Posted on April 25, 2012 by David Kaleida
James McDonald was, as they say, on. The Pirates’ offense was, as usual, off.
McDonald rolled through seven strong, taking a no-hitter into the 7th. His final line of 7 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 ER, 8 K would be good enough to win on almost any day. But not this day; not for a team that has scored only 36 times in 17 games.
It started early. Alex Presley extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single, but was caught stealing two batters later making Andrew McCutchen‘s double for naught. Every Pirates starter had exactly one hit, but baserunning mistakes kept them from putting them together for runs. Luckily Pedro Alvarez was able to put one over the fence and avoid the shutout.
Game two starting soon, as the Pirates try to win the series.
Alex Presley LF
Nate McLouth RF
Andrew McCutchen 8CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Yamaico Navarro 42B
Clint Barmes 6SS
Rod Barajas C
Charlie Morton P
Filed under: baseball, Pirates | Tagged: Alex Presley, Andrew McCutchen, baseball, Charlie Morton, Clint Barmes, doubleheader, Garrett Jones, James McDonald, Nate McLouth, Pedro Alvarez, Pirates, Rockies, Rod Barajas, Yamaico Navarro | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 22, 2012 by David Kaleida
St. Louis, 10-5, 1st place in Central
Pittsburgh, 6-8, 3rd place in Central
Kyle Lohse: 2-0 (3 starts), 0.89 ERA, 20 IP, 11 SO, 10 H, 2 BB
Erik Bedard: 0-3 (3 starts), 2.65 ERA, 17 IP, 10 SO, 17 H, 6 BB
The Pirates have scored only 29 runs, last in the NL. Next on the list is Philadelphia at 42 and Cincinnati with 49.
However, the Bucs have only allowed 39 runs all year, best in the NL. Next is Philadelphia at 40, with Washington and St. Louis tied at 45.
Nate McLouth LF
Jose Tabata RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Neil Walker 2B
Garrett Jones 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Clint Barmes SS
Michael McKenry C
Erik Bedard P
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Posted on April 5, 2012 by David Kaleida
The Pirates made their final roster moves yesterday, putting Chris Leroux, Charlie Morton and A.J. Burnett on the Disabled List and adding Juan Cruz to the 40-man roster. Here’s the to current roster for today’s 1:35 game vs. the Phillies.
LF Alex Presley
RF Jose Tabata
CF Andrew McCutchen
2B Neil Walker
1B Garrett Jones
C Rod Barajas
3B Pedro Alvarez
SS Clint Barmes
C Michael McKenry
IF Matt Hague
IF Josh Harrison
IF Casey McGehee
IF Yamaico Navarro
OF Nate McLouth
A.J. Burnett (15 day)
Charlie Morton (15 day)
Gustavo Nunez (60 day)
Chris Leroux (60 day)
In honor of the best day of the year, I updated last year’s Whole Team Trade Tree to show how this current squad was built. (Click to embiggen.) Now play ball!
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Posted on March 22, 2012 by David Kaleida
The Pirates played a sloppy game and lost 8-6 to the Rays. Pirates Prospects has the down and dirty. MLB.com has the box score.
Good: Yamaico Navarro went 3-4 with a HR and 3 RBI and looked pretty good in the field. Nate McLouth and Alex Presley pulled off a nice double steal.
Up and Down: Rod Barajas hit a solo homer but was easily thrown out at second earlier in the game when he hit a high fly off the left field wall. Matt Hague was 1-1 after his pop-up to short was obscured by a flock of seagulls crossing from the right field grandstand to the left field grandstand.
Bad: Pedro Alvarez. Oh, Pedro. 0-3 with 2 strikeouts. He also had a foul ball go off his glove. It was a tough play, but it just looks like the confidence isn’t there.
After the game, Clint Hurdle names Erik Bedard as the opening day starter.
Some pics from today:
Players warm up under a beautiful sky.
Karstens makes a face while warming up...
...to Rod Barajas
Cutch is good people.
Taking the field
Gearhard line: One beer, one Pepsi, one sausage.
Dinner at Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus, featuring a wonderful Oktoberfest brew.
Filed under: baseball, Pirates, Spring Training | Tagged: Alex Presley, baseball, Clint Hurdle, Erik Bedard, Matt Hague, Nate McLouth, Pedro Alvarez, Pirates, Pirates Prospects, Rod Barajas, Yamaico Navarro | 3 Comments »