Found August 05, 2012 on
Raise the Jolly Roger!:
It was another frustrating night in Cincinnati for the Pirates, as they came up short in both the beanball/intimidation/whatever-you-want-to-call-it battle as well as, you know, the game itself. The Bucs are in danger of being swept in the weekend series, and they now trail the Reds by 5.5 games. Their wild-card edge for the second spot is also down to just 2.5 over the Cardinals.
I didn’t want James McDonald to come out and nail anybody in the first inning. He’s been struggling and it would have been asking for trouble against a good lineup in a huge game. J-Mac didn’t, but still got off to a messy start. The Reds led off with two singles, compounded by a wild throw by Pedro Alvarez. McDonald recovered well with two strikeouts of Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce to nearly escape the inning, but Scott Rolen hit a decent inside fastball the other way for a two run single. That hurt, and it seemed like J-Mac could be on the verge of another disastrous outing.
Michael McKenry–batting fifth f...
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Is there any single play in baseball more exciting than an inside-the-park home run? Most likely not. The only other occurence I can think of that may rival it is a play at home plate. Well, the video clip above has BOTH.
The Pittsburgh Pirates starting staff was one of the best heading into the All-Star break, but have had some struggled in the second half. One of those starting five has been James McDonald, who entered the break with an impressive 2.37 ERA. The right-hander’s second half has been a struggle since Manager Clint Hurdle bumped him to the No. 1 spot in the Pirates rotation.
@mbandi Right, because J-Mac buzzing someone is going to make them see the error of their ways. That has a good track record.
— Ed Giles (@InClementeWthr) August 4, 2012
It is an argument that has been had numerous times. Should you retaliate if your opposition drills your best player?
Friday night, Andrew McCutchen faced off against Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman with two outs...
CINCINNATI A.J. Burnett took matters into his own hands and he had a baseball in his dominating right hand.But instead of using it as a lethal weapon to bury into the sides of some of the Cincinnati Reds, Burnett kept it out of their reach, pitching a three-hitter for 8 23 innings as his Pittsburgh Pirates buried the Reds, 6-2.Burnett (14-3) spoke the way he needed to speak, with...
The Cincinnati Reds have been nearly unbeatable for the last month, but only now do they have a chance to create some breathing room in the division race.
The Reds look to further extend their lead atop the NL Central on Saturday night when they continue their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cincinnati has built the best record in the majors with an impressive run over the...
The Cincinnati Reds have looked plenty dominant over the last month. That doesn't figure to change during a stretch of 18 straight games against teams with losing records.
The Reds look to continue their season-long success against the Brewers in the opener of a three-game series Monday night in Milwaukee.
Cincinnati (66-42) couldn't complete a sweep of Pittsburgh over the...
CINCINNATI The absurdity of a meaningful Cincinnati Reds-Pittsburgh Pirates series in August manifested itself by who is missing in the Great American Ball Park press box this weekend.
Three beat writers who are regularly assigned to the Reds aren't covering any of the three games this weekend between the Reds and Pirates in a land dispute over first place in the National League...
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) ...
Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications...
Back in early July, I did an in-depth look at the two Dominican Summer League teams of the Pittsburgh Pirates, with early season notes on the players to watch. We now take a look at how some of those players have performed over the month of July, as well as a couple new names to watch.
Maximo Rivera has seen his numbers drop off slightly over the last month, but this is still a...
It was only a matter of time until some intrepid Pittsburgh Pirates fan decided to create a parody television opening to celebrate the team's season.
The show of choice?...."The Brady Bunch":
Was there anything worse than losing the game and failing to make a statement? Not in my book. I looked at this series as more than winning and losing and, while the Pirates have kept it close, the Reds are really proving a point to the Pirates. James McDonald started off very shaky but turned [...]
There have been five former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, three of them played for the 1987 team. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland takes a look at a strong pitching performance from Doug Drabek, that came during the 1990 season.
Kevin Elster (1964) Shortstop for the 1997 Pirates. He was originally signed as a second round draft pick of the Mets in 1984 out...