as a Pirate. He gave up 2 hits over 7 innings. Tyler Yates and Jesse Chavez closed out nicely to secure the 8-0 win.

This was the Pirates 4th shutout win. They only threw 5 all last season.

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