May 8, 2007

Pre-Game Notes


PITTSBURGH PIRATES (13-17) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (15-14)
MAY 8, 2007 AT WRIGLEY FIELD --- GAME #31, ROAD #18
RHP IAN SNELL (2-2, 2.31 ERA) vs. LHP TED LILLY (2-2, 2.82 ERA)
8:05 EDT FSNP


TODAYS STARTER:
IAN SNELL:
The 25-year-old righthander is making his seventh start of the 2007 season this afternoon...He has won two of his last three decisions

LAST START:
Ian pitched a season-low 5.0 innings while suffering a 7-1 loss to the Cubs at PNC Park last Wednesday...He was trailing 2-1 before walking four batters, hitting another and throwing a wild pitch while giving up two more runs in the 5th inning.

QUALITY GUY:
Snell has tossed at least 6.0 innings in all but one start this season and at least 7.0 frames four times in his first six outings...He has been charged with two earned runs or less in five of his first six assignments.

SMALL BALL:
Snell has surrendered just two home runs in this season...The shot by Alfonso Soriano in the 3rd inning last Wednesday was the first homer he allowed since his first start in Houston on April 3 when Jason Lane took him deep in the 5th inning.

7th HEAVEN:
Since the beginning of the 2006 season, Ian 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:
2007:
0-1 with an 8.00 ERA in one start...He lost a 7-1 decision to Jason Marquis at PNC Park on 5/2...Trailing 2-1, he walked four batters, hit another and threw a wild pitch as the Cubs scored two runs in the 5th.

CAREER:
1-3 with a 6.37 ERA (29.2ip/21er) in six appearances (four starts)...He picked up his lone victory 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.

TOMORROW'S STARTER:
TOM GORZELANNY:
The 24-year-old lefthander will be making his seventh start of the season tomorrow night...His last start was a 4-2 victory over the Brewers in Milwaukee Thursday night (7.0ip/6h/2r/2er/3bb/3so)...Won first three decisions before suffering first loss on 4/28 vs. Cincinnati (6.0ip/5er)...Came two outs shy from tossin his first 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...Has pitched at least 6.0 innings in each of his last five outings and at least 7.0 innings three times in his first six starts.

vs. CHICAGO:
1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one career start...He won a 6-0 decision over Carlos Zambrano at Wrigley Field last year on 8/4 (8.0ip/2h/0r/2bb/7so).

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:
The Pirates have gone 8-5 in their last 13 games played at Wrigley Field after losing 10 of 12 here. ...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:
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 30 games at third base...Leads all N.L. third basemen in fielding pct. (no errors/105 chances).

Jason Bay - Has started all 30 games in left field...Hit game-winning homer vs. Cubs on 4/30 (his 100th HR as a Pirate).

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

Ryan Doumit - Has gone 15-for-31 (.484) with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI since being recalled on 4/26.

Chris Duffy - Snapped an 0-for-17 streak with a two-run homer off Ben Sheets in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon.

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 - Has a three-game hitting streak (5-for-11, .455) and has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 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 - Has gone 2-for-13 in four games since returning to lineup Thursday night.

Ronny Paulino - Has started 23 games behind the plate...Has gone 2-for-14 after a 6-for-14 (.429) streak.

Freddy Sanchez - Has a 7-game hitting streak (11-for-30, .367)...Has gone 9-for-26 (.346) in May after batting .224 in April.

Jack Wilson - Has hit safely in four straight games and in 15 of his last 17, going 21-for-71 (.296).

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 being scored upon in last two outings (0.2ip/3r/3er).

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 - Suffered loss in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon (1.1ip/1r)...Tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in Friday’s 10-0 loss in Milwaukee.

Damaso Marte - Has made six straight scoreless outings (4.0ip)...Has struck out six of the last 13 batters he has faced.

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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