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Neil Walker and Travis Snider helped the Pittsburgh Pirates come from behind and forced extra innings, but Vin Mazzaro surrendered 2 runs in the 11th inning that allowed the Dodgers to knock off the Pirates 5-3.
Brandon Cumpton was not expected to move mountains in his spot start for the Pirates, but he gave them a chance to beat Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Saturday afternoon.
Making his Major League debut, Cumpton went five innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits. Kershaw went slightly deeper in the game and had a 3-1 lead when he was removed.
In exciting fashion, the Pirates took it to the Dodgers’ bullpen and battled back. Walker drove in an eighth-inning RBI single off Paco Rodriguez to make it 3-2. In the ninth inning, Snider got the crowd going with his clutch pinch-hit homer off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.
Cumpton came from the shadows during a time of need with a mangled starting rotation and showed everyone he could fit in. He had several bright moments and watched his new teammates take him off the hook in typical Pirates fashion.
Walker was at it again in the tenth as he doubled on a line drive to right field following a Russell Martin walk. Martin was held up at third by third-base coach Nick Leyva when Yaisel Puig cut the ball off before it reached the wall.
Juan Uribe’s RBI single and a run-scoring double by Nick Punto off Mazzaro in the 11th inning spoiled the comeback.
Cumpton held the Dodgers hitless for three innings, including striking out the first four batters he faced in the big leagues.
Unfortunately, midway through their third time through the lineup, the Dodgers figured the young right-hander out.
Skip Schumaker made it 1-1 in the fifth with an RBI single to right field. The Dodgers chased Cumpton in the sixth with three consecutive hits before the rookie recorded an out. Adrian Gonzalez led off the inning with a ground-rule double to left-center. Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier followed with back-to-back singles.
Ramirez and Ethier took an extra base when left fielder Alex Presley overran Ethier’s hit. That would be the end of the road for Cumpton, who was replaced by Bryan Morris. Mark Ellis drove in a final run on a sacrifice fly that went on Cumpton’s line.
Kershaw went seven innings, allowing three hits and run, with three walks and eight strikeouts.
No one expected Cumpton to shine; Many just hoped he would give the Pirates a fighting chance against Kershaw. The team’s ninth-round selection from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft did more than anyone imagined. The man with less than three strikeouts in Indianapolis fanned the side in the first, which included Puig and Gonzales.
Cumpton struck out two more in the second, then no more, relying on his defense to protect the 1-0 lead he had been given in the first.
Alex Presley’s leadoff double and back-to-back walks of Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez set the Pirates up for a big first inning. Martin should have ended the inning by hitting into a double play, but the shortstop’s wild throw allowed Martin to be safe at first and Presley to score.
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Cumpton has posted a 3.31 ERA for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Pitcher Brandon Cumpton will make Saturday’s start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Chelsa Messinger, Sports Anchor for the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Georgia.
Congrats to Former @GT_Baseball Pitcher Brandon Cumpton will make his major league debut on Saturday for the #Pirates
— Chelsa Messinger (@ChelsaMessinger...
Brandon Cumpton will make his major league debut tomorrow.
Earlier today we heard a report that Brandon Cumpton would be starting for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Later, Clint Hurdle confirmed the report, which means it’s time for another installment of “The Book”. Or “The Book on”. I don’t know, I’ve only done this twice, and after the first time Phil Irwin...
Brandon Cumpton faces Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers for his MLB debut.
Brandon Cumpton makes his Major League debut for the Pirates on Saturday afternoon facing the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park. If his promotion came as a surprise to Pittsburgh fans, it was even more surprising for Cumpton.
“I was shocked. I had no idea,” Cumpton said Friday. “I didn’t see it coming...
Mike Zagurski has been designated for assignment. (Photo by: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates have added right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to the 40-man roster for his start tonight. To make room, they have designated left-handed Mike Zagurski for assignment. The DFA of Zagurski also clears a spot for Cumpton on the 25-man roster.
The DFA of Zagurski doesn’t come as a surprise...
On Saturday, the Pirates called up AAA pitcher Brandon Cumpton to make a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Adding another pitcher was huge, seeing that the starting rotation was slowly settling in with super-rook Gerrit Cole making his vaunted debut earlier in the week. Cumpton one-upped his more-highly-lauded teammate in the strikeout department, striking out the side in the...
Brandon Cumpston‘s minor league contract has been purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates and he is expected to start Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cumpton is not considered a high prospect, ranking 25th in the Pirate’s organization, but the 24-year-old has been solid for AAA Indianapolis, tossing a 3.31 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 66 AAA innings.The Pirates are off...
I didn’t have one specific thing I wanted to write about, but a few notes I was thinking about. So I went with more of a notes column, with three different topics below.
Jeff Locke hasn’t regressed, but instead has improved his game.
**About a month ago we were talking about Jeff Locke being a regression candidate going forward. That sparked the usual responses of “what if...
Word is that Brandon Cumpton will make his major league debut tomorrow. I’m not sure who won the race for that hashtag but we’re giving credit to The Angry Fan credit. It’s certainly the best and surely what I’ll be using on Twitter. If you want to be one of the cool kids you’d better…
Clint Hurdle confirmed Brandon Cumpton will make his MLB debut Saturday afternoon.
Let’s review the Pirates’ scheduled starting rotation following the news that Brandon Cumpton will take the place of injured A.J. Burnett.
Friday: Jeff Locke
Saturday: Brandon Cumpton (MLB Debut)
Sunday: Gerrit Cole
Monday: Francisco Liriano
Tuesday: Charlie Morton...
Brandon Cumpton kept the Pirates in the game, that’s all he needed to do. The Pirates just didn’t have the ball bounce their way. A great catch, a misplayed ball by Alex Presley, one more bobble with a man at third and this game is very, very different. It’s all gravy if they win today.…
The Pirates fell to the Dodgers in a wild, wild game on Saturday afternoon, evening this weekend’s series.
Brandon Cumpton immediately caught everyone’s attention with an incredible start to his big league debut. The righty isn’t known as a big strikeout guy, but he went right at the Dodgers and struck out all three batters in the first inning – then tacked on two more in...
Travis Snider hit the game-tying home run in the 9th, but it was not enough for the Bucs to win. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
What a fun baseball game, even if it did not turn out in the Pirates’ favor as the Bucs lost 5-3 in 11 innings. With so much happening, let’s boil this contest down to a series of moments:
Moment 1: Brandon Cumpton walks off the field in the second inning...
Dodgers (29-38) at Pirates (40-28)
1:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
TV: ROOT, TBS
The Bucs and Dodgers battle in a rubber match this afternoon on a rainy Father’s Day in Pittsburgh.
Brandon Cumpton will start again on Thursday, his next scheduled turn in the rotation.
Starling Marte is still out.
Russell Martin was scratched with a lower body injury...
Dodgers (28-38) at Pirates (40-27)
4:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Bucs look for two in a row and a series win this afternoon against the Dodgers. It won’t be easy. The game is at 4 today, presumably to avoid the 7 PM FOX blackout window.
Mike Zagurski was DFA’d to make room for today’s starter. Thank goodness.
Starling Marte is...
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Today’s Notable Games
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule
Today’s Notable Games
Los Angeles NL at Pittsburgh | 16:05 ET
Clayton Kershaw (100.1 IP, 83 xFIP-, 2.6 WAR) faces Brandon Cumpton (N/A). The latter makes his major-league debut in place of the injured...