Giants Wrap Up

Scores:
Friday: 6-5 Loss vs San Francisco. Bedard struggles again. Box score.
Saturday: 3-1 Win vs San Francisco. JMac dominates. Box score.
Sunday: 13-2 Win vs San Francisco. Pirates batter Lincecum. Box score.

Season Record: 48-37, 1st place in NL Central, 1.0 game ahead

Notes: The Pirates enter the All Star break in first place for the first time since 1997. The Bucs are 11 games over .500 and sport the fourth best record in the majors. What a series for Neil Walker: 8 for 12 with 4 doubles and a homer. Andrew McCutchen was nearly as good with 2 homers among his 7 hits in 14 at bats. Cutch was named to participate in the Home Run Derby as a late replacement for Giancarlo Stanton. James McDonald continued his All Star-worthy campaign with 10 K’s in 7 innings. The bullpen was stellar once again, allowing only one run (by Juan Cruz) in 10 innings.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP
McCutchen, A, CF 14 5 7 6 0 2 4 0.500 0.500
Sutton, LF-RF 13 0 2 1 0 3 5 0.154 0.143
Walker, 2B 12 4 8 4 1 1 3 0.667 0.692
McGehee, 1B 12 2 4 3 0 2 5 0.333 0.333
Alvarez, 3B 11 2 2 2 1 3 6 0.182 0.250
Jones, G, RF-1B 10 1 1 0 0 3 6 0.100 0.100
Barmes, SS 7 1 2 1 0 1 4 0.286 0.286
Barajas, C 6 1 1 0 2 0 3 0.167 0.444
Hernandez, Go, PR-LF 6 1 0 0 0 2 1 0.000 0.000
Mercer, PH-SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000
McKenry, C 3 1 2 1 0 0 1 0.667 0.667
Burnett, AJ, P 3 0 1 1 0 1 3 0.333 0.333
Harrison, SS 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000
McDonald, J, P 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000
Lincoln, P 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000
Bedard, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000
Fryer, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000
  Totals 107 21 34 19 6 18 43 0.318 0.357

Batting
Doubles (9): Walker 4 (21), McKenry (7), Alvarez (15), Sutton (10), Barajas (8), McGehee (12)
Triples (1): McCutchen (5)
Home Runs (6): McGehee (6), Alvarez (16), McKenry (7), McCutchen 2 (18), Walker (6)

Baserunning
SB: Hernandez (2)

Fielding
Errors: Walker (4), Harrison (3), McKenry (1), Sutton (1)
Double Plays: (Bedard-Harrison-McGehee), (Mercer-Walker-McGehee), (Barmes-Walker- McGehee)

Pitching

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WHIP
McDonald, J(W, 9-3) 7.0 4 1 1 0 10 0 1.29 0.57
Burnett, AJ(W, 10-2) 6.3 4 2 2 2 5 1 2.84 0.95
Bedard(L, 4-10) 3.7 4 5 4 3 1 1 9.82 1.91
Lincoln 2.7 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00
Resop 2.3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00
Hughes, J 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
Grilli(H, 21) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00
Hanrahan(S, 23) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
Cruz, J 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 9.00 2.00
  Totals 27.0 17 9 8 5 24 2 2.67 0.81

Transactions: Outrighted Chris Leroux and Doug Slaten to AAA. Optioned C Eric Fryer to AAA. Recalled 1B Matt Hague from AAA.

Hague Recalled, Fryer Optioned

It’s a sign that Rod Barajas is finally healthy enough to catch normally: Eric Fryer has been optioned back down to AAA. Fryer went mostly unused in his 11 days on the roster, acting as an emergency catcher in case Michael McKenry was hurt. In four games he was 1 for 3 with a single.

Matt Hague was been called up. I don’t expect he’ll see many starts with Casey McGehee and Garrett Jones swinging well but he should serve as a good bat off the bench. As a pinch hitter this year he’s 4 for 12 with 1 strikeout, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs.

Phillies Wrap Up

Scores:
Monday: 8-3 Loss at Philadelphia. Nothing worked. Box score.
Tuesday: 5-4 Loss at Philadelphia. There were chances to win this one. Box score.
Wednesday: 11-7 Win at Philadelphia. The bats save a win. Box score.
Thursday: 5-4 Win at Philadelphia. Score 5 early, hang on late. Box score.

Season Record: 40-35, 2nd place in NL Central, 1.0 game back

Notes: Rough, rough series. The Pirates didn’t play very well at all and still came away with a split on the road. Michael McKenry stepped up in a huge way. The Fort caught all 33 innings after Rod Barajas was injured in the first game while going 8 for 14 with a double and two homers. Drew Sutton made a good first impression by going 4 for 8. Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez continued to rake, with Neil Walker joining in too. In fact, the only player who had a bad offensive series was Clint Barmes, to noone’s surprise. Apart from Brad Lincoln and Joel Hanrahan the pitching was pretty bad. As my grandfather used to say, they gave up a lot of “crooked numbers.”

Combined Box

Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP
McCutchen, A, CF 18 3 5 3 0 5 9 0.278 0.278
Alvarez, 3B 16 2 4 1 1 8 9 0.250 0.294
Walker, 2B 15 5 5 1 3 3 11 0.333 0.444
McKenry, C 14 2 8 6 2 3 2 0.571 0.625
Tabata, RF 13 3 3 2 0 4 4 0.231 0.231
Barmes, SS 13 1 1 1 1 4 10 0.077 0.143
McGehee, 1B 12 2 3 5 2 0 8 0.250 0.357
Sutton, LF, PH 8 3 4 2 2 1 1 0.500 0.600
Jones, G, RF,1B 5 1 2 1 2 1 4 0.400 0.571
Harrison, PH-RF, SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 3 0.200 0.200
Presley, PH-LF 5 1 0 0 3 1 0 0.000 0.375
McDonald, J, P 3 0 1 1 0 1 2 0.333 0.333
Burnett, AJ, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.000
Karstens, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.000 0.000
Hague, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000
Bedard, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
Barajas, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 —- —-
  Totals 134 23 37 23 16 35 67 0.276 0.353

Batting
Doubles (8): Walker 2 (14), Alvarez (13), McKenry (4), McCutchen 2 (15), Sutton (6), Jones (10)
Home Runs (7): Tabata (3), McKenry 2 (5), McGehee 2 (5), McCutchen (14), Alvarez (14)

BaseRunning
CS: McGehee (1), Harrison (3)
PO: Harrison

Fielding
Errors: Alvarez 2 (13), Tabata 2 (3), Barmes (9), Jones (2)
Double Plays: (Barmes-Walker-McGehee)

Pitching

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WHIP
Burnett, AJ(W, 9-2) 5.7 6 3 3 2 7 1 4.76 1.41
Bedard(L, 4-8) 6.0 8 4 4 2 3 1 6.00 1.67
McDonald, J(W, 7-3) 5.7 6 4 4 2 3 2 6.35 1.41
Karstens(L, 0-2) 5.0 11 7 6 0 4 1 10.80 2.20
Hanrahan(S, 20) 2.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00 1.00
Grilli(H, 18) 2.0 2 1 1 0 3 1 4.50 1.00
Slaten 2.0 1 1 1 3 3 0 4.50 2.00
Hughes, J 1.3 1 2 1 1 1 0 6.75 1.50
Cruz, J(H, 13) 1.3 2 1 1 2 1 1 6.75 3.00
Lincoln(H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00
Watson 1.0 3 1 1 0 1 0 9.00 3.00
  Totals 33.0 41 24 22 13 29 7 6.00 1.64

Transactions: Activated RHP Jeff Karstens from the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP Bryan Morris to AAA. Activated IF Drew Sutton. Called up C Eric Fryer from AAA. Optioned 1B Matt Hague to AAA. Designated LHP Daniel Moskos for assignment. Traded RHP Shairon Martis to Minnesota. Claimed 2B Oscar Tejeda of waivers from Boston and optioned him to AA. Designated LHP Doug Slaten for assignment.

Yet More Moves.

The last few days have been busy for transactions. Drew Sutton has joined the team as expected and Doug Slaten has been optioned to AAA.

Now the tricky part. Rod Barajas bruised his knee bone in the first inning last night. He’s not going on the DL, but apparently management doesn’t want to have Michael McKenry as the only healthy catcher on the active roster even for one game. Eric Fryer has been called up and Matt Hague gets optioned to AAA to make space. Fryer was not on the 40 man roster so one more move will need to be made before tonight’s game. I’ll update this post with that information later and add links.

Update: Daniel Moskos has been designated for assignment to open up a 40-man roster spot. If he clears waivers he’ll stay at AAA.

Cubs Wrap Up

Scores:
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.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh  AB   R   H  RBI  BB  SO  LOB     AVG     OBP
Alvarez, 3B 12 2 3 5 0 3 8 0.250 0.231
Tabata, LF-RF 11 2 3 0 0 0 0 0.273 0.333
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
Walker, 2B 9 1 3 2 3 3 2 0.333 0.462
Hague, 1B 9 1 3 1 2 1 5 0.333 0.500
Barmes, SS 8 0 1 0 0 2 7 0.125 0.125
Jones, G, RF 6 1 2 2 0 2 2 0.333 0.333
Barajas, C 6 0 2 1 2 0 4 0.333 0.500
McKenry, C 3 1 1 0 1 1 1 0.333 0.500
Correia, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.000 0.000
Hernandez, Go, LF-CF 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0.500 0.500
Bedard, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.000
Burnett, AJ, P 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000
McGehee, PH-1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000
Navarro, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000
  Totals 95 14 24 14 13 20 44 0.253 0.348

Batting
Doubles (2): Walker (7), Jones (7)
Triples (1): Tabata (3)
HomeRuns (3): Alvarez (8), McCutchen (8), Jones (5)

BaseRunning
SB: Harrison 2 (2), Walker (2), McCutchen 2 (10)

Fielding
Errors: Correia (1)
Double Plays: (Barmes-Walker-Hague), (Walker-Harrison-Hague), (Harrison-Walker-Hague)

Pitching

Pittsburgh     IP    H    R   ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA  WHIP
Correia 6.3 5 2 2 2 2 1 2.84 1.11
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
Resop 2.0 3 3 3 0 0 1 13.50 1.50
Lincoln 1.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
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
Watson 0.3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 6.00
  Totals 27.0 23 6 6 9 20 2 2.00 1.19

Transactions: Designated OF Nate McLouth for Assignment. Recalled 1B Matt Hague from AAA.

McLouth DFA’d, Hague Called Up

From the Pirates twitter feed:

@Pirates: Matt Hague has been recalled from Indy and Nate McLouth has been designated for assignment.

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: Lineup is in, Hague doesn’t have to wait for a start like Gorkys Hernandez did.

Jose Tabata LF
Josh Harrison RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Neil Walker 2B
Matt Hague 1B
Rod Barajas C
Clint Barmes SS
A.J. Burnett P

Update 5:37pm: Added links.

Meek Down, Gorkys Gets The Call

As expected, the Pirates sent down Evan Meek to call up a bat for this weekend’s series in Detroit. Surprisingly, the hitter they called up was not Matt Hague or Jake Fox, who could provide some pop off the bench or in the DH role, but Gorkys Hernandez. Gorkys was acquired with Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke from the Braves in the Nate McLouth deal and is know for his defense and baserunning ability. Hernandez is hitting .266/.343./355 this season and has a .279/.347/.383 line in 548 at bats over two seasons in Indianapolis.

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