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Manager John Russell decided to give the lineup a shake-up on Saturday. The Pirates offense has been struggling; being held to just three runs or less in the last 16 of 27 games. But even with the new face lift, the Buccos weren’t able to pull a win and lost 3-2 to the Astros.
JR on the lineup shake-up:
“Looks good, doesn’t it? The five guys (at the top) are still the five guys; they’re just in a little different order. Left/Right, pretty much all the way through with a couple switch-hitters in there. It gives us a little more punch, a little bit higher, and aslo keeps the speed up top.”
The Pirates started the game off on a postive note. Andrew McCutchen hit a lead-off triple. Garrett Jones, who was hitting in the second spot for the first time in his carreer, followed up with a two-run home run quickly giving the Bucs a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Unfortunately, that would be the only runs the Pirates would score the remainder of the game.
Paul Maholm pitched 6.2 innings, three runs on nine hits, one walk and four strike-outs. Maholm pitched six strong innings but ran into trouble in the seventh. Paul gave off a lead-off single to Humberto Quintero then Bud Norris hit a sacrifice bunt moving pinch-runner Jason Bourgeois to second base. Angel Sanchez singled to tie the game at two. Hunter Pence gave the Astros the lead with a solo home run.
“To me I made three bad pitches and it cost us three bad runs,” Maholm said. “You wish we could have gotten a bigger lead, but I had a lead and I wish I could have made a pitch.”
Bud Norris held the Pirates to just five hits through seven innings and struck out a career high 14.
“(Norris) had some good stuff today,” said Alvarez, who struck out in each of his four at-bats. “We swung at some stuff out of the zone. Maybe we were too anxious.”
“He was throwing everything hard,” McCutchen said. “He turned into somebody else after the first inning. We got on his fastball, so he changed sequence and started throwing his slider. He had it working for him.”
- The Pirates have lost six straight and are 0-8 at Minute Maid Park this season.
- Garrett Jones’ home run was the first Pirates home run in the first inning since May 17 (Delywn Young)
- Pedro Alvarez is tied with Pat Burrel and Adam Dunn with 11 RBI in the last 10 games (NL Leaders)
- Ross Ohlendorf (Since June 23rd) 9 starts, 45.2 IP, 2.19 ERA, 16/BB, 40/K, Record 1-3
- Bud Norris’ 14 Strike-outs are the most by an Astros pitcher since Wade Miller had 14 on May 30, 2003 at Chicago. Norris’s 14 Strike-outs are also second most in the Majors this year.
- John Bowker since Joining AAA-Indy: 10 games, .417 AVG, 5 2B, 5 RBI, 1 HR, .447 OBP
- Justin Wilson pitched a GEM for AA Altoona 8IP, 0ER, 2H, 0BB, 11K, WIN. ERA down to 3.13.
- Mike Crotta tonight 6IP 0R 6H 2BB 6K, 4th straight solid start by the 25 year-old who was hitting 96 more than a few times. (via@ScottDMcCauley)
Sunday’s Pitching Matchup:
Jeff Karstens 2-8, 4.39 ERA
J.A. Happ 2-1, 3.45 ERA
Karstens is just 0-6 since June 19 but that is not entirely Jeff’s fault. The Pirates have averaged 2.8 runs per game during that span. In Karstens’ last three starts he has an 2.65 ERA in 17 innings pitched.
Happ has been inconsistent for the Astros since being traded by the Phillies in part of the Roy Oswalt deal. Happ tossed six shutout innings to beat the Brewers 2-0 in his debut game for Houston. His second start was a whole different story. He gave up seven earned runs on six hits and three walks in one inning of work against the Cardinals. Happ is 1-1 with an 2.40 ERA against the Pirates.
I’m going to start a FREE JEFF CLEMENT tracker. In my opinion, Clement has much more upside than Lastings Milledge. Now, I know, Clement doesn’t play right field. My ideal situation would be to move Garrett Jones to Right, and to give Jeff another shot as the Pirates first baseman. Here’s why:
- Since being re-called from AAA-Indy Clement is batting .385 with two home runs, and three RBI. This is a pretty small sample size considering he has only gotten 13 at-bats. Since he got demoted, Jeff has been working on a whole new approach, read the interview here Clement also is power guy, and the Pirates don’t have many of those on the team. We need a guy that can hit for power and score us some runs.
- I like Lastings Milledge as a person. He always seems to be smiling and having fun, staying postive even though the Bucs have only 39 wins this year. As a player? I hate to say it, but the Pirates can do much better. Milledge is batting .272 on the season, which isn’t bad at all. League average for a right fielder is .267. Lastings is a very unpredictable hitter. He hits .361 with RISP but when bases are empty he is batting .240. This is a huge difference which is alarming. Milledge lacks power, BADLY. He has only three home runs on the season, very low for a right fielder. His OBP (.331) SLG (.374) and OPS (.705) are all very low for right fielder.
- Garrett Jones is a natural first baseman but struggles with making throws to second base. Jones also seems to bat better when he plays right, compared to first base. (7 Errors at first base this year)
RF: .275 AVG, .351 OBP, .491 SLG, .842 OPS (71 games)
1B: .245 AVG, .297 OBP, .381 SLG, .679 OPS (47 games)
- To be honest, if I’m starting a Clement tracker, I should also start a BRING UP MOSS & BOWKER one as well. Both Moss and Bowker have power and can play OF/IB and are tearing it up in AAA-Indy.
Brandon Moss: .268 AVG, 20 HR, 81 RBI, .330 OBP, .477 SLG, .807 OPS
John Bowker since joining AAA-Indy (Part of the Javier Lopez trade from the Giants) .417 AVG, 5 2B, 5 RBI, 1 HR, .447 OBP
- JEFF CLEMENT: Saturday night VS Astros:
- Brandon Moss: 1-for-4, 2K
- John Bowker: 1-for-4, 2K
*The Buccos lineup is all kinds of crazy. Jones moves to the second spot and Walker drops down to fifth. Pedro moves up to cleanup and Tabata is batting third. I’m all for switching it up and seeing if it can get the boys hitting again. The Pirates have scored just 11 runs in their last 5 games. In the month of August they have been outscored 39-69 and are just 3-12.
I like the idea of giving Clement a start. Since he was re-called he is batting .333 with 2HR. He has a much different approach at the plate since the begining of the year when he struggled so bad. I think he deserves another shot.
I’m not happy to see Doumit back behind the plate. Synder just had the day off on Thursday. Yuck!
On Pirates Pre-game, Greg Brown chatted with Chris Synder:
Greg Brown: “Chris, is it still special to come back home?”
Chris Synder: “It’s always good. This will be the first time I’ve come back here twice. I came back here earlier in the season with Arizona and now I”m back again. For the past few years, it’s just been the one time trip so now family and friends get the double dose.”
GB: “Now that your in the National League Central, you can count on at least two trips every year here. What about the family and friends? Still pretty good contingent on hand?”
CS: “Yeah it is. They already got their show early on in the season. There was close to 20 tickets that I think I left today.”
GB: “Chris when you grew up where you an Astros fan? And if you were, did you have any particular players that you watched closely?”
CS: “I was. I was a big Astros fan. As a young kid I’d probally say it would be easy to say Nolan Ryan, Mike Scott. As I grew up it was Biggio and Bagwell. All those guys, I loved watching the Astros.”
GB: “I assumed you went to games at the Astrodome and here.”
CS: “Yeah, I was there. I saw Randy Johnson’s first win as an Astro. I saw Mike Scott’s no-hitter. There are quite a few of them [that] I saw. A clinching game that they had, yeah it was fun.”
GB: “Now that you are with the club a couple weeks, do you feel comfortable calling yourself a Pirate or is it still kind of a strange feeling?”
CS: “It’s still a little different. I’m starting to get a little comfortable around the guys and getting to know them and know the pitchers I think which is most important. And starting to get a good feel for them. It’s just one of those things where you got to be the same guy you’ve always been.”
GB: “First time you came over we asked you about your learning crash course, in terms of the pitching staff and low and behold, shortly after that, changes in the pitching staff. Is that a thing that concerns you at all? Or do you kind of roll with the punches?”
CS: “I guess you kind of roll with the punches. I hadn’t been here long enough to know the situation where the two guys who are no longer here . I didn’t know what kind of situation they were in or what was going on or which direction the organization wanted to go. I’m not unfamiliar with coaching, managerial, general manger changes. That’s something I’ve seen quite a bit of in the past couple years.”
GB: “Now that you’ve gotten to know the team, gotten to know the staff, what do you think about the direction of this club Chris? The record is abysmal, let’s be honest about it. But what about the short and long term future of this club?”
CS: “I think this last month and a half is going to be big. It’s going to be one of those things where we kind of have to learn how we play. I have to learn what makes the pitcher sucessful because there is very good arms in the rotation, in the bullpen. The young guys with Tabata, Alvarez, Jones, guys like that, Walker. These guys are getting their taste of a first full season out of the way and it’s tough. If you look at it, as if they were Septemeber call-ups, they get the one month where your riding on adrenaline, the ball looks like beach ball. That first full season where pitchers learn who you are, scouting reports get out and your going to take your lumps. And they are getting that out of the way this year and they’re having success. So i think taking that and finishing up strong and getting used to playing the full season because September will creep up on you and It’s tiring. You get through that and take that into next year with a hunger of you don’t want to be a last place team anymore. Or you don’t want to keep up the, however many years that this team has had losing seasons, you want that to finally come to and end and you want to be part of it.”
Ross Ohlendorf pitched a beauty tonight. He went 6.2 scoreless innings giving up four hits, two walks and struck out seven. He cruised throught six plus with a consistent fastball of 94-95. He retired 18 of the last 21 batters he faced. Unfortunatly for Ross, he got a no decision. In his last eight starts he has a 2.54 ERA but is just 1-3.
Our bullpen is so good, especially the back of it,” Ohlendorf said. “I know next time I’ll be completely confident they’ll get the job done, too. Everyone’s going to have a bad game.”
The Pirates held onto a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning. Evan Meek pitched his worst outing of the season. In just 1/3 of an inning Meek gave up five hits, four runs; which included a three-run homer from Carlos Lee and a walk. The four earned runs are the most he has give up in an inning.
“Ohlendorf has pitched exceptionally well his last few starts,” Meek said. “You just want to come in so bad and throw a zero up on the board, hand it over to Joel [Hanrahan]. . . and come out with a win. We scored one run and we battled. My job and our job down there in the bullpen is to hold the lead. . . It just went downhill from there.”
Everything was up. When the ball’s up, they’re going to hit it. I just didn’t execute any pitches,” Meek said. “We really battled to get that run. Ohlendorf, I can’t say enough about his outing. To go in there and [try to] do what I’ve done all year, and just to pitch how I pitched, was tough. I’m just kind of in a rut. Falling behind hitters. Walking guys. When you do that, it’s not going to be pretty. Location was absolutely terrible, and I paid for it.”
*Photo from AP, The bench after Lee’s three run homerun and the blown lead.
During the eigth inning Meek was having problems with his right foot. He shook it multiple times, and limped after he threw the pitch. Evan even altered his delivery trying to not put pressure on it. When asked about his foot he said “No, just occasional aches and pains, that’s all.” After the game, his left calf was wrapped in ice.
The Pirates have scored only 10 runs in their last five games. In the ninth inning the Bucs failed to take advantage of a great oppurtunity. Alvarez walked and then Milledge reached first on a miss communication between Hunter Pence and Geoff Blum. Neither called it and the ball dropped down the right field line. Lopez threw a wild pitch, but only Pedro advanced, Milledge stayed put at first base. Delwyn Young came into pinch hit and hit into a game ending double play.
The Pirates are 0-7 at Minute Maid Park this season and have now lost five in row, eight straight on the road.
Brett Myers continued his consecutive streak of six or more innings pitched to 24. He is only the 22nd pitcher to do so since 1920, Curt Schilling in 2002 with the Diamondbacks was the last.
Other News and Notes:
- Ronny Cedeno was out of the lineup for a second straight game. He is dealing with a left shoulder impingement. Cedeno is not sure how the injury occured.
“I woke up this morning and I felt sore,” Cedeno said. “I can take ground balls but I can’t swing.”
Ronny has been checked out by doctors and is expected to only miss a few days.
- Neil Walker in his last 24 games is batting .354 with 20 RBI and 11 multi-hit games.
- The Pirates signed Daniel Grovatt (11th round pick from the University of Virgina) .289 AVG, 9 2B, 4 3B, 8HR, 56 RBI as a JR last season
- The Pirates have released Jeff Sues. Just two years ago Sues was the Pirates top minor league pitcher. He has been on the suspended list.
Just for fun, since it is Friday the 13th, here is a list of all the “bad luck” or the strange things that happened for the Buccos:
- For the second game in a row Jose Tabata went 0-for-4. Your probally thinking, that’s no big deal. Well, it is the first time this season that he has gone hitless in back-to-back games.
- Speaking of jinxes, the Astros had an umbrella giveaway tonight. During the seventh-inning stretch, the public address announcer asked fans to open their umbrellas and wave them. Many of them did just that … indoors (Minute Maid Park’s roof was closed) … on Friday the 13th. The only things missing were a black cat and broken mirrors. -TRIBLIVE
- Today’s loss means the Pirates are only six games away from the 18th consecutive loosing season.
- Evan Meek pitched his worst outing of the season giving up four runs on five hits through just 1/3 of an inning.
- Ross Ohlendorf got a No-Decision after pitching one of his best starts of the season. Although, I’m not sure that’s bad luck per-say. It doesn’t help when the Pirates offense only scores one run.
- Ross Ohlendorf also extened “the most consecutive starts with less than four runs of support to 24. (Ted Lilly- 22 09/13/08-08/13/10, Jonathan Sanchez- 22 07/25/08-09/22-09, Randy Jones- 21 05/29/80-05/15/81, Ed Whitson 21 08/30/78-06/07/80)
- Neil Walker gave the Pirates their first lead in 38 innings with the RBI Single in the third inning. The lead only lasted five innings after Carlos Lee hit a three-run home run in the eighth.
- Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-3 with a walk. The last time he did this? Exactly a month ago, on the 13th.
- Ronny Cedeno, who is number 13, woke up Friday morning with left shoulder. He’s not sure how he injured it.
- The Pirates have only 13 road wins this season.
- Andrew McCutchen ended his 0-for-13 drought last night, with two consecutive singles.
- Evan Meek looked like he injured his right leg during his outing last night. Now, I don’t want to look too much into it but I can’t help myself. He kept shaking it and was trying not to put much pressure on it during his delivery. After the game when asked about it, he said ”No. Just occasional aches and pains.” But he did kind of dodge the question a little and changed the subject quickly. Let’s hope its nothing serious. He was spotted with ice on his LEFT calf after the game.
- The Pirates play the Astros for the 13th time this season on the 13th home game in the month of September.
*Okay, So maybe some of those weren’t really bad or strange. It was harder than I thought coming up with 13. I hope I atleast entertained you.
Today’s Pitching Matchup:
Paul Maholm 7-10, 4.90 ERA
Bud Norris 4-7, 5.63 ERA
Maholm is making his 150th career start. In his last outing he gave up eight runs, six of them earned, in 2 2/3 innings. Paul has been inconcistent since his shutout back in July, going 1-9 with an 9.90 ERA since then.
Norris got a no-decision his last time out, pitching 6 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits.
Pirates Starting Lineup:
* Ronny Cedeno is out of the lineup with a left shoulder inpingement.
Astros Starting Lineup:
Other News and Notes:
- The Pirates traded AAA RHP Travis Chick to the Rangers for PTBNL or cash.
- 54 games into his career, Pirates Jose Tabata (0 for 4 Thurs) is yet to go hitless in back-to-back gms. Last player do it: Ichiro (87 gms) (via @RobBiertempfel)
- The Pirates signed 11th-rd pick OF Daniel Grovatt and assigned him to short-season A State College.
- LHP Danny Moskos was demoted from Triple-A Indy to AA-Altoona. Moskos has been struggling as of late.
Zach Duke pitched his fourth quality start in his last five outings yesterday against the Padres. He went six innings, gave up six hits, two earned runs, three walks, two strikeouts but falls to 5-11 on the year. Unfortunately, the Pirates offense went silent and couldn’t give Duke the win he deserved. The only mistake Zach had was a two-run home run to Ryan Ludwick, who hit his third of the series.
“It’s a loss, but I still feel pretty good about the way I pitched,” Duke said. “The Padres pitched extremely well this whole series. You know it’s going to be a battle, but unfortunately we came out on the short end.”
“He pitched good enough to win, but we couldn’t get anything going,” Russell said. “As the game went along, both sides could see that it was getting tough to hit with the shadows. We knew we were going to have to get out early and we couldn’t get anything going.”
The Padres are first in the National League for a reason. The Bucs learned that one the hard way as they were swept by San Diego. The Pirates finish 0-6 against them this year. The Padres pitching staff is one of the reasons why they have been so great this season. Not only the starting pitching, but the Bullpen has been just as dominant, if not more so. In a past post I showed that the pen’ leads in the the majors in everything from ERA to strikeouts to walks to opponent average.
Jon Garland pitched six innings giving up just one hit, walked four and struck out five. He is now 11-8 on the season. The Pirates only managed to get four hits the whole game. Gregerson picked up his 28th hold and Heath Bell came in for his 34th save.
“They made good pitches when they needed to. They executed pretty well,” said Pedro Alvarez. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t give [Duke] any run support. He has been pitching really well, just hasn’t gotten the wins.”
“Their pitching staff is really good, obviously,” said manager John Russell. “They are going to make it tough on a lot of people to score runs. You can’t make mistakes. You can’t give them anything because they’re not going to give up much.”
Chris Resop came in and pitched a scoreless hitless inning for the Pirates, striking out two. Since he was purchased from the Braves he has been pretty dominant. 4.2 innings pitched, three hits, just one run, one walk, and seven strikeouts. Not too shabby!
Joel Hanrahan came in and pitched a scoreless hitless inning, striking out two. Hanny has been filthy all season and he even hit 99 on the gun to strike out Matt Stairs. (I believe that is the hardest I have seen him throw. His fastball is usually around 97.)
The Pirates are in Houston for a three game series. As if the road wins haven’t been brutal enough, they are 0-6 at Minute Maid Park this season. The Pirates are just seven losses shy of the dreaded 18th consecutive losing season.
Today’s pitching Matchup:
Ross Ohlendorf 1-9, 4.23 ERA
Brett Myers 8-7, 3.21 ERA
Ohlendorf still has just one win on the season. Saturday against the Rockies, Ross had one of his best outings of the season. He struck out six over six-plus innings and allowed four hits. The Bullpen blew the lead and kept him from winning his second game.
Myers has a franchise record streak of 23 straight starts of six innings or more this season. His last outing he pitched six innings, gave up four runs on seven hits, striking out two while just needing 78 pitches. In Brett’s last three starts he is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA that includes 18 strikeouts.
Other News and Notes:
- The Pirates drop to 13-45 on the road this season and have now lost seven straight road losses, in which they have only scored 11 runs.
- Left Handers are hitting 34-for-100 (.340 AVG) against Zach Duke this season.
- Jeff Locke 6IP, 8H, 3ER, 6K (3.71 ERA)
- Colton Cain 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K (5.00 ERA)
- During the game a foul bowl was ripped down twoards the Pirates bullpen. Chan Ho Park and Chris Resop ran out of the way while the ballgirl stepped in front of them and caught the ball. It was pretty funny, if you missed it, check the video out here
- Brad Lincoln -97 pitches 5IP 3H 0R 2BB HB 5K
Dan Haren will make his first start tonight for the Angels against the Red Sox. A California native, Haren will have plenty of friends and family there to watch in the stands for his Angels debut.
“Being able to be near family and going to a ballclub that is dedicated to winning — for not just this year but a lot of years — I am very excited for the chance to go there and win,” Haren said on Sunday.
The Halos rotation will be bumped back a day. Jered Weaver will start on Tuesday night against the Red Sox, followed by Joel Pineiro on Wednesday afternoon. Ervin Santana will open a series against the Rangers on Friday night. -MLB.com
- Mets (11 game road trip) entering Sunday:
2-10, .194 team avg
They have dropped from four games back to 7 1/2 games back in the NL East during this road trip.
- Astros Wandy Rodriguez (Season Splits)
Last six starts: 5-1, 2.31 ERA, .201 opp avg
Previous 14 Starts: 3-10, 6.09 ERA, 3.17 opp avg
- Robinson Cano hit his 1,000th career hit yesterday against the Royals.
- The Giants longest hitting streak by rookie:
McCovey- 22 games (Aug 15,1959 to Sept 10,1959)
Posey- 18 games (July 4, 2010 to Present)
Cepeda- 17 games (July 15, 1958 to Aug 1, 1958)
- (Via @ScotDMcCauley) It seems Pirates moves will wait so I’ll wait on introducing new player. He’s not on roster, but LHP Corey Hamman is back w/Eveland to DL.
- (Via @DyalanHernandez) Dodgers minor league OF Prentice Redman, who is currently serving a 50-gm suspension, has been hit with an additional 100-gm suspension…Redman tested positive for an amphetamine for the second time.\
- (via @baseballguys) Tom Gorzelanny has allowed 3 or fewer R in 12 of his 14 starts. He’s gone 4-0 w a 2.83 ERA since he replaced Zambrano in rotation.
- Pirates Minor Leagues: West Virginia’s Phillip Irwin was named Sally League Pitcher of the Week and State College’s Tyler Waldron was named NYPL Pitcher of the Week today
- Can the Dodgers afford to keep Russell Martin? That and more on July’s news and notes -FoxSports
- If Octavio Dotel is traded by Saturday’s non-waiver deadline, Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan likely would share the job until one of them emerged as the no-doubt choice. The Pirates had a scout in Philadelphia this past weekend, watching the Rockies-Phillies series. Colorado is hunting for bullpen help -TribLive
- Fielder’s future to be decided by Saturday Night. Brewers have three options regarding slugging first baseman -MLB
- The Phillies completed a four-game sweet of the Rockies today. It was Phillies first four-game sweep over the Rockies, ever.
- Carlos Zambrano apologizes to Cubs fans (VIDEO) -ESPN
- Reds third baseman Scott Rolen is back in the starting lineup tonight against Milwaukee after missing nine games with a strained right hamstring.
- Dodgers Reliever Ronald Belisario, who has been on MLB’s restricted list since July 7, has resumed workouts at Dodger Stadium, though no timetable has been set for his return to the active roster.
- Ty Wigginton’s sususpension has been cut to two games. He was originally suspended for three games after his tirade following a call at first base against the Twins. He will miss tonights game against the Blue Jays.
- Clayton Kershaw was penalized five games for throwing at Aaron Rowland. MLB consulted with the players’ union, the Dodgers and left the suspension intact. His penalty will start with Tuesday night’s game at PetCo Park.
I’m on camera a lot during the Pirate games (since my seat is right behind the dugout) and lately a lot people told me that they can see me. After watching the replay of yesterdays game I took notes on what not to do. Haha. You never really care or pay attention when you think no one is watching. Anyway, I took a few snap shots.
That’s me standing in the white sundress after Brad Lincoln hit a RBI single to score Ronny Cedeno.
People always ask me why I go to games by myself. Well, there are a few reasons. Not a lot of my friends really like baseball (or they didn’t want to purchase season tickets with me) and I would honestly rather not sit next to someone who wants to chat about other things. When I’m at the game I like to sink into the game and chat with like minded fans around me. Hense what I’m doing in this picture. A fan a few rows back was yelling “Come on guys! They aren’t that much of a better team then us” Which I got a huge chuckle out of. They are first in the NL, we are last. (He obviously doesn’t follow baseball regularly.)
The Pirates have an off day today. Here are tomorrow’s Pitching Matchups:
Zack Duke 4-9, 5.22 ERA
Jorge De La Rosa 3-2 5.65 ERA
Duke gave the Bucs his second consecutive strong start since returning from the DL with a strained flexor pronator, going six innings and giving up just three runs on six hits for his first win since out-dueling Roy Halladay on May 18 and giving a taxed bullpen a rest
After giving up 10 hits and 14 runs (11 earned) in his first two starts after returning from a left middle finger injury, De La Rosa found his form against the Marlins on Thursday. De La Rosa gave up two runs on three hits and struck out eight in six innings
“Don’t sweat the small stuff”. Well, in the Pirates case, maybe they should have. Many miscues cost the bucs as they lose for the third straight game to the Padres, 9-2, in front of a sell out crowd of 36,967.
After pitching five strong innings, striking out five batters, Karstens pitched a three-run sixth. After a leadoff single by Jerry Harriston Jr., he reached second on a error by Alvarez, Gonzalez and Headley both hit for RBI Singles making the game 3-2. After intentionally walking Will Venable, Hundley hit a sac fly giving the Padres a 4-2 lead.
Karstens threw 96 pitches over six innings, he was charged with 2ER.
I feel like I’m so close to getting over that hump,” said Karstens, who fell to 2-6 and has not recorded a win since June 19, a span of six games after Saturday’s loss. “There’s a few things that haven’t really gone my way, but it’s just part of baseball. And what can I say? They gave me a 2-1 lead and I let it slip away.”
Things got much worse for the Pirates in the eighth. Garrett Jones was issued an error on a ground ball from Headley. Sean Gallagher then allowed two more men to reach after Headley, loading the bases with no outs. Gallagher then balked in a run, Padres 5-2.
The game was delayed for almost 45 minutes due to rain. D.J. Carrasco came in to replace Gallagher and gave up two hits, scoring four more runs, a total of eight men came to the plate.
The two rough innings, two errors and balk overshadowed Jose Tabata’s big night at the plate. He went 3 for 5, including an opposite field solo Home Run, his second of the year, and a double. He was a triple away from the cycle. Tabata batting .388 — 19 for 49 — over the past dozen games.
Delywn Young scored the only other run on the night, a solo homerun. Four of Young’s five homeruns this season have came off pretty phoenominal arms; Roy Halladay, Steven Strasburg, Brian Wilson, and Matt Latos. In Delwyn’s six straight starts, since replacing Andrew McCutchen, Young is batting .412, driving in seven runs, and has hit two homers.
We kept the game close,” Russell said “They took the lead or tied it up, and D.Y. hit the home run. I thought that was big. Unfortunately, we gave them three the next inning. Can’t take away that last part of the game, but it was a pretty well played game. I think our hitters hung in there pretty well.”
The Padres are now 22-9 all-time at PNC Park and improve to 27-20 on the road this season, which is the most road wins in the National League.
Matt Latos improved to 11-4 on the season, his ERA at 2.48, opponents batting just .198 against him. His road starts have been even better for this young arm. He is 7-1 with a 1.36 ERA, 66 Strikeouts per 16 Walks and opponents batting .161 against him.
He was good,” Russell said. “Threw hard up to 96 mph, changed speeds, mixed the breaking ball and changeup”.
“The kid kept the ball down, threw hard,” Young said. “I was pretty impressed, and I think we all were.”
Today’s Pitching Matchup:
In the series finale Brad Lincoln take the mound for the Bucs. He is 1-3 with an 6.29 ERA. His last outing – the shortest of his career – lasted just two and one thirds, giving up seven runs.
The Padres send Wade LeBlanc who is 4-8 this season with a 3.28 ERA. He struggles away from PETCO Park, going 2-4 in seven starts, an ERA at 4.78.
Other Pirates News:
- Opp AVG (MLB Leaders) Last 10 games- Entering Sat
Neil Walker PIT .485
Chris Denorfia SD .471
Starlin Castro CHC .471
Rusty Ryal ARI .467
Delwyn Young PIT .467
- Rudy Owens 7IP, 7H, 1R (unearned) 8K, 0BB
- Tyler Waldron 6IP, 5H, 0ER, 0K, 0BB
- 1B Matt Curry, a Pirates 2010 draftee, continues to rake at St. College. 2/3, 2B, BB today. OPS ~ 1.100 for the season. (via @RoccoDemaro)
- Brandon Moss says he needs to prove he should rejoin the Pirates. 24 hits/18RBI last 15 games. Wants another shot, but “must be earned” (via @scottDMcCauley)
- During an in game interview last night, McCutchen said he will probally return to the lineup for today’s game against the Padres.
- D.J. Carrasco a possible starter for the Pirates? He thinks he could help the team out if he was given the oppurtunity. Read the article here.
- Bad start for Tim Alderson. 4 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 3 HR
- Jeremy Powell started for Dana Eveland yesterday. Eveland has some elbow tenderness and could miss another start.
- Pirates prospect, Phillip Irwin (WV Power) pitched 7 hitless innings. -MILB
Around The Ballparks:
- Miguel Cabrera has been hot for the Tigers. In his last 23 gmaes he is batting .416 with 16 XBH, and 26 RBI. The rest of the team, not so much. In the last 10 games they are 2-8 with a .239 AVG, with just 4 HR.
- Entering 2010, Roy Oswalt was 23-1 lifetime vs. the Reds with a 2.58 ERA. His two starts vs. Cin this season: 0-2, 6.75 ERA.
- The Reds beat the Astros last night, 7-0. Johnny Cueto went 8IP, 4H, 0ER, 6K- 122 pitches. In his last 6 starts he is 4-0 with a 0.88 ERA in 41 innings, allowing just 32 hits.
- Giants Eugenio Velez was hit in the head by a foul ball while in the dugout last night. He was rushed to the hospital. But there is Good news on Velez. CT scan negative, no skull fractures. He is alert and talking, Bochy said. Velez never lost consciousness, was diagnosed with a concussion.
- Ubaldo Jimenez threw 65 pitches, giving up 3 hits, 6 earned runs and issued six walks over two innings. The Rockies lost 10-2. In July his ERA has shot to 7.59 (it was 0.79 in April, 0.78 in May)
- NYM lost to LAD yesterday in 13 innings via James Loney’s 1st career walkoff HR, giving the Mets 12 walkoff losses this season – most in MLB. To see an interview with Loney after the walk off click here
- Yesterday versus the Marlins, Brooks Conrad became the fifth player ever to hit two pinch-hit grand slams in a single season.
- Troy Tulowitzki will continue his minor league rehab through the weekend, and then the Rockies will re-evaluate.
- Dodgers Catcher Brad Asmus says he’ll retire after the season -ESPN
- Rough day for Tigers, Maglio Ordonez will be out 6-8 weeks with a right ankle fracture and They also lost second baseman Carlos Guillen on Saturday with a right calf strain.
- Pablo Sandoval to miss a couple of games on leave -MLB
- Mets 12 walk-off losses are their most in a season since 1989 and 2 shy of their franchise record.
- Jeremy Affeldt goes on the DL with a strain in his left oblique. Joe Martinez is joining the Giants to take his place in the bullpen.
- The right oblique issue that started with Angel Pagan and then Jose Reyes is catching. Rod Barajas left Saturday’s game in the sixth inning with a strain to that muscle.
- Twins Justin Morneau making slow, steady progess. -MLB
- Hunter Pence joined twitter. It’s seriously him. If you don’t believe me, check out this video of him chatting about it. (@HunterPence9)
The Pirates won 9-0 and took the Series win over the Astros.
Paul Maholm pitched an absolute gem. He had a complete game 3-hit shoutout. He is the first Pirate to pitch a complete game this season (before yesterday’s game, the furthest a starter has gone was 8IP.) It was also Maholm’s fourth career complete game, and his second career complete game shuout. He threw 103 pitches, 9IP, 3H, 0ER, 1K, 0BB. He was dealing too. After six innings Maholm threw just 58 pitches with two hits.
He is now (6-7) on the season and his ERA dropped to 4.03.
The Pirates bats came alive once again (who are these guys?!?) and accumulated 19 hits.
McCutchen 1-4, 2RBI
Tabata 3-5, RBI, SB, 2R
Walker 2-5, RBI
Jones 1-4, HR(12), 2RBI
Alvarez 2-5, R
Doumit 3-5, RBI, R
Milledge 2-4, RBI, R
Cedeno 4-4, 2 R
Roy Oswalt left the game with a left ankle contusion. He went 4IP, 7H, 2ER, 5K, 0BB.
It was definitely a fun game to be at. The Pirates in the last two games have been playing really well together and are feeling more comfortable at the plate. The Pitching has been great as well.
“When you put up runs like that, it makes it a lot easier to go out there and be aggressive,” said Maholm, still wiping off shaving cream after being pied in the face for the first time since his rookie season. “I tried not to throw too many of the same pitch in a row. I think that’s the biggest thing.”
“It’s been 2 1/2 years since I’ve had one,” Maholm said. “So with that pitch count, I would have stayed out there for 130 to finish it off.”
Before the game started I was selected for “Smile of the Game” I received a free Kodak Video camera and was on the jumbo tron. I was so excited! Of course, I had to take a picture for you guys. (Thanks to the Pirates and Kodak for the gift! I can’t wait to use it)
Pirates News and Notes:
- McCutchen is batting .326, 3HR, 9RBI vs the Brewers this season.
- The Pirates are 24-17 when they score first this season.
- The Calvary (this season, stats entering Sat)
Neil Walker Pedro Alvarez Jose Tabata
.275 AVG .214 AVG .241 AVG
10 2B 5 2B 7 2B
3 HR 3HR 6 RBI
12 RBI 11 RBI 8 SB
- Jose Tabata has not had an error in 32 games.
- Garrett Jones (last year post All-Star break)
.290 AVG, 79H, 19 2B, 16 HR, 37 RBI, 7SB
- Erik Kratz (on his baseball career)
“I love playing baseball. It’s a generic, corny answer, but I really do. And that’s what kept me going…you put the work in and at the end of the day, if you don’t measure up or you fall short of where you want to get to, you’ve put in what you could. That’s where I was in my career. That’s pretty much all that was pushing me.” -Pirates.com
- Prospect Watch (Hitters):
(Indy) Alex Presley .340 AVG, 9HR, 55 RBI, .921 OPS
(Curve) Gorkys Hernandez .274 AVG, 2HR, 25RBI, 17SB
(Curve) Josh Harrison .319 AVG, 1HR, 53RBI, 25SB
(Spikes) Adalberto Santos .346AVG, 2HR, 17RBI, .464OBP
(GCL) Exicardo Cayonez .346 AVG, 13RBI, .449SLG
- Prospect Watch (Pitchers):
(Curve) Justin Wilson 7-4, 2.85 ERA, 1.16 WHIP
(Curve) Rudy Owens 8-3, 3.00 ERA, 1.05 WHIP
(Curve) Jeff Locke 10-3, 3.35 ERA, 88K/14BB
(Bradenton) Nate Baker 6-6, 3.09 ERA,.212 OPP AVG
(Spikes) Zack Von Rosenberg 1-4, 4.85 ERA, 17K/6BB
- Bucs working on dealing Penn to Japan -Pirates.com
- Tim Alderson (Bradenton Debut) 1.2 IP, 7ER, 6H, 3BB, 0K
- The Pirates have had 36 hits in their past two games after totalling 33 in their previous five.
- Pirates suspend Right-handed pitching prospect Diego Moreno for “unprofessional conduct” -pirates.com
- GM Neal Huntington on how he plans to evaluate the second half of the season -ByGoshItsLangosch
- Garrett Jones two run homerun yesterday was the first non-solo HR for the Pirates in 1,097 conecutive at bats.
- GFJ (last 17 games, entering Sat) .188/.211/.290 -70 PA. His OPS is down to .758 on the season.
- Pedro Alvarez has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.
- Sunday was the first time the Pirates have had seven doubles in a game since June of 2003.
- The Pirates turned back-to-back season high hits, Sat (17) and Sun (19).
- 8 of Ronny Cedeno’s last 11 hits have been doubles.
After I got home from the game, I watched Pirates Pre-game, and had to take a picture of this. The Pirate Parot had Rob King held at gun point. I thought it was pretty funny.
Today’s Pitching Matchup:
Chris Capuano (spot starter)
On the Road this season: 0-1, 5.79 ERA, .381 OPP AVG
Vs the Pirates: 2-6, 6.34 ERA in 11 Starts
At Home this season: 2-0, 4.97 ERA, .265 OPP AVG
Vs the Brewers: 0-2, 4.01 ERA in 5 Starts
Around the Ballparks:
- The Twins won their first walk off win yesterday against the White Sox, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth. (W 7-6) 19 of the 21 games this season have been decided by 3 runs or less.
- Major league pitchers 34 percent more likely to be injured than fielder, new study finds -ScienceDaily
- Doc Halladay yesterday went 6IP, gave up 6 R, 5ER, 7H, 3K, 2HRs.
- The Indians earned their first four-game home sweep over Detroit since 1991.
- Angeles designate Paul McAnulty for assignment -mlbtraderumors
- Beckett to throw side tuesday, to start friday for Red Sox -projo
- Astros designate Casey Daigle for assignment and purchase contract of RHP Gary Majewski from Round Rock.
- The Padres extend Manager Bud Black’s contract by three years.
- Manager Ken Macha says Milwaukee Brewers batters being hit too often -ESPN
Just a few news and notes from last night before I head to the ballpark this afternoon. =)
- Starting pitching comparison (through 19 starts)
D. Gooden (NYM) G. Maddux (ATL) J. Johnson (FLA)
YEAR: 1985 1995 2010
RECORD: 12-3 12-1 10-3
ERA: 1.78 1.71 1.62
Josh Johnson hasn’t given up more than 3 + ER since May 8th.
- Reds, Edison Volquez took the mound yesterday for the first time since June 1, 2009. (Rehab process and suspension for violating MLB’s performance enhancing drug policy.)
He went 6.0 IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 9K, WP- (1-0)
- HotStove- Dodgers could look to move Matt Kemp
- Baseball should retire Roberto Clemente’s No. 21. -StarTelegram
- Pirates went 10 for 21 with RISP in last nights game vs Houston (12-6 W) It was the first time the bucs have had 10 hits with RISP since Aug 9, 2005 at Colorado.
- Ever wonder what the Pirates visitors clubhouse looks like? @alysonfooter (media for the Houston Astros) took a video. It’s pretty cool. Check it out here
- AJ Burnett embarrassed after cutting hands during clubhouse tantrum -MLBFanhouse
Burnett (since June 1st) 8 Starts:
ERA: 8.10 (Highest ERA in MLB since June 5th)
OPP AVG: .306
HR ALLOWED: 10
- Wainwright carries cards, stays perfect at home -ESPN
Wainwright this season at home:
10 starts, 10-0, 1.31 ERA, .193 opp avg
- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre undecided about managing next year -ESPN
- Red Sox, Lowell: Sox won’t release me -ESPN
- Which Pirates pitchers are getting taken advantage of most by basestealers? Here are the Stats: Throwing out runners 101 -BucsBits
- Royals Eric Hosmer has been promoted to Double-A. He hit .354, 29(2B), 6(3B), 7HR, 51 RBI in High-A.
- Post All-Star break blog about Erik Kratz and his choice to stay with the Pirates -Isthisthingon
- Jeff Bagwell reflects after his first game at hitting coach -twitvid
Happy 70th Birthday to Joe Torre!!!!
Before the game started, Ohlendorf was 1-1 with a 0.90 ERA, 16 K in 20 IP (in his last 3 starts)
Ross exited the game tonight just after 1.1 IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 1K.
Normally, this would be a disaster of a game for the Pirates but tonight, it was the exact opposite.
The Pirates beat the Astros 12-6 and they had 17 hits on the night. I’m not kidding. I can’t even remember the last time the Pirates scored 12 runs, heck I can’t remember the last time they scored 8! I wasn’t at the game so here is the box score:
McCutchen 1-4, 2R, 1BB, SB
Tabata 2-5, 2R, 2RBI, 2 doubles (#8 &9)
Walker 3-5, 3R, 2RBI, K, 2B(11)
Jones 2-5, 2R, 2RBI, L, 2B(20)
Alvarez 2-5, RBI, K, 2B (6)
Milledge 2-5, R, 2RBI, K
Kratz (ML Debut) 2-5, R, 1RBI
Cedeno 2-4, R, RBI, BB, K, 2B
Church 1-1, 1RBI
Ohlendorf 1.1 IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 1K, 1HR
Carrasco 3.1 IP, H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 2K
Lopez 0.1 IP, 1H (W, 2-1)
Donnelly 1 IP, 1K (H,8)
Meek 1.0 IP (H,6)
Hanrahan 1.0 IP, 2K (H,15)
Dotel 1.0 IP
After the game, Kratz got greeted with a nice pie by D.J.
I loved this! I had to take a picture!
Other Pirates Notes:
- Tabata leads all MLB Rookies with 9 Stolen Bases.
- Pirates in multirun homer drought -pirates.com
- Sarah Kratz (on husband Erik’s promotion to the Pirates)
“To see my husband in that major league uniform right now, I just can’t explain it. Even if this is the only game, even if it is just one game, Erik can say he was a major-leaguer.”
“It’s a good story. He’s worked really hard to get here, a lot of years to get here. It doesn’t matter if you are 21 or 30, the oppurtunity to play in the major leagues is what you play for.”
-Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Minor League Update:
- Brandon Moss 2H, 2RBI, 2K, HR, 2B
- Alex Presley 3H, 3R, 3RBI, 3B
- Jeff Clement 2H, 2R, HR
- Jason Jaramillo 2H, 2RBI
- Charlie Morton 5.1 IP, 5R, 4ER, 11H, 2BB, 2K, 2HR -99 pitches, WP
- Gorkys Hernandez 1-4, extends hit streak to 16 games
- Bryan Morris 4.2 IP, 5H, 6ER, 3K, 4BB (No decision)
- Nathan Baker (High A-Debut) 6IP, 5H, 3ER, 5K, 1BB (L,0-1)
- From Fri games:
Brian Bixler (Indy debut) 2-5, 3B, RBI
Jeff Locke (AA Debut) 5IP, 4H, 0ER, 5K, 0BB
Gorkys Hernandez 2-4, RBI (.272)
Josh Harrison 2-4, RBI (.314 AVG) Leads E.L
Quincy Latimore 2-5, Walk off HR, 2 RBI
Around the Ballparks:
- The Phillies activate third baseman Placido Polanco from the DL and released OF Juan Castro. (He batted just .198 with 13 RBI in 54 games this season)
- Entering Sat night, the White Sox have won 26 of last 32 games.
- Jered Weaver won his 60th Career game yesterday.
Fewest decisions to 60 career wins (active right handed pitchers)
ATL- Tim Hudson (86 decisions)
HOU- Roy Oswalt (86 decisions)
CWS- Freddy Garcia (89 decisions)
LAA- Jered Weaver (92 decisions)
- Bronson Arroyo (last 6 starts)
5-1, 2.20 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
2 ER or fewer in 5 of the 6 starts
- Worst Road Records (AL) -Entering Sat- win pct%
Orioles 13-34 .277%
Mariners 14-31 .311%
Indians 17-31 .347%
Tigers 16-26 .381% (who are 32-13 @ Commerica Park)
A’s 18-26 .410%
- Strasburg (last nights start) 6IP, 4H, 0ER, 7K. 99 Pitches, Nats beat the Marlins, 4-0.
Strasburg has 2 ER or fewer in 7 of his 8 career starts.
- 5 + Strikeouts and 3 ER or fewer (in each of first 8 career starts)
CIN G. Nolan 1967, 11 starts
LAD F. Valenzuela 1981, 8 starts
WSH S. Strasburg 2010, 8 starts
- Brett Myer is the only pitcher in MLB to go atleast 6 innings in each of his 19 starts this season.
Consecutive starts of 6IP + (to start season)
Brett Myers 19 games (2010)
Joe Niekro 14 games (1977)
Mike Hampton 14 games (1998)
Bob Knepper 14 games (1988)
Jose Lima 13 games (1998)
- Zack Greinke (First 19 starts, last 2 seasons)
Record: (2010) 5-9 (2009) 10-5
ERA: (2010) 3.67 (2009) 2.08
K’s: (2010) 104 (2009) 136
HR Allowed: (2010) 13 (2009) 4
- Adam Wainwright is the first Cardinals player to win 10 consecutive starts at home since John Tudor in 1985.
- The Rays are now 9-0 on the road this season when Jeff Niemann (5-0 individual record) takes the mound. (3.41 ERA 60.2IP, 23ER)
- Cliff Lee is the first player to pitch at least 9 IP in each of his first two games (with new team) and go winless in both since Bill Parsons in ’71 with the Brewers.
- Ichiro tied Yogi Berra in career hits (2,150, which is 190th on all-time list. Unlike Yogi, Ichiro had 1,278 more in Japan.
- Tony Gwynn of the Padres is the first NL player with two inside the park HR in the same season since Jimmy Rollins did back in 2004.
- The Giants gave away Tim Lincecum bobbleheads tonight. Apparently, they ran out 30 minutes after the gates opened. It’s actually pretty awesome:
Sadly, I had to miss the game tonight. I hate when I can’t be there but that’s life. I went to a Bridal Shower so i did enjoy hanging out with friends and family. It was “Garden themed” and were told to wear our favorite hat.
No, the Red Sox are not my favorite team calm down. Any chance to wear a ball cap I jump on the oppurtunity. I am a lover of baseball. I cheer for the Pirates because I grew up watching them, but I also root for many other teams and many other players. You will find me in all different team gear, at all different ballparks, I’m not a bandwagon fan, Im a lover of the game. (Plus it looked cute with my dress )
Tomorow’s Pitching Matchup:
6-10, 3.08 ERA
Oswalt threw a one-hit shutout in his last start. The win put him one win behind Joe Niekro for the most wins in Astros history.
5-7, 4.37 ERA
Maholm deserved a better fate after a fine outing in his last start before the All-Star break. Maholm held the Brewers in check before a rare bullpen lapse led to a 5-4 extra-inning loss.