April 18, 2007

Pre-Game Notes

APRIL 18, 2007 AT MILLER PARK --- GAME #13, ROAD #9
LHP PAUL MAHOLM (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. RHP CLAUDIO VARGAS (0-0, 5.14 ERA)

The 24-year-old lefthander is making his third start of the season this evening.
Maholm had a no-decision in his last start; a 3-2 loss vs. St. Louis last Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park...Maholm allowed two runs over 5.0 innings of work and left the game trailing 2-1...Pittsburgh tied the score in the seventh before Chris Duncan hit a pinch-hit home run in the ninth off Salomon Torres for the win.
Paul went 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four official starts during spring training...In addition, he made a start in a minor league game against the Twins at Pirate City on 3/20 (5.0ip/3h/1r/1er/0bb/4so) and threw on the side twice after starting a “B” game against the Reds at Pirate City on 3/4 (3.0ip/3h/3r/3er/2bb/4so).
Maholm was scored upon once in the 1st inning in his first start of 2007...He allowed a total of 29 first-inning runs in his 30 starts last season, including 17 in his last 13 starts...He posted an 8.40 ERA (30.0ip/28er) in the first inning last year and a 4.01 ERA (146.0ip/65er) after the opening frame.
Paul ranked second behind teammate Zach Duke (12) among National League pitchers with 11 caught stealings/pickoffs in 2006.
Among the 23 home runs he has allowed in the major leagues, Maholm has surrendered just one to a left-handed batter...Minnesota’s Jason Kubel took him deep last year on 6/17...Overall he has held lefties to a .220 batting average (40-for-182).
1-0 with a 3.86 ERA (14.0ip/6er) in two starts...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) over Chris Capuano on 7/26 at Miller Park.
2-0 with a 2.45 ERA (22.0ip/6er) in three starts...He made his major league debut in Milwaukee on 8/30/05 and held the Brewers scoreless for 8.0 innings, surrendering four hits and three walks while striking out five...In addition, Paul singled off
Doug Davis in his second at bat.

The 23-year-old lefthander (turns 24 tomorrow) will be making his fourth start of the season tomorrow afternoon...His last start was an 8-5 loss (2.0ip/7h/7r/7er/2bb/0so) against San Francisco Friday night at PNC Park...Was the Opening Day starter and received a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 4-2, 10-inning win over the Astros in Houston on 4/2 (7.0ip/2er)...Picked up his first win of the season in second start (6.0ip+/6h/3r/3er) on 4/8 in Cincinnati...Posted a 10-15 record and a 4.47 ERA in 34 starts with the Pirates last year, leading the staff in starts and innings pitched (215.1ip).
2-1 with a 4.11 ERA (30.2ip/14er) in five starts in 2006...3-1 with a 3.63 ERA (44.2ip/18er) in seven career starts...He made his major league debut on 7/2/05 @Miller Park and received a no-decision (7.0ip/3er).

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Jim Tracy recorded his 500th win in his managerial career...He has become the 12th active manager with 500 career wins.
Pittsburgh has won each of its last three road games...A win this evening would give the Buccos their first four game road winning streak since also winning four straight from August 7-17, 2004...The Buccos are also one of just three clubs in the majors with six road victories (also the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers).
Pittsburgh’s pinch hitters currently rank third in the National League with a .308 batting average (4-for-13) behind San Francisco (.364) and Cincinnati (.350)...Pirates pinch hitters have gone 3-for-7 in their last five games.

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).

Thursday at Milwaukee 12:05 LHP Zach Duke (1-1, 7.20 ERA) vs. RHP Jeff Suppan (1-2, 3.72 ERA) NO TV
Friday at Los Angeles 7:40 PDT RHP Tony Armas (0-1, 13.50 ERA) vs. TBA FSNP
Saturday at Los Angeles 7:10 PDT RHP Ian Snell (1-1, 1.80 ERA) vs. TBA FSNP
Sunday at Los Angeles 1:10 PDT LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-0, 1.33 ERA) vs. TBA FSNP

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Has started each of the first 12 games at third base...Went deep for first time this season on April 10.

Jason Bay - Has hit safely in six of his last eight games and in nine of his 12 overall.

Jose Castillo - Started at second base (his first start since April 6) Tuesday in St. Louis and went 1-for-4 with a double.

Humberto Cota - Made second start/appearance on April 11 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 11 of the first 12 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 - Has three RBI in his last two games, including a pair Monday night at St. Louis.

Ronny Paulino - Has started 10 of the first 12 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 12 games at shortstop...Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored Tuesday in St. Louis.

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayless - Tossed 1.2 scoreless frames on April 11 vs. St. Louis...Has allowed just three hits (5.0ip) in his six appearances.

Matt Capps - Struck out each of the two batters he faced Tuesday in St. Louis...Was scored upon for first time Monday @St. Louis (0.2ip/1r).

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 vs. San Francisco...Has made a total of six appearances.

Salomon Torres - Has earned a save in five of club’s six 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 on April 10 vs. St. Louis.

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