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If you weren’t at the Pirates game on Tuesday, you really missed out. A pitcher’s duel it was.
Tim Hudson –a mentioned canidate for the Cy Young award this season–was dominate through the first six innings. He even had a perfect game through four. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Pirates were able to do some damage.
After only combining for three hits the entire game. The Pirates scored five runs in the seventh inning. The heart of the lineup –Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez– both hit doubles.
“We were just fortunate enough to capitalize on a few — I wouldn’t call them mistakes — just a few pitches that we were able to get enough wood on,” Alvarez said.
The Braves decided to walk Ryan Doumit intentionally to get to Ronny Cedeno who made them pay with a two-run RBI triple.
I was excited a little bit, but I calmed down when I came to the plate,” Cedeno said. “I said, ‘This is going to be mine.’ He missed his spot, and I drove the ball.”
Delwyn Young came in to pinch hit and blasted a two-run home run home run into the second deck of the left field bleachers. (His home run snapped an 0-for-28 skid by the Pirates pinch-hitters.)
Obviously, you know they’re a great team,” third baseman Pedro Alvarez said. “It’s a little more special when it’s a team like the Braves. Hudson is a great competitor, and he’s a great pitcher. We just always try to grind it out and play until the end.”
Thanks to the great defense by the Buccos, James McDonald picked up a much deserved win. J-Mac pitched seven innings giving up zero runs on five hits, walked three and stuck out three. Not only did McDonald match Hudson, he pitched a shutout against the Braves who are play-off contenders.
“I don’t know how to explain good defense, but you really appreciate what your team does for you,” McDonald said. “You see them working out there hard, and it just makes you want to get the job done just that much more.”
Brandon Moss, who struggled during Spring Training in 2010, is getting a chance to prove himself in the big leagues. This season for Triple-A Indy, Moss hit .266 with 22 homers and 96 RBI and was also named the Indians team MVP.
“We felt Brandon had done what he needed to do to deserve a call-up,” Huntington said. “At-bats will be difficult to come by due to the outfield numbers, but we felt adding Moss and Presley was the right move.”
Alex Presley finished the season with 166 hits combined from Indy and Altoona, which tied him with former Pirate Nate McLouth for the fifth most hits in a season by a minor league player.
“Alex provides a pinch-run/pinch-hit option off the bench that also gives us a defensive option in the outfield,” Huntington said. “Like Brandon, he earned a chance.”
News and Notes:
- With the eight inning double, Neil Walker pushed his hitting streak to 14 game. The longest by Pirates rookie since Johnny Ray hit in 14 straight in 1982.
- With the loss to the Pirates on Tuesday, the Braves are now in second-place, for the first time since May 30th, (one game behind the Phillies) in the National League East.
- The Braves have only been hitting .135 (5-for-37) with runners in scoring position over the past five games. And during that span, the Braves have left 42 men on base.
Derek Lowe 11-12, 4.53 ERA
Zach Duke 7-12, 5.24 ERA
Lowe missed his last start due to a sore right elbow. He is making his first start since Aug 29th, he allowed five runs through three innings against the Marlins. In Lowe’s last three starts, 16 innings pitched, he is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA.
The Braves are hitting just .250 as a team against left-handers. Duke pitched well his last start against the Nationals. He only went five innings but they were solid, four runs on five hits, walked three and struck out five.
“I expect to go seven or eight innings,” Duke said after his last start. “I’m upset I wasn’t able to give us more.”
After pitching a beauty on Monday against the Braves, Brian Burres will remain in the Pirates rotation for the remainder of the season.
Manager John Russell annouced that Burres will start in Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Jeff Karsents’ sore shoulder is slowly improving but it is unlikely that he will make another start this season. If Karstens does pitch before the season ends, it would be from the bullpen.
“He’s getting better,” Russell said. “It’s still going to be a few days before there is a determination about when he might be ready to come back.”
Pitching was outstanding during Monday’s victory over the Braves. Thanks to the great arms from the ‘Pen.
Chris Resop, Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan have continued to prove what a great asset they are to the Pirates team.
Resop, who the Pirates acquired in early August from the Braves pitched a scoreless inning, allowed one hit, walked two and struck out one. After loading the bases with braves in the seventh, Resop got Prado to hit a dribbler up the third base line for the final out.
In 16 appearances this season he has a 4.80 ERA through 15.1 innings pitched and has allowed just one home run.
Evan Meek pitched for the first time on Monday since being hit in the hand by a line drive in Milwaukee. Meek gave up one hit and one walked one through a scoreless inning. In 58 appearences this season Evan has a 2.11 ERA, has allowed 48 hits through 68.1 innings pitched, a .195 AVG against and has allowed four home runs all season.
“I had a good side [session] the day before, but you’re not pitching with much adrenaline,” Meek said. “Getting out there and being out for a week, you’d be amazed at how rusty you feel.
“I just tried to stay within myself, tried to throw strikes. I’m just glad we got out of it. Burres did a heck of a job today. To come out of the bullpen and do what he did today, it’s just awesome. It was incredible.”
Joel Hanrahan pitched a one hit scoreless inning and picked up his fourth save of the season. Hinske, who pitched hit for Moylan, as well as Infante both grounded to second. Heyward, who arguably should be the rookie of the year, singled in the ninth but Hanrahan shut down Prado who flew out to right.
Hanrahan continues to lead the team in strikeouts with 83 (has only walked 18) through 58.2 innings. Joel has 17 holds this season and a 3.68 ERA.
With the two-run home run in the sixth-inning of the Pirates 3-1 win over the Braves on Monday, Neil Walker extended his hitting streak to 13 games. This streak is the longest by a Pirate player this season as well as a career-high for Walker.
The home run, that landed in the Pirates shubbery, was his 10th of the season and his fifth in his last nine games.
“I just tried to put the barrel on it,” Walker said of his home run swing — his 38th extra-base hit in 333 at-bats this season. “I saw Jose [Alvarez] was running on the pitch and I felt like it was one of the best pitches I’d seen all day. He was hitting his spots pretty good and left a pitch out over the plate and I felt like I could do something with it, and I got enough of it.”
Tuesday’s Pitching Matchup:
Tim Hudson 15-6, 2.30 ERA
James McDonald 2-4, 5.03 ERA
Omar Infante 2B
Jason Heyward RF
Martin Prado 3B
Brian McCann C
Derek Lee 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Alex Gonzalez SS
Rick Ankiel CF
Tim Hudson RHP
Andrew McCutchen CF
Jose Tabata LF
Neil Walker 2B
Garrett Jones 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Ryan Doumit RF
Ronny Cedeno SS
Chris Synder C
James McDonald RHP
Brian Burres pitched a very good game for the Pirates on Monday. He limited the Braves to just five hits through six innings on one run and struck out three.
Burres took a good oppurtunity and ran with it. He started in place of Jeff Karstens who is having shoulder fatigue. But was it enough to stay in the rotation the remainder of the season?
“He made a pretty strong statement today,” Bucs manager John Russell said. “We’ll look at it as we go forward, but he made a pretty strong statement to get an opportunity to start.”
It was Burres first start for the Pirates since May 29th and is now 3-3 on the season after getting the win.
When asked if Brian had a preference to start he said, “Really, I just want to pitch whenever they’d like me to pitch. Yeah, I’ve been a starter, I enjoy being a starter, but whatever they need me to do, I’d be happy to do it.
“[Today], I was just trying to go out there and stay as focused as I could, one hitter at a time, one pitch at a time. I really wasn’t trying to think of what could happen after this if I had a bad start.”
Chris Resop has been domiant for the Pirates since they acquired him in August. In 15 appearences, Resop has only been scored upon three times. He has only allowed seven hits and struck out 17 through 13 innings pitched.
“[The Pirates] got a real good find with him,” the veteran manager said while he sat in the visitors’ dugout during batting practice. “He’s always had a great arm, but now he knows how to pitch. That was a good pickup for [the Pirates].”
“We made him a starter this year for the first time and he took off like gangbusters [in the Minors],” Cox said. “We couldn’t wait to get him up here.”
Resop’s injury forced the Braves to put him on waivers and it was the Pirates who snagged him up.
“Obviously, he’s put himself in a good situation,” Pirates manager John Russell said. “He’s thrown the ball well. He’s a guy you can count on. He comes in and throws strikes — and he throws quality strikes. He’s put himself in a really good spot with us, and I think he really has found his niche a little bit. I think he’s really comfortable here and likes it here and is making a strong statement for himself.”
- The Braves are 5-1 against the Pirates this season.
- The Pirates have hit 14 home runs in their past 10 games.
- Jose Tabata was hit in the hand by a fastball from Jason Marquis during Sunday’s game against the Nationals. The ball grazed Tabata’s thumb but during the game it looked more serious than that. He fell to the ground and took a few minutes to get up and make his way to first-base.
“It’s OK,” Tabata said, adding that he doesn’t expect to miss any games.
Monday’s Pitching Matchup:
Tommy Hanson 9-10, 3.60 ERA
Brian Burres 2-3, 6.31 ERA
Hanson has allowed one earned run or fewer in six of his past eight starts. Against the Mets on the 1st he was dominant allowing just one hit, no runs, through seven innings, walked one and struck out three.
Burres is taking Jeff Karstens start in the rotation (shoulder sorness). This is Brian’s first start for the Pirates since May 29th. Since he was re-called late August.he has pitched primarily fromt he ‘pen.
Omar Infante 4
Jason Heyward 9
Martin Prado 5
Derrek Lee 3
Matt Diaz 7
Alex Gonzalez 6
David Ross 2
Nate McLouth 8
Tommy Hanson 1
Andrew McCutchen 8
Jose Tabata 7
Neil Walker 4
Garrett Jones 3
Pedro Alvarez 5
Ryan Doumit 2
Delwyn Young 9
Ronny Cedeno 6
Brian Burres 1
And for the first time this season i made it in the top 50.
First of all, I wanted to thank everyone who reads my blog. It really means a lot. I enjoy doing this and I hope you guys enjoy reading it.
And secondly, congrats to all the winners. I noticed a lot of the blogs are women which is really awesome.
And lastly, thanks to Mark who runs the mlblogs. My photo was part of the panel showing the winners. (Top left, next to Pirates MLB.com Reporter, Jenifer Langosch)
Daniel McCutchen made his first start last night in a little mover a month. The expectations weren’t so high, let’s just be honest. Since he was moved to the bullpen, the longest outing he has pitched was four innings. And against the Cardinals line-up, well, I was hoping for five decent innings from him.
McCutchen pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and struck out five (which included a strike-out swinging from Albert Pujols) Daniel picked up his second win on the season and the Pirates won 5-2.
“I didn’t feel a whole lot of pressure,” McCutchen said. “I wasn’t thinking about how deep I was going to go in the game. I was just trying to focus on every hitter and every inning at the time.”
“He did a good job,” Cards manager Tony La Russa said. “As I remember, we scratched out a run here and a run there [last time facing him], but he’s an impressive looking young pitcher.”
Yes, you read that correctly. The Pirates took 2-of-3 from the Cardinals. The last time they won a series against St. Louis was May of 2009.
Poor Tony La Russa. The Cardinals are in the pennant race, currently 3.5 games back. They probally thought they would come to Pittsburgh and sweep the Pirates; easy, and make some ground in the NL Central. Woops. Your welcome Reds.
“To go out and to play like we did, and pitch like we did against that lineup, is something that we strive for and what we’re working toward doing on a daily basis,” said Neil Walker, whose handprint was all over this victory. “Obviously, teams like the Cardinals have shown from a professional standpoint that they’re able to do it. To know how we played these last couple days is something that we’re striving for.”
The Pittsburgh Kid, Neil Walker did it once again. Tuesday night he delievered the game winning runs, Wed night was no different. In the third inning, Synder reached base by a hit by pitch. Daniel McCutchen reached on a bunt attempt that Pujols tried to get the Synder at second, but was unsucessful. Andrew McCutchen hit a dribbler twoards the third base line.
The bases were loaded and Walker stepped up to the plate.
“As a competitive baseball player, that’s anybody’s dream to come up with the bases loaded,” he said. “To be able to have the opportunity the last couple of nights, to have some guys in scoring position, has been great. Approach doesn’t change. Just try to put the barrel on the ball.”
Walker didn’t treat Westbrook very kindly. Neil launched the sinker off the wall in center field. If it was elevated by a few feet it would have been a grand slam. Walker settled for a bases clearing triple.
Walker upped his batting average with runners on base to .381.
“You want to be aggressive, you want to be energized, but you want to stay within yourself and let the process of the swing and the at-bat take over,” Russell said, pointing to Walker’s steady approach as the reason behind his success in such critical spots. “Good things happen when you do that.”
Jose Tabata had a bases-loaded hit in the fourth and Garrett Jones’ solo homer in the eighth gave the Pirates the 5-2 Victory.
“He threw a great game,” manager John Russell said. “He was sharp, the ball was down, you have to tip your hat. For him to go out and pitch six innings against that team and shut them down was outstanding. I can’t say enough about what he did.”
“A lot of it goes to (catcher Chris) Snyder,” McCutchen said. “I felt like he had a good game plan and knew what I was capable of doing. He didn’t ask me to do too much but really kept them off-balance with all the pitches early in innings. Going to off-speeds early, I was able to throw for strikes and stay ahead in the count for the most part.”
The Pirates bullpen pitched well again last night too.
Chris Resop pitched 1/3 of an inning. He did give up a solo-Home run to Lopez in the seventh. To be fair, it was a cheap home run as it hit off the foul poul.
Ledezma came in and finished off the seventh, gave up two hits and struck out one.
Evan Meek pitched a perfect eighth inning. He retired the heart of the lineup, including Pujols and Holliday.
“Things seem a lot different now,” reliever Evan Meek said. “This past week, we started having this meeting going over the night before.”
“And guys start talking,” Meek said. ” ‘This guy had a heads-up play doing this.’ Or ‘This guy had a big hit.’ We’re starting to pay attention to what guys are doing. It’s not so much individuals. It’s more of a team.”
Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth inning, although it wasn’t a save oppurtunity. He gave up one run on two hits and the Buccos won 5-2.
News and Notes:
- The Pirates have an off-day on Thursday. They have a three game road series against the Brewers and Cubs before the return back to PNC Park on Septemeber 3rd.
- Altoona Curve’s Broadcaster quit during the middle of the game -Pirates Prospects
- (Via @LangoschMLB) In case you’re curious: No, Pirates D. McCutchen didn’t earn another start w/ his sharp outing Wed; Russell says back to the ‘pen for Cutch.
- Former Bucco, and award winner of FLUKE SEASON, Jose Bautista is talking crap on the Pirates -ESPN
- Like Jason Heyward? Why Not Pedro Alvarez? -Bloomberg Sports
- Ross Ohlendorf was placed on the 15-day DL and Brian Burres was re-called from Triple-A Indy. Burres was called up for the third time this season and will be used primarily out of the Bullpen.
- The Pirates still have not decided on who will start in place of Ohlendorf on Sunday. Charlie Morton or Brad Lincoln are options or the Pirates could use Burres or Gallagher if they are not used much in the pen’.
- 4th round pick Nick Kingham made his pro debut on Wed: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
The Pirates have finalized their deal with Columbian shortstop Dilson Herrera. The 16 year old will get a $220,000 bonus.