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Charlie Morton’s awaited start didn’t go very well. After being sent down to Triple-A Indy over three months ago, Morton was given his first start on Sunday afternoon against the Brewers.
During a pre-game interview, Morton said ”I feel like I’ve come a long way.” Unfortunately today, he seemed like the same ol’ Charlie we saw in the begining of the season.
He was pulled after throwing 82 pitches through 3.1 Innings, giving up nine hits, eight runs, seven earned, walked one and struck out two. With the Pirates loss, Morton falls to 1-10 with an 10.03 ERA. (allowing 52 earned runs on 75 hits over 46 2/3 innings)
“[Morton] just didn’t execute quality pitches,” Pirates manager John Russell said. “I think he threw a few too many offspeed pitches and didn’t really get aggressive with his fastball. Just not enough quality pitches. When he throws that many offspeed pitches, then he loses the aggressiveness of really being able to pound the zone.”
Three runs were surrendered in the first inning. After allowing back-to-back singles and a walk, Dickerson hit a two-RBI single and a wild pitch scored McGehee.
Charlie seemed to have calmed down in the second inning, allowing just one hit — a double by Kottaras– then retired the next three batters.
Morton was hit hard in the third inning allowing three more runs to score, although, this time it wasn’t all his fault. Ryan Braun reached first base on an error by Ronny Cedeno and a passed ball by Ryan Doumit were the factors in two of the runs. Escobar and Kottaras both hit RBI singles, giving the Brewers a 6-2 lead.
Charlie was pulled in the fourth inning after giving up a two-run home run to Ryan Braun (his 19th of the season).
“Early on, they seemed to be on my four-seamer pretty good,” Morton said. “I was throwing my sinker, but I was falling behind in some counts. With my sinker, I was inducing less firm contact, but I got beat bad on a couple curveballs I left up in the zone.”
I hope that JR gives Charlie another start. You probally are thinking I’m crazy, but hear me out. Morton was being caught by Ryan Doumit and let’s face it we know he is a horrible game caller. With Chris Snyder’s experience I would like to see how he would pitch with Chris being behind the plate. Throughout the game I noticed Morton shaking off Doumit a lot. Not only were they not on the same page, I can only imagine that doesn’t boost his confidence and only ads frustration.
Neil Walker hit a two-run home run in the first inning of Dave Bush. (Back-to-back homer nights for Walker who is batting .369 with runners on base)
In the second inning with two men on base, Cedeno at the plate and the pitchers spot up next, Ronny decided to bunt. I may not be a baseball player but I do know that is a very stupid idea. I’m not sure if that call was from the bench (god help us if it was) but WHY, oh, WHY would Cedeno do that? He was obviously out at first base. Morton struck out and Tabata flied to center to end the inning and leave both Doumit and Milledge in scoring position.
Dave Bush gave up two more home runs during his seven innings, Doumit in the fourth and Young in the seventh inning. Bush has now given up 10 home runs this month and 25 on the season. He gave up three runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked two. Bush is 7-11 on the season.
There was a scary moment in the eighth inning when Evan Meek was hit in the right arm by a come-backer from Ryan Braun (As if I need another reason to hate him). At first it had looked like Meek was hit in the chest. He fell to the ground and after a minute was helped to his feet. Evan walked off the field with JR and the Pirates medical staff favoring his right hand. Thankfully, the X-rays came back negative and there was no fracture. Meek was diagnosed with a contusion on his right wrist.
Trevor Hoffman came into the ninth inning to pick up his 599th career save and the Bucs lost to the Brewers 8-4.
News and Notes:
- The Pirates starting pitching now has a record of 24-72. It is the first time since 1952 that the team have five 10 loss starters. (Duke 6-12, Maholm 7-12, Ohlendorf 1-11, Morton 1-10)
- The Pirates have now lost 13 straight on the road.
- Jhonatan Ramos promoted from State College to West Virginia.
Minor League Update:
- Matt Curry (16th round pick in the 2010 draft) at State College, 50 games: .295 AVG, 13 2B, 6HR, 25 RBI
- John Bowker .310 AVG, 17 HR, 44 RBI, .960 OPS
- Alex Presley .324 AVG, 12 HR, 79 RBI, .880 OPS
- Josh Harrison .298 AVG, 3 HR, 72 RBI, 17 SB
- Chase D’Arnaud .243 AVG, 4HR, 44 RBI, 32 SB
- Starling Marte .335 AVG, 2 HR, 36 RBI, 23 SB –Since return from the DL .381 AVG, 19RBI in 28 games
- Rudy Owens 11-6, 2.56 ERA, 0.99 WHIP
- Justin Wilson 10-7, 3.12 ERA, .216 OPP AVG
- Bryan Morris 9-4, 3.12 ERA, 120 K
- Jeff Locke 12-4, 3.24 ERA, 1.12 WHIP
- Zach Von Rosenberg 1-6, 3.20 ERA, 1.24 WHIP
Tabata 8, Young 9, Walker 4, Jones 3, Alvarez 5, Doumit 2, Milledge 7, Cedeno 6, Morton 1
*Andrew McCutchen gets some much needed rest today. He is 8-for-38 (barely hitting over the Mendoza line) in his last 10 games with six strike outs.
**Garrett Jones has really been slumping. 4-for-38 with 11 strike outs in his last 10 games. The problem is there isn’t many options to give Jones rest. Clement in on the DL, Andy LaRoche started at first base once this season. Until John Bowker is called-up from AAA (and saves us all!) the only other option is Ryan Doumit and we all know how awful that went.
Weeks 4, Inglett 9, Braun 7, Fielder 3, McGehee 5, Dickerson 8, Escobar 6, Kottaras 2, Bush 1
The seventh inning seems to be haunting the Pirates as of late. For the second game in a row, the Pirates allowed the seventh to get out of hand giving the Brewers the chance to win the game.
“We always know every time we come here it’s going to be a battle,” Walker said. “Four-run lead, three-run lead, whatever it may be, it’s never safe here when we play these guys.”
The Pirates entered the seventh inning with a 7-4 lead over the Brewers, but with the lineup the Brewers have, it’s never enough. Sean Gallagher gave up the lead-off single. Lefty Brian Burres was brought in to face the heart of the lineup. Prince Fielder launched a massive home run –estimated at 455 feet– bringing the game within one run. Chan Ho Park entered the inning four batters later, attempting to get out of the inning with the lead. Pedro Alvarez was charged with a fielding error at third base (10th this season), allowing Cain to score and tie the game at 7.
“It’s a tough play, but again, it kind of shows our youth a little bit,” said Pirates manager John Russell. “We make those plays and it might be a different game, but the guys really battled. They kept after it.”
After 14 pitchers were used, 21 position players and more than four hours later, the game finally ended in the 11th inning. Wil Ledema was on the mound. Neil Walker made the second costly error of the game (his first since July 4th), allowing Prince Fielder to get on first base, what could have been a double play. Instead, the Rookie–Lorenzo Cain– hit a walk-off home run and the Brewers won 8-7.
“It’s a tough play, but again, it kind of shows our youth a little bit,” said Pirates manager John Russell. “We make those plays and it might be a different game, but the guys really battled. They kept after it.”
The Pirates roughed up starter, Chris Capuano. They sent him packing after just three innings and 75 pitches. Capuano gave up six runs on six hits, walked three and struck out five.
Jose Tabata continued to be a hitting machine. He homered in the first inning and went 3-for-6 with two RBI on the night.
The offense didn’t stop there. Chris Synder hit a three-run home run in the third inning (He also hit a home run in Friday’s game) 1-for-3 on the night with two walks. Neil Walker went 3-for-6, with a solo home run in the seventh.
The Brewers sent Parra, McClendon, Coffey, Axford, Hoffman and Loe to the mound and through eight innings of relief, they only gave up five hits and one run.
Zach Duke pitched 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, walked one and struck out one.
“It’s tough coming in here, but we battled with them tonight,” Duke said. “Hopefully we can get one tomorrow.”
News and Notes:
- With the 8-7 loss, the Pirates have now lost 12 straight on the road.
- Chicks may dig the long ball, but apparently so does Miller Park. There was a total of six home runs last night (Tabata, Synder, Fielder (2), Lucroy, Walker). In the eight games this season at Miller Park against the Pirates they have hit 17 home runs.
- Sometimes Manager John Russell does things that really makes me scratch my head. Ryan Doumit has been awful against lefties this season, batting just .179 with a .252 OBP. So it made sense to start him against the left-handed starter, Chris Capuano right? Until John Bowker is called up in Septemeber (and saves us from the horrendous-ness that is Milledge and Doumit in right field) why not platoon the two in the time being?
Doumit VS RHP:
Milledge VS LHP:
- The Pirates used all but two pitchers in the 11 inning game (Meek and McCutchen) Meek was warming up in the ’pen. Duke, Burres, Park, Hanrahan, Resop, Ledezma combined for 15 hits and eight runs.
- Hanrahan pitched a scoreless eight inning. He struck out the first two batters, walked Braun but struck out Prince Fielder swinging with a 97 mph heater to end the inning. NASTY.
- The Pirates are 4-5 in extra inning games, while the Brewers are 6-4.
- Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen both were o’fers on the night. Jones 0-for-6, McCutchen 0-for-5. GFJ is just 11-for-96.
- The Pirates are 5-12 against the Brewers this season, 17-45 since 2007.
- (Via @BucsInsider) Since his 6/9 recall Jose Tabata is tied with Albert Pujols for most hits (87) in NL.
Minor League Update:
- Brandon Moss: 1-for-4, 2R, HR (21), 3RBI
- Jeff Locke 6IP, 5H, 1ER, 5K, 1BB
- Starling Marte (Double header) 3-for-8, 3RBI, SB, 4R
Sunday’s Pitching Matchup:
Charlie Morton 1-9, 9.35 ERA
Morton is making his first start in the majors since May 27th. In 80 innings pitched and 18 starts Charlie was 4-4, 3.83 ERA with 53 K and 30 BB for Triple-A Indy. Morton is 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA career against the Brewers.
Bush is 3-6 with a 4.84 ERA at Miller Park this season. In 14 career starts against the Pirates he is 5-5 with a 4.61 ERA.
News and Notes:
- The Altoona Curve needs five more wis to clinch an Eastern League playoffs spot.
The Pirates re-called Charlie Morton from Triple-A Indy and will make the start at Miller Park on Sunday. Morton’s last start in the majors was on May 27, 2010. In 14 starts with the Indians he went 4-4 with a 3.83 ERA, including 53 strikeouts and 30 walks.
The Pirates optioned LHP Justin Thomas to Triple-A Indy to make room for Morton.
Dana Eveland will take the spot in the rotation from Charlie Morton for the Indians.
James McDonald continued to be impressive in his start last night. J-Mac had six strong innings and retired the first six in a row, including three strikeouts through two innings. He also had a 2-1 lead over the Brewers. However, things spiraled out of control in the seventh inning for McDonald and the Bucs.
Two runs scored and it should have been a second out, Instead the Brewers toook a 3-2 lead.
Jonathan Lucroy, who went 2-for-4 on the night, had an RBI single. J-Mac was pulled after 6.1 innings, seven hits, six earned runs, two walks and seven strikeouts.
Chris Resop came in for relief and gave up consecutive doubles by Corey Hart and Ryan Braun, three more runs scored.
The bleeding stopped after six runs scored, the Bucs down 7-2.
“I thought McDonald threw the ball very well,” said Pirates manager John Russell. “He just couldn’t get out of that inning. After that, he just couldn’t get back in the dugout. You can’t give up six runs in the seventh.”
“It’s not frustrating, things happen. We played hard. Things didn’t fall our way,” McDonald said. “I felt like I had good stuff today. Sometimes I’ve had great stuff and I’m out in the fourth inning. I still went deep in the game. Things didn’t fall our way, but we’ll get them next time.”
Chris Synder hit a solo-home run and Ronny Cedeno hit a RBI single for the Bucs two runs.
James McDonald got the loss, dropping to 2-4 on the season.
Other News and Notes:
- The Pirates lost their oppurtunity to win three games in a row. The last time the Pirates did was June 30-July 2nd. They have only done so three times this season and four straight would have been the first.
- MLB Commissioner, Bud Selig said that he is convinced the Pirates are headed in the right direction.
“I evaluate everything that goes on, and people tell me the kids that they’re [drafting and] signing are good,” Selig said. “I know there’s frustration, and I understand that and I’m not unsympathetic. But I really think they’re on the right track.”Selig was asked whether he would like to see the Pirates increase payroll for 2011.
“That’s up to them, but I read already where they said they would,” Selig said. “People can talk about money, but they’ve spent a lot of money on scouting, a lot of money on player development. The frustration levels, I understand it from the fans’ standpoint. But it takes time to show. I’m satisfied that they are making good progress right now.”
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September call-ups can begin on Wed but GM Neil Huntington said he will wait until the AAA-Indy season ends on Sept. 6th. Likely players to get the call would be John Bowker and Joe Martinez (who the Pirates received in the Giants trade, sending Javier Lopez). Also, Brad Lincoln, Charlie Morton, Jason Jarmillo and Pedro Ciriaco may be called up as well. Brandon Moss, who is not on the 40-man is also being considered.
Saturday’s Pitching Matchup:
Zach Duke 6-12, 5.10 ERA
Chris Capuano 2-2, 3.72 ERA
Duke is coming off his best start of the season when he outdueled Mets’ Johan Santana. Zach pitched seven innings, gave up one run on five hits and struck out five. For Duke to be successful his sinker needs to be on and he needs to not have one huge run inning.
Capuano is replacing Manny Parra. Chris returned this season from a second Tommy John surgery. He has been primarily used from the pen’ and in his past 10 apperances, Capuano has not pitched more than three innings.
Friday’s Pitching Matchup:
James McDonald 2-2, 3.97 ERA
Chris Narveson 9-7, 5.69 ERA
McDonald’s command issues during his last start against the Mets cost him in the loss, the game was called after six innings due to several rain delays. J-Mac went five innings, gave up five runs on six hits, walked five and struck out four.
Narveson threw 64 pitches in his last start against the Padres. He lasted just three innings, gave up three runs on four hits, walked three and struck out zero. In his last three starts Chris has only six strikeouts and a 5.79 ERA in just 14 innings.
News and Notes:
- LHP Rudy Owens and C Hector Gimenez were named to the Eastern League post-season All-Star team.
- Pirates’ Hanrahan finds direct route to strikeouts -Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- Brandon Moss’ confidence returns with hitting stroke -MLB
- Everything I learned about Baseball I learned from my Grandmother -Cardinal Diamond Diaries
McCutchen 8, Tabata 7, Walker 4, Jones 3, Milledge 9, LaRoche 5, Cedeno 6, Snyder 2, McDonald (2-3, 5.04)
*Pedro Alvarez is batting just .171 (6-for-35) his in last seven games, 0 HR and just three RBI.
Weeks 4, Hart 9, Braun 7, Fielder 3, McGehee 5, Dickerson 8, Escobar 6, Lucroy 2, Narveson (9-7, 5.69)
- (via @RobBiertempfel)Pirates mgr re:starting LaRoche @ 3b: “It’s not so much Pedro (Alvarez) needs rest; it’s more about getting Andy in there.”
- RHP Jeff Karstens threw bullpen session today w/out problem. He’s in line to start as scheduled Tuesday.
- Triple-A Radio Broadcaster, Scott McCauley spoke with Brandon Moss regarding September call ups and International All-Star Nod. You can read the whole interview on his MLB Blog
Tell us your feelings on a September call-up (Brandon would need to be added to the 40 man roster)
I’m pretty sure the season is going to come to an end and I’m not going to be a call-up guy. Strictly because they have to make a move and I’m not on the roster. The Pirates have guys they envision being there a while. They are trying (Ryan) Doumit in the outfield; they have Lastings (Milledge) and Garrett (Jones) who needs at-bats and I don’t think I’m a call-up guy because there is no room to play me. I’m pretty sure they don’t want to call a guy up to sit and get paid. I really envision September 6th is going to come, we are going to play our last game at Louisville and I’m going to go back home to Georgia. With that said I’m proud of the year I’ve had and no matter what will happen in September I’ve put myself in a good position for next year. Will I re-sign with the Pirates if I don’t get called up? Who knows, that will be a decision I make with my agent and my family and will be decision based solely on what best for me and my family. Everything will play out over time and I’m happy with the position I have put myself in and will go into Spring Training with the plan of winning a Major League job somewhere.
I was spotted on T.V.
This is proof that the Pirate Parot is always picking on me. He’s hilarious though, so I don’t mind too much.
I’m sure by now, everyone has heard about what a big idiot Rob Dibble (Washington Nationals’ Analyst) is. If you didn’t hear about what he said about “Female Fans” here is exactly what he said on-air during the Nationals vs Marlins game on August 12th.
Those ladies right behind there, they haven’t stopped talking the whole game,” Rob Dibble said in the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s Nats broadcast. “They have some conversation going on. Right here,” he said, circling the offenders. “There must be a sale tomorrow going on here or something….Their husbands are going man, don’t bring your wife next time.”
“All right Bob, now they’re back there, they’re eating ice cream and talking at the same time,” Dibble noted in the top of the eighth.
“I just got an e-mail that said there’s a lot of women who come to the games — while their husbands are the ones at home — because they love this game,” Carpenter noted, briefly touching base with the 21st century. “Tread carefully, Mr. Dibble.”
“My wife loves to come to the game, but they’re right there, still talking,” Dibble countered.
This. Makes. Me. So. Angry!
After outrage from female fans and females that work in the business, Dibble did “apologize” saying this:
My mother was and continues to be my biggest fan. She has been there since I was eight years old playing Little League in Southington, Connecticut, shouting encouragement from the stands.
I’ll never forget 20 years ago during the NCLS; I thought I was on the top of my game, having played in my first All-Star game earlier that summer. But my mom said to me, “Rob you’ve got a good arsenal, but you still need a strikeout pitch.”
Mom was right, of course, and she remains as insightful a student of the game as I have ever known.
Likewise, my wife not only comes to every Nats game, but also scores every pitch, and genuinely feels it when her team makes an error or loses the game.
My 21-year-old daughter, who against my wishes, wears her Coco Crisp Red Sox Jersey to Yankee Stadium, does it to show pride and respect for her team.
That’s the great thing about baseball. No matter who you are or where you’re from, you can – and should – have a passion for the game and for the celebration of the game by its legions of fans in the stands. Those are the values I learned in Southington, and they are part of who I am today.
The game of baseball transcends race, sex, ethnicity, and economic status. Everyone can be a fan of this game and that’s why it remains our national pastime.
As a former player and a current broadcaster, I love baseball. Encouraging new fans and building upon our audience is essential to the future of the game. That’s why I host a national baseball radio show five days a week.
And it’s why I volunteer my time at various clinics and seminars throughout the year, to help bring baseball into the lives of new fans.
The other night I made an off-handed comment, the meaning of which may have been misconstrued beyond what was said. If any fan of this great game took offense, then he or she should know that this was neither my intention nor my history in the game.
I have had the privilege of knowing a great many fans of all backgrounds who are students of the game. Many of baseball’s most insightful fans, television viewers, and callers to my radio show are women.
And just like my mom in 1990, they know what they’re talking about.
I can’t help but bring this issue up and put my two sense in. Guys just don’t understand the issue woman have in the sports world. I have been a sports gal my whole entire life. Growing up I played softball and soccer year round. I also tried other sports but failed. (Gymnastics, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, etc.)
More importantly, I have LOVED watching Baseball, (my passion) football, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf. You name it, I watch it. Nothing compares to my love and passion for the game of baseball though. The most frustrating thing is that Rob Dibble said what most guys think. I know there are some guys out there that respect women in the industry. But sadly, a lot don’t.
I have a season ticket to the Pirates. I have only missed a handfull of games this season. I go early and watch both teams take batting pratice and warm-up. Out of 162 games, I’m at 150 of them. (That’s not even including road trips to other stadiums) I go to the game by myself. Most of my friends don’t really love baseball the way I do and to be honest I hate more than anything sitting next to someone who is talking and playing on their phone and not paying attention to the game. If I didn’t love this game, why on earth would I spend and arm and a leg for my seat? Why would I make it to at least 150 games a year? Why would I go to games alone if I didn’t understand the game of baseball?
It never fails, every game I get asked at least once what player I’m dating. Okay, maybe I get it a little. I sit a few rows behind the Pirates dugout, I’m alone, I’m a girl. And don’t get me wrong, it’s a compliment to be considered a ”baseball wife” but I’m not! Nor would I ever be! (No offense to the players.) Why can’t I just be a baseball fan, watching the game I love? I’m assumed to be either a wife/girlfriend or a Pro-Ho. (which I would never be either)
Normally, it’s men that ask the question. Then its followed by a few quiz style questions. ”Oh Yeah? Well, then who is the best hitter on the Padres? or, how long has Pedro been a Pirate? or, Who’s pitching against the Pirates tonight?” These are just a few of the questions I have to answer every single game. (Which I do, correctly. Then they feel like an idiot and I walk away.)
Then there are woman at games, that can be just as rude. (Aren’t we suppose to support each other?) Just because I’m an attractive girl doesn’t mean i’m going after your ballplayer or that I go to games just to try to snag one up. I know there are girls out there like that. Call me crazy but I want more out of my life than that.
To the women who are girlfriends, or wives. I hope to not have offended you. Some of the players are really great guys. Some of the ones I have gotten the oppurtunity to talk to and meet were really cool. And yes, I will admit that some of the players are very handsome and look very good in their uniform. But I’m not that kind of gal and I don’t want that kind of life. Some of the wives do great things with charity events and I have nothing but respect for that.
I just get so frustrated because I want to work in the industry. I want to be a part of this great, great game that I love. I hope that one day women like myself won’t be quizzed or assumed to be a girlfriend or a pro-ho.
Metsgrrl sums it up perfectly:
I wonder if Rob Dibble knows how many times women get looked at funny for keeping score. I wonder if Rob Dibble wonders how hard it is for female fans to have to continually defend their love of baseball as being about the game, and not about cute guys in tight uniforms. I wonder if Rob Dibble thought about what any teenage girls who were watching the game… and heard that. He just gave fuel to the fire of every sexist clod out there who thinks that women are dumb and can’t understand baseball and can’t possibly be at the game because they want to be. No one ever looks at a man and thinks “he must be here with his girlfriend”. It is hard enough to have a conversation with a guy at a game who assumes you are there because you are with a guy.
Here are some more comments:
Did you hear that, guys? Don’t bring your wife to baseball games! She might talk through the whole thing, which she probably doesn’t understand anyway, and like, spend all your money and stuff!
Thanks for the warning, Rob. It’s a good thing all the MALE corporate jerkoffs I see at Wrigley yakking on their Blackberries talk about nothing but OBP and the minor league draft, right? Hey, it’s a good thing they don’t let women work outside the home or drive cars or anything-imagine how much they’d have to talk about then.
Ultimately, though, I couldn’t ignore it. The fact is that this is my life. I am a woman who is a baseball fan. No, wait. I’m more than that. I am a woman who is a baseball writer. I’m a woman who is a baseball writer who runs the best and most successful Orioles blog on the internet. I am recognized by both local and out-of-town sports media as a knowledgeable source on the Baltimore Orioles.I am a woman who, if seated behind home plate at a Nationals game, would get circled by Rob Dibble and called out for gossiping about an upcoming sale while the men were trying to watch baseball.
I’m excited to be back at the Ballpark today. I’ll be sure to get some pictures of newly acquired Buccos; McDonald and Synder.
Today’s Pitching Matchup (CIN @ PIT 09/02/10)
Ross Ohlendorf (1-8, 4.35 ERA)
Travis Wood (1-1, 2.87 ERA)
Ohlendorf didn’t make it through the first inning in his last start after being struck on the side of the head with a comebacker. He suffered a bad contusion and abrasion.
“Considering I got hit in the head, I feel like I am really lucky with where it hit me,” he said. “I feel fine. I guess I got lucky.”
Wood has never faced the Pirates before, the Rookie has only started six games in the bigs. On the road this season he is 1-0 with a 3.13 ERA and an .198 OPP AVG.
- The Pirates have a record of 9-3 against the Cubs — and 12-28 against the other four NL Central teams this season.
- Chris Snyder and (RHP) James McDonald are expected to join the Pirates today for the seven game homestand. The Pirates will have to make a corresponding roster move. (Jason Jaramillo is expected to be sent down to AAA-Indy.)
- Neal Huntington said on Sunday during his radio show that he isn’t ruling out making some veteran bullpen additions to compensate for all the recent losses. The Bucs traded three key veteran Carrasco) and released Donnelly.
“We are a little bit concerned that we’re going to through some young, inexperienced pitchers into situations they’re not ready to handle,” Huntington said. “We may explore some options outside the organization to bring in a guy or two who has some experience back there. Or we might just go with the guys that we have to see if they can show us if they can be a part this year and beyond.”
Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek are the only two members of the pen that were here at the beginning of the season. They will share the eighth- and ninth-inning duties.
“We need our starters to get us deeper into the games,” Huntington said. “We’re going to need to somehow take those high-leverage outs in the sixth and seventh inning.
Other News & Notes:
- Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies on Saturday hit a Walk-off HR and a Cycle in the same game. He was only the fifth person in ML History to do so.
COL – C. Gonzalez (SAT) vs CHC
BOS – D. Evans (1984) vs SEA
KC – G. Brett (1979) vs BAL
MIN – C. Tovar (1972) vs TEX
STL – K. Boyer (1961) vs CHC
- Ryan Howard left Nationals Park on Sunday on crutches. He sprained his left ankle trying to get back to second base. Charlie Manuel said he doesn’t think he will be placed on the 15-day DL, although he can’t be certain until the swelling subsides. The X-Rays were negative.
It hurts,” Howard said. “Right now it’s just swollen. It’s tight. Other than that, it’s not too, too bad.”
- Corey Hart and the Brewers make a three year commitment.
“The Brewers are very excited to have Corey signed for the next three years,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement issued by the club. “He is one of our drafted and developed players and with his two-time All-Star performances, Corey deserves this contract that will provide his family security. We appreciate his wanting to remain a Brewer and a part of the Milwaukee community.”
- Most comeback wins this season:
Yankees – 34
Reds – 32
Braves – 30
Rays – 29
Red Sox – 29
Royals – 29
- Rockies Dexter Fowler got injured yesterday while making a really specatacular catch. You can watch the play here. He will have precautionary X-rays and possibly an MRI on his injured left side during the Rockies’ off-day, today.
“He’s got some abrasion,” Dugger said. “It scraped him. The wall pinched him a little bit, got the wind knocked out of him. It was a fabulous catch.”
“It all depends on how sore he is in the morning,” Dugger said on possibly losing him to the disabled list. “With rib injuries, there’s a good chance. We don’t want him to be down 4-5 days, but he if comes back and shows a good size contusion, he’s a DL candidate, for sure.”
Fowler tweeted last night to the fans:
@DFowler24: Hey everyone, home laying down…Ribs are really sore gonna get a MRI tomorrow…Thanks for your prayers and support! Better be #1 on SC!
Follow me on twitter: @kristpie
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
The Pirates, Brewers rivalry has been going on for quite some time now. Going into this home stand I had a feeling it was going to be an emotional one. It was a mostly quiet game through six innings with the pitching duel between Ross Ohlendorf and Yovani Gallardo.
In the seventh Inning Evan Meek gave up a two-run Homerun to Rickie Weeks, giving the Brewers a three run lead. Then it got ugly pretty fast.
Todd Coffey, who came in for relief, threw three balls to Jose Tabata then quickly threw a fastball behind him. Home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski warned Coffey as well as both dugouts. Tabata was walked.
Was there intent behind the pitch?
“Absolutely,” manager John Russell said.
“In this series, I knew we hit some of their players,” began Evan Meek, who yielded his second homer in 24 outings, a critical, two-run blast in the seventh by Weeks. “But none of those was intentional. I can understand the last game, retaliation [for a 15-3 Pirates romp Wednesday]. I get that. But they had it with Delwyn Young. They threw at him with another pitch. Then they hit him. It should’ve been over then. They made their point. Personally, I think it’s unnecessary. … There’s no reason to throw at Tabata.”
After the warnings were given out Prince Fielder then complained to First Base Umpire Marvin Hudson. (Fielder was hit in the the previous two games)
The fans erupted from the stands and let loose booing and chanting to both Fielder and Coffey.
Rewind to the fifth, Ohlendorf plunked Weeks then the Brewers returned the favor in the bottom half of the inning when Gallardo hit Dewlyn Young.
You would think it would all be over. They both retaliated. Wrong.
Delwyn Young singled, and Neil Walker hit a two-RBI double, taking advantage of the situation. The Pirates cut the lead to just one run.
“You let the bat do the talking,” said Walker, after his sixth straight multi-hit game. “I’m sure they didn’t expect to have two runs scored on them with two outs after putting Tabata on first.”
In the eight inning, Javier Lopez came into the game. After a leadoff walk to Fielder, who then moved to second base on a single, with Escobar at the plate. He hit the ball to left sending Prince home. The throw by Lastings Milledge was there in plenty of time but that didn’t stop him from trying to pummel Erik Kratz. Elbows up, Fielder slammed into Kratz’s mask, but it was Erik who not only stood his ground but knocked Prince down, ball in hand.
“Emotions were running high,” Kratz said. “It was that kind of game. If it was a 6-1 game, maybe he doesn’t do that. But if he knocks the ball out of my glove, it’s a great play because they are up another run. It’s a good hard play.
“If he was catching and I was coming in, I’m not going to hit him in the stomach or hit him in the chest,” he added. “I’m trying to knock the ball out and hit him as hard as I can. That’s just the game. He played it hard.”
The crowd at PNC Park went crazy with emotions running high. There were boo’s and cheers and chanting. I’ve never been at a game where the fans were so into it.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, still down by one run, The Pirates came to bat and attempted to win in walk-off fashion. Cedeno struck out, Church grounded to second and Tabata struck out to end the game.
The Pirates lost 3-2, and split the series with the Brewers at two a piece
It was pretty intense,” Braun said, who went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts on the night. “It was nice to feel like we played a meaningful game. That was probably the best atmosphere of any game I’ve played here [in Pittsburgh] in my four years.”
Ross Ohlendorf pitched Six innings giving up six hits, giving up just one run, one walk, and struck out six. He got the loss and drops to 1-8 on the season.
Gallardo got his first win since coming off the DL. (oblique strain)
The Pirates and Brewers meet again one more time this season, Aug. 27-29 in Milwaukee.
Today’s Pitching Matchup:
Kevin Correia (6-6, 5.22 ERA) VS Paul Maholm (6-7, 4.03 ERA)
Correia picked up his sixth win on Sunday against the Diamondbacks, giving up three runs on six hits over six innings and tied his career high with nine strikeouts.
Maholm gave the Bucs their first complete game of the season and the fourth of his career in his last start, allowing just three hits in the 9-0 victory against the Astros.
- Ryan Doumit was placed on the 15-day DL. Jason Jaramillo was recalled.
Doumit took a foul ball off his mask on Monday night and felt groggy afterward. Manager John Russell started Kratz on Tuesday, and Doumit returned behind the plate Wenesday. In the first inning Rickie Weeks ran over him in a home-plate collision.
“Ultimately, Ryan didn’t want to go on the disabled list,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “It was our decision in his best interest, in the team’s best interest, in the organization’s best interest to just go ahead and give Ryan 15 days of rest. He’s been dinged a few times this year.”
Russell continued: “We need to get Ryan healthy. Make sure he gets over this completely.”
Doumit is expected to rest through the weekend and resume light physical exertion early next week.
Huntington said the Pirates expect Doumit to go on a rehabilitation assignment to one of their minor league teams near the end of the two weeks.
The Pirates expect Andrew McCutchen back in the lineup by Saturday or Sunday. He has been taking Batting pratice and doing some light activity. (AC Joint)
“He’s going to do a little more,” Russell said before McCutchen participated in batting practice. “Swing the bat a little bit, see how it feels. Play a little catch. He’s getting better. See how he progresses through this, and go from there.”
- In a pregame ceremony on Thursday, the 2010 WPIAL Class AAAA baseball champion Pine-Richland Rams retired 2004 graduate and current Pirates rookie Neil Walker‘s No. 24 jersey.
Walker hit .657 with 13 HR and 42 RBIs as a senior while helping the Rams win the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) championship.
Other Pirates News:
- Six consecutive multi-hit games for Pirates Neil Walker. He’s 2/3, 2B (15), BB tonight. AVG up to .320.
- Charlie Morton VS Lehigh Valley: 6IP, 7H, 3ER, 4K, 3BB
- Nate Baker VS Duneoin: 5IP, 3H, 1ER, 4K, 4BB
- Adalberto Santos VS Auburn 2 for 4, Triple (3), RBI
- The Pirates officially sold rights to pitchers Hayden Penn (Chiba Lotte) & Vinnie Chulk (Hiroshima Toyo Carps) for cash considerations.
Around the Ballparks:
- Josh Beckett to return to the mound, but expect a little rust -projosoxblog
- The Mets designate Fernando Nieve for assignment.
- Rob Bradford tweeted: Scouts at Pawsox/Mike Lowell rehab game tonight Blue Jays, Orioles, Tigers (2), and Royals. They were playing Detroit’s affiliate.
- Resist temptation to trade Beckham -ChicagoTribune
- John Lackey’s had a not hitter going through 7 2/3 IP. That tied the Red Sox longest no-hit bid of the season (Daisuke Matsuzaka May 22 at the Phillies)
- Red Sox Daniel Nava sent to AAA as Hermida comes of the DL. He responds by going 2-3 HR, 3RBI 2BB.
- Cliff Lee is the 1st pitcher with at least 7 straight starts with 8 IP and fewer than 2 BB since Greg Maddux in 1994.
- Human Growth Hormone Blood tests to begin on Minor League Baseball Players -Bloomberg
- The Phillies fire hitting coach Milt Thompson. Greg Gross takes his place.
- Carl Pavano has won 7 straight decisions, a career-best, surpassing the 6 straight he won in 2004.
- Alex Rodriguez hit his 599th HR vs the Royals on Thursday night. He also hit his 499th HR vs the Royals on July 25, 2007.
- Ronny Paulino’s GW single was the first walkoff hit by a Marlins catcher since Paul Lo Duca on 8/6/2004 against the Brewers.
- The Nationals (last night) scored 1 run in the 1st, 2 runs in the 2nd and 3 runs in the 3rd, the first team this season to do this.
- The Braves beat the Padres 8-0, their biggest shutout win over SD since July 4, 1980 when they won 9-0.
- Derek Jeter hit his 2nd career inside the park HR, other was 8-2-96, at KC off Jeff Mongtomery.
- OF David DeJesus suffered a sprained right thumb by slamming into wall on Derek Jeter’s inside-the-park homer.
- Cardinals are 1st team with 1 hit or less in a game of 11+ innings since 1962 Angels (2-1 loss at Yankee Stadium in 12 innings)
- The Angels acquire INF Alberto Callaspo from Royals for P Sean O’Sullivan and Minor League P Will Smith.
- Dodgers- Monasterios replacing McDonald in the rotation. Taschner will take over as lefty specialist.
- Jamie Moyer’s career could be in jeopardy -ThePhilliesZone