Found July 29, 2012 on
New York Mets
Indianapolis Indians 6, Buffalo Bisons 0
Jeff Locke earned his 8th win when he held the Buffalo Bisons scoreless for 7 innings at Victory Field tonight. Locke surrendered 3 walks tonight, which was an improvement from his last start, on July 23rd, when he gave up 7 walks in 5 innings. Locke gave up a total of 8 runs on 17 hits over 15 innings in his last three starts. Today, he scattered 4 hits over those 7 innings, and also struck out 4 Buffalo batters.
Locke needed some run support, of course. He got most of that in the 2nd inning, when the Indians batted around. The first four Tribe batters of the inning reached base safely. C Tony Sanchez began the rally with a double down the right field line. He scored when RF Brandon Boggs lined a single into right field. LF Jeff Larish also hit a line drive single into right, moving Boggs to third base. 2B Anderson Hernandez lined into left-center field, bringing in Boggs. A wild pitch moved both runners (Larish and Herna...
BEST OF MAXIM
Some numbered thoughts heading into Tuesday’s MLB 4:00PM non-waiver trade deadline…
1-5: Wandy Rodriguez
1. I’ve been very critical of Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington over the past year, but I was impressed with last week’s SP Wandy Rodriguez trade with Houston. While other clubs were still jockeying with the Cubs for Ryan Dempster, and waiting to see if the Phillies...
Remember a few weeks ago when Starling Marte was the answer for the Pirates? People were calling for him to be promoted to the majors to help the offense for the remainder of the year.
Now after four games there are suggestions that the Pirates should trade their top hitting prospect.
The rumors came out that the Pirates inquired on Shin-Soo Choo, and that Starling Marte would have...
Buffalo Bison 3, Indianapolis Indians 2
Chase d’Arnaud hands over his protective batting gear to the bat boy when he reaches second base.
Shaky control by Indians’ pitching combined with a strong performance by Buffalo pitching added up to a loss for the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field this afternoon. The Indians were held to three hits in the first 7 innings...
The Altoona Curve saw back-to-back solid starting pitching performances Friday night in Altoona for the doubleheader against New Hampshire. Right-handers Phil Irwin and Brandon Cumpton shined on the bump combining for just one earned run over 13.0 innings. First baseman Matt Curry drove in four runs on his 23rd birthday in game two as the club took both games at People’s Natural...
Final: Pirates 4, Astros 3
WP: Chris Resop (1-3, 3.10 ERA)
LP: Chuckie Fick (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
SV: Jason Grilli (2, 1.86 ERA)
Wandy Rodriguez was all over the place in his Pirates debut, but was able to labor through six innings to get a “quality start.” I have to imagine that I would feel a little weird and a bit nervous making my debut with a new team against the club I was a...
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 mid-season update.
1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 4.85) – DNP
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.37) – DNP
3. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.318) - 1-for-4, 3B
4. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia...
The Pirates found another way to win (or the Astros found another way to lose, depending on how you want to look at it) as they defeated Houston for the third straight night to improve to sixteen games over .500. SIXTEEN!
Wandy Rodriguez‘s Pirates debut was “meh.” He was uncharacteristically wild (five walks despite averaging just 2.2 per nine innings) but pitched out of trouble...
HOUSTON (AP) -- Rod Barajas hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied past Houston 4-3 on Saturday night, sending the Astros to their club-record 12th straight loss.
Wandy Rodriguez pitched six innings in his Pittsburgh debut, allowing three runs and six hits with five walks against his former team. The free-falling Astros, who have lost 25...
- Jayson Stark writes that the Pirates are among four teams that are aggressively pursuing Padres 3B Chase Headley, but does add that they are less motivated to make a deal at the current moment than they were before. Headley might be the best available hitter in this year’s deadline. His .267/.359/.428 line may not seem all that great, but his .277/.374/.497 road splits are. Keep...
The Pirates have taken care of business against the Astros so far this year, but for the most part it hasn’t been easy. A number of their wins over Houston have been close and/or comebacks. Tonight was no different, and possibly the most dramatic of the bunch.
Jeff Karstens didn’t dominate the Astros like he had in the past. He struck out seven, but allowed six hits and lasted...
As a Pirate fan, you probably know that sometimes the losing team can have a lot more to do with the outcome of a baseball game than the winning team can ever hope to have. That sometimes, a team is going to lose no matter what their opponents do. The Astros were going to lose this game tonight, no matter how many times the Pirates handed the lead back to them. The Astros built a...