Outfielder Alex Presley has been recalled from AAA Indianapolis and is playing left field and batting leadoff tonight. Jose Tabata has the night off, presumably to rest the hamstring that has been bothering him. OF Gorkys Hernandez was optioned to AAA to make room on the roster.
Friday: 1-0 Win vs Chicago Cubs. Pitching makes one run hold up. Box score.
Saturday: 3-2 Win vs Chicago Cubs. Hague walk-off HBP. Box score.
Sunday: 10-4 Win vs Chicago Cubs. First time scoring 10 runs this year. Box score.
Season Record: 23-24, 3rd place in NL Central, 4.0 games back
Notes: Finally, some hitting and pitching in the same series and the Pirates sweep the Cubs. The Bucs’ .348 OBP for the series was their highest this month and first time over .300 since the Cardinals series May 1-3 (.319). Gorkys Hernandez got his first major league hit.
|McCutchen, A, CF||10||3||4||1||3||3||5||0.400||0.538|
|Harrison, RF, SS-2B||10||2||1||0||2||3||2||0.100||0.250|
|Jones, G, RF||6||1||2||2||0||2||2||0.333||0.333|
|Hernandez, Go, LF-CF||2||1||1||2||0||0||0||0.500||0.500|
|Burnett, AJ, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.000||0.000|
Doubles (2): Walker (7), Jones (7)
Triples (1): Tabata (3)
HomeRuns (3): Alvarez (8), McCutchen (8), Jones (5)
SB: Harrison 2 (2), Walker (2), McCutchen 2 (10)
Errors: Correia (1)
Double Plays: (Barmes-Walker-Hague), (Walker-Harrison-Hague), (Harrison-Walker-Hague)
|Bedard (W, 3-5)||6.0||2||0||0||4||3||0||0.00||1.00|
|Burnett, AJ (W, 3-2)||5.3||6||0||0||2||6||0||0.00||1.50|
|Hanrahan(S, 11), (W, 2-0)||2.0||2||0||0||0||4||0||0.00||1.00|
|Cruz, J (H, 8)||2.0||4||1||1||0||1||0||4.50||2.00|
|Grilli (H, 11)||1.0||0||0||0||0||3||0||0.00||0.00|
|Hughes, J (H, 4)||0.7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.00|
From the Pirates twitter feed:
Desperate for offense, Pittsburgh cut the worst bat on its bench and called up the player who lead the team in homeruns during spring training. Sorry to see you go, Nate. You were really exciting back in 2008.
Update 5:37pm: Added links.
Today’s series finale against the Mets is at 12:30. The Pirates are off tomorrow.
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Friday: 6-0 Loss at Detroit. Verlander almost unhittable. Box score.
Saturday: 4-3 Win at Detroit. McCutchen leads the way again. Box score.
Sunday: 4-3 Loss at Detroit. 17 K’s, still almost won. Box score.
Season Record: 19-22, 3rd place in NL Central, 3.0 games back
Notes: Andrew McCutchen hits two more homeruns and the Pirates win. He gets no hits and they lose. Josh Harrison is hitting the ball well right now. I wouldn’t mind seeing him at shortstop a few games this week. Rod Barajas appears to have shaken off his early season slump. After a .143/.222/.184 April he’s hitting .310/.318/.667 in May. The writing is on the wall for Nate McLouth. He went 0-8 with 4 K’s over the weekend, including the game ender yesterday. All told he’s 0 for his last 20 with 9 K’s and 1 walk. Can we please get Gorkys Hernandez some at bats? It’s literally impossible that he could do worse. One of the biggest problems this team has on offense is strikeouts: 12 on Friday, 12 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
|Harrison, 2B, 3B, DH||11||3||3||0||1||3||1||0.273||0.385|
|Walker, 2B, DH||11||1||3||1||1||4||4||0.273||0.333|
|McCutchen, A, CF||11||2||2||4||1||4||6||0.182||0.250|
|Alvarez, 3B, DH||9||0||0||0||2||8||4||0.000||0.182|
|Jones, G, RF, 1B||7||0||1||0||0||5||2||0.143||0.143|
Doubles (2): Jones (6), Harrison (3)
HomeRuns (4): McCutchen 2 (7), Barajas (4), Walker (2)
CS: Navarro (2)
Passed Ball: Barajas 2 (4)
Double Plays: (Barmes-Walker-McGehee), (McGehee)
|Morton (L, 2-4)||6.0||9||4||4||1||4||1||6.00||1.67|
|Burnett, AJ (W, 2-2)||6.0||7||2||2||3||2||1||3.00||1.67|
|Correia (L, 1-5)||6.0||4||3||3||0||2||1||4.50||0.67|
|Hanrahan (S, 9)||1.0||0||0||0||1||2||0||0.00||1.00|
|Cruz, J (H, 7)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00||1.00|
|Grilli (H, 10)||1.0||2||1||0||0||1||0||0.00||2.00|
Transactions: Optioned RHP Evan Meek to AAA. Recalled OF Gorkys Hernandez from AAA. Placed RHP Jason Grilli on the Bereavement List. Recalled LHP Jeff Locke from AAA. Acquired IF Drew Sutton from the Atlanta Braves for cash, assigned Sutton to AAA.
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Relief pitcher Jason Grilli has been placed on the Bereavement List due to the death of his wife’s grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the extended Grilli family at this time.
To take his place on the roster, pitcher Jeff Locke has been called up from AAA. Locke was part of the 2009 Nate McLouth trade along with Charlie Morton and Gorkys Hernandez. All four pieces of that deal are currently on the Bucs’ big league roster.
Locke was called up for four starts at the end of last season and went 0-3 in 16.2 innings with 5 strikeouts, a 6.48 ERA and 1.86 WHIP. His AAA line for this season is 3-3, 47.2 IP, 36 K, 3.02 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. For now, Jeff is expected to pitch out of the bullpen in long relief.
Today’s game starts at 1:05. Lineup:
Max Scherzer SP
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