April 17, 2007

Pre-Game Notes


PITTSBURGH PIRATES (5-6) vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (6-6)
APRIL 17, 2007 AT BUSCH STADIUM --- GAME #12, ROAD #8
LHP TOM GORZELANNY (1-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. RHP ADAM WAINWRIGHT (1-0, 1.98 ERA)


TODAYS STARTER:
TOM GORZELANNY:
The 24-year-old lefthander is making his third start of the season today...He led the Bucs with 26.0 innings pitched this spring.
LAST START:
Tom twirled 7.0 scoreless innings and left the game with a 2-0 lead but came away with a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 3-2, 12-inning loss last Tuesday vs. St. Louis at PNC Park...He retired his last eight batters before exiting the contest...St. Louis scored twice in the ninth off Pirates closer Salomon Torres to tie the score before winning in 12.
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 10 starts, dating back to July 23 of last season, Tom has been charged with 16 earned runs in 62.0 innings of work (2.32 ERA)...In that time, he has pitched at least 6.0 innings seven 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 last 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. ST. LOUIS:
2007/CAREER:
0-0 with a 0.00 ERA (7.0ip/0er) in one start...He tossed 7.0 scoreless innings and was in line for the win but had a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 3-2, 12-inning loss on 4/10 at PNC Park...He retired the last eight batters he faced before giving way to the bullpen...The Cards scored twice in the ninth off Salomon Torres before going on to win the game in 12 innings.

TOMORROW'S STARTER:
PAUL MAHOLM:
The 24-year-old lefthander will be making his third start of the season tomorrow evening...His first start of the campaign was a 6-1 loss to Matt Belisle in Cincinnati on 4/6 (5.0ip/7h/4r/4er/2bb/2so)...He also had a no-decision (5.0ip/2r/2er) in his start last Wednesday vs. St. Louis...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.
vs. MILWAUKEE:
1-0 with a 3.86 ERA (14.0ip/6er) in two starts last year...He had a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 4-3 walkoff win on 6/1 at PNC Park...He also won an 8-4 decision (7.0ip/4er) on 7/26 at Miller Park...2-0 with a 2.45 ERA (22.0ip/6er) in three career starts...He made his major league debut in Milwaukee on 8/30/05...He tossed 8.0 scoreless innings and picked up the win.

ALL-TIME RAWLINGS GOLD GLOVE:
Vote on the All-Time Rawlings Gold Glove Team. Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski are on the ballot and need your support...Fans can continue to vote until June 19 at www.RawlingsGoldGlove.com.

TEAM NOTES:
  • With 499 career victories, Jim Tracy is just one win shy of 500 in his managerial career...He will become the 12th active manager with 500 career wins.
  • The Bucs have gone 5-2 in their first seven games played on the road and 1-1 in their two series...They began last season with an 0-6 record after six road tilts and went 1-13 in their first 14...The Pirates won their fifth road game in 2006 on June 5 (after 22 defeats) - and their sixth road game on June 9 at San Francisco (after 25 defeats)...Overall in 2006, the Bucs posted a 5-20-1 record in road series, winning their first one in San Francisco (June 8-11).

ON THE D.L.:
Pitcher John Grabow (left elbow irritation - eligible on 4/7) is on the 15-day disabled list...He is currently with Triple-A Indianapolis on a rehab assignment and tossed a scoreless inning of relief in his first rehab appearance Saturday afternoon (0h/1bb/0so)...He made his second rehab appearance on Monday night at Norfolk and tossed 1.0 scoreless frame (2h/0bb/1so).

UPCOMING PITCHING MATCHUPS:
Wednesday at Milwaukee 7:05 LHP Paul Maholm (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. RHP Claudio Vargas (0-0, 5.14 ERA) FSNP
Thursday at Milwaukee 1:05 LHP Zach Duke (1-1, 7.20 ERA) vs. RHP Jeff Suppan (1-2, 3.72 ERA) NO TV

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Has started each of the first 11 games at third base...Went deep for first time this season on April 10.

Jason Bay - Has hit safely in five of his last seven games and in eight of his 11 overall.

Jose Castillo - Grounded out as a pinch hitter Friday night - his first plate appearance since last Saturday (4/7).

Humberto Cota - Made second start/appearance Wednesday vs. St. Louis and went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Chris Duffy - Connected off Russ Ortiz for three-run homer in 9th inning Friday night - his first home run of the season.

Brad Eldred - Lined out to second base in pinch hit appearance on Monday...Made last start (1B) on 4/11 vs. St. Louis.

Don Kelly - Lined a single to center field off Russ Ortiz for first major league hit Friday night.

Adam LaRoche - Has started 10 of the first 11 games at first base (sat out April 11 contest with a stiff back).

Nate McLouth - Played final three innings of Friday's game in right field and went 2-for-2 at the plate.

Xavier Nady - Had a pair of RBI on Monday night in St. Louis.

Ronny Paulino - Has started nine of the first 11 games at catcher (did not play on 4/11 and on 4/7 in Cincinnati).

Freddy Sanchez - Has reached base safely in five of his six games played...Went 2-for-3 with a triple Monday in St. Louis.

Jack Wilson - Has started all 11 games at shortstop...Tripled and scored a run Monday night in St. Louis.

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayless - Tossed 1.2 scoreless frames Wednesday vs. St. Louis...Has allowed just three hits (5.0ip) in his team-high tying six appearances.

Matt Capps - Was scored upon for the first time this season Monday in St. Louis after allowing one run in 0.2 innings of work.

Shawn Chacon - Pitched career-high 4.0 innings of relief Friday night vs. SF - only run allowed came on solo homer to Barry Bonds (5 K's).

Damaso Marte - Faced two batters Monday night in St. Louis (allowed his one inherited runner to score).

Juan Perez - Issued four walks while pitching a scoreless 9th inning Friday night...Shares team lead with six appearances.

Salomon Torres - Has earned a save in each of club’s five wins...Picked up fifth save with a scoreless ninth inning Monday in St. Louis.

John Wasdin - Allowed one run in the 12th inning and suffered first loss Tuesday night vs. St. Louis.

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