Found September 06, 2012 on
Rick Vanden Hurk
Chicago White Sox
Boston Red Sox
Charlotte Knights 8, Indianapolis Indians 1
Rick VandenHurk took the loss tonight.
A busy first inning was all the Charlotte Knights needed to defeat the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field tonight in the first game of the first round of the International League playoffs. Knights’ starter Charlie Leesman dominated the Indians’ batters, allowing just one run on 6 hits and one walk, with 6 strikeouts in 8 innings of work.
The Knights jumped right onto Tribe starter Rick VandenHurk in the top of the 1st. With one out, VandenHurk gave up three consecutive hits — a double off the right-center field wall by 2B Drew Garcia, a double into the right field corner by 3B Brent Morel, driving in Garcia, and a 2-run home run just inside the right field foul pole by 1B Seth Loman. That gave the Knights a 3-run lead, with only one out in the game. VandenHurk got a fly out and a strike out to end the inning.
Dean Treanor and Starling Marte at third base in the bottom of the 1st.
BEST OF MAXIM
Brock Holt stands at just 5′ 10″ and 170 pounds, but don’t let his size fool you of the drive that he has.
“Isn’t that the beauty of this sport?,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “That he’s overachieving, but maybe he’s not because everybody else’s expectations of what’s successful should be, or what a successful second baseman should look like? I just love the fact...
Outfielder Starling Marte has been recalled from his rehab assignment and activated from 15-day disabled list. He is in the Pirates starting lineup batting second and playing in left field today.
Marte was placed on the disabled list on August 19 due to a right oblique strain that he suffered running the bases. Marte went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his first rehab assignment...
With his four hits last night, Brock Holt quickly ascended to the top of every single Pirate fan's "Please tell me this guy can be better than Clint Barmes when Neil Walker comes back" list. Because of the Pirates' utter lack of shortstop depth in the minors before Alen Hanson's emergence this year (and maybe again after Hanson makes what seems like an inevitable...
Final: Pirates 6, Astros 3
WP: Kevin Correia (10-8, 4.28 ERA)
LP: Fernando Abad
That’s a headline you probably will never see again.
But seriously, Kevin Correia pitched great tonight, going six innings and giving up just a run on four hits.
Clint Barmes, who for some reason was hitting second in the lineup, reached base three times with a single and two walks, and successfully...
Just a disclaimer before I start this post. I'm working on kind of switching up the way I do things here on the blog. Before, a large majority of my posts were dedicated to game recaps and the like. I'm attempting to get away from that. I may still do it occasionally but only when I have writer's block. The big reason I did that for so long is in hopes that someone who...
The DSL Pirates1 beat the DSL Angels 4-3 today to win the deciding game in the Dominican Summer League Championship series. The last time the Pirates won a Dominican championship was in 2003.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, after Ulises Montilla scored on a ground out by Danny Arribas. Montilla reached on a walk, then advanced to third on a wild pitch and throwing...
Indianapolis lost game one of their best-of-five playoff series against Charlotte last night. For game two, they will give the ball to top prospect Gerrit Cole, looking to even up the series. State College finished their schedule last night, the last team to finish their regular season. The DSL Pirates lost yesterday in game four of their best-of-five series. The deciding game will...
Writing about Pirates/Astros games at this point in the season is hard, because on one hand I want to say things like, "the Pirates got big performances from unlikely sources tonight with Gaby Sanchez and Alex Presley dragging the offense along behind them while Kevin Correia turned in a strong start to get the Pirates a series win that seemed a million miles away on Monday...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update.
1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (1-0, 4.50) - DNP
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-0, 1.59) - Season Completed
3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (4-2, 2.71) - Season Completed
4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.309) - Season Completed
Cubs (51-86) at Pirates (72-64)
7:05 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
The Pirates welcome the Cubs to town for part two of their homestand against the new cellar-dwellers of the NL Central. This weekend should be another chance for the Bucs to inch closer to that 82nd win and gain ground on some wild card contenders, since the Cubbies have...
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Kevin Correia pitched very well, challenging the Astros and forcing them to put...
Coming into 2012, the Pirates had extremely high hopes for the future of their rotation. They nabbed Gerrit Cole in the 2011 draft and added him to the pairing of Jameson Taillon and Luis Heredia, hoping to have a deadly 1-2-3 punch in coming years. There were a lot of eyes on those three arms this summer, and they didn't disappoint. While the minor league seasons aren'...