April 29, 2007

Pre-Game Notes


CINCINNATI REDS (11-13) vs. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (11-11)
APRIL 29, 2007 AT PNC PARK --- GAME #23, HOME #10
RHP AARON HARANG (3-0, 3.86 ERA) vs. LHP PAUL MAHOLM (1-2, 3.96 ERA)
1:35 EDT FSNP


TODAYS STARTER:
PAUL MAHOLM:
The 24-year-old lefthander is making his fifth start of the season this afternoon.
LAST START:
Maholm tossed his first major league complete game in a 3-0 blanking of the Astros at PNC Park Tuesday night...He threw a total of 99 pitches, retired each of the last 12 batters he faced and did not allow a runner to get to second base.
FEELING AT HOME:
Paul has allowed three runs or less in seven of his last eight starts at PNC Park...He has won each of his last four decisions at PNC since losing on 6/28/06.
IN THE SPRING:
Maholm 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).
GETTING PAST THE FIRST:
Maholm has allowed four first inning runs in his first four 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.
LIMITING THE LEFTIES:
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).
MAHOLM vs. CINCINNATI:
2007:
0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in one start...His first start of the season was a 6-1 loss to Matt Belisle at Great American Ball Park on 4/6 (5.0ip/4er)...He surrendered a run in the 1st inning and a three-run homer to Jeff Conine with two outs in the 3rd...The Pirates, who scored a run in their first at bat, were held hitless after Jose Bautista led off the 2nd inning with a double.
CAREER:
2-2 with a 4.78 ERA (43.1ip/23er) in seven starts...His first win came when he whiffed eight batters while tossing 8.0 innings in a combined 4-0 shutout over Aaron Harang on 9/17/05 at PNC Park.

TOMORROW'S STARTER:
ZACH DUKE:
The 24-year-old lefthander will be making his sixth start of the season tomorrow night. ...Was in line for his second victory in his last start, but received a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 4-3, 16- inning win over the Astros Wednesday night (7.0ip/6h/1r/1er/1bb/1so)...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 in second start on 4/8 at Cincinnati (6.0ip+/3er) and suffered backto- back losses on 4/13 and 4/19...Has allowed a total of 10 first inning runs in his last three starts.
vs. CHICAGO:
4-1 with a 1.40 ERA in six career starts (45.0ip/7er), five of them coming at Wrigley Field...Posted a 2-1 record and a 1.86 ERA in four starts in 2006 (29.0ip/6er)...His lone start at PNC Park was a 2-1 win over Jerome Williams on 4/15/06 (7.0ip/1er).

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TEAM NOTES:
The Bucs have turned at least one double play in each of their last five games (eight total)...They are tied with the Dodgers for first among National League teams with 29 twin-killings this season.

ON THE D.L.:
Catcher Humberto Cota (left shoulder strain - eligible on 5/8) is on the 15-day disabled list.

UPCOMING PITCHING MATCHUPS:
Monday vs. Chicago 7:05 LHP Ted Lilly (2-2, 2.18 ERA) vs. LHP Zach Duke (1-2, 6.92 ERA) NO TV
Tuesday vs. Chicago 7:05 TBA vs. RHP Tony Armas (0-2, 11.57 ERA) FSNP
Wednesday vs. Chicago 12:35 RHP Jason Marquis (3-1, 2.35 ERA) vs. RHP Ian Snell (2-1, 1.59 ERA) NO TV

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Has gone 1-for-8 in his last three games following his career-high 12-game hitting streak.

Jason Bay - Has gone 13-for-38 (.342) with 4 doubles, a triple, homer, 10 RBI and 5 runs scored in his last 10 games.

Jose Castillo - Has four hits in his last 12 at bats (.333) after a 1-for-17 start to the season.

Ryan Doumit - Made start in right field Saturday night (fourth career)...Made start behind the plate Thursday.

Chris Duffy - Has reached base safely in the last 10 games he has had a plate appearance and in 19 of his 20 starts.

Brad Eldred - Had second two-hit game of the season on Friday night...Hit his second home run on Wednesday vs. Houston.

Don Kelly - Flied out in pinch hit appearance Saturday...Singled as a pinch hitter last Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Adam LaRoche - Has reached base safely in 17 of his 21 games...Has hit safely in five of his last six games.

Nate McLouth - Has gone 4-for-12 (.333) in his eight games played at PNC Park this year.

Xavier Nady - Was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded Thursday afternoon vs. Houston...Has 8 RBI in his last 7 games.

Ronny Paulino - Has started 17 of the first 21 games at catcher...Has gone 3-for-7 in his last two games.

Freddy Sanchez - Snapped an 0-for-13 streak with a single in the 7th inning Saturday night.

Jack Wilson - Had his eight-game hitting streak (12-for-34, .353) snapped last night - scored 10 runs during the streak.

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayless - Surrendered two runs in 1.0ip Saturday night vs. Cincinnati - his first runs allowed in five games at PNC Park this year (6.1ip).

Matt Capps - Has made six straight scoreless appearances (5.1ip)...Has been scored upon just once (4/13 at St. Louis) in first 13 outings.

Shawn Chacon - Tossed a career-high tying 4.0 innings of relief Wednesday night vs. Houston (also tossed 4.0 innings of relief on 4/13/07 vs. SF).

John Grabow - Recorded second major league save Thursday afternoon in 5-3 win over Houston - his first since 8/19/04 vs. St. Louis.

Damaso Marte - Tossed a scoreless eighth inning Friday night vs. Cincinnati...Struck out the only Houston batter he faced Wednesday night.

Salomon Torres - Picked up his seventh save Friday night vs. Cincinnati...Has been scored upon in six of his last eight games (7.0ip/9r/8er).

John Wasdin - Surrendered one run while tossing 2.0 innings in Buc’s 8-1 loss to the Reds Saturday night.

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