ATLANTA - JULY 26: Julio Lugo #28 of the Atlanta Braves scores the game-winning run in the 19th inning against Michael McKenry #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field on July 26, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
The Pirates' 2011 season went down the tubes in Atlanta last season, thanks in part to Jerry Meals' blown call.
The Pirates were 1.5 games out of first place on July 27 of last season when a blown call in the 19th inning by umpire Jerry Meals handed them a loss they didn't deserve. They went 19-41 the rest of the season.
The first matchup of this series, at 7:35 p.m. Friday, pits A.J. Burnett, making his second start of the season, against Tommy Hanson. At 7:10 on Saturday, Erik Bedard faces youngster Randall Delgado. At 1:35 on Sunday, Tim Hudson makes his season debut for the Braves against Kevin Correia. Then on Monday at 7:10, the Pirates start James McDonald against Mike Minor, who's emerging as a tough young pitcher. The Bucs head to St. Louis on Tuesday for a series against the Cardinals.