April 24, 2007

Pre-Game Notes

APRIL 24, 2007 AT PNC PARK --- GAME #18, HOME #5
RHP WOODY WILLIAMS (0-2, 6.55 ERA) vs. LHP PAUL MAHOLM (0-2, 6.19 ERA)

The 24-year-old lefthander is making his fourth start of the season this evening.
Maholm lost a 7-3 decision to Milwaukee’s Claudio Vargas last Wednesday at Miller Park...The Brewers took an early 3-0 first inning lead highlighted by Bill Hall’s two-run home run...The Bucs pulled to within one run to make the score 3-2 after five innings but Milwaukee scored two more runs off Maholm in the sixth to make it 5-2.
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 has allowed four first inning runs in his first three starts in 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 has allowed three runs or less in six of his last seven starts at PNC Park...He has won each of his last three decisions at PNC since losing on 6/28/06.
Among the 24 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).
1-2 with a 6.53 ERA (20.2ip/15er) in four starts...He lost a 7-2 decision to Roy Oswalt at Minute Maid Park on 4/23, surrendering four runs (two home runs) in the 1st inning (3.0ip/5er)...He also received a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 8-7, 18-inning win at PNC Park on 5/27 (5.0ip/4er), allowing all four of his runs in the 5th inning, and lost a 3-1 decision to Brandon Backe @Minute Maid Park on 8/8 (6.0ip/3er)...He won a 5-3 decision (6.2ip/3er) against Wandy Rodriguez on 8/24 at PNC Park.

The 24-year-old lefthander will be making his fifth start of the season tomorrow night. ...His last start was a 7-3 loss (4.0ip/7r) to Milwaukee’s Jeff Suppan on Thursday at Miller 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 first victory of the season in second start (6.0ip+/6h/3r/3er) on 4/8 in Cincinnati...Has allowed a total of nine first inning runs in his last two starts...Has not recorded a strikeout in three of his four starts.
0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in one start this year...He started on Opening Day and received a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 4-2, 10-inning win at Minute Maid Park (7.0ip/2er)...Luke Scott hit a tworun homer in the 5th inning...0-3 with a 4.85 ERA (29.2ip/16er) in five career starts.

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  • Pirates leadoff hitter Chris Duffy has reached base safely in 14 of his 15 games in which he’s had a plate appearance this season...Since August 28, 2006, Duffy has reached base safely in 40 of his last 45 games.
  • Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, going 12-for-40 (.300) with three doubles, one triple, two RBI and eight runs scored.
  • Bucco infielder Jose Bautista enters this evening’s game with a career-high 10 game hitting streak...He has gone 13-for-41 (.317) with four doubles and a home run during the streak and has reached base safely in 16 of his 17 games this season.

Wednesday vs. Houston 7:05 RHP Matt Albers (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. LHP Zach Duke (1-2, 9.00 ERA) FSNP
Thursday vs. Houston 12:35 LHP Wandy Rodriguez (0-1, 2.77 ERA) vs. RHP Tony Armas (0-2, 18.90 ERA) NO TV
Friday vs. Cincinnati 7:05 LHP Eric Milton (0-3, 4.32 ERA) vs. RHP Ian Snell (1-1, 2.00 ERA) FSNP
Saturday vs. Cincinnati 7:05 RHP Matt Belisle (2-1, 4.43 ERA) vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny (3-0, 2.05 ERA) NO TV
Sunday vs. Cincinnati 1:35 RHP Aaron Harang (2-0, 4.37 ERA+ tonight) vs. LHP Paul Maholm (0-2, 6.19 ERA+ tonight) FSNP

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Has hit safely in 10 straight games and has reached base safely in 16 of the first 17 games overall.

Jason Bay - Has hit safely in 10 of his last 13 games and in 13 of his 17 overall.

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

Humberto Cota - Made fourth start/appearance on Sunday in Los Angeles and went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Chris Duffy - Went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two stolen bases Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

Brad Eldred - Is hitless in his last 13 at bats after hitting home run in Cincinnati on 4/8.

Don Kelly - Singled as a pinch hitter Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Adam LaRoche - Has started 16 of the first 17 games at first base (sat out 4/11 contest with a stiff back).

Nate McLouth - Made first start of the year Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium and went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Xavier Nady - Has seven RBI in his last six games...Left Saturday’s game with a left hamstring strain (is day-to-day).

Ronny Paulino - Has started 13 of the first 17 games at catcher.

Freddy Sanchez - Has reached base safely in nine of his 11 games...Went 1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored on Sunday.

Jack Wilson - Has started all 17 games at shortstop...Went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and run scored Saturday in LA.

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayless - Was scored upon for first time (0.1ip/2r) while suffering first loss this season in 10-inning game at Los Angeles on Saturday.

Matt Capps - Alowed his two inherited runners to score but tossed 0.2 scoreless innings Sunday in Los Angeles (also allowed first walk).

Shawn Chacon - Allowed a pair of runs in 1.0 plus innings of work Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

John Grabow - Was recalled from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday (left elbow irritation).

Damaso Marte - Stranded his two inherited runners while retiring the only batter he faced (Ramon Martinez) Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

Juan Perez - Sent to the minors when Grabow was activated.

Salomon Torres - Picked up his sixth save Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium one day after suffering his second blown save.

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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