May 9, 2007

Pre-Game Notes


PITTSBURGH PIRATES (14-17) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (15-15)
MAY 9, 2007 AT WRIGLEY FIELD --- GAME #32, ROAD #19
LHP TOM GORZELANNY (4-1, 2.97 ERA) vs. RHP JASON MARQUIS (4-1, 2.09 ERA)
8:05 EDT FSNP


TODAYS STARTER:
TOM GORZELANNY:
The 24-year-old lefthander is making his seventh start of the season tonight...He has won four of his first five decisions.

LAST START:
Gorzelanny won a 4-2 decision over Dave Bush in Milwaukee last Thursday...He surrendered single runs in the 3rd and 6th innings and was trailing 2-0 before the Pirates scored four times ini the 7th...Matt Capps tossed a perfect 8th inning and Salomon Torres retired three of the four batters he faced in the 9th to record his ninth save.

LONE LOSS:
Tom allowed a season-high five runs in 6.0 innings of work while losing an 8-1 decision to Cincinnati’s Matt Belisle at PNC Park on 4/28.

THE LINEUP CARD:
Gorzelanny has held opponents to an .098 average (5-for-51) during the first time through the opponents lineup this season...The opposition is hitting .356 (16-for-45) the second time through, .267 (12-for-45) the third time through and .333 (1-for-3) the fourth time through the lineup.

SETTLING IN:
In his last 14 starts, dating back to July 23 of last season, Tom has been charged with 27 earned runs in 89.1 innings of work (2.72 ERA)...In that time, he has pitched at least 6.0 innings 11 times.

STILL SEARCHING:
Gorzelanny is still looking for his first major league hit...He has gone hitless in his first 13 at bats this season and is 0-for-33 in his career.

DA BEARS:
Tom is a big Chicago Bears fan, having grown up in the Chicago area...He is a 2000 graduate of Marist High School.

GORZELANNY vs. CHICAGO:
2007:
Is making his first appearance tonight.

CAREER:
1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one start...He held the Cubs to just two hits in 8.0 innings of work in a 6-0 victory over Carlos Zambrano @Wrigley Field on 8/4/06.

TOMORROW'S STARTER:
PAUL MAHOLM:
The 24-year-old lefthander will be making his seventh start of the season tomorrow afternoon...His last start was a 10-0 loss to Claudio Vargas in Milwaukee Friday night (3.2ip/7h/3r/3er/3bb/5so)...He has lost his last two starts after tossing his first major league complete game and shutout on 4/24; a 3-0 blanking of the Astros at PNC Park...Went 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA in his first three starts, losing his season debut at Cincinnati on 4/6 (5.0ip/4er) and his third start at Milwaukee on 4/18 (6.0ip/5er).

vs. CHICAGO:
2-0 with a 4.86 ERA (16.2ip/9er) in three career starts...He went 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA (10.0ip/7er) in two starts last year, winning a 5-4 decision over Carlos Zambrano at Wrigley Field on 9/4 (5.0ip/4er)...He also won a 3-2 decision over Mark Prior on 9/28/05 at PNC Park.

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:
Including a 2-for-3 showing last Wednesday in Pittsburgh, Jason Bay has now gone 13-for-27 (.481) with four home runs, nine RBI and five walks in his career against Jason Marquis.

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.

ON THE MEND:
catcher Humberto Cota is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis today...He has been sidelined since April 26 (retroactive to April 23) with a left shoulder strain.

UPCOMING PITCHING MATCHUPS:
Thursday at Chicago 1:20 LHP Paul Maholm (1-4, 5.51 ERA) vs. RHP Carlos Zambrano (3-2, 5.80 ERA) WGN
Friday vs. Atlanta 7:05 RHP Kyle Davies (0-1, 6.41 ERA) vs. LHP Zach Duke (1-3, 5.50 ERA) FSNP
Saturday vs. Atlanta 7:05 LHP Chuck James (3-3, 4.84 ERA) vs. RHP Tony Armas (0-2, 7.94 ERA) NO TV
Sunday vs. Atlanta 1:35 RHP Anthony Lerew (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. Ian Snell (2-2, 2.35 ERA) FSNP

Through The Dugout:
Jose Bautista - Has started all 31 games at third base...Leads all N.L. third basemen in fielding pct. (no errors/112 chances).

Jason Bay - Has started all 31 games in left field...Hit game-winning homer vs. Cubs on 4/30 (his 100th HR as a Pirate).

Jose Castillo - Grounded into DP as pinch hitter Tuesday...Was walked intentionally Saturday (his first walk of the year).

Ryan Doumit - Has gone 16-for-34 (.471) with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI since being recalled on 4/26.

Chris Duffy - Batted .264 with 12 runs in 24 games last month...Has gone 4-for-27 (.148) with 2 runs in 7 games in May

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

Don Kelly - Walked as a pinch hitter Tuesday night...Played 8th inning at shortstop Friday night in Milwaukee.

Adam LaRoche - Has a four-game hitting streak (6-for-16, .375) and has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games.

Nate McLouth - Walked & scored tying run in 9th inn. Tuesday (Bucs won in 15)...Is hitting .333 (4-for-12) with bases empty.

Xavier Nady - Tied career high with four hits Tuesday night (now done six times)...Has six hits in his last 11 at bats.

Ronny Paulino - Has started 24 games behind the plate...Had two hits and two RBI in Tuesday’s 4-3 victory.

Freddy Sanchez - Has an 8-game hitting streak (12-for-37, .324)...Has gone 10-for-33 (.303) in May after batting .224 in April.

Jack Wilson - Tied Tuesday’s game with a sac fly in the 9th and won the contest with a sac fly in the 15th inning

Through The Pen:
Jonah Bayliss - Tossed 3.0 scoreless frames to pick up victory in 15-inning win at Wrigley on Tuesday...Has appeared in six of the last eight games.

Matt Capps - Pitched 2.0 scoreless innings Tuesday night - had been scored upon in two previous outings (0.2ip/3r/3er).

Shawn Chacon - Tossed a scoreless inning in Tuesday’s 15-innings win at Chicago...Has been charged with one run in his last 5.0 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 seven straight scoreless outings (5.0ip)...Pitched a scoreless frame in Tuesday’s 4-3, 15-inning win at Chicago.

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 10th save Tuesday night (fourth straight)...Has 22 saves in 26 chances since September 1, 2006.

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