Found June 21, 2012 on
North Side Notch:
Final: Pirates 9, Twins 1
WP: James McDonald (6-3, 2.19 ERA)
LP: Liam Hendriks (0-4, 7.39 ERA)
This game really could not have gone any better. Going into this one, you had to like the Pirates’ chances as you had our ace going up against someone named Liam Hendriks. Hendriks hails from Australia, but his ERA is anything but “down under.” (Terrible attempt at a joke, I know…let’s just move on.)
James McDonald was brilliant tonight getting his first career complete game. He gave up just one run, on a Ryan Doumit RBI single, and didn’t walk a batter while recording five strikeouts.
The Pirates’ offense put on quite a display. Andrew McCutchen was a homer shy of the cycle. Rod Barajas, Garrett Jones, and Pedro Alvarez all hit home runs. And a good time was had by all.
The Pirates’ June surge has catapulted them into 29th place in the Majors in runs scored after holding down the 30th spot since Opening Day. Take that, San Diego.
Pedro Alvarez is 9 for 17 with five home runs, two doubles,...
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Major League Baseball revealed the Futures Game rosters today and the Pirates’ 2010 and 2011 1st round picks will be on display for the US Team in Kansas City on July 8th.
Jameson Taillon, who is currently the #5 prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, will be making his first Futures Game appearance. In 14 starts with High-A Bradenton, the 20-year old Taillon is 4-6 with a 4.10...
While the Pirates played well this week in a series win over the Twins, there was more good news in the organization down on the farm. The system’s top three pitching prospects (not including the still-unsigned Mark Appel) all pitched very well–two of them in debuts at a new level.
Last night, Luis Heredia started for short-season State College. Heredia is 17 years old, which...
Twins right fielder Ben Revere left Pittsburgh without a hit, going 0-for-12 with just one walk in the three-game series against the Pirates. Dating back to the team's final game against Milwaukee, Revere was 0-for his last 15 prior to Friday.He snapped out of that funk quickly Friday in Cincinnati. Revere went 4-for-4 to help spark Minnesota to a series-opening 5-4 win over...
Manager Ron Gardenhire is in no position to turn down solid starting pitching, so when left-hander Brian Duensing makes his first start of the season Saturday it will be less a spot start than an audition. Not only do the Minnesota Twins have one of baseball's worst rotations, they have two starters on the disabled list and a doubleheader looming. "I can honestly tell...
The Pirates’ bats went cold and the Twins were able to capitalize late, evening this week’s series with a 2-1 win.
Erik Bedard pitched much better, which was nice to see. He allowed a double and a single for a run in the first inning, then settled down. He struck out seven while allowing just four hits and two walks – his best effort in a while. If he can stay on track, the...
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The Minnesota Twins will use their 10th starter of the season Saturday when left-hander Brian Duensing pitches against the Reds in Cincinnati. "We're in June," manager Ron Gardenhire noted, "so it hasn't been easy." Since Gardenhire became manager for the 2002 season, he has used as many as 10 starters only twice, in 2006 (10) and 2009 (11). He'...
The Pittsburgh Pirates may be known as one of the worst hitting teams in the major leagues, but they've been doing their best to rid themselves of that reputation lately.
Given how well Francisco Liriano has pitched since returning to the Minnesota Twins' starting rotation, he may be able to cool off their hot bats.
Pittsburgh looks to match a season high with its fourth...
A.J. Burnett pitched six shutout innings to win his seventh consecutive start and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the fifth time in six games, 4-1 over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Burnett (8-2) allowed two hits and three walks and struck out four to extend his streak of starts that resulted in victories to the longest for a Pirates pitcher in 38 years. Doc Ellis won eight...
Tigers (34-35) at Pirates (36-32)
7:05 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
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The Bucs take on the Tigers this weekend in round two of their interleague matchup (Detroit took 2 of 3 at Comerica Park a few weeks ago). This will be the final interleague series of the season; the Bucs are 8-7 against AL opponents this year.
Detroit is still somehow...
Today, in replacement of my regular weekly post on just Rod Barajas, I have a special treat for all of our wonderful TiGO fans and readers. I was fortunate enough to interview Clint Hurdle this week via e-mail. He answered my questions today and gave me some great insight on our favorite players (Rod, Clint [...]
Tonight was Francisco Liriano’s turn to have a good start for a change. Unfortunately, Liriano is not a Pirate, and his 6 strikeouts, 4 hits, and 1 run were not what the Pirates needed tonight. Liriano never allowed more than one hit in an inning. The only big inning for the Pirates was the 7th, [...]