Chase Field | 9:40 | Maholm vs. Byung-Hyun Kim | Box
14 walks total in the game. Neither starter pitched well. Paul Maholm took the loss by giving up six runs. Only four of them were earned, but the error that allowed unearned runs was his own. He was staked to the lead twice, but couldn’t hold it.
Salomon Torres gave up three runs in one inning to help the D-Backs put the game away. Franquelis Osoria made his Pirates debut and allowed a run in an inning pitched.
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Paul Maholm has been a workhorse for the Bucs. He’s gotten decisions in 20 of his 22 starts. He’s averaged nearly 6-1/3 IP per start. In his last outing, he pitched pretty well in a losing effort, giving up two earnies in six IP. In three career starts against Arizona, he is 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA. That includes a loss from 5/20/07 in which he gave up five runs (four earned) in five innings of work and was beaten by Randy Johnson.
Newly wealthy Eric Byrnes is 5-7 career against Maholm. Conor Jackson is 5-8.
Kim has been around a while. But he hasn’t face the Bucs too much. He has pitched against Pittsburgh 12 times, but only three have been starts. He’s 1-2 with a 3.86 career ERA vs the Pirates. In five of his last six starts, Kim has allowed two earned runs or less, but has only pitched seven innings once in that time frame. He’s won three of his last four decisions. In that six start span, his ERA has dropped by over a run.
Only Jack Wilson have faced him more than 10 times. Jack is 5-12. Freddy Sanchez is 4-7. Cesar Izturis is 3-6. Expect a big game from the middle of the infield?
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Tuesday night thoughts
After the Bonds homer, ESPN Classic was running a pre-taped show with a bunch of old clips of Bonds interviews. Included was the 1991 Spring Training confrontation between Bonds and Jim Leyland. If I recall rightly, Bonds had just lost his arbitration case and was called on the carpet by Leyland for behaving like more of a jerk than normal. What’s great about the clip is that there are three rookies standing right there and they all stay perfectly still. Leyland is stalking back and forth and none of them move a muscle. Two of them have their backs to the camera. The one guy facing the camera is Al Martin, I think. The other two guys have high numbers on the backs of their jerseys – in the 60s or 70s. I wonder who those guys are/were? I can’t find a good clip of this on YouTube. The one clip they have is from FSN and it has a black bar across the bottom and the shot has been cropped.