April 4, 2007

Pre-Game Notes

PITTSBURGH PIRATES (2-0) vs. HOUSTON ASTROS (0-2)
APRIL 4, 2007 AT MINUTE MAID PARK --- GAME #3, ROAD #3
LHP TOM GORZELANNY (2-5, 3.79 ERA in 2006) vs. RHP WOODY WILLIAMS (12-5, 3.65 in 2006)

A RARE FEAT:
The Pirates have won each of their first two games when trailing after seven innings...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, in the 132-year history of Major League Baseball, this marks only the second time that a team has started a season with a pair of road wins in which it trailed going into the 8th inning....The 1994 Phillies were the other team; they posted a pair of late-inning comeback wins over the Rockies at Mile High Stadium in Denver that season.
TODAYS STARTER:
TOM GORZELANNY:
The 24-year-old lefthander is making his first start of the season tonight...He led the Bucs with 26.0 innings pitched this spring.
LAST START:
Tom received a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 5-3 win over the Twins in Bradenton, FL, last Friday afternoon...He struck out seven of the first 16 batters he faced and finished with eight K’s in 6.0 innings of work.
IN THE SPRING:
Gorzelanny went 0-2 with a 7.96 ERA in seven Grapefruit League games (five starts)...He was scored upon in the 1st inning in all five of his starts.
SETTLING IN:
In his last eight starts during the 2006 season, Tom was charged with 14 earned runs in 50.0 innings of work (2.52 ERA)...In that time, he lowered his ERA from 9.25 to 3.79 and pitched at least 6.0 innings six times.
FIRST WIN:
Gorzelanny picked up his first major league win in Pittsburgh’s 4-3 victory over the Giants at PNC Park on 7/29/06...He surrendered a two-out run in the 1st inning and another two-out run in the 5th before leaving after 7.0 innings of work with a 4-2 lead (SF scored once in the 9th off Mike Gonzalez, who registered his 18th save).
WITH HONORS:
Tom went 6-5 with a 2.35 ERA in 16 Triple-A starts this year...He was Indy’s Opening Day starter and did not allow a run in his first two outings (9.0ip)...He surrendered three runs or less in 13 of his 16 outings and was named Pittsburgh’s Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year.

GORZELANNY vs. HOUSTON
2006:
0-2 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts...He lost a 5-2 decision to Roger Clemens at Minute Maid Park on 8/10 (6.0ip/2er) and a 3-0 decision to Roy Oswalt at PNC Park on 9/28 (7.0ip/3er).
CAREER:
0-3 with a 5.19 ERA (17.1ip/10er) in three starts...He made his major league debut on 9/20/05 at PNC Park and lost a 7-4 decision to Andy Pettitte (4.1ip/7h/5e/5er/2bb/2so).

FRIDAY STARTER:
PAUL MAHOLM:
The 24-year-old lefthander will be making his first start of the season when he takes the mound against the Reds in Cincinnati Friday night...His last start was a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 6-4 loss to the Twins in Fort Myers, FL, Saturday afternoon (5.0ip/6h/4r/4er/2bb/3so)...He went 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four Grapefruit League starts this year (18.2ip/7er)...Spent first major league season with the Bucs last year and went 8-10 with a 4.76 ERA in 30 starts, ranking third among National League rookies in starts.
vs. CINCINNATI:
1-1 with a 6.29 ERA (24.1ip/17er) in four starts last season, losing a 7-6 decision @GABP on 4/7 and winning a 9-3 decision over Aaron Harang at PNC Park on 5/16...Has gone 2-1 with a 4.46 ERA (38.1ip/19er) in six career starts, tossing career-high 8.0 innings on 9/17/05.

ON THE D.L.:
Pitcher John Grabow (left elbow irritation - eligible on 4/7) and infielder Freddy Sanchez (right knee sprain - eligible on 4/7) are on the 15-day disabled list...Sanchez is expected to join the Indianapolis Indians (AAA) today and is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment in the team’s first game Thursday.

UPCOMING PITCHING MATCHUPS:
Thursday in Cincinnati OFF DAY
Friday at Cincinnati 7:10 EDT LHP Paul Maholm (8-10, 4.76 ERA in 2006) vs. RHP Matt Belisle (2-0, 3.60 ERA in 2006) FSNP
Saturday at Cincinnati 7:10 EDT LHP Zach Duke (0-0, 2.57 ERA) vs. RHP Aaron Harang (1-0, 0.00 ERA) NO TV
Sunday at Cincinnati 1:15 EDT RHP Tony Armas (9-12, 5.03 ERA in 2006) vs. TBA FSNP

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Started at third base Tuesday night and collected a single in four at bats.

Jason Bay - Went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored Tuesday night.

Jose Castillo - Singled in second at bat Tuesday night, snapping an 0-for-4 start to his season.

Humberto Cota - Has been a member of the Pirates since making his major league debut with team in 2001.

Ryan Doumit - Has hit five of his 12 career home runs against the Astros...Grounded out as a pinch hitter Tuesday night.

Chris Duffy - Has hit safely in each of the first two games and has led off each contest.

Brad Eldred - Made his first career appearance on Pittsburgh’s Opening Day roster.

Don Kelly - Made big-league debut last night; popped out to short as pinch hitter and played two innings at second base.

Adam LaRoche - Has started each of the first two games at first base.

Nate McLouth - Homered as a pinch hitter off Roy Oswalt Monday night...Popped out as a pinch hitter Tuesday night.

Xavier Nady - Has started each of the first two games in right field - has homered in each of the first two games.

Ronny Paulino - Has started each of the first two games at catcher...Snapped 0-for-8 start with RBI-single in 8th Tuesday night.

Jack Wilson - Has started the first two games at shortstop and has picked up two hits in each contest.

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayless - Picked up second big-league win Tuesday night - has thrown a total of three pitches while recording his two major league wins.

Matt Capps - Retired each of the three Houston batters he faced Tuesday night.

Shawn Chacon - Has made 190 career appearances in parts of six major league seasons.

Damaso Marte - Retired the only batter he faced Monday night...Established career high with 75 appearances last year.

Juan Perez - Made first appearance of the season Tuesday night and surrendered a single to only batter he faced (Mike Lamb).

Salomon Torres - Has retired all six batters faced while recording saves in both games...Led majors with 12 saves last September/October.

John Wasdin - Made season debut Tuesday night (0.2ip/2h/0r) - his first appearance in the National League since pitching with Colorado in 2001.
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