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The "Mc" Effect:
New York Yankees
AAA Indianapolis | Indianapolis 8 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 9 (10 innings) Tim Wood blew his sixth save of the season as the Tribe lost a heart breaker in extras despite a quick three runs in the first three innings. The entire game was was like a teeter totter, with two lead changes by the Indians and two game-tying crooked innings by the Yankees in the fourth and eighth. Jose Tabata continued to stay hot as he went 3-for-6 with two RBI and is now 8-for-20 (.400) in the month of August. In light of people clamoring for a call-up to the big club, Bryan Morris kept the ball rolling and was effective as usual. With starter Justin Wilson going only 3.2 innings and allowing three runs, Morris came up big in relief like usual. He threw three innings of long relief and only gave up one run on three hits and striking out two. Doug Slaten struck out his only batter in the seventh but came out for the eighth got shelled for three runs from three straight hits. After calling himself out on Twitter by criticizing his recent slump, Tony Sanchez finally contributed offensively going 2-for-4 with two walks. Chase d'Arnaud had two hits while Jeff Clement is now one behind the International League leader in doubles after hitting his 33rd of the season. For anyone who likes to keep tabs on former Pirates, Ryota Igarashi picked up the win for the Yankees. AA Altoona | Altoona 6 New Britain 8 Once again, the Curve dropped another despite trying to claw back in the 9th like last night's loss. Their three run ninth was not enough to overcome the five run hole they were in. Tonight's loss now puts their losing streak at five, with two more against the Rock Cats before returning back home. Coming off three great outings prior to tonight's, Altoona southpaw Kris Johnson threw decent enough to give his teammates a chance. His final line was four runs (two earned) on eight hits and one walk in five innings. After holding a 3-2 lead after the top of the 5th, the Curve bullpen continued to struggle closing the door after good performances by starters. The Rock Cats scored two runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh to take the game in full control. Nathan Baker and Hunter Strickland both gave up two runs in relief, with Baker's in the sixth and Stickland's in the seventh and eighth. Reigning Eastern League Player of the Week Adalberto Santos stayed white hot at the plate, going 3-for-5 and now hitting .402. There could maybe be another Eastern League Player of the Week award on the horizon for Santos the way he's hitting. Backstop Ramon Cabrera and Jarek Cunningham both had two hits apiece. A West Virginia | West Virginia 9 Lakewood 1 The traveling hit show that is the Power showed it tonight, collectively banding together 13 hits and six extra base hits. Everyone in the starting lineup was able to string together at least one tonight. Dan Gamache continued his torrid beginning of August, potting doubles 30 and 31 on the season and two RBI. That gives him four two-baggers in as many days and he's now 6-for-15 (.400) in August. Willy Garcia also joined in on the "double trouble", collecting his 14th and 15th of the season. Despite being the only person on the team to strike out on the night, Taylor Lewis had a well-rounded game going 2-for-4 and swiping his 16th bag. As always, what's a "Power Surge" without an Alen Hanson sighting? Hanson was very un-Hanson like at the plate with only one hit, but that one hit ended up being pretty important. Hanson's two-run blast in the third, his 16th long ball of the season, was the eventual game winning hit. Gregory Polanco went 1-for-5 and is now hitting .325. In his best outing of the season, Porfirio Lopez went out and threw a gem to support his offensively-motivated brethren. He went five innings (his longest outing of the season) and allowed no earned runs while walking three and striking out four. Emmanuel De Leon threw a perfect two innings of relief while Joan Montero allowed one earned run in his two innings. A Bradenton | Bradenton 2 Palm Beach 0 He's back everyone! Jameson Taillon got knocked down but is getting back up again and rolling as of late. After seven two-hit shutout innings on July 30th, Taillon was strictly business tonight with another two-hit shutout. No big deal. He ended his magnificent night striking out four again and walking none. That being said, Taillon now has a 13 inning scoreless streak dating back to his July 25th start against St.Lucie. In those 13 shutout innings, Taillon has a 10/3 strikeout to walk ratio. Thanks to an early two-run bomb by Alex Dickerson, his 11th home run of the season, that's all the Marauders needed while riding the power arm of Taillon. Mel Rojas had the only other hit for Bradenton. A State College | State College 3 Aberdeen 2 Down 2-1 going into the ninth, the Spikes came back in the on the shoulders of the "Clint Hurdle School of Small Ball". They strung together a hit batsman, sacrifice bunt, sac fly, walk, and a clutch RBI single by Chris Diaz to tie it up at 2-2. Then the Spikes walked it off at home via a fielding error to back up the phenomenal outing by 2012 Fifth Round pick Adrian Sampson. The young righty went five shutout innings (one unearned run) allowing three hits and striking out five. In his last 10 innings, Sampson has posted a 9/2 strikeout to walk ratio. Everyone but backstop Derek Trent and struggling Jodaneli Carvajal had one hit apiece as the Spikes squeaked together their three runs with small ball all night.
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AROUND THE WEB
Four former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date and one transaction of note, a trade that involves a player who was traded earlier in his career for one of the players born on this date. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland recaps a doubleheader sweep over the Reds that occurred 35 years ago today.
On this date in 1980, the Pirates traded two minor leaguers,...
Two of the Pirates top prospects will get the start today. For Altoona, Gerrit Cole will take the mound, coming off his best start since being promoted to AA. He threw six shutout innings on Tuesday night against Trenton. In State College, Luis Heredia will get his ninth start of the year. He has an 0.95 ERA at home this year. Both DSL teams and the GCL Pirates are all off today...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update.
1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 3.93) - 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (6-7, 3.91) - DNP
3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) ...
1B/OF Garrett Jones had his nine game hitting streak snapped in Friday night's 3-0 loss to the Reds. Jones had been on a tear, knocking in 15 runs in his last 14 games and 21 RBI in his last 26 games. Prior to Friday's game he had gone 28-for-89 (.315) with five doubles, a triple, six home runs and 21 RBI in his last 25 games. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught...
A.J. Burnett remained undefeated against the Cincinnati Reds this season and Starling Marte hit a tiebreaking two-run triple to help the Pittsburgh Pirates salvage the finale of their three-game series with a 6-2 win on Sunday.
Neil Walker hit a two-run home run and All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen added a solo shot as Pittsburgh snapped Cincinnati's win streak at five...
AJ Burnett since the All-Star break:5 games, 39 2/3 innings, 30 strikeouts, 7 walks, 25 hits, 9 runsRate stats: 6.8 K/9, 1.6 BB/9, 4.3 K/BB, 2.04 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, .181/.226/.319 againstThe Pirates are 4-1 in Burnett's five starts, including wins his his last four. The Pirates are 13-9 since the All-Star break. You can do the math.
This is what the Pirates needed. After AJ Burnett struggled in the first inning and gave the Reds a 1-0 lead, things seemed pretty bad. Two straight losses, an early deficit, a ton of pitches for Burnett in the first ... I said before the game that a sweep wouldn't have been the end of the world and I'll stay by that assessment, but I'll also say that it would've...
The weekend matchup with the hottest team of all time had the interest of everyone already on the Buccos’ bandwagon and those looking to join. A sweep by the Bucs would have brought on full-fledged Pirate Fever and a sweep the other way would have given the bandwagon a severe case of Oregon Trail dysentery. Anything in between and we’d get to continue the pennant race that...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A.J. Burnett remained undefeated against the Cincinnati Reds this season and Starling Marte hit a tiebreaking two-run triple to help the Pittsburgh Pirates salvage the finale of their three-game series with a 6-2 win on Sunday.
Neil Walker hit a two-run home run and All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen added a solo shot as Pittsburgh snapped Cincinnati'...
8.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K Pitch Type Veloc H-Break V-Break Count Strike% 4-Seam 91.29 Veloc -4.52 H-Break 5.32 V-Break 41 Count 65.85% Strike% Sinker 91.42 Veloc -7.49 H-Break 4.09 V-Break 12 Count 91.67% Strike% Change 89.44 Veloc -6.91 H-Break 3.11 V-Break 5 Count 60.00% Strike% KnuckleCurve 81.15 Veloc 6.33 H-Break -5.39 V-Break 41 Count 51.22% Strike%
The Reds found unusual ways to score runs tonight. The Pirates found zero ways to score runs tonight. Wandy Rodriguez had more than a quality start tonight, pitching 7 innings and giving up just 3 runs on 7 hits. After dealing with control issues in his last start, Wandy walked no one tonight and struck [...]
Tonight’s the night. According to the Trib’s John Grupp, the last time the Pirates played such a meaningful series this late in a season, we were more worried about if Cory and Topanga were finally going to get down to business on TGIF than what the Buccos were going to do on a trip to Cincinnati. The three-game tilt against the Reds that kicks off tonight is definitely...
AAA Indianapolis | Indianapolis 2 Scranton/Wilkes Barre 0 This was just the Jeff Locke Show, and we were all intently watching it. Probably DVRing it too. Locke turned it perhaps his best performance of 2012, pitching 7.1 shutout innings, allowing three hits, walking two and striking out 10. Locke threw 108 pitches, and he might have made it through eight innings unscathed if Kevin...
Indianapolis is in first place in their division, with a ten game lead and 28 games left on their schedule. Bradenton has off today. Both DSL teams, as well as the GCL Pirates, were off yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Irwin will try tonight for his eighth straight strong outing
Triple-A: Indianapolis (71-45) vs Charlotte (65-51) 7:05pm
You know, the Pittsburgh Pirates aren't necessarily playing *bad* lately...the issue is that the Reds just can't be stopped. After losing two straight to being the weekend, the Pirates needed to win yesterday to attempt to salvage a bid at winning the division. Well, they did that with a 6-2 win, but are still 4.5 games out of the division lead. The Pirates are 2...