2008 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record67–95 (.414)
Divisional place6th
Other information
Owner(s)Robert Nutting
General manager(s)Neal Huntington
Manager(s)John Russell
Local televisionFSN Pittsburgh
Local radioWPGB-FM
(Steve Blass, Greg Brown, Lanny Frattare, Bob Walk, John Wehner)
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The 2008 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 127th season of the franchise; the 122nd in the National League. This was their eighth season at PNC Park. It was the first under new president Frank Coonelly, general manager Neal Huntington, and manager John Russell. Unable to improve on their 68–94, last place finish during the 2007 season, the Pirates had not had a winning record or made it to the playoffs since 1992, and finished 67–95 for their 16th straight losing season. The season was the final of play-by-play announcer Lanny Frattare, whose 33-year tenure as Pirates' broadcaster was the longest in franchise history.[2][3]

Regular season

See also: 2008 Major League Baseball season

The Pirates play the Tampa Bay Rays at PNC Park
The Pirates play the Tampa Bay Rays at PNC Park
Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds at an evening game in August 2008
Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds at an evening game in August 2008

On November 5, 2007, John Russell was introduced as the Pirates manager, replacing Jim Tracy.[4] Team management cited three areas that the franchise hoped to improve: "refocused emphasis on fundamentals", holding players to a higher standard, and signing younger players.[5] The Pirates won their season opener against the Atlanta Braves, by the score of 12–11, in 12 innings.[6] The Pirates played their home opener against the division-rival Chicago Cubs on April 7, losing 10–8, also in 12 innings.[7] The Pirates started out the season with a 7–7 record after the first half-month; however, after a five-game losing streak they began to struggle, finishing out April with an 11–16 record. The Pirates losing continued as they dropped three of four to the Washington Nationals to begin May. The team fought back, winning six straight games—the most consecutive since 2004,[8] to bring their record within one victory of a .500 record. Throughout the remainder of May the team struggled, but never fell more than four games under .500. Throughout the early months of the season closer Matt Capps was perfect, getting saves in 15 consecutive opportunities. However, on June 10, Capps gave up a two-run home run to the Nationals, losing his first decision of the season.[9] In addition, Capps would blow saves in two of his next three appearances; however, he achieved his first win of the season after an extra-inning victory over the Baltimore Orioles.[10]

Pittsburgh went 6–9 in interleague play,[11] including two wins against the New York Yankees who returned to Pittsburgh for the first time since the 1960 World Series.[12] On July 12, in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates came back to win a game that they trailed by six runs in the seventh inning. It was only the second time in the past 25 years that the Pirates won at home after scoring runs in the seventh, eighth, ninth, and extra innings.[13] The Pirates finished out the remainder of July with a 6–9 record—50–58 overall. On the final day of July, the Pirates made a deal with the Yankees to send outfielder Xavier Nady and pitcher Dámaso Marte in return for Jeff Karstens, Daniel McCutchen, Ross Ohlendorf and José Tábata.[14] Later in the day the team became involved in a three-team deal in which the Pirates sent Jason Bay to the Boston Red Sox in return for four players from the Los Angeles Dodgers.[15] The Pirates won seven of the first 18 games in August before dropping ten consecutive games to close out the month. Pittsburgh entered the final month of the season 21 games below the .500 mark. On September 7, the Pirates lost their 82nd game of the season, tying them with the Philadelphia Phillies as the only two franchises in professional sports history to have losing records in 16 consecutive seasons.[16][17] The Pirates concluded their season on September 28 with a victory against the San Diego Padres.[18] The team became the second in the Pirates' 122-year history to have no pitchers to win 10 games.[19] The performance of the pitchers lead the team to fire pitching coach Jeff Andrews after the season.[20]

Standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 97 64 0.602 55–26 42–38
Milwaukee Brewers 90 72 0.556 49–32 41–40
Houston Astros 86 75 0.534 11 47–33 39–42
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 11½ 46–35 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 74 88 0.457 23½ 43–38 31–50
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 95 0.414 30½ 39–42 28–53


Game log

2008 Game Log (67–95)[21]
March (1–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 March 31 @ Braves 12–11 (12) Osoria (1–0) Boyer (0–1) 45,269 1–0
April (10–16)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
2 April 2 @ Braves 2–10 Jurrjens (1–0) Gorzelanny (0–1) 17,893 1–1
3 April 3 @ Braves 4–3 (10) Yates (1–0) Resop (0–1) Capps (1) 19,240 2–1
4 April 4 @ Marlins 4–5 Gregg (1–0) Osoria (1–1) 10,089 2–2
5 April 5 @ Marlins 3–7 Hendrickson (1–1) Maholm (0–1) 15,752 2–3
6 April 6 @ Marlins 9–2 Snell (1–0) VandenHurk (0–1) 10,431 3–3
7 April 7 Cubs 8–10 (12) Lieber (1–1) Meek (0–1) Mármol (1) 37,491 3–4
8 April 9 Cubs 4–6 (15) Hart (2–0) Dumatrait (0–1) Marshall (1) 9,735 3–5
9 April 10 Cubs 3–7 Lieber (2–1) Morris (0–1) 9,798 3–6
10 April 11 Reds 1–0 Grabow (1–0) Burton (0–1) Capps (2) 13,603 4–6
11 April 12 Reds 4–3 Snell (2–0) Lincoln (0–1) Capps (3) 18,096 5–6
12 April 13 Reds 9–1 Gorzelanny (1–1) Cueto (1–1) 11,201 6–6
13 April 14 @ Dodgers 6–4 Yates (2–0) Saito (1–1) Capps (4) 37,334 7–6
14 April 15 @ Dodgers 2–11 Loaiza (1–2) Morris (0–2) 37,896 7–7
15 April 16 @ Dodgers 1–8 Penny (2–2) Maholm (0–2) 53,629 7–8
16 April 18 @ Cubs 2–3 Hill (1–0) Snell (2–1) Wood (4) 39,118 7–9
17 April 19 @ Cubs 1–13 Marquis (1–0) Gorzelanny (1–2) 40,298 7–10
18 April 20 @ Cubs 6–13 Dempster (3–0) Duke (0–1) 41,405 7–11
19 April 21 Marlins 4–10 Hendrickson (4–1) Morris (0–3) 8,444 7–12
20 April 22 Marlins 3–2 Maholm (1–2) Nolasco (1–2) Capps (5) 10,185 8–12
21 April 23 Cardinals 7–4 Marte (1–0) Reyes (1–1) Capps (6) 10,487 9–12
22 April 24 Cardinals 2–6 Piñeiro (1–2) Gorzelanny (1–3) Isringhausen (7) 9,544 9–13
23 April 25 Phillies 5–6 Gordon (2–2) Duke (0–2) Lidge (6) 23,930 9–14
24 April 26 Phillies 4–8 Kendrick (2–2) Morris (0–4) 24,791 9–15
25 April 27 Phillies 5–1 Maholm (2–2) Myers (2–2) 17,588 10–15
April 28 @ Mets Postponed rain (Rescheduled for August 11)
26 April 29 @ Mets 4–5 (11) Sosa (3–1) Van Benschoten (0–1) 46,982 10–16
27 April 30 @ Mets 13–1 Gorzelanny (2–3) Pérez (2–2) 46,788 11–16
May (15–13)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
28 May 1 @ Nationals 2–3 Ayala (1–1) Grabow (1–1) Rauch (6) 24,723 11–17
29 May 2 @ Nationals 11–4 Marte (2–0) Lannan (2–3) 26,001 12–17
30 May 3 @ Nationals 8–9 Colomé (1–1) Maholm (2–3) Rauch (7) 34,128 12–18
31 May 4 @ Nationals 2–5 Redding (4–2) Snell (2–2) 30,564 12–19
32 May 6 Giants 12–6 Duke (1–2) Sánchez (2–2) 12,030 13–19
33 May 7 Giants 3–1 Dumatrait (1–1) Zito (0–7) Capps (7) 9,788 14–19
34 May 8 Giants 5–4 Osoria (2–1) Cain (1–3) Capps (8) 16,816 15–19
35 May 9 Braves 3–2 Grabow (2–1) Bennett (0–2) 21,050 16–19
36 May 10 Braves 5–2 Gorzelanny (3–3) James (2–2) Capps (9) 28,141 17–19
May 11 Braves Postponed rain (Rescheduled for May 12)
37 May 12 Braves 5–0 Duke (2–2) Jurrjens (4–3) 18–19
38 May 12 Braves 1–8 Hudson (6–2) Van Benschoten (0–1) 16,669 18–20
39 May 13 @ Cardinals 8–4 (10) Salas (1–0) Villone (1–1) 38,800 19–20
40 May 14 @ Cardinals 1–5 Wellemeyer (4–1) Maholm (2–4) 38,720 19–21
41 May 15 @ Cardinals 11–5 Grabow (3–1) Isringhausen (1–5) 41,244 20–21
42 May 16 @ Cubs 4–7 Gallagher (1–0) Gorzelanny (3–4) Wood (9) 40,537 20–22
43 May 17 @ Cubs 7–6 Marte (3–0) Mármol (1–1) Capps (10) 41,686 21–22
44 May 18 @ Cubs 3–4 Marquis (2–3) Dumatrait (1–2) Wood (10) 41,321 21–23
45 May 20 Brewers 2–7 Parra (2–2) Maholm (2–5) 11,761 21–24
46 May 21 Brewers 4 Sheets (5–1) Snell (2–3) 8,805 21–25
47 May 22 Brewers 8–4 Gorzelanny (4–4) Bush (1–5) 12,887 22–25
48 May 23 Cubs 3–12 Zambrano (7–1) Duke (2–3) 32,656 22–26
49 May 24 Cubs 5–4 (14) Grabow (4–1) Wuertz (0–1) 29,929 23–26
50 May 25 Cubs 6–5 (11) Marte (4–0) Lieber (2–3) 29,415 24–26
51 May 27 @ Reds 6–9 Cueto (3–5) Snell (2–4) Cordero (11) 17,964 24–27
52 May 28 @ Reds 1–9 Arroyo (4–4) Gorzelanny (4–5) 15,797 24–28
53 May 29 @ Reds 7–2 Dumatrait (2–2) Harang (2–7) 18,142 25–28
54 May 30 @ Cardinals 4–5 Wellemeyer (6–1) Duke (2–4) Franklin (5) 42,791 25–29
55 May 31 @ Cardinals 14–4 Maholm (3–5) Parisi (0–2) 44,302 26–29
June (12–15)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
56 June 1 @ Cardinals 4–7 Looper (7–4) Snell (2–5) Franklin (6) 43,462 26–30
57 June 2 @ Cardinals 5–4 Osoria (3–1) Osoria (5–3) Capps (11) 42,129 27–30
58 June 3 Astros 0–2 Rodríguez (2–1) Dumatrait (2–3) Valverde (16) 13,183 27–31
59 June 4 Astros 5–2 Duke (3–4) Oswalt (4–6) Capps (12) 9,392 28–31
60 June 5 Astros 4–3 Maholm (4–5) Backe (4–7) Capps (13) 10,728 29–31
61 June 6 D-backs 1–3 Webb (11–2) Snell (2–6) Lyon (13) 19,437 29–32
62 June 7 D-backs 3–4 Cruz (2–0) Grabow (4–2) Lyon (14) 20,967 29–33
63 June 8 D-backs 6–4 Dumatrait (3–3) Davis (2–3) Capps (14) 22,222 30–33
64 June 9 D-backs 5–3 Duke (4–4) Johnson (4–3) Capps (15) 10,717 31–33
65 June 10 Nationals 6–7 Hanrahan (2–2) Capps (0–1) Rauch (13) 12,957 31–34
66 June 11 Nationals 3–1 Snell (3–6) Lannan (4–7) Capps (16) 15,439 32–34
67 June 12 Nationals 7–5 Gorzelanny (5–5) Bergmann (1–4) Marte (1) 16,306 33–34
68 June 13 @ Orioles 6–9 Burres (5–5) Osoria (3–2) Sherrill (22) 47,305 33–35
69 June 14 @ Orioles 7–8 Sherrill (2–1) Capps (0–2) 32,432 33–36
70 June 15 @ Orioles 5–4 Capps (1–2) Sherrill (2–2) 31,107 34–36
71 June 17 @ White Sox 5–16 Vázquez (7–5) Snell (3–7) 28,012 34–37
72 June 18 @ White Sox 2–8 Buehrle (4–6) Gorzelanny (5–6) 28,570 34–38
73 June 19 @ White Sox 8–13 Floyd (8–3) Dumatrait (3–4) 26,685 34–39
74 June 20 Blue Jays 1–0 (12) Yates (3–0) Carlson (1–1) 28,962 35–39
75 June 21 Blue Jays 6–3 Maholm (5–5) Litsch (7–4) Capps (17) 27,014 36–39
76 June 22 Blue Jays 5–8 McGowan (6–5) Beam (0–1) Ryan (15) 22,983 36–40
77 June 24 Yankees 12–5 Gorzelanny (6–6) Rasner (4–5) 38,867 37–40
78 June 25 Yankees 0–10 Chamberlain (2–2) Duke (4–5) 38,954 37–41
June 26 Yankees Postponed (rain) Rescheduled for July 10
79 June 27 Rays 5–10 Kazmir (7–3) Barthmaier (0–1) 19,970 37–42
80 June 28 Rays 4–3 (13) Van Benschoten (1–2) Hammel (3–3) 17,970 38–42
81 June 29 Rays 3–4 Sonnanstine (9–3) Yates (3–1) Percival (19) 15,828 38–43
82 June 30 @ Reds 3–4 Cordero (3–1) Capps (1–3) 20,745 38–44
July (12–14)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
83 July 1 @ Reds 6–5 (11) Capps (2–3) Weathers (2–4) Sánchez (1) 19,345 39–44
84 July 2 @ Reds 9–5 Bautista (1–1) Thompson (0–2) 16,890 40–44
85 July 4 @ Brewers 1–9 Sheets (10–2) Gorzelanny (6–7) Villanueva (1) 41,463 40–45
86 July 5 @ Brewers 1–2 Gagné (2–2) Yates (3–2) 39,176 40–46
87 July 6 @ Brewers 6–11 Stetter (2–1) Bautista (1–2) 42,163 40–47
88 July 7 Astros 10–7 Bautista (2–2) Hernández (0–3) Marte (2) 13,323 41–47
89 July 8 Astros 4–3 Grabow (5–2) Brocail (4–4) Marte (3) 17,867 42–47
90 July 9 Astros 4–6 Moehler (5–4) Burnett (0–1) Valverde (23) 13,884 42–48
91 July 10 Yankees 4–2 Maholm (6–1) Veras (2–1) Marte (4) 39,081 43–48
92 July 11 Cardinals 0–6 Lohse (11–2) Duke (4–6) 37,113 43–49
93 July 12 Cardinals 12–11 (10) Bautista (3–2) Perez (2–1) 29,387 44–49
94 July 13 Cardinals 6–11 Springer (2–0) Osoria (3–3) 21,052 44–50
95 July 17 @ Rockies 3–5 Jiménez (5–9) Maholm (6–6) Fuentes (15) 30,584 44–51
96 July 18 @ Rockies 2–5 Rusch (3–3) Snell (3–8) Fuentes (16) 37,114 44–52
97 July 19 @ Rockies 1–7 de la Rosa (4–5) Herrera (0–1) 44,565 44–53
98 July 20 @ Rockies 3–11 Cook (12–6) Duke (4–7) 30,488 44–54
99 July 21 @ Astros 9–3 Yates (4–2) Valverde (4–3) 34,624 45–54
100 July 22 @ Astros 8–2 Maholm (7–6) Cassel (1–1) 33,996 46–54
101 July 23 @ Astros 8–7 Osoria (4–3) Geary (2–2) Marte (5) 36,091 47–54
102 July 24 Padres 9–1 Herrera (1–1) Hensley (1–1) 17,916 48–54
103 July 25 Padres 5–6 Baek (3–5) Duke (4–8) Hoffman (19) 25,727 48–55
104 July 26 Padres 6–9 Banks (3–4) Van Benschoten (1–3) Hoffman (20) 27,794 48–56
105 July 27 Padres 1–3 Peavy (8–6) Grabow (5–3) Hoffman (21) 21,721 48–57
106 July 28 Rockies 8–4 Snell (4–8) Grilli (2–2) 15,303 49–57
107 July 29 Rockies 6–4 Davis (1–0) Herges (3–4) Yates (1) 17,507 50–57
108 July 30 Rockies 4–7 Cook (14–6) Duke (4–9) Fuentes (18) 16,587 50–58
August (7–21)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
109 August 1 @ Cubs 3–0 Karstens (1–0) Marquis (6–7) Grabow (1) 41,340 51–58
110 August 2 @ Cubs 1–5 Lilly (11–6) Maholm (7–7) 41,426 51–59
111 August 3 @ Cubs 5–8 Gaudin (8–4) Hansen (1–4) Mármol (6) 41,200 51–60
112 August 4 @ D-backs 7–13 Haren (12–5) Davis (1–1) 21,826 51–61
113 August 5 @ D-backs 1–3 Webb (16–4) Duke (4–10) 25,109 51–62
114 August 6 @ D-backs 2–0 Karstens (2–0) Johnson (9–8) 28,556 52–62
115 August 8 @ Phillies 2–0 (12) Beam (1–1) Walrond (0–1) Hansen (3) 43,891 53–62
116 August 9 @ Phillies 2–4 Myers (5–9) Snell (4–9) Durbin (1) 45,060 53–63
117 August 10 @ Phillies 3–6 Eyre (3–0) Yates (4–3) Madson (1) 45,262 53–64
118 August 11 @ Mets 7–5 Bautista (4–2) Heilman (2–7) Grabow (2) 53,534 54–64
119 August 12 Reds 1–5 Vólquez (14–5) Karstens (2–1) 23,686 54–65
120 August 13 Reds 5–2 Maholm (8–7) Fogg (2–5) Grabow (3) 15,787 55–65
121 August 14 Reds 1–3 Cueto (8–11) Snell (4–10) Cordero (23) 35,439 55–66
122 August 15 Mets 1–2 Pelfrey (11–8) Davis (1–2) Heilman (3) 36,418 55–67
123 August 16 Mets 4–7 Martínez (4–3) Duke (4–11) Feliciano (2) 37,506 55–68
124 August 17 Mets 0–4 Santana (11–7) Karstens (2–2) 36,483 55–69
125 August 18 Mets 5–2 Burnett (1–1) Feliciano (2–3) Grabow (4) 19,066 56–69
126 August 19 @ Cardinals 4–1 Snell (5–10) Looper (11–10) Beam (1) 39,502 57–69
127 August 20 @ Cardinals 2–11 Wellemeyer (11–4) Davis (1–3) 37,269 57–70
128 August 22 @ Brewers 4–10 Bush (8–9) Duke (4–12) 41,637 57–71
129 August 23 @ Brewers 3–6 Suppan (9–7) Gorzelanny (6–8) Torres (25) 43,293 57–72
130 August 24 @ Brewers 3–4 (12) Mota (4–5) Davis (1–4) 45,163 57–73
131 August 25 Cubs 3–12 Lilly (13–7) Karstens (2–3) 14,454 57–74
132 August 26 Cubs 9–14 Marshall (3–3) Hansen (1–5) 17,929 57–75
133 August 27 Cubs 0–2 Marquis (9–7) Duke (4–13) Wood (27) 15,260 57–76
134 August 29 Brewers 1–3 Bush (9–9) Gorzelanny (6–9) Torres (26) 18,086 57–77
135 August 30 Brewers 3–11 Suppan (9–7) Maholm (8–8) 21,931 57–78
136 August 31 Brewers 0–7 Sabathia (15–8) Karstens (2–4) 21,293 57–79
September (10–16)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
137 September 2 @ Reds 3–2 Snell (6–10) Harang (4–15) Capps (18) 18,024 58–79
138 September 3 @ Reds 6–5 Yates (5–3) Affeldt (1–1) Capps (19) 18,561 59–79
139 September 4 @ Reds 6–8 Masset (1–0) Hansen (0–3) Cordero (27) 20,626 59–80
140 September 5 @ Giants 7–0 Duke (5–13) Correia (3–8) 31,133 60–80
141 September 6 @ Giants 6–7 Espineli (2–0) Bautista (4–2) Wilson (37) 38,094 60–81
142 September 7 @ Giants 6–11 Matos (1–2) Karstens (2–5) 34,122 60–82
143 September 8 @ Astros 2–3 Arias (1–0) Snell (6–11) Valverde (41) 26,526 60–83
144 September 9 @ Astros 3–9 Wolf (10–11) Ohlendorf (1–2) 30,034 60–84
145 September 10 @ Astros 4–7 Moehler (11–6) Bautista (4–4) Valverde (42) 26,859 60–85
146 September 11 @ Astros 0–6 Oswalt (15–9) Zach Duke (5–14) 31,101 60–86
147 September 12 Cardinals 10–2 Maholm (9–8) Piñeiro (6–6) 14,903 61–86
148 September 13 Cardinals 7–6 (12) Hansen (2–6) Perez (3–3) 17,132 62–86
149 September 14 Cardinals 7–2 Beam (2–1) Thompson (5–3) 18,994 63–86
150 September 15 Dodgers 2–8 Kuroda (9–10) Ohlendorf (1–3) 13,147 63–87
151 September 16 Dodgers 2–6 Lowe (14–11) Karstens (2–6) 12,741 63–88
152 September 17 Dodgers 15–8 Grabow (6–3) Elbert (0–1) 11,883 64–88
153 September 18 Dodgers 3–4 (12) Proctor (2–0) Hansen (2–7) Broxton (14) 12,709 64–89
154 September 19 Astros 1–5 Wolf (11–12) Snell (6–12) 26,301 64–90
155 September 20 Astros 6–4 Davis (2–4) Moehler (11–8) Capps (20) 36,621 65–90
156 September 21 Astros 2–6 Oswalt (16–10) Ohlendorf (1–4) 20,311 65–91
157 September 23 @ Brewers 5–7 Torres (7–5) Beam (2–2) 36,612 65–92
158 September 24 @ Brewers 2–4 Sabathia (16–10) Maholm (9–9) Torres (28) 31,164 65–93
159 September 25 @ Brewers 1–5 (10) Stetter (3–1) Chavez (0–1) 40,102 65–94
160 September 26 @ Padres 6–3 Snell (7–12) Ekstrom (0–2) Capps (21) 27,227 66–94
161 September 27 @ Padres 2–3 Young (7–6) Barthmaier (0–2) Hoffman (30) 29,825 66–95
162 September 28 @ Padres 6–1 Yates (6–3) LeBlanc (1–3) 29,191 67–95
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Pirates team member

Record vs. opponents


Source: [1]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 3–5 2–4 2–4 15–3 2–7 4–2 8–10 2–5 3–3 3–4 4–3 10–8 11–7 3–4 4–2 6–9
Atlanta 5–3 0–6 3–3 4–3 10–8 3–3 4–2 3–6 11–7 4–14 2–5 5–1 2–5 2–5 6–12 8–7
Chicago 4–2 6–0 8–7 5–1 4–3 8–9 5–2 9–7 4–2 3–4 14–4 5–2 4–3 9–6 3–3 6–9
Cincinnati 4–2 3–3 7–8 1–5 6–2 3–12 1–7 10–8 3–4 3–5 6–9 4–3 5–1 5–10 4–3 9–6
Colorado 3–15 3–4 1–5 5–1 5–3 3–3 8–10 4–3 3–6 0–5 5–2 9–9 11–7 3–4 4–3 7–8
Florida 7–2 8–10 3–4 2–6 3–5 4–2 3–4 5–1 8–10 10–8 3–2 4–2 3–3 2–5 14–3 5–10
Houston 2–4 3–3 9–8 12–3 3–3 2–4 4–3 7–8 5–2 3–4 8–8 3–3 7–1 7–8 4–2 7–11
Los Angeles 10–8 2–4 2–5 7–1 10–8 4–3 3–4 4–2 3–4 4–4 5–2 11–7 9–9 2–4 3–3 5–10
Milwaukee 5–2 6–3 7–9 8–10 3–4 1–5 8–7 2–4 2–4 1–5 14–1 4–3 6–0 10–5 6–2 7–8
New York 3–3 7–11 2–4 4–3 6–3 10–8 2–5 4–3 4–2 11–7 4–3 2–5 5–1 4–3 12–6 9–6
Philadelphia 4–3 14–4 4–3 5–3 5–0 8–10 4–3 4–4 5–1 7–11 4–2 4–2 3–3 5–4 12–6 4–11
Pittsburgh 3–4 5–2 4–14 9–6 2–5 2–3 8–8 2–5 1–14 3–4 2–4 3–4 4–2 10–7 3–4 6–9
San Diego 8–10 1–5 2–5 3–4 9–9 2–4 3–3 7–11 3–4 5–2 2–4 4–3 5–13 1–6 5–1 3–15
San Francisco 7–11 5–2 3–4 1–5 7–11 3–3 1–7 9–9 0–6 1–5 3–3 2–4 13–5 4–3 7–0 6–12
St. Louis 4–3 5–2 6–9 10–5 4–3 5–2 8–7 4–2 5–10 3–4 4–5 7–10 6–1 3–4 5–1 7–8
Washington 2–4 12–6 3–3 3–4 3–4 3–14 2–4 3–3 2–6 6–12 6–12 4–3 1–5 0–7 1–5 8–10


Detailed records

Roster

2008 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Nate McLouth CF
Freddy Sanchez 2B
Jason Bay LF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Xavier Nady RF
Ryan Doumit C
José Bautista 3B
Jack Wilson SS
Ian Snell SP

Statistics

Hitting
Pitching

Awards and honors

Transactions

Pre-season

(October 29, 2007 – March 24, 2008)

In-season

(March 25, 2008 – October 29, 2008)

Draft picks

Main article: 2008 Major League Baseball draft

2008 Top 10 Rounds Draft Picks[73]
Rd # Player Pos DOB and Age School
1 2 Pedro Álvarez 3B (1987-02-06)February 6, 1987 (aged 21) Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)
2 48 Tanner Scheppers RHP (1987-01-17)January 17, 1987 (aged 21) California State University, Fresno (Fresno, California)
3 79 Jordy Mercer SS (1986-08-27)August 27, 1986 (aged 21) Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
4 114 Chase d'Arnaud SS (1987-01-21)January 21, 1987 (aged 21) Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)
5 144 Justin Wilson LHP (1987-08-18)August 18, 1987 (aged 20) California State University, Fresno (Fresno, California)
6 174 Robbie Grossman OF (1989-09-16)September 16, 1989 (aged 18) Cy-Fair High School (Cypress, Texas)
7 204 Benji Gonzalez SS (1990-01-16)January 16, 1990 (aged 18) Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School (Gurabo, PR)
8 234 Jeremy Farrell 3B (1986-11-11)November 11, 1986 (aged 21) University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia)
9 264 Matt Hague 3B (1985-08-20)August 20, 1985 (aged 22) Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
10 294 Drew Gagnon RHP (1990-06-26)June 26, 1990 (aged 17) Liberty High School (Brentwood, California)
Note

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians International League Trent Jewett
AA Altoona Curve Eastern League Tim Leiper
A Lynchburg Hillcats Carolina League Jeff Branson
A Hickory Crawdads South Atlantic League Gary Green
A-Short Season State College Spikes New York–Penn League Brad Fischer
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Tom Prince
Rookie DSL Pirates Dominican Summer League N/A
Rookie VSL Pirates Venezuelan Summer League N/A

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: VSL Pirates

See also

References

1st Half: Pittsburgh Pirates Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd Half: Pittsburgh Pirates Game Log on ESPN.com

Notes

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