Game #161 vs. St. Louis

PNC Park | 7:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Adam Wainwright | Box
Tom Gorzelanny will not get his 15th win. He was roughed up for 11 hits and six runs in six innings pitched, leaving him with 14 wins and a 3.88 ERA on the year, which represents his high water mark for ERA on the season.
The Pirates scored three times on four hits in the first inning off of Adam Wainwright but would manage no more runs and just two more hits the rest of the evening.
Jack Wilson and Matt Kata collided headfirst when diving for a ground ball up the middle. Wilson excited this game with assistance and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. No word that I can find at this point. The Mother Ship notes that Wilson’s eyes rolled into the back of his head as he apparently (and this is my assumption) loss consciouness. Hopefully he’ll be just fine.
AP recap at Yahoo! Sports
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Pre-game Thoughts
Here we go again. Another converted reliever is going against the Buccos. Like Micah Owings a few nights earlier, Wainwright can also swing the club. He’s hitting .300 thus far in 2007. Though his ERA has dropped over the last four starts, Wainwright is 0-3 in that time frame. This’ll be his fifth start against the Pirates in 2007. He is 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA. He also made four relief appearances in his career against Pittsburgh and not fared so well in those outings. As a reliever, his career ERA against the Pirates is 9.00.
The Pirates are hitting .340 as a team against him all-time. Jack Wilson is 7-15, which should help his push toward .300. Jose Bautista is 4-11. Xavier Nady is 6-10. Adam LaRoche’s lone hit is a homer, the club’s only tater of Wainwright.
In addition to Wilson’s attempt to breach the .300 mark, Tom Gorzelanny will go for win #15 tonight. This will be Gorzo’s fourth and final chance to reach 15 in 2007. He is 6-4 with a 3.40 ERA at home in 2007. In three starts against the Red Birds in 2007 he is 1-1 with a 1.81 ERA. He had not faced St. Louis prior to 2007.
Only Aaron Miles has done well off Gorzo. He is 6-8 off the Bucs ace. Albert Pujols is 1-9.
Friday Night Thoughts
I am by no means a soccer fan. But, like with any sport that I’m somewhat familiar with, when the World Championship is being played, I keep a little portion of one eye on it. I was surprised that the US put Brianna Scurry in goal and she looked rusty. With everybody up in arms about this, I half expect the US coach to give the Rick Pitino “Ghosts of Celtics Past” speech. “Mia Hamm is not walking through that door! Julie Foudy is not walking through that door! Brandi Chastain is not walking through that door!” I’ll give $5 to the first member of the national media who uses the word “embattled” to describe the the coach.

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