Game #151 at San Diego

Petco Park | 10:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Greg Maddux | Box
The Bucs started off strong off Greg Maddux. They loaded four two out hits into the first inning to jump ahead 2-0. But managed just six more hits and one more run thereafter.
Tom Gorzelanny had a rough first inning as well. He walked to guys and a allowed a single to load the bases. He then plunked Khalil Greene and gave up a sac fly to erase the lead. Marcus Giles delivered an RBI single to make it 3-2. Adrian Gonzalez singled in a run in the second.
After a solo homer by Xavier Nady made it 4-3, Greene drove in another run in the sixth with a single.
If there is good news it’s that Nady had three hits and two runs knocked in.
The bad news is that Gorzo lost, lasted only five innings and allowed 14 base runners in that short outing. Also, Jack Wilson left the game with a hammie problem.
AP recap at Yahoo!Sports
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Pre-game Thoughts
Once upon a time, the Pirates signed Maddux. Unfortunately, it was Mike Maddux and not his future HOFer brother, Greg Maddux. Mike pitched in 8 games for the Bucs in 1995. Greg Maddux is 25-17 with a 2.60 ERA in 52 career appearances against the Pirates. That’s his second best career ERA against one club, topped only by the Expos/Nationals at 2.55.
Thankfully, Maddux is getting older and is finally becoming an average ML pitcher. In the past five seasons, his ERA+ has been better than 110 or just once. In that same stretch, Pirates starters with 100 IP have topped the 110 ERA+ mark just thricely – both Kip Wells and Jeff Suppan in 2003 and Oliver Perez in 2004. In other words, even an aging Maddux would be among the best pitchers on any Pirates staff over the past five years. I won’t mention the fact that Perez and Chris Young are both better than 110+ in 2007 but are toiling elsewhere. See, I didn’t mention it.
Career at Petco, Maddux is 9-5 with a 3.54. He is 7-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 2007. Back on 5/31, Maddux got a no decision against the Pirates in PNC. He went 6-2/3 and allowed just one earned run. Jack Wilson (14-38), Jason Bay (11-26 with two homers and 8 RBI) and Freddy Sanchez (7-14) have had their share of success against Maddux. Xavier Nady, Nate McLouth and Jose Bautista all have homers off him.
Speaking of ERA+ values, as it stands now Ian Snell and tonight’s starter Tom Gorzelanny both have ERA+ values better than 110. All that and 50 cents will give you 15 straight losing seasons and a cup of coffee.
Gorzo pitched well in his last turn against Milwaukee. He pitched into the seventh and gave up just two runs, but was hung with the ND. He was won five of his last six decisions. His only 2007 appearance against the Padres was 5/29 and he beat them by allowing just one run in seven innings pitched. In two career starts, he is 1-1 against San Diego with a 3.00 ERA. His only Petco Park appearance was a loss back in 2006. Collectively, the current Padres are 12-57 off of Gorzo. Only Morgan Ensberg has more than two hits. Ensberg and Adrian Gonzalez have homers.

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