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- The Pirates 3-1 victory over the Reds on Sunday afternoon was only the fourth win for the Bucs when trailing after eight innings.
- Brian Burres allowed one run on four hits through seven innings pitched. He walked one and struck out six. (Second straight great start for Burres)
“When he throws strikes, he’s tough to hit,” Pirates manager John Russell said. “The key for him is keeping the ball down and throwing strikes.”
“I had good command the whole game,” said Burres. “I felt good. I thought I was able to make some quality pitches. My last two starts have been good. Hopefully, I can continue the success”.
- Neil Walker’s single in the first inning extended his hit streak to 18 games. It also ties the longest Rookie hit streak in Pirates history. (Rennie Stennett in 1971)
- McCutchen’s bases clearing double was Cordero’s eighth blown save on the season, which is second-most in the majors.
“It’s not like I was pitching to my little boy,” Cordero said. “[McCutchen] is a big league hitter. He’s young, but he’s a big league player. When something like that happens, you just have to tip your cap. There’s nothing I can do.”
- Even though the Pirates lost 2-of-3 against the Reds, they didn’t give up without a fight. They came back from behind and went into extras in the first two games of the series. Although they suffered heartbreaking loses, they did learn from it:
“We’re taking away a lot of positives from this series,” Burres said. “Even though we lost two, we easily could’ve taken two or three. We battled for every out. We need to keep it going.”
- According to MLB beat writer Rob Biertempfel: The Pirates cite “fatigue clause” and will not allow Pedro Alvarez to play winter ball this offseason.
- Matt Bandi writer for The Pittsburgh Lumber Co tweeted about Delwyn Young as a pinch-hitter. I always seem to have arguments with fans regarding if he is a good PH or not. I’ll let the numbers decide it for you.
@MBandi: Can we please stop repeating the nonsense about Delwyn Young being a great pinch hitter? He’s at .242/.266/.355 as a PH in 2010.
Brian Burres 3-3, 5.75 ERA
Johnny Cueto 12-5, 3.45 ERA
Burres is coming off a great start which kept him in the starting rotation. Through six innings he allowed just one run on five hits, walked none and struck out three against the AL East leading Braves.
Cueto is 9-2 with a 2.88 ERA lifetime against the Pirates. He got the loss his last start against the Rockies. Cueto pitched six innings giving up three runs (all scored in the first inning) off seven hits, walked two and struck out five.
Presley 9 *Making his first major league start
Bowker 3 **Making his first start for the Pirates at 1B
News and Notes:
- Neil Walker extended his hit streak to 17 games in the 8th inning of Saturday’s game against the Reds. He hit a two RBI single off of a 100 mph heater by Chapman.
- Jose Tabata picked up his 100th hit in the 1st inning, making it the first time the Pirates have had two rookies with more than 100 hits since Tony Womack ad Jose Guillen.
- Joey Votto’s home run in the 10th inning was his first ever career walk-off homer. The Reds picked up their 81st win, breaking the 9 consecutive losing seasons.
Charlie Morton finally got the start he needed to boast his confidence. He needed just 69 pitches through 6.1 innings. Morton gave up three runs on six hits, walked one and struck out two.
“Charlie threw the ball really well,” Russell said. “It was nice to see him out there with some confidence and throwing the ball like he’s capable of. He’s been building toward this. Hopefully he can continue that. It was a very positive start for him.”
Morton did run into a jam in the second inning.
Scott Rolen lead off with a double and Jonny Gomes singled. Ramon Hernandez was hit by pitch, loading the bases with zero outs. Drew Stubbs hit a sac fly to center, giving the Reds the 1-0 lead. Miguel Cairo grounded into a double play to end the inning. Morton and the bucs escaped with allowing just the one run.
“I felt like myself,” Morton said. “I was able to relax. The key [in the second inning] is that I wasn’t worried about it. I wasn’t looking ahead.”
“He needs to not worry about the results and just go out and execute,” Russell said prior to Saturday’s game. “When he does that, he’s pretty effective.”
Morton cruised the rest of the game, even battling Edinson Vasquez in a pitchers duel. (Vasquez pitched seven innings allowing just one hit, no runs, walked one and struck out ten. He even retired 19 batters straight.)
“Volquez was as nasty as we’ve seen him,” said Neil Walker.
Charlie Morton 1-11, 9.66 ERA
Edinson Volquez 3-2, 6.17 ERA
Morton will be making his third start for the Pirates since being re-called. He has showed a little improvement his last trip to the mound against the Nationals. Although he was pulled after just 3.2 innings it was mostly because of the defense and the bloop singles. He gave up six runs (2 earned) on eight hits.
“If I can become more effective on the field, it will lead to me pitching better — and I do feel like I’m close,” Morton said. “My first start back showed me it’s not as easy as you want it to be. If anything, what I’ve learned this year is it’s not going to make sense just because I want it to make sense. It’s not going to be easy just because I want it to be. I do feel that I know now that my outlook toward overcoming difficulty and failure is up to me.”
Volquez’s last start was on August 23rd against the Giants and it was not pretty. He lasted just 2/3 of an inning, gave up five runs on five hits and walked three. He started for Class-A Dayton on Monday, throwing six innings with three runs (two earned), three walks and 10 strikeouts.
News and Notes:
- Neil Walker extended his hitting streak to 16 games when he singled in the ninth inning of Friday night’s game. The hit came in the ninth inning rally by the young bucs as well on his 25th birthday.
- According to Rob Biertempfel, MLB Beat writer; Pirates mgr John Russell: “I see no reason why Ronny Cedeno shouldn’t be our shortstop (in 2011).”
- Outfielder Chris Heisey was a late scratch from the starting lineup today.
What could be the worst way to lose a ballgame? I might have to say how Friday night’s heartbreaking loss occured.
The Pirates battled the whole game and finally put up two runs in the ninth inning to tie the game at three. Fast forward to the 12th inning, Ledezma is brought in to pitch. After allowing Chris Heisey to lead-off with a single, he then hit Joey Votto with a pitch. Manager John Russell had enough and brought in Joel Hanrahan.
But was it too late?
Hanrahan entered the game with a mess on his hands: Two men on, nobody out. Joel allowed Scotty Rolen to single, bases loaded still nobody out.
Johnny Gomes came to the plate and hit a broken bat grounder to shortstop. Ronny Cedeno threw the ball to home but Chris Synder dropped the ball. The run scored and the Reds got the walk-off win.
Talk about a heartbreaking way to lose the game.
Chris Synder’s expression after making the error at home was in disbelief as he stared at home plate and watched the Reds celebrate the victory.
“I botched it,” Snyder said. “I just clanked it. Inexcusable. Ronny did everything he needed to do. I’ve got to pick him up there, but I didn’t.”
“We’re all kind of frustrated,” said Cedeno. “We did great in the ninth inning to come back and tie the game. It was a tough play at the end. The ball was hit really slow. It just happens.”
Paul Maholm pitched seven innings giving up three runs on six hits and struck out a career-high eight. Other than a rough third inning in which he allowed all three runs to score. (It took him 71 pitches to get through three) Maholm settled and finished off strong.
“Paul, unfortunately, gave up three runs with two outs,” said Pirates manager John Russell. “He really settled in and gave us a great start.”
During the 11th inning of Friday night’s 12-inning loss to the Reds, Aroldis Chapman came into pitch.
Words can not explain how nasty he is.
Aroldis Chapman vs Jose Tabata:
102 mph Fastball -Foul
102 mph Fastball -Swinging (might I add, he was not even close to catching it)
103 mph Fastball -Called strike three
Aroldis Chapman vs Neil Walker
101 mph Fastball -Ball
101 mph Fatball -Grounded to shortstop, 6-4.
Aroldis Chapman vs Garrett Jones
102 mph Fastball -Foul
90 mph Cutter -Swinging Strike
103 mph Fastball -Ball
103 mph Fastball -Ball
90 mph Cutter -Swinging Strike three
Yep, that is pretty close to my expression after the inning ended. In shock. I’ve seen clips of him pitching since he was brought up to the majors, but I was not prepared for that at all.
His cutter –90 mph– is the same speed as the average fastball. It is just unbelievable.
Brandon Moss has faced Chapman a few times when Moss was with Triple-A Indy, Chapman with Triple-A Louisville.
“First time I faced him, he threw behind me at 101 [mph],” Moss said. “He struck me out at least four times. I made contact twice against him. I grounded to second and it was like a moral victory.”
“At first you didn’t feel comfortable facing him because he was so wild,” Moss said. “Since he went to the bullpen he’s been lights out. He doesn’t look overwhelmed [in the Major Leagues]. He’s a weapon in any bullpen.”
Garrett Jones was asked what it was like to face Chapman in the 11th inning of Friday night’s game. “He has such a quick release,” Jones said. “You barely have time to react. I was trying to stay short and really see it. But he’s so quick to the plate you don’t have time to see the release point. He has very good arm speed.”
Since the Reds re-called Aroldis Chapman he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in five appearences. He has five strikeouts, two walks in 4.1 innings. His fastball is clocked at 102 reguarly, and has even hit 105 mph on the gun.
Friday’s Pitching Matchup:
Paul Maholm 7-14, 5.43 ERA
Homer Bailey 3-3, 5.00 ERA
Maholm gave up five runs in the fourth inning against the nationals on 9/4, making it the ninth time in his last 15 starts to allow an opponent to score at least four runs in a single inning. Maholm is 6-4 with a 3.81 ERA career against the Reds.
Bailey lost his last start against the Cardinals pitching six innigs, four runs on five hits, walked one and struck out four. In Bailey’s last three starts, 17.1 innings pitched, he is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. But against the Pirates he is dominant; 5-0 with a 1.57 ERA.
News and Notes:
- Aki Iwamura and Erik Kratz both cleared waivers on Friday.The Pirates released Iwamura and Kratz was outrighted to Triple-A Indy.
After pitching a beauty on Monday against the Braves, Brian Burres will remain in the Pirates rotation for the remainder of the season.
Manager John Russell annouced that Burres will start in Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Jeff Karsents’ sore shoulder is slowly improving but it is unlikely that he will make another start this season. If Karstens does pitch before the season ends, it would be from the bullpen.
“He’s getting better,” Russell said. “It’s still going to be a few days before there is a determination about when he might be ready to come back.”
And for the first time this season i made it in the top 50.
First of all, I wanted to thank everyone who reads my blog. It really means a lot. I enjoy doing this and I hope you guys enjoy reading it.
And secondly, congrats to all the winners. I noticed a lot of the blogs are women which is really awesome.
And lastly, thanks to Mark who runs the mlblogs. My photo was part of the panel showing the winners. (Top left, next to Pirates MLB.com Reporter, Jenifer Langosch)
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.