May 19: Pirates (17-21) @ Nationals (11-26)

Little in the category of news today, so let’s run through it quicky:

  • Manager John Russell said he would like to avoid using Matt Capps, Jesse Chavez and John Grabow if possible tonight. However, when asked who he would call on if a save situation presents itself, Russell didn’t rule out using Capps.
  • Speaking of Capps, though his one inning of work on Monday wasn’t entirely pretty, Russell said he is seeing improvement. Capps’ slider was especially sharp on Monday night and his velocity is just fine. The struggling closer continues to work on some slight mechanical changes while throwing on flat ground.
  • Nyjer Morgan reported no discomfort in his left hamstring after mid-afternoon, on-field running. He’s back in the lineup.
  • A number of Pirates players and coaches are taking a tour of the White House on Wednesday, one day before the Steelers, Super Bowl Champions, are to visit president Obama at the White House on Thursday. However, Russell said he is not joining the tour: “I’d rather go with a ring on my finger,” he said, alluding to the annual visits made by championship teams.
  • I noticed that the Pirates made ESPN’s Top 10 plays twice last night — #10 being Andy LaRoche’s snare and throw and #5 highlighting Jack Wilson’s phenomenal stop and off-balanced throw from the outfield grass. In case you missed the highlights, here is Wilson’s gem.
  • And some leftovers from Monday’s win: The 12 runs scored marked a season-high. … The double-digit run totals on Sunday (11) and Monday (12) marked the first consecutive games in which the Pirates have scored 10 or more runs since doing so in May 2006. … And looking ahead at the possibility — not since 1930 have the Pirates scored 10 or more runs in three straight games. 

Pirates lineup:

  1. Nyjer Morgan (LF)
  2. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  3. Nate McLouth (CF)
  4. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  5. Brandon Moss (RF)
  6. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  7. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  8. Jack Wilson (SS)
  9. Jeff Karstens (RHP)

Nationals lineup:

  1. Cristian Guzman (SS)
  2. Nick Johnson (1B)
  3. Ryan Zimmerman (3B)
  4. Adam Dunn (RF)
  5. Josh Willingham (LF)
  6. Willie Harris (CF)
  7. Anderson Hernandez (2B)
  8. Wil Nieves (C)
  9. Shairon Martis (RHP)

1 Comment

Its all about Evan Meek now! Capps is done.

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