PNC Park | 5:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Elizardo Ramirez | Box
PNC Park | TBD | Maholm vs. Bronson Arroyo | Box
Break up the Bucs and Freddy Sanchez. Five RBI, including a grand slam in the opener and the game winning run in the 8th in the night cap. Not a bad day for the Bucs second sacker.
Sanchez’ offensive display made a winner out of Tom Gorzelanny and Shawn Chacon. Paul Maholm was bashed around for double digit hits in seven IP, but the Pirates turned four DPs in the second game. Matt Capps pikced up a save in each game.
John Grabow has not been scored upon in his last ten appearances.
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Double dipping against the Reds at home. Tom Gorzelanny looks to reach 13 wins, something rare for the Pirates in the last decade. He has won three of his last four decisions. His only appearance of 2007 against the Reds was a loss (with me in the house). He gave up five runs in six innings back on 4/28. Not much activity against the Reds for his career as nobody has more than three ABs against him. Gorzo is 4-4 with a 3.45 ERA in Pittsburgh.
His mound opponent is Elizardo Ramirez. He’ll be making his third start of the year. If I can say anything good about him it’d be that he’s young. His only career start against Pittsburgh came in 2005 and he didn’t make it out of the third inning. Only Jack Wilson and Jason Bay have a career hit off him.
In the night cap Paul Maholm squares off against Bronson Arroyo. After starting 2007 with a 2-9 record, Maholm is 8-5 since to reach double digits in wins for the first time in his career. He allowed just one run in his last start in Colorado. Maholm is 6-7 with a 4.25 ERA at home.
Maholm has not fared well against the Reds this year. In three starts he is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Maholm hasn’t fooled Brandon Phillips. The Reds second sacker is 6-17 with three homers. Edwin Encarnacion is 8-20. Ken Griffey is 5-16. Adam Dunn is just 2-18.
Arroyo has won three of his last four decisions. He is 3-9 on the road with a decent 4.33 ERA. The Pirates beat him in his only 2007 appearance against his old club. That was back on 5/26. Jason Bay is 5-11 off him. Ronny Paulino is 4-7. Xavier Nady (3-15) and Freddy Sanchez (3-12) are the only Bucs beside Bay to face him 10 times.
The Reds are a sparkling 29-19 under former Pirate interim manager Pete Mackanin. Doing so well has allowed them to crawl back into the race in the Comedy Central. Mackanin, if I recall correctly, was told he wouldn’t be considered for the full time gig after replacing Lloyd McClendon with 26 games left in the 2005 season and going 12-14.