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The Pirates are no longer considering Ken Macha as their potential manager according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Ken Macha said General Manager Neal Huntington told him he was no longer under consideration.
“They need to get a young guy in there,” said Macha.
“It would have been nice. I live here in Pittsburgh, I was a Pirate at one time. It would have been nice to be at home and manage my hometown team.”
Of the seven candidates interviewed, Macha is the third name to be taken off the list. Eric Wedge was hired by the Mariners as skipper and John Gibbons is remaining bench coach with the Royals. Bo Porter, Jeff Banister, Dale Sveum and Carlos Tosca are the only remaining candidates that were interviewed for the position.
Despite not being hired by the Pirates, Macha wishes the pirates well and even has an idea for what kind of manager the Bucs need.
“I hope they get it turned around,” he said.
For that to happen, Macha said, the team needs a manager whose philosophy pervades the entire organization.
“Tony La Russa is a stickler on details,” he said as an example. “You’re going to play good defense. You’re going to hustle every ball out. He likes guys that can hit home runs.”
The Pirates lost 4-1 to the Cardinals and the road woes continue as they drop to 16-60 away from Pittsburgh on the season. Despite the loss, J-Mac shined on the mound.
If James McDonald is not inked in the Pirates starting rotation for the 2011 season, his final start this year on Wednesday afternoon may have just crossed the T’s and dotted the I’s.
J-Mac pitched six strong innings allowing one run on five hits, struck out seven and walked none. He needed just 80 pitches through the six innings but was tagged with the loss due to lack of run support.
“That drive he has, you can see it when he’s on the mound,” manager John Russell said. “When he’s in the zone, he can be dominating. When he goes out there, he really is a competitor.”
“I think he took the challenge and threw the ball really well,” Russell said. “He really wanted to finish strong.”
The only run McDonald allowed was a solo-homer to Allen Craig in the fourth inning.
“He took a good at-bat,” McDonald said. “I tip my cap to him. He took a good swing.”
Since being acquired from the Dodgers in the Octavio Dotel trade, J-Mac has made 11 starts and is 4-5. But don’t let his win/loss record fool you. In his Pirates debut, he struck out a career high eight batters. McDonald also had a 20 inning streak in which he didn’t allow a singe run. Although he has had problems with efficiency, he has the potential to be a great asset to the Pirates rotation.
“I’m a better pitcher, but there is still a lot of work to be done to be satisfied with what I did this year,” McDonald said. “When next year comes, I have to compete, so I can still be a starting pitcher. I never have a peace of mind when it comes to competing. I really hate losing.”
The Pirates were not able to put any runs on the board to give J-Mac the win he deserved. In fact, they only managed to get five hits the entire game.
Cardinals start B.J. Walters pitched seven scoreless innings allowing just three hits and struck out four.
“We swung the bat terrible today,” Russell said. “He made some good pitches, but we didn’t do a very good job.”
“We didn’t have very good at-bats,” Russell added. “That’s the bottom line.”
The Pirates head to Florida to take on the Fish for the final four games of the season.
Pirates prospect Chase D’Arnaud was a late addition to the Team USA Roster. D’Arnaud replaced Angels’ Andrew Romine, who was called up to the bigs last Friday.
D’Arnaud along with Catcher Erik Kratz are the two Pirates represenatives on the 24-man roster.
- The Pirates have won three of their last four games and eight of the past 11. If the Pirates defeat the Cardinals Wednesday afternoon it will be their fourth straight series win.
- In the last seven games the Pirates are batting a combined .304 going 72-for-237 with 18 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 46 runs scored.
RHP James McDonald (4-5, 4.25 ERA)
RHP P.J. Walters (1-0, 7.83 ERA)
McDonald is making his 11th start with the Pirates and his last of the 2010 season. J-Mac was not very efficient his last start throwing 80 pitches through four innings of work. He allowed three runs to score on five hits walked two and struck out four.
Walters is making his second appearance in September. Walters allowed five runs on seven hits through four innings against the Pirates. In his last 10 innings pitched he has a 9.90 ERA.
It’s a moment baseball players dream of and John Bowker lived it during Tuesday’s night’s victory over the Cardinals. Bases loaded, two outs and a close 4-2 ball game. Bowker layed off the first pitch fastball by MacDougal.
“I just wanted to see what he had,” Bowker said. “I had never faced him before.”
He took the next pitch (fastball) and hit it into the left center gap, a bases clearing double, giving the Pirates a 7-2 lead.
“I’ll tell you what: When he hits the ball hard, he hits it really hard,” Russell said. “It was a great sign.”
Is John Bowker trying to make an impression on the Pirates staff?
“Yeah, I think everyone’s trying to make an impression. Whatever role that is. Tonight coming off the bench, definitely trying to.”
Garrett Jones is hitting well again after slumping horribly in August. Jones went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a monster home run he hit in the first inning –his 21st of the season–
“It was up,” Suppan said of the 1-0 changeup. “He’s a type of guy that can get his hands extended. I was trying to have some depth on the changeup and it just stayed up.”
“He feels a lot more comfortable at the plate and you can see it,” Russell said. “He’s getting to some balls that he wasn’t a few weeks ago.”
Brian Burres picked up his fourth win of the season after pitching 5.2 innings. He allowed two runs –one earned– on four hits, walked three and struck out zero. With Burres’ last start of the season he finishes (4-4) the only Pirates starter to finish at the .500 mark.
“When he keeps the ball down, he can be tough,” Russell said. “He got through some jams. We made some plays behind him on a couple really hard hit balls. He hung in there.”
A decent outing from Burres who was pulled after just two innings of work his last start.
“Last time, I got into a little bit of trouble and couldn’t get out of it,” Burres said, insisting that his game plan didn’t change. “This time, I made some better pitches and the defense made some good plays behind me.”
- With the 7-2 Victory the Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak on the road as well as eight straight losses at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
- Andrew McCutchen reached safely for his 23rd straight game.
- Ronny Cedeno’s error in the third inning was his fourth straight game with an error.
- Chris Resop made his first appearance since September 16th (right elbow) pitching a 1/3 of an inning, striking out one.
- Evan Meek pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out the side which included Pujols and Holliday.
- Alex Presley picked up his first Major League steal.
- The Pirates have won two of their last three games and seven of their last 10.
- The Pirates have homered in eight of their last 12 games and have out-homered their opponent, 36-26, since August 18.
- In Chan Ho Park’s last 19 appearances (19.1 IP) he has been scored upon five times while posting a 2.33 ERA.
- Since the All-Star break, Jose Tabata, ranks second in the National League with hits (88) behind the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez (93). Since Tabata’s Major League debut on June 9, he is tied with Cardinals’ Matt Holliday for second in the N.L. with hits (116).
- The Pirates are 2-22 in their past 24 road games. Their last win was on July 28th against Colorado.
- Baseball America put three Pirates prospects on it’s New York Penn League Top 20 list: RHP Zack Von Rosenberg (No. 6), LHP Colton Cain (10), and LHP Zack Dodson (17).
Brian Burres (3-4, 5.29 ERA)
RHP Jeff Suppan (2-7, 5.40 ERA)
Burres is making his 100th career appearence tonight. He lasted just 2.1 innings his last start against the Cardinals allowing four runs on six hits. Burres is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in his last four starts.
Suppan is 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA over his last three starts. He won his last start against the Pirates allowing one run on four hits through five innings, walking two and striking out two.
James McDonald will start on Wednesday against the Cardinals, but he will be monitored throughout the game. The Pirates said they will be watching J-Mac’s pitch efficiency –not a specific pitch count.
Wednesday’s start will be his final of the season. McDonald has already logged 41.1 more innings this season (134.2 IP) compared to 2009.
“He’s got one more start and he really, really wants to make it,” Russell said. “I respect that. I think his next start he should be much more efficient.”
After winning 7-of-9 in the Pirates final home stand of the season, you hope some of that momentum carries through onto the final road games of the year. And it did as the Buccos battled the Red Birds but a few mistakes ended up being costly in the 6-4 loss to the Cardinals.
A mistake -an unfortunate act, an incorrect act or decision, an error, a misunderstanding
Unfortunately for the Bucs, the mistakes made during Monday night’s game ending up costing the Pirates their eighth win in the past 10 games.
An unfortunate act; Charlie Morton was pitching a pretty good game until the sixth inning got a little rocky. After intentionally walking Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday took Morton’s one bad pitch –a changeup– into the stands for a two-run home run that tied the game at four.
“I wanted it to go a little more inside,” Morton said afterward. “It just didn’t do anything. It stayed there for him, and he did what he does.”
An incorrect act or decision;The Pirates had the bases loaded in the seventh inning, one out, and John Bowker was up next. Manager John Russell pulled Bowker and replaced him with righty- Andy LaRoche. Two problems with this scenario. The first, LaRoche is a horrible pinch hitter and he has just one hit in his last 22 at-bats. The second, Reyes was allowing lefties to bat .307 against him. To replace Bowker (lefty) with LaRoche (righty) is mind boggling. Andy LaRoche hit into an inning ending double-play.
What was Russell’s reasoning for this move? Or what didn’t he use Young or Doumit’s bat from the bench instead?
“Ryan and Delwyn aren’t as efficient versus left-handed pitchers,” Russell explained. “Andy got a big sac fly for us [on Sunday], and he’s feeling better at the plate. We tried to match up the best way he could.”
“It would have been nice to push a run across there — at least one, maybe more,” Russell said. “We couldn’t do it.”
An error; In the seventh inning, a routine grounder was hit to shortstop Ronny Cedeno. His throw sailed way over the head of 6’4″ Garrett Jones and the Cardinals scored the go-ahead run.
“I’ve got to make that play,” said Cedeno, who has committed an error in three straight games. “It cost us the game. I have to be better than that.”
“I didn’t get a good route or get in a good position to field the ball,” he said. “I was coming in, and the guy can run. I’m trying to make the play, but it was bad.”
The Cardinals scored an insurance run in the eighth inning when Chan Ho Park’s pitch hit off Jay’s foot and flew to the backstop. Doumit tried to argue with the ump, but it was ruled as a wild-pitch. Re-plays clearly showed it was fouled off his foot. (Why didn’t John Russell argue that call, by the way?)
The crucial mistakes allowed the Cardinals to win the game, 6-4 –keeping them one game from being eliminated from the post-season. The mistakes also overshadowed some good performances on the night as well.
Pedro Alvarez –who was the N.L. Player of the Week– had yet another monstrous game. He went 3-for-3 with two RBI, a walk, and a homerun that was estimated to go 427 feet.
“I’m just glad I’ve been putting some good pieces on some good balls,” Alvarez said. “This game has slowed down a lot more. I’m just learning how to play this game at this next level.”
Charlie Morton –despite allowing the two-run homerun to Holliday– pitched a decent outing. Four runs on 10 hits, struck out four through six innings pitched.
“I feel like instead of finishing a game and being confused by what happened — and frustrated in general — well, now I know,” Morton said. “I made a stupid pitch. I didn’t execute.”
The Pirates have only four road wins since the All-Star break and need to finish the season 3-6 in order to match the worst road record set in 1963 by the Mets.
Rookie Pedro Alvarez was named the National League Player of the Week –the first Pirate player to win POW since Ryan Doumit in 2008.
Alvarez had a monster of a week hitting .407 with four doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs. He also boasted a .833 SLG.
“I’m still trying to learn as much as I can for next year,” Alvarez said. “Then I’ll keep learning next year and start off strong.”
“It’s a great honor,” Alvarez said before Pittsburgh’s game on Monday. “Some of the guys that are hot right now in the league are doing unbelievable. To be privileged enough to get an award like this means a lot to me, and hopefully there are a lot more coming my way. It’s definitely very honoring because of all the hard work I’ve put in and will continue to put in.”
“That’s a great accolade for Pedro,” said manager John Russell. “I think the good thing is, some of our young players are starting to get noticed. People are talking about [Jose] Tabata, [Neil] Walker, and [Andrew] McCutchen — and now Pedro is getting into the mix, as well. I’m very proud of him. That’s a nice accomplishment.”
- Monday starts the final road trip of the season for the Pirates, seven games to end the 2010 season.
- The Pirates have won two straight and seven of their last nine.
- The Pirates are just 2-21 in their past 23 road games.
- Jose Tabata (.302) and Neil Walker (.301) are attempting to become the first set of Pittsburgh Rookies to end the season .300 or better since Jimmy Williams (.355) and Ginger Beaumont (.352) did so in 1899. –According to the Elias Sports Bureau
- Andrew McCutchen has reached safely in 21 straight games. During this span he is batting .423 with two homers, six RBI and 13 runs scored. McCutchen currently ranks first among Center Fielders in the National League with OBP (.360).
- The Pirates and Cardinals are meeting for the fourth time in the past seven days. The Pirates took two-of-three from St. Louis and are 5-4 against them at PNC Park this season. The Buccos are 0-3 at Busch stadium this year.
- If the Pirates defeat the Cardinals tonight, the Red Birds will be eliminated from the NL Central allowing the Reds to clinch.
- Evan Meek ranks third among relief pitchers with most innings pitched in the 7th with 28.1. Gregerson (36) from the Padres’ is the only reliever to pitch more than Meek. Colorado’s Belisle (27.2), Phillies’ Durbin (24), Angels Jepsen (22.2) and Rangers’ Oliver (22.2) are behind Meek.
RHP Charlie Morton (2-11, 8.10 ERA)
RHP Kyle Lohse (4-8, 7.18 ERA)
Morton picked up his first win –since May 5th– against Lohse and the Cardinals his last start. He pitched six innings allowing two runs on four hits, walked one and struck out five. Morton is 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA in his last three starts.
Lohse lost his last start against the Pirates allowing six runs on seven hits through three innings. He is 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA at home this season.
Andrew McCutchen 8
Jose Tabata 7
Neil Walker 4
Garrett Jones 3
Pedro Alvarez 5
John Bowker 9 *returning to the lineup since suffering a sore right knee on Saturday
Ronny Cedeno 6
Chris Snyder 2
Charlie Morton 1
Skip Schumaker 4
Allen Craig 9
Albert Pujols 3
Matt Holliday 7
Colby Rasmus 8
Daniel Descalso 5
Brendan Ryan 6
Matt Pagnozzi 2
Kyle Loshe 1
The Pirates five-game win streak was snapped by the Cardinals as they pounded on the Pirates in a 9-2 loss at PNC Park.
Brian Burres –who was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last three starts– was pulled after allowing four runs through 2.1 innings.
“He didn’t have much,” manager John Russell said. “When they start taking good swings off of him, that’s when you know he’s not really on. When he’s on, teams don’t swing the bat very well off of him. He had a couple hitters where he looked like he was getting it back, and he just couldn’t maintain it.”
Pujols hit two home runs in the game, the first coming off of Burres in the third inning after walking Schumaker on four straight balls.
“I got the head out, and it was good enough to go out of the park,” Pujols said. “It was a pretty good pitch, and I was able to stay inside the ball.”
Burres missed badly and quickly gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
“Farther in,” Burres said where he tried to locate the ball. “With him, you need to especially get your pitches to where they need to be. Obviously, I needed to execute that pitch a little better, and I didn’t.”
The pitching continued to spiral after Burres was knocked out early. Chan Ho Park, Sean Gallagher and Wil Ledezma all allowed at least one run in their innings of work.
“If you pitch well, you give yourself a chance,” Russell said. “You get down, it’s tough to scrape back. With a team like St. Louis … it’s tough to keep them at bay.”
The Pirates must win their final three games against the Astros starting Friday in order to finish the season .500 at home.
Jeff Clement underwent successful surgery on his left knee on Wednesday and his recovery time is expected to be about six months.
The Pirates are hopeful that Clement will be ready for Spring Training in 2011, but with that timetable his limitations might cost him a chance for a first-base starting job.
- The Pirates are looking for their first six-game win streak since May of 2008.
- It would also be the first time the Pirates swept back-to-back series since 2004.
Jeff Suppan (1-7, 5.61 ERA)
Brian Burres (3-3, 4.93 ERA)
Suppan will be making his third start for the Cardinals since coming off the DL on 9/18. He received a No-decision his last start through five inning’s allowing one run on five hits in a 8-4 loss.
Burres allowed three runs (two earned) through seven innings but received a no-decision in the Pirates 4-3 walk-off win against the Dbacks. Burres is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last three starts.