April 21, 2007

Pre-Game Notes

RHP IAN SNELL (1-1, 1.80 ERA) vs. RHP BRAD PENNY (3-0, 0.89 ERA)


The 25-year-old righthander is making his fourth start of the 2007 season this evening.
Ian allowed one run over 7.0 innings of work and won a 3-2 decision against St. Louis’ Anthony Reyes Monday at Busch Stadium...The Pirates scored all three of their runs in the first inning...The Cards loaded the bases in the ninth before Salomon Torres got Albert Pujols to pop out to third base to end the game.
Snell went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA (21.0ip/7er) in six Grapefruit League outings (four starts)...He led the club in wins and all National League Grapefruit League pitchers in strikeouts (24).
2007 SEASON:
Ian has worked 7.0 innings in two of his three starts this season...He allowed just two runs in 6.0 innings of work in his 2007 debut on April 3 in Houston but had a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win...He also allowed one run over 7.0 innings in Pittsburgh’s Home Opener vs. St. Louis on 4/9 but lost a 3-0 decision to Braden Looper.
Ian has pitched at least 6.0 innings in each of his first three starts...Since the beginning of the 2006 campaign, Snell has posted a 12-6 record in 20 starts when he pitches 6.0 or more innings. 11 K’s:
Snell struck out 11 Houston batters in his first start of the season on 4/3; the most whiffs by a Bucco pitcher since Kip Wells fanned 12 Philadelphia batters on 7/5/05. ...The club record for most K’s in a game by a righthander is 14, set by Bob Moose on 9/16/69 vs. Philadelphia and matched by Jose DeLeon on 4/16/85 vs. New York.
1-0 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts...He received a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 7-6 win @PNC Park on 4/11 (5.0ip/6er) and won a 10-6 decision @Dodger Stadium on 9/19 (6.0ip/1er).
1-1 with a 7.50 ERA (18.0ip/15er) in four appearances (three starts)...In addition to the 2006 season, he lost a 6-4 decision to Jeff Weaver @PNC Park on 8/7/05 and received a no-decision (5.0ip/2r) in his start on 9/25/05 @Los Angeles.

The 24-year-old lefthander will be making his fourth start of the season tomorrow afternoon...He came two outs away from a complete game while winning his last start; a 6-1 victory at St. Louis Tuesday afternoon...He tossed 7.0 scoreless innings in his April 10 start and left with a 2-0 lead, but received a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 3-2, 12-inning loss to the Cardinals at PNC Park (4h/0bb/5so)...Was victorious in his first start; a 5-4 decision over Woody Williams in Houston on 4/4 (5.0ip/3r/2er)...Went 0-2 with a 7.96 ERA in seven Grapefruit League games (26.0ip/28h/26r/23er/15bb/23so)...Was named the club’s Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year in 2006 after going 6-5 with a 2.35 ERA in 16 starts with Indy.
0-0 with a 27.00 ERA in one relief appearance (1.0ip/3er) on 9/26/05 @LA.

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Pirates leadoff hitter Chris Duffy has reached base safely in 12 of his 13 games in which he’s had a plate appearance this season...Since August 28, 2006, Duffy has reached base safely in 38 of his last 43 games while recording a .392 on-base percentage.
The Pirates have not committed an error in 10 of their 15 games this season...Pittsburgh currently ranks fourth in the National League with a .987 fielding percentage behind Colorado (.989), Florida (.989) and New York (.988)...Last year Pittsburgh’s defense produced a total of 88 errorless games, breaking the club record of 86 set in 1983.

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...He made his third rehab appearance on Thursday at Norfolk and allowed one run in 1.0 inning of relief (2h/1r/1er/1bb/2so)...He threw a total of 25 pitches on Thursday (15 strikes)...He has allowed one run in 3.0 innings of work during his three game rehab stint with the Indians.

Sunday at Los Angeles 1:10 LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-0, 1.33 ERA) vs. RHP Brett Tomko (0-0, 1.64 ERA) FSNP
Tuesday vs. Houston 7:05 EDT TBA vs. LHP Paul Maholm (0-2, 6.19 ERA) FSNP
Wednesday vs. Houston 7:05 EDT TBA vs. LHP Zach Duke (1-2, 9.00 ERA) FSNP
Thursday vs. Houston 12:35 EDT TBA vs. RHP Tony Armas (0-2, 18.90 ERA) NO TV

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Has hit safely in eight straight games and has reached base safely in 14 of the first 15 games overall.

Jason Bay - Has hit safely in eight of his last 11 games and in 11 of his 15 overall.

Jose Castillo - Started each of the first four games at second base...Grounded out in pinch hit appearance on Thursday.

Humberto Cota - Made third start/appearance on Thursday in Milwaukee and went 0-for-2 with an RBI on a sac fly.

Chris Duffy - Went 2-for-5 Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee...Hit first home run on 4/13 off San Francisco’s Russ Ortiz.

Brad Eldred - Is hitless in his last 13 at bats since going deep on April 8 in Cincinnati.

Don Kelly - Went 0-for-2 off the bench on Friday...Went 0-for-1 with a hit by pitch off bench Thursday in Milwaukee.

Adam LaRoche - Has started 14 of the first 15 games at first base (sat out April 11 contest with a stiff back).

Nate McLouth - Played final inning of the game in left field Friday night at Los Angeles.

Xavier Nady - Knocked in a run while starting in center field Friday in Los Angeles...Has seven RBI in his last five games.

Ronny Paulino - Has started 12 of the first 15 games at catcher (did not start on 4/19, 4/11 and on 4/7).

Freddy Sanchez - Has reached base safely in seven of his nine games played...Went 1-for-4 while batting leadoff on Friday.

Jack Wilson - Has started all 15 games at shortstop...Went 1-for-3 with two runs scored Friday night at Los Angeles.

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayless - Worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning Friday night at Los Angeles...Has allowed just four hits (7.2ip) in his nine appearances.

Matt Capps - Tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning Thursday in Milwaukee...Struck out two of the three batters he faced Tuesday in St. Louis.

Shawn Chacon - Worked 2.0 scoreless innings Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee.

Damaso Marte - Tossed a scoreless seventh inning Friday night at Los Angeles...Has allowed one unearned run in his eight appearances.

Juan Perez - Faced two batters in 0.1 scoreless inning of work Thursday in Milwaukee...Has made a total of eight 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 four outings (5.2ip/7r)...Allowed two runs in 3.1 innings Friday night in Los Angeles.

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