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Happy Opening Day Pirate Fans! The season is finally here (although, the weather sure doesn’t seem like it). Opening day brings hope to every fan, no matter what team. Fans everywhere believe this could be the year and that anything’s possible. It’s incredible to see so many fans packed outside Wrigley Field with hope in their eyes despite an 18 consecutive losing season (Pirates) or a 100 + year drought of a World Series title (Cubs).
- The forecast in Chicago today is 40′s with rain but the game should be played with no delays. Back in Pittsburgh it’s snowing, so bundle up and get ready for a new season of baseball.
- Right-hander Kevin Correia will get his first career opening day start in nine big league seasons. He will face Right-hander Ryan Dempster.
Correia told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com the importance of the team starting off strong, “It is nice to get off to a good start. It just kind of gets your confidence rolling going into the year. If you start off losing games, it’s just not conducive to getting on a good streak. When you’re in a position like we are, any time we can win a series, it’s going to be important – especially against division rivals.”
- Ryan Doumit will be the starting catcher for the fourth straight season. Chris Snyder, who is the Bucs primary catcher started the season on the disabled list (back soreness).
Manager Clint Hurdle explained his decision of picking Doumit over Jason Jaramillo, who had a great spring, was because of experience. Hurdle told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, “I think we’ve got enough young guys breaking in [on Friday] that we’ll rely upon Ryan with some experience behind the plate, We’ll use both. I know both of them have worked very hard, and both of them are trying to take ownership of trying to be the best catcher they can be to handle the staff.”
- Clint Hurdle will Manage the Bucs for the first time today. This special day also marks Hurdle’s 20th opening day as either a Manager, Coach or a player.
Hurdle told Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune, “I have always experienced some anxious anticipation on Opening Day, regardless of the role I had at the time.”
“It’s always special, and it always will be.”
- Mike and Mike of ESPN are live from Wrigley Field from 6-10 am today. Fans were packed very early to watch the show and to wait for the gates to be open.
Here are the opening day lineups:
PiratesJose Tabata (LF), Neil Walker (2B), Andrew McCutchen (CF), Lyle Overbay (1B), Pedro Alvarez (3B), Ryan Doumit (C), Garrett Jones (RF), Ronny Cedeno (SS), Kevin Correia (RHP)
Kosuke Fukudome (RF), Starlin Castro (SS), Marlon Byrd (CF), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Carlos Pena (1B), Geovany Soto (C), Alfonso Soriano (LF), Darwin Barney (2B), Ryan Dempster (RHP)
*Photo credit: @Maholm28
J-Mac continued to pitch well at home since being acquired from the Dodgers. With Saturday’s 9-6 win over the Dbacks, McDonald picked up his fourth victory –just one loss in five starts at PNC Park– and has a lowered his ERA to 2.60.
McDonald was done after five innings (he ran his pitch count up to 101) allowing two runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out six.
“He was just a tad off,” said Snyder. “He wasn’t missing by much, but it was right out of the strike zone. Even on a night like tonight, where he didn’t have his best stuff, he battled, grinded, got himself through five and kept us in the ballgame.”
Enright knocked in a two-out single in the fourth inning ending J-Mac’s streak of 20 straight scoreless innings.
The last Pirates pitcher to achieve this feat was Kip Wells in 2002 with 22.
On Saturday night, however, the Pirates offense had his back.
John Bowker and Chris Synder had three-hit nights. And the nine runs scored was the most in a game since July 21st at PNC Park.
The line-up, one through nine, played a huge part in the victory. Every batter had at least one run scored, or drove in a run.
“From top to bottom, we got some big hits all the way through,” manager John Russell said. “Arizona has a pretty good offensive club. No lead is really ever safe with these guys. It was good that we continued to add on and keep the pressure on them.”
Bowker –who started at first-base for an injured Garrett Jones– went 3-for4 with two RBI and also hit his first home run as a Pirate.
“He’s a threat at the plate,” Russell said prior to the game. “Some balls he is just missing. If he can get on those balls a little bit better, he could be a very dangerous guy.”
“I’ve kind of been unlucky, but tonight [I] squared up some balls good,” said Bowker, who has started six of the team’s past seven games. “It’s a matter of playing consistently and being aggressive. I feel like I’ve been a little bit late on some balls. I’m trying to be more aggressive right now.”
J-Mac finally -after going 0-for-28– hit his first major league hit.
“They picked me up real big,” McDonald said of his teammates. “I wasn’t on my A-game today. I just wanted to fight for those guys. As hard as they’re playing, I wanted to keep them in the game.”
The Bullpen surrendered four runs late in the game, but Evan Meek ended the threat with getting Church to pop-up to Alvarez.
I missed the game due to my uncle’s wedding. Dissapointed I missed out on such a great game, McDonalds first Major League hit and Bowker’s first home run as a Pirate. It’s nice to spend time with my family though.
Here is a picture of my little cousins from Kentucky. Madison, Jordan, me and Karen. I did their hair and make-up. =)
During Wednesday’s 9-3 loss to the Braves, Ciriaco got his first opportunity to show the Pirates he could be the shortstop of the future.
In the ninth inning, Ciriaco came in to pinch-hit for Chan Ho Park. In his first major league at-bat, Pedro hit a RBI double. Not only did he get his first hit but he also picked up his first career RBI.
Going into the 2011 season, Ciriaco’s is being considered for to play shortstop.
Ronny Cedeno –the Pirates current shortstop– has shown flashes of potential but has been very inconsistent this season. He will also be arbitration eligible for the third time and would be due for a raise. (He is currently making $1.125 M.)
“I don’t know if I’m going to play or not, but I’m going to be here and learn from the veteran guys here and work and have fun as much as I can,” Ciriaco said. “I was little and started playing, it was my dream to be in the big leagues. When I found out, it was amazing for me.”
Ciriaco was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the deal that sent Ryan Church, Bobby Crosby and D.J Carrasco in return for Pedro as well as Catcher, Chris Synder.
Since being traded, he was batting .281 with Triple-A Indy.