May 6, 2007

Pre-Game Notes


PITTSBURGH PIRATES (13-16) vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (20-10)
MAY 6, 2007 AT MILLER PARK --- GAME #30, ROAD #17
RHP TONY ARMAS (0-2, 8.66 ERA) vs. RHP BEN SHEETS (2-2, 4.25 ERA)
2:05 EDT FSNP


TODAYS STARTER:
TONY ARMAS:
The 29-year-old righthander is making his fifth start of the 2007 season this afternoon.

LAST START:
Tony received a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 8-6 loss to the Cubs at PNC Park last Tuesday (the game was suspended and completed on Wednesday)...He left the game after 6.0 innings of work with a 5-2 lead, but the Cubs scored four times in the 7th inning before play was stopped due to rain.

SETTLING IN:
In his last two starts (both no-decisions), Armas has been charged with a total of three runs in 11.0 innings of work (2.45 ERA)...His first start came in the team’s fifth game and then he waited 13 days to make his next start...He went 0-2 with an 18.90 ERA in his first two assignments, allowing 14 runs in 6.2 innings.

PIRATES DEBUT:
Tony’s first appearance in a Pittsburgh uniform came in 30-degree weather on April 7 at Cincinnati...He was spotted a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, but surrendered three in the bottom of the frame and also lost a 5-4 lead in the 4th while losing a 7-5 decision to Aaron Harang.

TROUBLE IN THE FIRST:
Armas has allowed at least one run in the first inning in all four of his starts...He gave up one to the Cubs on 5/1, one to the Astros in 4/26, two to the Dodgers on 4/20 and three to the Reds in his first start of the year on 4/7.

LAST WIN:
Armas has gone five starts since picking up his last victory, which came on September 24, 2006 against the Mets at Shea Stadium.

ARMAS vs. MILWAUKEE:
2007:
Is making his first appearance this afternoon.
CAREER:
3-0 with a 1.42 ERA (19.0ip/3er) in three starts...He went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one start last year, winning an 8-4 decision at Miller Park on 6/4 (6.0ip/2h/1r/0er)...His other victories came on 5/16/05 in Washington (7.0ip/2er) and 4/25/02 in Montreal (6.0ip/1er).

TOMORROW'S STARTER:
NO GAME MONDAY

TUESDAY STARTER:
IAN SNELL:
The 25-year-old righthander will be making his seventh start of the season when he takes the mound in Chicago Tuesday night...His last start was a 7-1 loss to the Cubs at PNC Park last Wednesday (5.0ip/4h/4r/4er/4bb/3so)...Has been charged with two earned runs or less in five of his first six starts...Tossed 7.0 shutout innings in a 3-1 win vs. Cincinnati at PNC Park on 4/27 and whiffed a career-high 11 batters in a no-decision (6.0ip/2r) in 2007 debut on 4/3 in Houston...Has surrendered just two home runs his first six starts (39.0ip).

vs. CHICAGO:
1-3 with a 6.37 ERA (29.2ip/21er) in six career appearances (four starts)...He picked up his lone win on 8/28/06 after winning an 11-6 decision (5.2ip/5er) over Angel Guzman at PNC Park...Has gone 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA (9.0ip/5er) in two career games at Wrigley Field.

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.

ONLINE ALL-STAR VOTING:
MLB All-Star Voting

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:
Following today’s game, the Pirates will travel by bus to Chicago...The Bucs have gone 8-5 in their last 13 games played at Wrigley Field after losing 10 of 12 there...In those 13 games, the offense has produced just a .226 average (99-for-438) while hitting 15 home runs and scoring 54 runs (4.2 per game average)...The pitching staff has posted a 3.46 ERA (112.0ip/49r/43er) and has allowed 12 homers in that time (beginning on July 16, 2005).

ON THE D.L.:
Catcher Humberto Cota (left shoulder strain - eligible on 5/8) and pitcher John Wadin (right thumb sprain - eligible on 5/18) are on the 15-day disabled list.

UPCOMING PITCHING MATCHUPS:
Monday OFF DAY IN CHICAGO
Tuesday at Chicago 7:05 RHP Ian Snell (2-2, 2.31 ERA) vs. LHP Ted Lilly (2-2, 2.82 ERA) FSNP
Wednesday at Chicago 7:05 LHP Tom Gorzelanny (4-1, 2.97 ERA) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (4-1, 2.09 ERA) FSNP
Thursday at Chicago 1:20 LHP Paul Maholm (1-4, 5.51 ERA) vs. RHP Carlos Zambrano (3-2, 5.80 ERA) WGN

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Has started all 29 games at third base...Leads all N.L. third basemen in fielding pct. (no errors/104 chances).

Jason Bay - Has gone 14-for-32 (.438) with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 4 HR, 6 RBI and 9 runs in last 9 games at Miller Park.

Jose Castillo - Singled as a pinch hitter Friday night...Was walked intentionally Saturday night (his first walk of the year).

Ryan Doumit - Has gone 13-for-28 (.464) with four doubles, two homers and six RBI since being recalled on 4/26.

Chris Duffy - Has reached base safely in 21 of his 26 starts in CF...Has gone hitless in his last 14 at bats.

Brad Eldred - Flied out as a pinch hitter on Saturday...Had second two-hit game of the season on 4/27.

Don Kelly - Played 8th inning at shortstop Friday night...Singled as a pinch hitter in Los Angeles on 4/22.

Adam LaRoche - Went 3-for-4 on Saturday - his second multi-hit game of the year...Has hit safely in 9 of his last 11 games.

Nate McLouth - Started in center field Friday night...Made first start on 4/22 in right field...Has gone 2-for-7 as a starter.

Xavier Nady - Played final two frames of Saturday’s game in left field and homered in lone at bat in 9th inning.

Ronny Paulino - Has started 23 of the first 27 games at catcher...Has gone 2-for-14 after a 6-for-14 (.429) streak.

Freddy Sanchez - Has a six-game hitting streak (9-for-25, .360)...Has gone 7-for-21 (.333) in May after batting .224 in April.

Jack Wilson - Has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games, going 20-for-67 (.299) with 11 runs scored.

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayliss - Leads National League with 18 appearances...Has appeared in five of the last six games...Tossed 1.2 scoreless innings Saturday.

Matt Capps - Had made nine straight scoreless appearances (8.1ip) prior to surrendering three-run homer to J.J. Hardy on Saturday.

Shawn Chacon - Was charged with one run in 1.0ip Saturday night...Has been charged with one run in his last 4.0 innings of work.

John Grabow - Tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in Friday’s 10-0 loss in Milwaukee...Allowed two runs in 0.2ip vs. Chicago on Monday.

Damaso Marte - Whiffed the only Milwaukee batter he faced on Saturday (Gabe Gross)...Has made five straight scoreless outings (3.0ip).

Marty McLeary - Made season debut Friday night and surrendered four runs (all scoring on two home runs) in 2.1 innings of relief.

Salomon Torres - Picked up his ninth save Thursday night (third straight)...Has 21 saves in 25 chances since September 1, 2006.

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