May 2, 2007

Pre-Game Notes


CHICAGO CUBS (10-14) vs. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (12-12)
MAY 2, 2007 AT PNC PARK --- GAME #25/26, HOME #12/13
RHP JASON MARQUIS (3-1, 2.35 ERA) vs. RHP IAN SNELL (2-1, 1.59 ERA)
12:35 EDT NO TV


TODAYS STARTER:
IAN SNELL:
The 25-year-old righthander is making his sixth start of the 2007 season this afternoon.
LAST START:
Ian tossed 7.0 innings of shutout ball and won a 3-1 decision against Cincinnati’s Eric Milton Friday night at PNC Park...The Pirates scored all three of their runs in the first inning...Snell held the Reds to six hits in his 7.0 innings...Cincinnati scored its only run in the ninth off an Adam Dunn solo home run to right-center field.
ON THE HOMEFRONT:
Ian has posted a 0.64 ERA (14.0ip/1er) in his first two home starts...In addition to his last start, he also allowed just one run over 7.0 innings but lost
a 3-0 decision against St. Louis’ Braden Looper in Pittsburgh’s Home Opener on April 9.
SMALL BALL:
Snell has not surrendered a run in each of his last four starts (28.0ip)...The only long ball he has surrendered this season came in his first start on April 3 in Houston when Jason Lane took him deep in the fifth inning.
2007 SEASON:
Ian has worked 7.0 innings in four of his five starts this season...Since the beginning of the 2006 season, Snell has pitched at least 7.0 innings on 13 occasions (the Pirates have posted a record of 10-3 in those games).
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.
SNELL vs. CHICAGO:
2006:
1-2 with an 8.64 ERA (16.2ip/16er) in three starts...He lost a 7-3 decision (5.0ip/6er) to Glendon Rusch @PNC Park on 4/16, allowing three runs in the 1st inning, and a 6-1 decision to Rich Hill @Wrigley Field on 8/6 (6.0ip/5er)...His win came in an 11-6 decision (5.2ip/5er) over Angel Guzman on 8/28 at PNC Park.
CAREER:
1-2 with a 6.20 ERA (24.2ip/17er) in five appearances (three starts)...In addition to 2006 he allowed one run in a career-high 5.0 innings of relief on 9/23/04 and also tossed 3.0 innings of shutout relief on 7/14/05 @Wrigley Field.

TOMORROW'S STARTER:
TOM GORZELANNY:
The 24-year-old lefthander will be making his sixth start of the season tomorrow night in Milwaukee...Suffered his first loss in his last start; an 8-1 setback Saturday night vs. Cincinnati...Improved to 3-0 after winning a 7-5 decision (6.0ip/3er) against Los Angeles’ Brett Tomko on 4/22 at Dodger Stadium...Came two outs away from a complete game while winning his start on 4/17 in St. Louis...Tossed 7.0 scoreless innings in his start on 4/10 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)...Has surrendered just one home run (Olmedo Saenz) this season.
vs. MILWAUKEE:
0-0 with a 1.17 ERA (7.2ip/1er) in two career appearances (one start).

ALL-STAR VOTING:
Beginning May 1st at PNC Park, fans will be able to vote for the players for this year’s All-Star Game, which is scheduled to be played at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 10...A total of eight Pirates are on this year’s ballot (Jason Bay, Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson, Adam LaRoche, Jose Bautista, Chris Duffy, Xavier Nady and Ronny Paulino)...Voting at PNC Park will continue through June 17...Twenty-one million ballots will be distributed at the 30 Major League ballparks and an additional 1.7 million ballots will be distributed to 95 Minor League Baseball Clubs that are in-season during the balloting period.

ALL-TIME RAWLINGS GOLD GLOVE:
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.

TEAM NOTES:
The Pirates have gone 9-4 in games decided by two runs or less, going 5-2 in one-run games and 4-2 in two-run contests...They posted a major league best 15-4 record in one-run games after the All-Star break in 2006 and they went 8-4 in games decided by two runs.

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

UPCOMING PITCHING MATCHUPS:
Thursday at Milwaukee 8:05 EDT LHP Tom Gorzelanny (3-1, 3.06 ERA) vs. RHP Dave Bush (2-2, 6.23 ERA) FSNP
Friday at Milwaukee 8:05 EDT LHP Paul Maholm (1-3, 5.28 ERA) vs. RHP Claudio Vargas (2-0, 3.68 ERA) FSNP
Saturday at Milwaukee 7:05 EDT LHP Zach Duke (1-2, 6.06 ERA) vs. RHP Jeff Suppan (4-2, 2.55 ERA) FSNP
Sunday at Milwaukee 2:05 EDT RHP Tony Armas (0-2, 8.66 ERA) vs. RHP Ben Sheets (2-2, 4.25 ERA) FSNP
Monday OFF DAY IN CHICAGO

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Has started all 24 games at third base...Leads all N.L. third basemen in fielding pct. (no errors/84 chances).

Jason Bay - Has gone 16-for-46 (.348) with 5 doubles, a triple, two homers, 11 RBI and 7 runs scored in his last 12 games.

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

Ryan Doumit - Went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored on Monday...Has gone 5-for-7 in his last two games.

Chris Duffy - Has reached base safely in 11 of his last 12 games in which he had a plate appearance.

Brad Eldred - Struck out in pinch hit appearance on Monday...Had second two-hit game of the season on Friday night.

Don Kelly - Grounded out as pinch hitter on Sunday...Singled as a pinch hitter in Los Angeles on 4/22.

Adam LaRoche - Has reached base safely in 18 of his 23 games...Has hit safely in six of his last eight games.

Nate McLouth - Has one hit in his last 14 at bats after going 5-for-9 in his first seven games.

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 18 of the first 22 games at catcher...Has gone 4-for-10 in his last three games.

Freddy Sanchez - Had a pair of hits on Monday (his first multi-hit game since 4/16).

Jack Wilson - Has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, going 14-for-46 (.304) with 10 runs scored.

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayless - Entered the game with the bases loaded and retired the only Chicago batter he faced (Aramis Ramirez) Monday night.

Matt Capps - Tossed a scoreless inning and picked up the win Monday vs. Chicago - his 10th straight win dating back to last season.

Shawn Chacon - Allowed three runs in 3.0 innings of work Sunday afternoon vs. Cincinnati.

John Grabow - Tossed a scoreless eighth Sunday afternoon vs. Cincinnati.

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 eighth save Monday night vs. Chicago...Leads all major league pitchers with 20 saves since September 1, 2006.

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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