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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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In a thrilling fashion the Pittsburgh finish off the sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. After trailing 4-1 for most of the game, the Pirates tack on a run when Ronny Cedeno drove in a run in the 7th to make it 4-2. In the 9th with Broxton in to close, the Pirates hit him hard, with Milledge driving in a run and Clement sacrificing two runners to 2nd and 3rd with only one out and now a 4-3 game. The dodgers gave up on Broxton and brought in Belisario before the sacrifice, which turned out to be a really bad move, because Ronny Cedeno hit a deep one to left and way over the wall. The Pirates fans rejoiced and Cedeno gets a pie in the face in the post game interview and the Pirates seem to be on a nice early season roll.

MLB Scoreboard | Los Angeles Dodgers (0-2) at Pittsburgh Pirates (2-0)
April 8, 2010123456789RHE
Los Angeles Dodgers2002000004100
Pittsburgh Pirates1000001046102
WIN: Vinnie Chulk (1-0) LOSS: Ronald Belisario (0-1)
Los Angeles Dodgers
HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
Matt Kemp, CF500000.307
James Loney, 1B411001.333
Manny Ramirez, LF312210.363
Andre Ethier, RF401000.166
Ronnie Belliard, 2B411000.166
Casey Blake, 3B311012.300
Rafael Furcal, SS402100.166
Russell Martin, C401000.272
Hiroki Kuroda, P301000.200
-Garret Anderson, PH100001.333
TOTALS35410324
BATTING
2B: Manny Ramirez
HR: Manny Ramirez
RBI: Manny Ramirez 2, Rafael Furcal
GIDP: Matt Kemp, Russell Martin, Hiroki Kuroda
Los Angeles Dodgers
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
Hiroki Kuroda (Again?!?!?!)6.0522143.00
Cory Wade (H, 1)1.0100010.00
George Sherrill (H, 1)1.0000000.00
Jonathan Broxton0.03330016.95
Ronald Belisario (L, 0-1)0.1111003.85
Totals8.1106615
Pittsburgh Pirates
HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF300010.200
Akinori Iwamura, 2B400001.230
Ryan Doumit, C411101.307
Garret Jones, RF411000.333
Andy Laroche, 3B422001.454
Lastings Milledge, LF412100.545
Jeff Clement, 1B301001.333
Ronny Cedeno, SS412401.454
Ross Ohlendorf100000.000
-Ryan Church, PH101000.333
-Delwyn Young, PH100000.000
TOTALS33610615
BATTING
2B: Lastings Milledge
HR: Ryan Doumit, Ronny Cedeno
RBI: Ryan Doumit, Lastings Milledge, Ronny Cedeno 4
SAC: Jeff Clement
GIDP: Delwyn Young
FIELDING
E: Ryan Doumit, Andy LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
Ross Ohlendorf6.0744126.00
D.J. Carrasco1.0100000.00
Vinnie Chulk (W, 1-0)2.0200120.00
Totals9.0104424




-Sorry, for churning them out like this, but that's what I have to do to catch up to where I'm at. I will be making more updates soon, and I will include scoring summary once I get caught up. I'm also going to try to have a highlight video up for my games when I catch up. Hope to get some more updates in tonight.
Posted on May 11, 2010 at 04:22 PM.
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Paul Maholm was the hero toda as he virtually shut the dor on the Dodgers, pitching 7 strong innings and picking up the victory. The Pirates were able to muster up a couple runs early and that's all they would need to put away the Dodgers in the second game of this 3 game set, giving the Pirates an opening series victory regardless of the outcome of game three.

MLB Scoreboard | Los Angeles Dodgers (0-1) at Pittsburgh Pirates (1-0)
April 7, 2010123456789RHE
Los Angeles Dodgers010000000160
Pittsburgh Pirates10100000X291
WIN: Paul Maholm (1-0) LOSS: Hiroki Kuroda (0-1) SAVE: Octavio Dotel (1)
Los Angeles Dodgers
HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS400000.000
James Loney, 1B401000.375
Manny Ramirez, LF400001.250
Matt Kemp, CF412001.500
Reed Johnson, RF401000.125
Ronnie Belliard, 2B401002.125
Casey Blake, 3B301100.285
-Andre Ethier, PH100000.000
Russell Martin, C300000.285
Hiroki Kuroda, P200000.000
-Garret Anderson, PH100000.500
TOTALS3416104
BATTING
RBI: Casey Blake
Los Angeles Dodgers
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
Hiroki Kuroda (L 0-1)6.0622013.00
Ronald Belisario1.0200000.00
Cory Wade1.0100000.00
Totals8.092202
Pittsburgh Pirates
HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF402100.285
Akinori Iwamura, 2B400000.333
Ryan Doumit, C412100.333
Garret Jones, RF400000.375
Andy Laroche, 3B301000.428
Lastings Milledge, LF302000.571
Jeff Clement, 1B301000.333
Ronny Cedeno, SS311000.428
Paul Maholm, P100000.000
-Ryan Church, PH100000.000
TOTALS3029202
BATTING
2B: Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Doumit, Lastings Milledge
HR: Ryan Doumit
RBI: Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Doumit
SAC: Paul Maholm
GIDP: Ronny Cedeno
BASERUNNING
CS: Andy LaRoche
FIELDING
E: Andy LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
Paul Maholm (1-0)7.0611031.28
Joel Hanrahan (H, 1)1.0000000.00
Octavio Dotel (S, 1)1.0000010.00
Totals9.061104

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It was a gorgeous day for baseball in PNC park for opening day between the Dodgers and the Pirates. Unfortunately for the Dodgers their play was anything but beautiful as the Pirates attacked Billingsley early and often, forcing him to leave after just 3 innings of work. Garret Jones became the first Pirate to hit a home run this season, as he was the only one to do it for Pittsburgh today. Zack Duke looked pretty impressive, but gave up two homeruns, including a 3 run blast, both to Manny Ramirez. The Pirates will take the opening day victory though, as their spirits are soaring high for the series.

MLB Scoreboard | Los Angeles Dodgers (0-0) at Pittsburgh Pirates (0-0)
April 5, 2010123456789RHE
Los Angeles Dodgers0001030004101
Pittsburgh Pirates10233000X9140
WIN: Zack Duke (1-0) LOSS: Chad Billingsley (0-1)
Los Angeles Dodgers
HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS400001.000
James Loney, 1B412001.500
Manny Ramirez, LF422400.500
Matt Kemp, CF402000.500
Reed Johnson, RF400001.000
Ronnie Belliard, 2B400002.000
Casey Blake, 3B401000.250
Russell Martin, C402001.500
Chad Billingsley, P000000.000
-Garret Anderson, PH1110001.000
-Andre Ethier, PH100000.000
TOTALS34410406
BATTING
2B: James Loney
HR: Manny Ramirez 2
RBI: Manny Ramirez 4
SAC: Chad Billingsley
GIDP: Reed Johnson
FIELDING
E: Russell Martin
Los Angeles Dodgers
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
Chad Billingsly (L 0-1)3.07662018.00
Josh Towers2.05330113.50
Ronald Belisario1.0000000.00
Cory Wade2.0200010.00
Totals
Pittsburgh Pirates
HITTERSABRHBIBBSOAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF310010.000
Akinori Iwamura, 2B503100.600
Ryan Doumit, C511100.200
Garret Jones, RF423100.750
Andy Laroche, 3B412000.500
Lastings Milledge, LF422201.500
Jeff Clement, 1B311010.333
Ronny Cedeno, SS412101.500
Zack Duke, P200100.000
-Ryan Church, PH100000.000
TOTALS35914722
BATTING
2B: Andy Laroche, Lastings Milledge
3B: Ryan Doumit
HR: Garret Jones
RBI: Akinori Iwamura, Ryan Doumit, Garret Jones, Lastings Milledge 2, Ronny Cedeno, Zack Duke
SF: Zack Duke
SAC: Andrew McCutchen
GIDP: Ryan Doumit
BASERUNNING
SB: Andrew McCutchen, Ronny Cedeno
Pittsburgh Pirates
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOERA
Zack Duke (1-0)6.0744066.00
D.J. Carrasco (H, 1)2.0300000.00
Evan Meek1.0000000.00
Totals9.0104406


Hello everyone and welcome to another summer filled with exciting baseball action as the Pittsburgh Pirates look to return to glory after 17 agonizing and painful years. Manager John Russell says that he belives he has the pieces this year to push for the NL Central division title and a possible playoff run. After months of waiting, Russell has released his teams depth chart for the upcoming season opener against the Dodgers:

Pittsburgh Pirates 2010 Depth Chart
STARTER2ND3RD4TH5TH
CRyan DoumitJason Jaramillo
1BJeff ClementSteven Pearce
2BAkinori Iwamura
3BAndy LaRoche
SSBobby CrosbyRonny Cedeno
LFLastings MilledgeDelwyn Young
CFAndrew McCutchen
RFGarret JonesRyan Church
DH(RHP) Ryan Church(LHP) Jeff Clement
SPZach DukePaul MaholmRoss OhlendorfKevin HartChris Jakubauskas
RPD.J. CarrascoEvan MeekVinnie ChulkJavier Lopez
CLOctavio Dotel(SU) Joel Hanrahan(SU) Tyler Yates

The one suprising thing about this is what Russell has decided to do with the 5th starter in the pitching rotation. When asked about it, he replied: "I truly believe that Chris Jakubauskas is ready to show the world he has what it takes to be a big league starter. Most players that get to their mid to late 20's and haven't made it in the bigs yet usually give up and settle into the minors or even retire all together, but this guy worked really hard up to his current age now of 31, and last year he got his shot and pitched ok. He's been working extra hard this off season and soon he may even make strides to becoming more than just a 5th starter. This guy has some great stuff!" The Pirates will open the season with a three game homestand with the Los Angeles Dodgers, so they will be put to the test early.


Alright, I finally got my dynasty up and running, so I wanted to take a second to explain my processes:
-Veteran difficulty, manual everything, guess 1/4, PCI on, Hot zones on
-I'm not the greatest at this game, so I wanted to start off with veteran because I seem to get pretty realistic results that way. However, if it does start to get way out of hand and I start whipping the Cardinals and Phillies by 10-15 runs all the time I will probably bump it up to all-star.
-I have aleady started this season, and in fact am almost at May. My plan is to post as much as possible to catch up to where I am now so that I can post as I go. When I catch up to where I am, I hope to have the highlight reel for each game and I should have accumulating totals in the box scores for 2B, RBI, HR, etc. I will also keep an updated standings for the league when I get there too, but for now each game will be a simple update until I get there.

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