Game #141 vs. Chicago

PNC Park | 7:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Rich Hill | Box
Everything had a different vibe tonight. It’s Friday. School is in. Dave Littlefield has been sent packing. And, thanks in large part to Tom Gorzelanny, the Pirates are 1-0 in the post-DL era.
Gorzo allowed just one run on six hits in seven innings. He struck out three and walked a pair. Jack Wilson continued his hot hitting with another three RBI performance. Wilson’s two run homer in the sixth provided the Buccos final tallies.
Jason Kendall singled in a pinch hitting appearance. It was his first hit in September.
AP recap at Yahoo! Sports

Pre-game Thoughts
It is nice to play contenders because the highlights show up early on SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight. If the Buccos were playing the Nats, the highlights wouldn’t see the light of day unless somebody hit four home runs or Paris Hilton showed up to sing the Anthem and throw out the first pitch.
With this being Jason Kendall’s first trip back to PNC since the trade, I hope he gets a nice reception from all 10,000 fans that are there. 8,000 of them will be cheering for the Cubs.
Rich Hill probably deserves better than his 8-7 record. Given that his ERA+ is 118 and he is pitching for a contender. But he’s had a rather uneven year. After 12 starts he was 5-4 with a 2.71 ERA. Since then his ERA has jumped by over a run. In his most recent 15 starts, he is 3-3 with a 4.88 ERA. He has been death to lefties this year, throwing a .187 BA against batters who go that way.
In his only 2007 appearance against the Pirates, he got a no decision after giving up two runs in seven innings back on April 30 in PNC. That was his only career appearance in Pittsburgh. He has done quite well in three career starts against the Pirates. He is 1-0 with a sub-2.00 ERA. None of the current Pirates have more than three career ABs off Hill. Only Freddy Sanchez has more than one hit.
Tom Gorzelanny has a good shot at becoming the first Bucco hurler to win 15 games in a season since Todd Ritchie way back in 1999. Think how different the world was then. Gorzo’s only 2007 appearance against the Wriglies came in Chicago on 5/9. He allowed one run in seven innings, but Jason Marquis tossed a complete game shutout. That was the only run Gorzo has given up in 15 career innings pitched against the Cubs. No Cub has more than one career hit off Gorzelanny. But, Alfonso Soriano does have a homer.
The Cubs in PNC:
Ronny Cedeno – 6-23
Mark DeRosa – 11-35
Cliff Floyd – 14-51 with four homers
Mike Fontenot – 2-8
Jacque Jones – 7-22
Jason Kendall – 343-1141
Derrek Lee – 48-142 with five homers
Matt Murton – 11-36
Felix Pie – 1-7
Aramis Ramirez – 227-848 with 36 homers
Alfonso Soriano – 20-38 with four homers
Ryan Theriot – 13-27
Daryle Ward – 100-368 with 16 homers
Thursday Night Thoughts
There are a lot of places I’d rather be at 1 AM (body time) than stuck in O’Hare Airport in Chicago. But that’s where I was. Sleepy puppy.
Saw this story on Derrek Lee in the USA Today while waiting on a plane yesterday.

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