May 10, 2007

Pre-Game Notes


PITTSBURGH PIRATES (14-18) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (16-15)
MAY 10, 2007 AT WRIGLEY FIELD --- GAME #33, ROAD #20
LHP PAUL MAHOLM (1-4, 5.51 ERA) vs. RHP CARLOS ZAMBRANO (3-2, 5.80 ERA)
2:20 EDT WGN


TODAYS STARTER:
PAUL MAHOLM:
The 24-year-old lefthander is making his seventh start of the season this afternoon...He has lost his last two decision after tossing a three-hit shutout on 4/24.

LAST START:
Paul had his shortest outing of the season and lost a 10-0 decision to Claudio Vargas in Milwaukee last Friday.

FIRST CAREER SHUTOUT:
Maholm tossed his first major league complete game in a 3-0 blanking of the Astros at PNC Park on April 24...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.

GETTING PAST THE FIRST:
Paul has allowed five first inning runs in his first six starts in 2007 and opponents are hitting .429 (12-for-28) in the opening frame...He allowed a total of 29 first-inning runs in his 30 starts last season, while posting an 8.40 ERA (30.0ip/28er) in the first inning and a 4.01 ERA (146.0ip/65er) after the opening frame.

LIMITING THE LEFTIES:
Among the 25 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 .213 batting average (40-for-188).

ON THE ROAD:
Paul has gone 0-3 in his first three starts on the road this year...He picked up his last win away from PNC Park on September 9, 2006 at Cincinnati.

MAHOLM vs. CHICAGO:
2006:
1-0 with a 6.30 ERA (10.0ip/7er) in two starts, receiving a no-decision in Pittsburgh’s 7-6, 11-inning win on 8/29 at PNC Park (5.0ip/3er) and winning a 5-4 decision over Carlos Zambrano on 9/4 at Wrigley Field (5.0ip/4er).

CAREER:
2-0 with a 4.86 ERA (16.2ip/9er) in three starts...In additoin to 2006, he also won a 3-2 decision over Mark Prior on 9/28/05 at PNC Park.

TOMORROW'S STARTER:
ZACH DUKE:
The 24-year-old lefthander will be making his eighth start of the season when he takes the mound against the Braves tomorrow night...His last start was a 6-3 loss to Jeff Suppan in Milwaukee Saturday night (5.0ip/6h/3r/1er/1bb/1so)...Has posted a 1.93 ERA (18.2ip/4er) in his last three starts after losing two in a row...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)...Has allowed a total of 12 first inning runs in his last five starts.

vs. ATLANTA: 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA (15.1ip/4er) in two career starts...He lost a 3-0 decision in Atlanta (7.0ip/3er) last year on 8/21 and won a 4-1 decision on the road on 8/1/05 (8.1ip/1er).

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 begin a 10-game homestand tomorrow night with the first of three games against the Braves...They are also scheduled to face the Marlins (four games) and Diamondbacks (three) during the stand.

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:
Cota is currently at Triple-A Indianapolis on a rehab assignment...He caught five innings and went 0-for-2 at the plate in his first game there yesterday.

UPCOMING PITCHING MATCHUPS:
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 32 games at third base...Leads all N.L. third basemen in fielding pct. (no errors/116 chances).

Jason Bay - Has started all 32 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 17-for-37 (.459) with six 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-31 (.129) with 2 runs in 8 games in May.

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

Don Kelly - Made second start of the season on Wednesday at shortstop and went 1-for-3 off Jason Marquis at the plate.

Adam LaRoche - Had four-game hitting streak snapped last night...Has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 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 14 at bats (.429).

Ronny Paulino - Has thrown out 10 of the 17 runners attempting to steal against him.

Freddy Sanchez - Has hit safely in right of his last nine games (12-for-41, .293)...Had eight-game streak snapped Wednesday.

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 0.2 scoreless inning on Wednesday...Has been charged with one run in his last 5.2 innings of work.

John Grabow - Entered game with bases loaded and retired only batter he faced Wednesday...Suffered loss in Milwaukee on Sunday (1.1ip/1r).

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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