TONY WATSON NEWS

Benches clear in Pirates-Reds shoving match

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Both benches and bullpens cleared and there was some shoving after Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips was hit by a pitch by Pittsburgh left-hander Tony Watson in the eighth inning on Sunday. The Pirates were leading 3-0 when Reds reliever Pedro Villareal hit All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen in the top of the inning. Watson appeared to retaliate by hitting Phillips...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Benches clear in Pirates-Reds shoving match

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Both benches and bullpens cleared and there was some shoving after Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips was hit by a pitch by Pittsburgh left-hander Tony Watson in the eighth inning on Sunday. The Pirates were leading 3-0 when Reds reliever Pedro Villareal hit All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen in the top of the inning. Watson appeared to retaliate by hitting Phillips...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates trade for Joakim Soria

Thursday featured some more legitimate trade deadline action for the Pirates as they went out and dealt for Detroit’s closer: Joakim Soria. The Pirates have acquired RHP Joakim Soria from Detroit in exchange for minor league INF JaCoby Jones. pic.twitter.com/23A6bWNfuP — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 30, 2015 I’ve been saying for a while now that the Bucs needed some...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers’ reboot continues, Joakim Soria traded to Pirates

One day after the Detroit Tigers accepted reality regarding their non-existent postseason chances and made the decision to “reboot” their roster, general manager Dave Dombrowski hasn’t wasted any time in moving two of his pending free agents. Hours after David Price was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit traded another top trade piece to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Closer...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates close to acquiring Joakim Soria from Tigers

Jon Heyman says the deal is done, though I haven’t seen any sort of return from the Pirates mentioned yet. You can check out MLBTR for the full reporting tree. My hunch is that the Pirates won’t be giving up much here; Soria’s a rental and he would be the Pirates’ third-best reliever at the absolute best. He strengthens the bullpen, of course, but I doubt the Pirates would...
Via WHYGAVS?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A big dose of clutch

That has to be one of the best Pirate wins of the year. How many times have we seen them come up big late in a tight game on the road like that? Not very many. Well, on Tuesday they did it several times on the same night. First, Gregory Polanco. The kid seems to be all right after all – he’s turning the disappointing stat line around, he has had a ton of clutch hits lately, and...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Kevin Jepsen edition

Over the past few weeks fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates know that one of the main problems for this year’s team is an average bullpen. The back end of this bullpen is solid featuring Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and even Jared Hughes. As for the rest of the bullpen, they have shown inconsistency and cannot be relied on in clutch situations. Vance Worley, Antonio Bastardo, Arquimedes...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates give the St. Louis Cardinals a taste of their own medicine

All of a sudden, the National League Central is a two-team race. After a wild four-game series at PNC Park to close out baseball’s unofficial first half, the Pittsburgh Pirates are only 2.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The two teams were separated by nine games just two weeks ago, but after Pittsburgh took three out of four heading into the All-Star break, things have...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 76: Pirates 5 Tigers 4

Somehow, a game that Gerrit Cole left in the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead turned into a story about Deolis Guerra and Gorkys Hernandez. Actually, “somehow” is the wrong word because we know exactly how it happened: a two-run JD Martinez home run off of Tony Watson in the seventh inning. Regardless, on to Guerra, Hernandez, and a little bit of Neil Walker. The Pirates have played...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

At long last

It took them a loooong while to do it this season, and it certainly took a loooong while tonight, but the Pirates finally managed to win an extra inning game on the road. Aside from the lack of sleep that comes as a result, wins like that feel pretty great, and this was no exception. Had the Pirates lost, the story would have been about how Gerrit Cole and Tony Watson couldn’t...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon Phillips takes strike while rubbing his eyes (Video)

Brandon Phillips took a strike while rubbing his eyes as he stepped out of the batter's box during his eighth inning at-bat in Thursday's Cincinnati Reds game at Pittsburgh. Phillips called for time after Pirates pitcher Tony Watson had already began his delivery. The umpire did not grant the timeout, but Phillips stepped out so he could clear his eyes. The pitch was thrown right...
Via Holdout Sports
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Watson escapes, Cole wins again

Saturday’s game wasn’t quite as mind-numbingly dull as Friday’s, but it was sort of another snoozer after the Pirates jumped out to a quick lead. Sean O’Sullivan is about as unremarkable of a major league pitcher as you’ll ever see, and while I wouldn’t say he pitched well, the Pirates weren’t exactly hitting him hard. (They scored early largely thanks to some infield...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Marte's RBI single in 13th lifts Pirates past Phillies, 1-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Starling Marte's single in the bottom of the 13th drove in Chris Stewart and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 Friday night. Exactly six hours after the scheduled 7:05 p.m. first pitch, Marte delivered a two-out chopper up the middle off of Dustin McGowan (1-2). Backup catcher Stewart came around from second, beating Ben Revere's throw from...
Via AP on Fox
June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

A new stopper?

There was a lot to be irritated about in this game – the Pirates had numerous chances to give themselves a lot more breathing room and cruise to a win….but some awful baserunning and a failure to score on a bases-loaded/no-out situation limited the offense to two runs. One came immediately, mostly thanks to the speed of Polanco and Marte, and the other came on this monster Pedro...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 5-25-15 to 5-31-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 5/25/15 thru 5/31/15, the 8th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 5 Wins and 2 Losses, 33 Runs Scored and 25 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Charlie Morton. Morton returned from the DL by giving the Pirates two wins in a pair of solid starts this week in which he pitched a full 7 innings both...
Via Hidden Vigorish
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 5-11-15 to 5-17-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 5/11/15 thru 5/17/15, the 6th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 3 Wins and 4 Losses, 29 Runs Scored and 27 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: A.J. Burnett notched two wins while allowing just 1 earned run in 14 innings and tallying 12 strikeouts. On Sunday against the Cubs, Burnett played the...
Via Hidden Vigorish
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 4-27-15 to 5-3-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 4/27/15 thru 5/3/15, the 4th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 1 Win and 5 Losses, 14 Runs Scored and 18 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Jung Ho Kang. Kang started just two games but made the biggest offensive impact of any Pirates hitter this week. He provided the club with two game tying...
Via Hidden Vigorish
May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Bucs’ Watson, Rox McMahon, Belle the Beast, much more

Tony Watson was an All-Star last season. If you’re a casual fan and the Pirates aren’t your team, you maybe weren’t aware of that. The 29-year-old left-hander isn’t exactly a household name. Opposing hitters know who he is. Working as a set-up man in the City of Bridges, Watson had a 1.63 ERA in 78 […]
Via Fangraphs
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 18: Pirates 2 Diamondbacks 1

It’s nice to see this Pirate team start to win some baseball games in different ways. They came into this game having lost quite a few pitchers duels (almost all of them with AJ Burnett or Francisco Liriano on the mound — six of their eight losses have been started by those two, even though they’ve pitched quite well), so it was really good to see Burnett make another solid...
Via WHYGAVS?
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Stealing one late

The Pirates were able to win the type of game they struggled with just a week or two ago – low-scoring, good starting pitching, nervous moments with the bullpen, etc. They weren’t getting the late breaks in, say, the Cincinnati series, but this time they did and now they’ve won four in a row. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…A.J. Burnett is not getting any run...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs squander opportunities, fall to Pirates

PHOENIX -- Starling Marte singled home Neil Walker with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Saturday night. Walker doubled to the center-field wall against Addison Reed (0-1), his second double of the game, before Marte hit a grounder past diving shortstop Cliff Pennington. Tony Watson (1-1) pitched out of trouble in the...
Via AP on Fox
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 13: Pirates 4 Cubs 3

Well, that was exhausting. With Mark Melancon “unavailable” last night (we’ll see where things go from there), it seemed like the Pirates were in great shape after Rob Scahill got the last out in the sixth inning for Vance Worley. Caminero in the seventh, Hughes in the eighth, Watson in the ninth with a 4-1 lead seemed like a solid enough route, even after Caminero had trouble...
Via WHYGAVS?
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Polanco, Worley help Pirates hold off Cubs

PITTSBURGH (AP) Tony Watson had a save that was reminiscent of bygone days. The Pirates' left-hander inherited a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning and got the final six outs Wednesday night for his first save of the season and fifth of his five-year career as Pittsburgh held off the Chicago Cubs 4-3. Gregory Polanco hit his first home run of the season and Vance Worley (2-1...
Via AP on Fox
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

A wintry win

It was another weird night at a mostly-deserted PNC Park on Wednesday, but through a mini-snowstorm and more rough moments for the bullpen, the Pirates were able to pull-out a much needed win. Yes, you read that right, a mini snowstorm. Oh the weather outside is weather. pic.twitter.com/wMfnPe6Zpp — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 23, 2015 The “snow” only lasted a half inning ...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates lose, McCutchen still awesome

The Pirates are 0-1. For a while it looked like just another (regular season) game against nemesis Johnny Cueto. The Reds were able to grab a lead, and, well, that was gonna be that. But with Chapman looming in the ninth, manager Bryan Price opened the door a crack in the eighth by bringing new reliever Kevin Gregg, and the Pirates jumped right through. Everyone’s already said...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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