April 19, 2007

Pre-Game Notes

APRIL 19, 2007 AT MILLER PARK --- GAME #14, ROAD #10
LHP ZACH DUKE (1-1, 7.20 ERA) vs. RHP JEFF SUPPAN (1-2, 3.72 ERA)

The 24-year-old lefthander is making his fourth start of the 2007 season today.
Zach allowed seven runs in 2.0 innings and lost an 8-5 decision to San Francisco’s Russ Ortiz Friday night at PNC Park...The Giants scored five first inning runs, including a bases loaded two-run double by Ortiz...One inning later, Duke served up a two-run home run to Barry Bonds, who went deep twice in the game.
Duke was the Opening Day starter and received a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 4-2, 10-inning victory in Houston on 4/2...He tossed 4.0 scoreless frames before surrendering a two-run homer to Luke Scott in the 5th inning...The Pirates scored once in the 9th to tie the game and twice in the 10th for the win.
Duke went 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA in six Grapefruit League starts...He also threw 81 pitches while pitching in a minor league game against Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate on 3/23 (6.0ip/6h/2r/2er/0bb/3so).
Zach has posted a 1-0 record and 3.46 ERA (13.0ip/5er) in his first two road starts this season...Last year he went 1-11 in 17 starts away from PNC Park.
Duke struck out nine Milwaukee Brewers in his big league debut on July 2, 2005 at Miller Park...It was the most strikeouts by a Pirate in his major league debut since Tim Wakefield whiffed 10 batters on July 31, 1992 vs. St. Louis.
2-1 with a 4.11 ERA (30.2ip/14er) in five starts...He received a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 3-2 loss @Miller Park on 4/5, won a 14-3 decision (7.2ip/3er) against Doug Davis on 5/29 at PNC Park, lost a 12-8 decision (2.1ip/6er) to Davis on 7/24 at Miller Park, had a no-decision (6.2ip/2er) on 8/16 and won a 4-3 decision (8.0ip/2er) against Davis at PNC on 9/11.
3-1 with a 3.63 ERA (44.2ip/18er) in seven starts...He made his major league debut on 7/2/05 @Miller Park and received
a no-decision (7.0ip/3er).

The 28-year-old righthander will be making his second start of the season tomorrow night...His first start in a Pirates uniform was a 7-5 loss to Aaron Harang in Cincinnati on April 7 (4.0ip/8h/6r/6er/5bb/2so)...Went 2-1 with a 3.70 ERA in six games (five starts) during the Grapefruit League season...Was signed as a free agent on 2/1 after spending parts of eight seasons pitching with Montreal/Washington...Went 9-12 with a 5.03 ERA in 30 starts with the Nationals last year, his highest start total since a career-high 34 in 2001.
0-1 with an 18.00 ERA (3.0ip/6er) in one start in 2006...He lost a 13-1 decision against Chad Billingsley at Dodger Stadium on 7/28 as a member of the Washington Nationals...He is 2-2 with a 5.16 ERA (29.2ip/17er) in six career starts against the Dodgers.

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.

Happy birthday to Bucco lefthander and this afternoon’s starter Zach Duke, who turns 24-yearsold

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).

Friday at Los Angeles 7:40 PDT RHP Tony Armas (0-1, 13.50 ERA) vs. LHP Randy Wolf (2-1, 4.00 ERA) FSNP
Saturday at Los Angeles 7:10 PDT RHP Ian Snell (1-1, 1.80 ERA) vs. RHP Brad Penny (3-0, 0.89 ERA) FSNP
Sunday at Los Angeles 1:10 PDT LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-0, 1.33 ERA) vs. RHP Brett Tomko (0-0, 1.64 ERA) FSNP

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Has hit safely in six straight games and has reached base safely in 12 of the first 13 games overall.

Jason Bay - Has hit safely in seven of his last nine games and in 10 of his 13 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 - Went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI on Wednesday...Hit first home run Friday off San Francisco’s Russ Ortiz.

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 - Flied out to right field in pinch hit appearance Wednesday evening in Milwaukee.

Adam LaRoche - Has started 12 of the first 13 games at first base (sat out April 11 contest with a stiff back).

Nate McLouth - Flied out to right field in pinch hit appearance Wednesday in Milwaukee.

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

Ronny Paulino - Has started 11 of the first 13 games at catcher (did not play on 4/11 and on 4/7 in Cincinnati).

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

Jack Wilson - Has started all 13 games at shortstop...Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored Tuesday in St. Louis.

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayless - Worked 1.0 scoreless frame Wednesday night in Milwaukee...Has allowed just three hits (6.0ip) in his seven 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 - Allowed each of his two inherited runners to score in 0.2 innings on Wednesday...Has not allowed a run in his seven appearances.

Juan Perez - Allowed a hit to the only batter he faced (Prince Fielder) Wednesday in Milwaukee...Has made a total of seven 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 - Has been scored upon in each of his last three outings (2.1ip/5r)...Allowed two runs Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

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