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Pittsburgh Pirates at Houston Astros, Jul 7, 2009 7:05 PM CDT

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Mon 07/06 WP: Mike Hampton ( - )
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Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Houston Astros

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2009, 7:05 PM CDT
Minute Maid Park

Paul Maholm vs Brian Moehler

Partly cloudy,rain. Game time temperature around 90.

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Paul Maholm

#28 / Pitcher / Pittsburgh Pirates

6-2

225

L

L

Jun 25, 1982

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Paul Maholm 5-4 17 17 0 0 0 0 103.2 119 57 54 5 34 64 4.69 1.48

Brian Moehler

#38 / Pitcher / Houston Astros

6-3

235

R

R

Dec 31, 1971

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Brian Moehler 5-4 13 13 1 0 0 0 67.0 83 45 42 13 21 45 5.64 1.55

NL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
St. Louis 45 39 .535 0 Won 1
Milwaukee 43 39 .524 1 Lost 1
Chicago 41 39 .512 2 Won 2
Houston 40 41 .493 3.5 Won 2
Cincinnati 40 41 .493 3.5 Lost 2
Pittsburgh 37 46 .445 7.5 Lost 3

(updated 7.7.2009 at 2:31 PM CDT)

Did the mid point of the season sneak up on anyone else? The Astros have played pretty non descript baseball for the past 81 games yet find themselves in the thick of the NL Central race. We owe most of this to an underachieving Chicago Cubs team as well as to inconsistent teams in Milwaukee and St. Louis. Still, here we are. Everything is right in front of us.

Tonight is the first real step towards our being a real threat to win compete for the the division. This is a nice position to be in. Playing out the first half against two last place clubs. Paul Maholm has not been good recently, while Brian Moehler has pitched decently well.

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