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- Jose Tabata continues to be a hitting machine; 12-for-28, .428 AVG, two home runs, two walks and four RBI in his past seven games.
Since being called up from Triple-A Indy on June 9th, Tabata has accumulated 87 hits which is only one behind Albert Pujols during that span.
“Albert Pujols? Really? Come on,” Tabata pressed.
Batting .312, he is second among all Major League Rookies with a minimum of 300 plate apperances; Buster Posey is the leader.
If that isn’t enough, Tabata’s 59 hits since the All-Star break are second-most in the league, behind the Cubs Starlin Castro.
- The Pirates face the Cubs for the final three games of the season starting today. This season the Buccos have “owned” Chicago winning 9-of-12 games. Ryan Doumit is 8-for-17 against Zambrano, so I would expect him to be in the line-up today playing right field.
Monday’s Pitching Matchup:
Paul Maholm 7-12, 4.82 ERA
Carlos Zambrano 5-6, 4.64 ERA
Maholm is 7-1 in 12 career starts against the Cubs with a 5.70 ERA. His last start on June 28th against Chicago, Paul gave up one run on seven hits through eight innings.
Zambrano has made four starts since returning to the rotation on Aug. 9. He is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA. On Tuesday against the Nationals, Carlos allowed one run on five hits through 7.1 innings.
If someone would have bet me a million dollars that the Pirates would beat Johan Santana by two solo-homeruns by Lastings Milledge and Jose Tabata, I would have shook on it.
Fortunatley for me, I didn’t. That is exactly how the Pirates beat the Mets in game three of the series, 2-1. Milledge who hit his fourth on the year and Tabata with his third, aren’t exactly known for being “power guys”. Although, Jose Tabata being just 22, will gain more power as he gets older.
Zach Duke and Johan Santana both pitched great games but it was Duke that outdueled Santana. Zach who hasn’t won a game in four starts and hadn’t yielded as little as one run in his previous 11 starts, pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits, struck out five and walked two.
Evan Meek came in the eighth inning, gave up no hits or runs but walked one. He picked up his 11th hold on the season.
Joel Hanrahan picked up his second save as a Bucco, pitching a scoreless inning, striking out one.
“It’s good to see a well-pitched game and actually win one,” manager John Russell said. “We played an all-around good game.”
“I really felt from the first inning on my location was good with all my pitches and I was able to mix them up,” Duke said. “The fact that I was able to bounce back after the run in the first inning really got the momentum in our favor.
“Then those two home runs were just huge for us,” he added. “Thankfully we were able to get the win that we needed.”
Tabata’s home run was especially meaningful. The game was to be televised in his home country, and Jose talked to his Mother before the game.
I told her everyone in Venezuela will be watching the game, and I want you to see the game because I’ll do something special for you, Mom,” Tabata recalled saying. “And thank God for the home run.”
Just minutes after the game ended, Tabata had received a phone call from his mother.
“She was so happy, like, ‘Wow, my son hit the home run,’” Tabata said. “She said, ‘You told me you’d do something — not the home run, but something — and thank you God, hit the home run.’
Santana pitched eight innings, gave up four hits, two runs, one walk and struck out nine. He is now 10-8 on the year.
Monday’s Pitching Matchup:
Kyle Lohse 1-5, 6.79 ERA
Ross Ohlendorf 1-10, 3.90 ERA
Lohse is coming back from a two-month DL stint. He was rocked for seven runs in three innings on six hits and two walks his last start against the Cubs.
Ohlendorf has a 2.35 ERA over his last 10 starts, though lack of run support he is just 1-4 during that span. He lasted a career-long eight innings in his last start against the Marlins.
Lou Piniella today stepped down as Cubs Manager to take care of his ill mother. As a fan of the game, I respect sweet Lou and wish him nothing best the best. His press conference was very emotional. If you missed it, you can watch the video here.
Piniella tips his cap to the fans as his last day as manager.
Happier news, Vin Scully has annouced he will be back for 2011 season, his 62nd year as the Dodgers annoucer. (He is by far, my favorite)
Vinny addressing the Media earlier today.
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.
- The Indians traded Jhonny Peralta to the Tigers for LHP Giovanna Soto.
- The Angels Joel Pineiro will be out six to eight weeks (strained left oblique) He was a late scratch on Wed after sustaining a left oblique strain while warming up in the bullpen.
Noteable players on the DL this season (with abdominal or oblique injuries)
MIL – Yovanni Gallardo (RHP)
TEX – Tommy Hunter (RHP)
SD – Mat Latos (RHP)
TEX – Cliff Lee (LHP)
BAL – Brian Roberts (2B)
SD – Mike Adams (RHP)
SF – Jeremy Affeldt (LHP)
NYM – Rod Barajas (C)
PHI – Shane Victorino (CF)
- Derek Lee rejected a trade to the Angeles yesterday. Lee “agonized” over the decision about whether to accept the trade but he decided his family came first.
“When the trade was presented to me, I felt for me and my family the best thing to do was to stay here,” Lee said after the Cubs’ 8-1 loss to the Astros. “That was a decision we made. Jim and I had a great conversation about it. That was the decision.”
“It just shows the kind of guy he is,” pitcher Randy Wells said. “He’s a great guy, great teammate and a valuable asset. Without a guy like him on your team, you never know where you’re going to be, and not just on the field but in the clubhouse. He’s the guy everybody looks up to and he walks in the room and everybody perks up. As far as where we’re at right now, that’s huge that he stays.”
- The Nationals have placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list for shoulder stiffness.
“They’re taking every precaution with me,” he said. “It’s doing great already. [I'm] making big strides … and when the time comes, I’m going to be ready to go.”
- The Giants have won 17 of their last 21 games and Buster Posey extended his hitting streak to 21 games.
- Giants closer Brian Wilson was fined $1,000 for his orange cleats. They are the flashy (but cool in my opinion) he wore at the All-Star Game. Marlins Manager Rodriques complained about the cleats, calling them “a little too bright, too flashy.” During pregame Brian colored in 50 percent of the cleat black with a sharpie.
“I’m going to keep wearing them, but I’ve changed them to 50 percent black for the guidelines, and you guys can attest to that,” said Wilson, holding up one shoe. “I’ve got pretty good eyes. I can eyeball 50 percent. I don’t think they’re going to be nit-picky about 53 percent not black. I’m making an effort.”
“The fact that he thinks these shoes throw 97-100 with cut might be a little far-fetched,” Wilson said. “I guess we should probably have these checked for performance-enhancing cleats.”
- The Orioles hire Buck Showalter as their manager -MLB
- The Royals traded OF Scott Podsednik to the Dodgers for two minor leaguers, Lucas May (C) and Elisaul Pimentel (RHP)
- The Rangers placed Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. The club called up (1B/OF) Mitch Moreland from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
- Ben Sheets in out for the remainder of the season with a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.
“He’ll be missed both on the field and off the field,” Geren said. “He’s been a great teammate for a lot of the young guys. A lot of them looked up to him for his competitiveness and, off the field, he was just a pleasant guy to be around.”
“The whole year’s been frustrating,” Sheets said. “From where I was before spring, it’s never really taken any jumps you always hear about. To say I felt good for extended periods of time would be false. I felt good here and there — a couple innings here, a couple innings there, but nothing sustained throughout the year.”
- Dan Uggla hit his 143rd Career Home Run, ties Mike Lowell for Marlins franchise leading record. It is his sixth homerun in his last six games.
- Cardinals are 39-10 this season after scoring in the first inning.
- The Chicago White Sox are 17-1 at home since June 9th.
- Roy Halladay pitched his eigth complete game of the season. He gave up 6H, 1ER, 9K, 114 pitches. The Phillies have won seven straight games and 10 straight victories at home.
Doc (Last 5 home Starts) 4-0, 0.43 ERA, 38/4 K/BB, 0.83 WHIP
- The Tigers have lost nine straight road games.
- Joey Votto (last eight games) .471 AVG, .853 SLG, 4HR, 10RBI
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Matt Garza from the Tampa Bay Rays threw a No-hitter in last night’s game against the Tigers.
Not only was it his first career no-no, it was also the first No-Hitter in Rays franchise history.
“It’s the first no-hitter I’ve ever had,” Garza said. “It’s great I was the first one to do it [in Rays history]. It’s a young franchise and I have a feeling they’re going to have many more to come. But I can’t put enough emphasis on it how big the win was. We are trying to win the [American League] East, we’re not just trying to win a couple games — we’re trying to win the East and make it known. It was a great way to start the homestand.”
Since 1998, the Rays have been on the other end of four no-hitters. Derek Lowe (2002), Mark Buehrle (2009), Dallas Braden and Edwin Jackson (both in 2010) all had no-no’s, with Buehrle and Braden pitching perfect games; Braden and Jackson no-hit the Rays this season.
“It’s nice to finally be on the other side,” Carl Crawford said. “We’ve been in two of them [this season] and now it’s nice to be on the winning side this time.”
Garza’s no-hitter made the Rays the first Major League team to be no-hit and throw a no-hitter in one season since 1991, when the Orioles, White Sox and Expos did it.
Garza threw 120 pitches, 80 for strikes, struck out six and walked one. He faced 27 batters.
“In the ninth inning, I ran out there and I just told myself, ‘Well, we can go about this two ways — I can try not to get contact and get in trouble, or I can go at these guys,’” Garza said. “And if it happens, it happens, and if it doesn’t, I have a guy who can come in the ninth inning and shut the door for me. But the most important thing tonight was the win.”
- The Last five to face 27 batters in a no-hitter (and not throw a perfect game):
- M. Garza 2010 VS Tigers
- M. Buehrle 2007 VS Rangers
- T. Mulholland 1990 VS Giants
- S. Koufax 1964 VS Phillies
- W. Spahn 1961 VS Giants
Garza before the game, was 0-4 with a 5.85 ERA against the Tigers.
“Other than going to the World Series, this is probably the coolest thing I’ve been involved with,” B.J. Upton said. “He’s pitched well all year. He’s scuffled a little bit the last month, but you know what? Good for him. I’m happy for him. Like I said, that’s probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever been involved with.”
Lost in the crazyness of Garza’s no-no was the fact that Detroit starter Max Scherzer held the Rays hitless through 5.2 innings. The Rays loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a catcher’s interference call. Carlos Pena struck out to bring up Matt Joyce.
Joyce worked the count full before hitting a grand slam off the right field foul pole to give the Rays a 4-0 lead. The last player to break up a no-hit bid (five innings or more) with a grand slam was Philadelphia’s Dickie Thon against the Mets’ Frank Viola on July 23, 1990.
It was the fifth No-hitter already this season. The last time there were at least five in a season was in 1991 (7)
The five No-Hitters this season:
- Garza (TB) July 26 VS DET
- Jackson (ARI) June 25 VS TB
- Halladay (PHI) May 29 VS FLA *was a perfect game
- Braden (OAK) May 9 VS TB * was a perfect game
- Jimenez (COL) April 17 VS ATL
- Most Home Runs per game (by ballpark this season)
TOR- Rogers Centre 2.74
NYY- Yankee Stadium 2.72
MIL- Miller Park 2.59
ARI- Chase Field 2.58
CIN- Great American 2.51
- Lowest team batting average (MLB) this season:
Blue Jays .247
- Joe Mauer went five-for-five, HR, and had seven RBI in yesterday’s game against the Royals (They won 19-0). In MLB History, there have only been three catchers with five or more hits and seven or more RBI in a single game.
“It’s a funny game,” Mauer said. “Tonight obviously I felt good and just tried to hold on to that feeling as long as I can. I’ve felt it [this season] but I haven’t really been able to hold on to that feeling for a long time. Tonight was good and hopefully it’s there tomorrow.”
Joe Mauer 2010 5/7 @ KC
Victor Martinez 2004 5/7 @ SEA
Walker Cooper 1949 6/10 @CHC
Also during the the Twins/Royals game:
They tallied season highs in extra-base hits (11) and runs and tied their season high in hits with 20. The 19 runs are the most the Twins have ever scored in a game against Kansas City, and the 18-run margin of victory is also a franchise record against these Royals.
Rookie third baseman Danny Valencia tallied a career-high four hits, going 4-for-4 on the night, and became the first ever player in Twins history to hit a grand slam for his first Major League home run.
“What better way to start it off?” Valencia said with a big smile. “Not just hit a home run, but a grand slam, and off a guy who’s an accomplished big leaguer and won the Cy Young. It was great. It was surreal.”
- Dan Haren made his Angels debut yesterday against the Red Sox. He was pulled in the fifth inning after he was hit in the forearm with a comebacker. He was diagnosed wtih a right arm contusion and will be re-examined today. He went 4.2 IP, 7H, 2ER, 8K -74.2% Strikes
“It’s a little sore but nothing throbbing,” Haren said. “There’s nothing that I’m worried about. Hopefully I’ll get a decent night’s rest and wake up and it won’t be so bad. I’ll get some treatment and I’ll be out there soon.”
“Sometimes these things heal quickly,” Scioscia said. “It doesn’t seem like it got much of the bone and just some soft tissue. But we’ll let Dr. Yocum and the medical staff make that decision to see what the extent might be.”
- The Pirates recalled RHP Steven Jackson and selected the contract of LHP Wil Ledezma from Triple-A Indianapolis this morning. The Club starts a six game trip tonight in Colorado.
Cubs Geovany Soto bruised his left foot and left the game in the middle of the sixth inning against the Astros on last night.
The Pirates starting Pitcher, Paul Maholm tweeted this picture yesterday. I couldn’t help but post it because its so breathtaking.
@Maholm28: “Relaxing day in the Rockies. Unbelievable scenery”
- Curtis Granderson has been hot in his last six games. He is batting .429 with three HR, four RBI and scored seven runs. The Yankees are 5-1 during that span.
- David Ortiz joins Ted Williams (16), Dwight Evans/Jim Rice (11), Manny Ramirez/Carl Yastrzemski (8) with eight 20 HR Red Sox seasons.
- (via @JeffFletcherAOL) Pablo Sandoval is scheduled to return to the SFGiants in time for Tuesday’s game, but Bochy said he probably won’t start him.
- Felix Hernandez lost his 7th game of the season last night. In the 7 losses, the Mariners have given him only 7 runs of support.
- Matt Wieters had his first career multi-HR game yesterday, but the Orioles still lost to the Blue Jays 9-5.
- Pirates Jeff Locke’s line last night for Double-A Altoona: 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 9 K.
- The only two teams to have never thrown a no-hitter in history: the Mets (established in 1962) or the Padres (1969)
- Buster Posey in the month of July: .459/.500/.788, 7 HR, 13 EBH in 85 ABs.
- Monday was Jim Leyland’s 54th career ejection, tying him with Bill Rigney for 13th place on the all-time list.
- Aramis Ramirez in his last 25-games is batting .347 with 10HR, 25RBI and a slugging pct of .723. He has raised his AVG from .165 to .230 during this span.
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
2010 National League Leaders:
- M. Prado ATL .325
- A. Ethier LAD .324
- P. Polanco PHI .318
- A. Dunn WAS 22
- J. Votto CIN 22
- A. Pujols STL 21
- R. Howard PHI 65
- D. Wright NYM 65
- C. Hart MIL 65
- J. Johnson FLA 1.70
- A. Wainwright STL 2.11
- J. Garcia STL 2.17
- U. Jimenez COL 15
- A. Wainwright STL 13
- M. Pelfrey NYM 10
- T. Lincecum SF 131
- R. Halladay PHI 128
- C. Kershaw LAD 128
- Martin Prado .325
- Brian McCann .267
- Melky Cabrera .259
- Troy Glaus 14
- Jason Heyward 11
- Martin Prado 10
- Troy Glaus 58
- Jason Heyward 45
- Martin Prado 39
- Derek Lowe 9
- Tim Hudson 9
- Tommy Hanson 8
- Tim Hudson 2.30
- Kris Medlen 3.16
- Tommy Hanson 4.13
- Tommy Hanson 104
- Derek Lowe 70
- Kris Medlen 65
- Gaby Sanchez .302
- Hanley Ramirez .301
- Dan Uggla .285
- Dan Uggla 16
- Hanley Ramirez 13
- Jorge Cantu 10
- Hanley Ramirez 53
- Jorge Cantu 52
- Dan Uggla 52
- Josh Johnson 9
- Ricky Nolasco 9
- Anibal Sanchez 7
- Josh Johnson 1.70
- Anibal Sanchez 3.66
- Ricky Nolasco 4.55
- Josh Johnson 123
- Ricky Nolasco 94
- Anibal Sanchez 71
NEW YORK METS
- Angel Pagan .315
- David Wright .314
- Jose Reyes .275
- David Wright 14
- Ike Davis 11
- Rod Barajas 11
- David Wright 65
- Jason Bay 44
- Jeff Francoeur 42
- Mike Pelfrey 10
- Hisanori Takahashi 7
- Johan Santana 7
- Johan Santana 2.98
- Mike Pelfrey 3.58
- Jonathon Niese 3.61
- Johan Santana 83
- Jonathan Niese 73
- Hisanori Takahashi 72
- Placido Polanco .318
- Ryan Howard .294
- Jayson Werth .282
- Ryan Howard 17
- Shane Victorino 14
- Jayson Werth 13
- Ryan Howard 65
- Jayson Werth 49
- Shane Victorino
- Roy Halladay 10
- Jamie Moyer 9
- Cole Hamels 7
- Roy Halladay 2.19
- Cole Hamels 3.78
- Kyle Kendrick 4.49
- Roy Halladay 128
- Cole Hamels 107
- Jamie Moyer 62
- Christian Guzman .294
- Ryan Zimmerman .294
- Adam Dunn .288
- Adam Dunn 59
- Ryan Zimmerman 48
- Josh Willingham 46
- Tyler Clippard 8
- Livan Hernandez 6
- Luis Atilano 6
- Livan Hernandez 3.37
- Steven Strasburg 61
- Livan Hernandez 59
- Tyler Clippard 58
- Marlon Byrd .317
- Ryan Theriot .278
- Alfanso Soriano .269
- Alfonso Soriano 15
- Tyler Colvin 12
- Derrek Lee 10
- Alfonso Soriano 44
- Marlon Byrd 40
- Derrek Lee 36
- Carlos Silva 9
- Ryan Dempster 7
- Sean Marshall 5
- Carlos Silva 3.45
- Ryan Dempster 3.61
- Ted Lilly 4.08
- Ryan Dempster 120
- Randy Wells 83
- Carlos Marmol 78
- Joey Votto .314
- Brandon Phillips .294
- Scott Rolen .290
- Joey Votto 22
- Scott Rolen 17
- Brandon Phillips 12
- Joey Votto 60
- Jonny Gomes 60
- Scott Rolen 57
- Bronson Arroyo 9
- Johnny Cueto 8
- Aaron Harang 6
- Johnny Cueto 3.42
- Mike Leake 3.53
- Bronson Arroyo 4.04
- Johnny Cueto 79
- Aaron Harang 75
- Mike Leake 70
- Jeff Keppinger .284
- Hunter Pence .263
- Michael Bourn .255
- Hunter Pence 12
- Carlos Lee 12
- Lance Berkman 12
- Wandy Rodriguez 6
- Brett Myers 6
- Roy Oswalt 6
- Roy Oswalt 3.08
- Brett Myers 3.41
- Wandy Rodriguez 4.97
- Roy Oswalt 12
- Brett Myers 89
- Wandy Rodriguez 77
- Ryan Braun .292
- Corey Hart .288
- Casey McGehee .274
- Corey Hart 21
- Prince Fielder 20
- Rickie Weeks 15
- Corey Hart 65
- Ryan Braun 54
- Rickie Weeks 53
- Yovani Gallardo 8
- Chris Narveson 7
- Randy Wolf 6
- Yovani Gallardo 2.58
- Dave Bush 4.14
- Randy Wold 4.56
- Yovani Gallardo 122
- Randy Wolf 74
- Manny Parra 71
- Andrew McCutchen .287
- Lastings Milledge .276
- Garrett Jones .272
- Garrett Jones 11
- Andrew McCutchen 8
- Ryan Doumit 8
- Garrett Jones
- Ryan Doumit 31
- Andrew McCutchen 29
- Paul Maholm 5
- Evan Meek 4
- Zack Duke 3
- Paul Maholm 4.37
- Paul Maholm 56
- Joel Hanrahan 52
- Ross Ohlendorf 50
ST LOUIS CARDINALS
- Albert Pujols .308
- Matt Holliday .300
- Colby Rasmus .284
- Albert Pujols 21
- Matt Holliday 16
- Colby Rasmus 16
- Albert Pujols 64
- Matt Holliday 51
- Colby Rasmus 42
- Adam Wainwright 13
- Chris Carpenter 9
- Jamie Garcia 8
- Adam Wainwright 2.11
- Jamie Garcia 2.17
- Chris Carpenter 3.29
- Adam Wainwright 127
- Chris Carpenter 108
- Jamie Garcia 80
- Kelly Johnson .276
- Stephen Drew .275
- Chris Young .266
- Mark Reynolds 20
- Chris Young 15
- Kelly Johnson 14
- Chris Young 61
- Mark Reynolds 56
- Adam LaRoche 55
- Dan Haren 7
- Edwin Jackson 6
- Rodrigo Lopez 5
- Ian Kennedy 4.12
- Dan Haren 4.36
- Rodrigo Lopez 4.40
- Dan Haren 125
- Ian Kennedy 100
- Edwin Jackson 90
- Carlos Gonzalez .314
- Ian Stewart .258
- Clint Barmes .257
- Carlos Gonzalez 17
- Seth Smith 12
- Ian Stewart 11
- Carlos Gonzalez 60
- Ian Stewart 44
- Clint Barmes 42
- Ubaldo Jimenez 15
- Jason Hammel 7
- Jhoulys Chacin 5
- Ubaldo Jimenez 2.20
- Jason Hammel 4.08
- Aaron Cook 4.88
- Ubaldo Jimenez 113
- Jhoulys Chacin 80
- Jason Hammel 72
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
- Andre Ethier .324
- James Loney .309
- Matt Kemp .261
- Matt Kemp 16
- Andre Ethier 14
- Casey Blake 9
- James Loney 63
- Andrew Ethier 54
- Matt Kemp 51
- Clayton Kershaw 9
- Hiroki Kuroda 7
- Chad Billingsley 7
- Clayton Kershaw 2.96
- Hiroki Kuroda 3.87
- Chad Billingsley 4.14
- Clayton Kershaw 128
- Chad Billingsley 89
- Hiroki Kuoda 82
SAN DIEGO PADRES
- Adrian Gonzalez .301
- David Eckstein .279
- Chase Headley .269
- Adrian Gonzalez 18
- Will Venable 8
- Scott Hairston 8
- Adrian Gonzalez 56
- Jerry Hariston JR 32
- Will Venable 32
- Matt Latos 10
- Jon Garland 8
- Clayton Richard 6
- Matt Latos 2.45
- Wade LeBlanc 3.30
- Clayton Richard 3.33
- Matt Latos 99
- Clayton Richard 90
- Kevin Correia 73
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
- Aubrey Huff .295
- Andres Torres .281
- Pablos Sandoval .263
- Aubrey Huff 17
- Juan Uribe 12
- Aaron Rowland 8
- Aubrey Huff 54
- Juan Uribe 50
- Pablo Sandoval 34
- Tim Lincecum 9
- Barry Zito 7
- Jonathan Sanchez 7
- Tim Lincecum 3.16
- Matt Cain 3.34
- Jonathan Sanchez 3.47
- Tim Lincecum 131
- Jonathan Sanchez 104
- Matt Cain 88
Today, was Brad Lincoln’s first Major League win.
I hope this is how he was greeted in the clubhouse:
Obviously Lincoln is much more attractive than his man, but you get the picture. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to get your first career win but I hope he is enjoying it on the plane ride back to Pittsburgh.
Here is what Brad had to say after the game:
“It’s something that I’ve been wanting since I’ve been here,” Lincoln said of the milestone victory. “It gets that monkey off my back. Now I can just go out there and relax, and be who I am, and not have to worry about anything that goes on around me. I can be myself and attack hitters.”
You can read the rest of the article here
What a beauty he pitched today.
8IP 0R 4H 6K (career high) Was hittless through the first 3 innings. If this is the future of Brad Lincoln, the Pirates will see many many more wins. He dominated today. Throwing his breaking ball for strikes, his curveball was awesome, his fastball (which has been straight) had a lot of movement. Great, great outing from Brad today.
Hanrahan came in the 8th and he was nasty. Dotel in the 9th for his 16th save.
If your a huge fan of pitching, today was a great day to watch the game.
Pirates won 2-0 over the cubbies. They are now, 9-3 against them this year.
- McCutchen 2-4, Run
- GFJ 1-3, Double, RBI
- Milledge 1-3, RBI
- Tabata 1-4, BB
- LaRoche 0-4, BB, Run
- Castro 1-3, Double
- Ramirez 2-4
- Gorzelanny gave up 4 hits over 5 scoreless innings (his longest outing since May 26th against the Dodgers) 5IP 4H 0R 3BB 5K
Cedeno went 0-4 today with 3K’s. I want to like Ronny, I really do. He makes some really great plays at Short. But as a hitter? He sucks. Sorry. No other way to describe it. A lot of people on twitter have been discussing the idea of getting Steve Pearce work at SS. Apparently, he used to play SS in high school but was eventually moved. I really like the idea. It would be a great way to get another bat in lineup. It would deffinitly be interesting. Fingers crossed, maybe it will happen?
Another huge problem has been Doumit. I hate to be debbie downer today after a great win but It’s something that should be brought up. On the pre game show, Rocco was discussing Doumit vs JJ catching runners on steals. Here are the results:
Domit- 7-57 11%
JJ- 8-11 42%
League average is right around 28%. Clearly Doumit has been insanely bad.
Ryan is obviously not the catcher of the future. At 29, he is not getting any better. Kratz in AAA and JJ will probally split the time as catcher until Sanchez is ready. Atleast that’s my guess.
The Pirates end june 6-20 overall, 2-13 on the road. It’s the 8th series win, the 3rd on the road.
Andy LaRoche on the month of June:
“Hopefully, we can get this last month out of our system, just go from there. Come back from this all-star break refreshed, come out and dominate the second half. Everything that could go wrong went wrong…that last game in Oakland just summed it all up, the way the last two weeks have been going.” -Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Today MLB trade rumors revisted the trade last year when the Pirates sent Sean Burnett and Nyjer Morgan to the Nationals for Joel Hanrahan and Lastings Milledge. Here is what they had to say. I personally don’t agree at all. I don’t think it was a toss up. I think the Pirates came out on top with that trade. Here is what Pirates.com had to say about it.
Around the Ballpark
- The Phillies offense the last 13 games:
.273 AVG, 6.7 Runs/Gm, 21 HR, .339 AVG w/ RISP
The previous 25 games they have only been averaging 2.5 runs/gm.
- The Mets have allowed 8 grand slams this season. It is tied for the 2nd most in history before the All star break. (Last time was 2008 Indians)
- James Loney has 19 RBI’s in his last 19 games
- The Dodgers are 20-5 against the NL West this season.
- Matt Kemp is batting only .208 in 26 games in June.
- Prince Fielder has 10 HR and 16 RBI in June.
- Today in Sports History: (1962) LA Dodger Sandy Koufax not hits the mets, 5-0.
- The Phillies Roy Halladay is the 1st pitcher to allow 13 + Hits and have 10 K’s in the same games since Curt Schilling (04/2001). Before that: Clemens (10/1991)
As you know the Pirates finally won Monday and snapped the 17 straight game road loss after beating the cubbies. 24 hours later, they lost again.
The final score: 3-1.
It is the 20th loss this month (They are 5-20 in June)
They have been outscored 51-20 on this road trip alone.
And they have lost the last 18 of 19 road games.
The Pirates have hit into 19 Double plays in the month of june.
Okay, I’ll stop! It’s actually pretty depressing.
- Karstens went 6IP 3R 3ER 2HR 7H 1BB 2K (Jeff has only gone 7 innings ONCE this year) He gave up two HR’s to Soriano (Which is his 25th career multi HR game and his 2nd this season)
- Ted Lilly went 7IP 1R 6H 1BB 5K 101 pitches/73 for K’s
- Ryan Doumit 2-3, Solo HR, Double, RBI
- Garrett Jones 2-4
- Andrew McCutchen 1-4
- Alfonso Soriano 2-4, 2HR, 2RBI (Entered the gm a career 4-8 against Karstens)
- Koyle Hill 2-3, Double, Run
- Starlin Castro 1-1, walk, double, RBI
On a different note. Think about this. Remember the Pirates (who are 8-3 against the Cubs this year) have a payroll of $34,943,000. The Cubs have a payroll of $146,859,000. That’s over a 100M $ difference. I just wanted you guys to think about that for a minute. So many fans complain and complain about the payroll here in Pittsburgh. Payroll doesn’t always equal a good team (unless your the Yankees who buy Championships. Yes, I had to go there) Talent always, always prevails.
There is a Neil Walker update. (YAY!) He is said to be doing much better and should be back in the lineup by the end of the week.
Yesterday’s game was the 1st outing at Wrigley Field for Brendan Donnelly. He has pitched in 32 ballparks in his 7 year career.
Minor League News:
- The (Minor League) 2010 Eastern League All Stars were choosen yesterday. The buccos who were selected were:
Hector Gimenez, C (.327 AVG 11HR)
Matt Hague, 1B (.299 AVG 43 RBI)
Josh Harrison, LF (.313 AVG 22 Doubles) -2nd Highest AVG in EL
Derek Hankins, RHP (1.60 ERA) -Lowest ERA in EL
Rudy Owens, LHP (2.74 ERA 0.95 WHIP)
- Charlie Morton started yesterday. It Didn’t go so well. 3IP 7H 4ER 3BB 3K
Today’s Pitching Matchup:
Brad Lincoln vs (ex Bucco) Tom Gorzelanny
0-2 6.00 ERA 2-5 3.41 ERA
Lincoln- Is making his 5th ML start. He is still winless. (Let’s hope that changed today!) His last outing went 6IP 3ER 8H 107 Pitches/63 for K’s
Gorzelanny- Has not started since May 26th (He is replacing crazy Carlos Zambrano in the rotation)
Around the Ballparks
- Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya will miss the rest of the season with a non displaced fracture of the olecranon (which in simple terms means a broken right elbow) The video is pretty heartbreaking. If you want to see it, you can here.
- Bad news for Phillies fans: Chase Utley was placed on the 15 day DL for a sprained right thumb. Placido Polanco was also placed on the 15 day DL for inflammation in left elbow.
- Cliff Lee yesterday was his usuall brillant self. Pitched his 3rd straight complete game. (I still think the Phillies were very stupid for not signing him at the end of last year) The Yankees were apparently impressed with his pitching. (um, duh! Who wasn’t?!) Possible trade rumor? Read the article here
- Denard Span hit three triples in a single game yesterday. Players since 1982 that have done the same:
Denard Span 06/29/10
Rafael Furcal 4/21/02
Lance Johnson 9/23/95
Herm Winningham 08/15/90
Shawon Dunston 07/28/90
- Josh Hamilton set the Rangers record for the most hits in a month yesterday with 48.
- Jim Thome’s HR last night is his career number 572, bringing him within one of Harmon Killebrew’s 573.
- Orioles are 0-46 when trailing after 8 innings.
- Interesting tweet yesterday from @BNightengale (Writter for USA Today) “Now that the Marlins have decided to stay pat, Bobby Valentine certainly will become a top candidate in LA if Torre leaves.”
- Joe Blanton had a 7.28 ERA after his 1st 8 starts this season, but has a 3.80 ERA in his last three.
- Pitcher Yovani Gallardo has 3HR. The same as Johnny Damon, Joe Mauer, Yankees LF’s and Rockies 1st Baseman. 1 more than A’s RF’s, Pirates LF’s. (tweet from @ed_price)
Speaking of twitter, if your on it add me! @kristpie
The Pirates win!! The streak is FINALLY over!
Alright. I’ll stop with the pictures. I was just so excited last night. The Buccos beat the Cubs 2-1 and are now 8-2 against them this season. It’s got to feel amazing to win that game after 34 days of straight loosing.
I tweeted this quote yesterday. Coincidence? You decide.
“Any minute, anyday, some players may break a longstanding record. That’s one of the fascinations about the game.” -Connie Mack
Maholm pitched an absolute beauty. He went 8IP 7H 0BB 1R 1ER 2K. 101 Pitches. He is the 1st pirates starter to go 8 innings this season. Not only did Paul pitch amazing he also got his 1st hit of the season and snapped a 0-38 hittless streak (dating back to last yr)
- Dotel got his 15th save of the season.
- GFJ who is batting .412 against the cubs this year went 0 for 3 with a BB.
- Tabata went 1-4 2B rBI SB R (5-5 for SB this season)
- Cutch w/ a RBI triple (his 5th of the yr) went 1-5 with 5 LOB – McCutchen has been going through a bit of a slump recently. Maybe a day off to recharge his batteries? He rarely gets a day off.
- Doumit 1-4 1K 3LOB. He scored the go ahead run. Although he BARLEY made it, didnt slide at the plate. He was so close to being out. Horrible base running. He has just been awful all season.
- Lastings Milledge has a .823 OPS since May 1st. He also leads all NL hitters with a .436 AVG since June 9th.
- There was yet ANOTHER collision in right field yesterday. This time involving Bobby Crosby and Lastings Milledge. Crosby was pulled on and replaced by DY. They later updated him with concussion like symptoms. He should be fine but is getting the day off today.
- Neil Walker is still having concussion symptoms. His MRI was negative and is still in pittsburgh getting futher tests. JR said today that within the next 2-3 days will determine if he needs to go on the DL.
The Pirates this season are 9-40 with 3 runs or less scored.
3 More draft picks were signed: RHP Casey Sadler (25th round) RHP Jason Townsend (31st round) and James Archibald (36th round)
Zack Duke did soft toss on Sunday and Monday. He is slated to throw of the mound on Friday and could miss 2 more starts.
Pirates vs Cubs (going into monday) Pirates vs rest of MLB
4.56 runs/gm 3.09 runs/gm
2.81 ERA 5.66 ERA
0.44 e/gm .086 e/gm
Today’s pitching matchup:
Jeff Karstens 2-2 4.60 ERA vs Ted Lilly 2-6 3.28 ERA
- Karstens has not allowed more than 4 runs in a start since returning to the rotation May 24th. He is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA vs CHC
- Lilly has only 1 win in his past 11 starts. He is 0-2 with a 4.25 ERA against PIT
Minor League Updates:
Jeff Locke: 5IP 5H 2ER 1BB 7K
Bryan Morris: 7IP 3H 2BB 6K 1R (Has a 3.35 ERA in AA)
Jim Negrych: 2-4 2RBI 2SB R (.411 AVG)
Chase D’Arnaud: 2-4 Triple 2RBI BB (.241 avg)
Around the Ballpark
- Jack Taschner (who refused a minor league agreement with the Pirates) signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers yesterday. He went 6.05 era, 7.9 k/9, 3.7 BB/9 in 19 innings with the buccos this year.
- Stats after the no hitter:
Braden: 0-5 4.31 ERA 30/9 K/BB 1.42 WHIP
Jimenez: 10-1 1.67 ERA 75/26 K/BB 1.00 WHIP
Halladay: 2-3 3.00 ERA 32/5 K/BB 1.28 WHIP
- Strasburg made his 5th start last night. He went 6IP 6H 4R 3ER 2BB 7K -92 pitches Got his 2nd loss of the season.
- The cubs have 60 errors on the season (4th most in the NL)
- Highest win percentage vs the cubs (active pitchers)
Paul Maholm 6-1 .857%
Billy Wagner 6-1 .857%
Kevin Millwood 8-2 .800%
Brandon Webb 4-1 .800%
Chris Carpenter 10-3 .769%
- Scott Rolen hit his 300th career homerun yesterday
- Jason Heyward was put on the DL. He will wear a cast on his hand for 6 days. Diagnosed with a Bone Bruise (thumb) Matt Diaz will be activated today.
- Dustin Pedroia not expect to require surgery. Timetable about 6 weeks.
- Victor Martinez also underwent more exams, they revealed minimally displaced fracture tip of left thumb. He is not expected to require surgery.
- John Grabow was pulled in the 8th inning of the PIT/CHC game yesterday. He was diagnosed with a sprained left knee. Was previously on the DL bc of knee May 31-June 15
The Dbacks have been struggling as of late.
- 5.33 team ERA (worst in NL)
- 14 Blown saves (most in NL)
- 15 Saves (2nd fewest)
- 38 quality starts (4th)
- .280 Opponet avg (3rd)
- 103 HR allowed (most in NL)
- 1.51 team WHIP (3rd highest)