Here’s your twelve word season recap: The Pirates had a bad week, then had a pretty good week. Today they go for the sweep against the Reds and try to even up their record at 6-6. Today’s lineup can be found on the sidebar to the right.
Chris Leroux was Designated for Assignment and Bryan Morris called up from AAA.
Phil Irwin was called up today to take a turn for Wandy Rodriguez and his gimpy hamstring. Josh Harrison was optioned to AAA to make room. If I’m reading the tea leaves correctly, this move portends the activation of Brandon Inge from the DL when Irwin is sent back down.
Greetings. I’m back and will resume posting. The Pirates’ season went down in flames but there’s still a month of exciting baseball left to watch. For those of you who are interested, here’s a list of ex-Pirates who’s teams are playing in the postseason. I’ll update the stats after each round.
Nate McLouth 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB, SF
Rangers (Lost the Wild Card game)
My picks for this postseason:
Nats over Cards, Reds over Giants, Orioles over Yankees, A’s over Tigers
Reds over Nats, A’s over O’s
A’s over Reds
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Current record: 72-67, 3rd place in NL Central, 11.0 games back
2.5 games back of a Wild Card spot
Up Next: Cincinnati Reds, 84-57, 1st place in NL Central, 8.5 games ahead
Notes: The last time the Bucs and Reds squared off, this series looked like it would be way more important than it is now. Cincinnati is cruising to the NL Central crown while Pittsburgh has gone from 15 games over .500 to merely five. A couple wins at Great American would be huge for the confidence of this team and its fans.
No lineup yet.
Friday: 3-0 Loss at Cincinnati. Wandy not bad, no support. Box score.
Saturday: 5-4 Loss at Cincinnati. Bucs battle back twice, lose late. Box score.
Sunday: 6-2 Win at Cincinnati. A.J. is the stopper. Box score.
Season Record: 61-46, 2nd place in NL Central, 4.5 games back
Notes: Losing two out of three is not the outcome the Bucs were looking for, but not a disaster either. Wandy Rodriguez, James McDonald and A.J. Burnett each turned in quality starts, with A.J.’s being the best by far. Gaby Sanchez had his first two hits as a Pirate; part of a 15 hit assault Sunday. Josh Harrison made the most of two spot starts by going 4 for 8 including a homer. The Fort continued his hot streak with a pinch hit on Friday and a homer Saturday.
|Jones, G, 1B, RF||13||2||4||0||0||5||8||0.308||0.308|
|McCutchen, A, CF||11||1||2||1||1||4||4||0.182||0.308|
|Marte, S, LF||10||0||2||2||0||3||2||0.200||0.273|
|Harrison, SS, 3B||8||1||4||1||0||0||2||0.500||0.556|
|Sanchez, G, 1B||7||1||2||0||0||1||5||0.286||0.286|
|Burnett, AJ, P||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||0.000||0.000|
|Rodriguez, W, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.500||0.500|
|McDonald, J, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||0.000||0.000|
Doubles (1): Jones (17)
Triples (2): Presley (4), Marte (1)
Home Runs (4): McKenry (11), Harrison (3), Walker (12), McCutchen (23)
SB: Snider (1)
CS: McCutchen (8)
Errors: Alvarez (16)
|Burnett, AJ(W, 14-3)||8.7||3||2||2||3||7||1||2.08||0.69|
|Rodriguez, W(L, 7-10)||7.0||7||3||3||0||4||2||3.86||1.00|
|Hughes, J(L, 2-1)||2.0||2||1||1||1||0||0||4.50||1.50|
Current record: 60-44, 2nd place in NL Central, 3.5 games back
Up Next: Cincinnati Reds, 64-41, 1st place in NL Central, 3.5 games ahead
Notes: Here’s the big series we’ve been waiting for. The Reds have won 13 of 14 and 20 of 23 to expand their lead to 3.5 games. Joey Votto is still out and Brandon Phillips is questionable. The only move the Reds made at the deadline was to add Jonathan Broxton as a setup man. No lefty starters mean we won’t see much of Gaby Sanchez except as a pinch hitter vs Sean Marshall and Aroldis Chapman.
No lineups yet.
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Tuesday: 8-4 Win at Cincinnati. Welcome back, Presley. Box score.
Wednesday: 5-4 Loss at Cincinnati. Late comeback not enough. Box score.
Thursday: 5-4 Win at Cincinnati. Bucs take a see-saw battle in 10. Box score.
Season Record: 29-27, 2nd place in NL Central, 2.0 games back
Notes: The Pirates take two of three from the first place Reds to creep to within two games. Alex Presley was a huge spark plug after being called up on Tuesday. Really everyone on the team looked good at bat at one time or another.
|McCutchen, A, CF||12||1||3||3||1||4||4||0.250||0.308|
|Jones, G, RF||10||1||3||2||0||2||2||0.300||0.273|
|Burnett, AJ, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||0.000||0.000|
Doubles (6): Barmes (9), Barajas (7), Presley (5), Walker (10), Barmes (10), McKenry (3)
Triples (1): Presley (3)
Home Runs (4): Walker (3), McGehee (1), Presley (3), McCutchen (10)
SB: Jones (2), Hague (1), Walker (3)
CS: Harrison (1)
Passed Balls: Barajas (5)
Double Plays: (Barmes-Walker-Hague)
|Burnett, AJ(W, 5-2)||5.0||5||3||3||4||8||0||5.40||1.80|
|Hanrahan(S, 15)(BS, 2)(W, 3-0)||2.0||1||1||1||1||3||1||4.50||1.00|
|Cruz, J(H, 10)||0.7||3||1||1||1||1||0||13.50||6.00|
Transactions: Recalled OF Alex Presley from AAA. Optioned OF Gorkys Hernandez to AAA.