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Updated: 2017-08-22T00:43:07-04:00


Short on pitching, Pirates can’t hang with Dodgers, lose 6-5 in 12 innings


Yasiel Puig’s 12th-inning home run to center field gave the Dodgers a final 6-5 lead late Monday night at PNC Park. The Pirates were apparently low on available relief pitching, which became apparent as the game wore on. That dearth most effected the Pirates, though, when Clint Hurdle tried to wring all he could out of Gerrit Cole, leading to a Curtis Granderson go-ahead grand slam. It wasn’t explicit at the time, but the Pirates entered Monday’s game with essentially four available relievers. Felipe Rivero, who had pitched the last two days, and George Kontos, who is dealing with a groin injury, were both unavailable. Dovydas Neverauskas had also pitched the two previous days and was only reluctantly used in the 12th. Jameson Taillon, Tuesday’s scheduled starter, was throwing lightly and apparently would have gone in had there been a 13th inning. (Taillon’s still starting Tuesday.) Cole, who had a mixed performance, but kept the Dodgers at bay for six innings, started to wear thin in the seventh. Chase Utley led off with a single and Cole walked pinch hitter Logan Forsythe. After Chris Taylor hit into a fielder’s choice, Corey Seager singled in a run, cutting the Pirates’ lead to 3-1, and Justin Turner singled to load the bases for Granderson. Under normal circumstances, it was past time for Cole to be pulled, with him scuffling and in 110-pitch territory, but Hurdle stuck with Cole, and Granderson popped a slider into the right-center-field seats for a grand slam and a 5-3 Los Angeles lead. The Bucs tied it at 5 in the eighth. Tony Watson made his return to Pittsburgh as a visitor, hitting Adam Frazier with a pitch and striking out Starling Marte. Pedro Baez came in to face Josh Harrison, who doubled to the left-field corner to score Frazier. Baez hit Andrew McCutchen with a pitch and walked David Freese. Josh Bell pinch-hit for Jose Osuna and reached on a fielder’s choice, beating out the double-play attempt at first to allow Harrison to score. John Jaso drew a pinch-hit walk to load the bases, but Brandon Morrow relieved Baez, getting Jordy Mercer to fly out. The Pirates rolled with the pitchers they had: A.J. Schugel after the grand slam in the seventh, Daniel Hudson in the eighth, Juan Nicasio in the ninth. Joaquin Benoit walked the bases loaded in the 10th, but got out of it. If it wasn’t obvious before, Benoit’s outing made clear the pitching shortage. He even came out to pitch another inning, allowing just a two-out hit in an otherwise clean 11th. Neverauskas entered for the 12th out of necessity and gave up Puig’s homer on his second pitch of the night. The Pirates have frequently played a man short on the bench as they waited out an injury in the last few years, which has been frustrating on its own. They haven’t usually been as reckless with their bullpen, but it certainly hurt them this time. The Pirates squandered a good chance against a powerhouse club, albeit one that’s coasting at this point. They got three homers off Dodgers starter Alex Wood, who doesn’t give up many of those, to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Osuna and Sean Rodriguez, both inserted in the lineup to face the left-hander, but to some grumbling, clubbed back-to-back solo homers in the second. Harrison went deep in the third. Cole ran into trouble periodically, loading the bases in the second and sixth, narrowly avoiding an Adrian Gonzalez grand slam with two outs in the sixth, as his fly ball died inches from the center-field wall. Justin Turner also hit one to the warning track in the first. Cole finished with seven strikeouts and two walks, allowing eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. Harrison went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. [...]

Cannonballs coming: big days for Kingham, Tucker and Hightower


One news item: Austin Meadows has been out with a minor oblique injury (sub. req’d). He’s expected to return soon. Bradenton was off. — Nick Kingham got within one out of his second nine-inning complete game in Indianapolis’ (70-57) 6-1 win over Louisville. Kingham gave up a run-scoring double with two outs in the ninth, then gave way to Angel Sanchez, who struck out the last batter. Kingham allowed six hits in all, walked only one and struck out five. He threw 73 of 110 pitches for strikes. In his last six starts, he has an ERA of 1.19 and has gone at least seven innings in five; he went six in the other. Jacob Stallings had a double, his fourth HR and three RBIs. On the season, Stallings is batting a respectable 274/340/417, with a BB:K ratio that’s gone from 1:6 last year to 1:1.7 this year. Danny Ortiz added two doubles and Erich Weiss his fourth HR. Kevin Newman: 1-4, 2BJordan Luplow: 1-4Chris Bostick: 2-4 — Brandon Waddell threw six shutout innings and Cole Tucker hit his first AA HR as Altoona (66-60) blanked Hartford, 2-0. Waddell allowed four hits, walked none and struck out four. Luis Heredia, Yeudy Garcia and Tate Scioneaux combined to fan five over the last three innings. Tucker finished 3-4, as did Jerrick Suiter. Wyatt Mathisen: 0-4Jin-De Jhang: 0-4 — West Virginia (60-63) rallied for two in the ninth to tie their game with Greenville, but lost, 8-7, on a wild throw in the bottom of the ninth. Starter Luis Escobar began with four shutout innings, but got knocked out with two outs in the fifth. He was charged with four runs on five hits and three walks. He fanned six. The Power had four HRs in the game: Ryan Nagle (2), Victor Fernandez (1), Yoel Gonzalez (5) and Brent Gibbs (3). They also, however, fanned 14 times. Adrian Valerio: 0-4, SF tied the game in the ninthOneil Cruz: 0-4, 4 K — Morgantown (34-25) took a 2-0 lead into the ninth, but Joel Cesar and Hector Garcia got torched for seven runs and the Black Bears lost to Mahoning Valley, 7-2. All the runs scored with two outs and resulted mainly from five walks and a hit batsman. The collapse wasted a great effort by Scooter Hightower, who threw eight shutout innings and allowed just four hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Lucas Tancas had two hits. Jared Oliva: 1-3, BBDeon Stafford: 0-3, BBDylan Busby: 1-4Tristan Gray: 0-4Bligh Madris: 0-3 — After winning yesterday, Bristol (12-44) reverted to form with a 16-0 fiasco at the hands of Greeneville. Starter Hunter Stratton lasted only an inning and a third, and Chris McDonald and Miguel Hernandez both got bombed in relief. Melvin Jimenez went 3-4, as the Pirates had nine hits but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Edison Lantigua: 0-4Jason Delay: 0-3, BB — The GCL Pirates (19-29) beat the Blue Jays, 7-6. Second-round pick Calvin Mitchell, who’s scuffled a bit so far, went 4-4 with two doubles and a walk. Cody Bolton threw two and two-thirds innings, allowing no runs on one hit and two walks. He struck out three. Barrett Barnes continued his rehab, going 2-3. There appears to be some sort of trouble with the GCL team. The manager was fired over the weekend (sub. req’d), which isn’t something that happens in-season a lot, especially not at that level. Today, a pitcher played the entire game at DH and another pitcher played most of the game at first. An injured player was replaced by Jesse Medrano, who’s recovering from an injury himself. Several of the team’s best prospects didn’t play. — The DSL Pirates (34-32) lost to the Astros Orange, 2-1. Luis Arrieta gave up a run on five hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out four. The Pirates had only four hits. Jean Eusebio: 1-4Francisco Acuna: 1-4, 2BSherten Apostel: 0-2, 2 BB [...]

Game Thread: Gerrit Cole takes on Alex Wood, Dodgers



Gerrit Cole gets the start as the Pirates open a four-game home series with the MLB-best Dodgers at 7:05 tonight.

Cody Bellinger (ankle) is not in Los Angeles’ lineup. He’s day-to-day.

The Pirates lineup is not yet out.

The Dodgers lineup:

  1. Chris Taylor, CF
  2. Corey Seager, SS
  3. Justin Turner, 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson, LF
  5. Yasmani Grandal, C
  6. Yasiel Puig, RF
  7. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  8. Chase Utley, 2B
  9. Alex Wood, P


Series Preview: Dodgers at Pirates


The Dodgers are really, really, really good. I find myself fanboying out at their presence at PNC Park this week, sort of in the way national commentators lay it on thick and really annoy people. Sorry, I’ll try to keep that in check. I’m bummed I won’t see Yu Darvish in person. I’m glad to see Cody Bellinger will likely be good to do this week. Of course, the Dodgers aren’t a team you want to see on the Pirates’ schedule right now, not while they’re hanging by a thread in the National League Central race. Darvish’s absence is good for the Bucs, Bellinger’s likely return not so much. The Pirates have had some success versus Los Angeles the last few years, but the Dodgers whacked the Bucs pretty well this May. Los Angeles had won six in a row before losing at Detroit on Sunday. The Pirates (60-64) won their last two to salvage a split in a four-game series with the Cardinals. Season Series: 3-0 Dodgers At Los Angeles May 8: Dodgers 12, Pirates 1 May 9: Dodgers 4, Pirates 3, 10 innings May 10: Dodgers 5, Pirates 2 Schedule Monday, 7:05 p.m. - Alex Wood (14-1, 2.30 ERA) vs. Gerrit Cole (10-8, 4.04), TV: AT&T SportsNet Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. - TBD vs. Jameson Taillon (7-5, 4.64), TV: AT&T SportsNet Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. - Rich Hill (9-4, 3.54) vs. Trevor Williams (5-6, 4.71), TV: AT&T SportsNet Thursday, 4:05 p.m. - Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-6, 3.45) vs. Chad Kuhl (6-8, 4.52), TV: AT&T SportsNet Dodgers 87-35 (84-38 Pythag, 5.09 RS/G, 3.33 RA/G) Offense Unadjusted for park, the Dodgers are sixth in Major League Baseball in runs scored. By fWAR, they’re the second best offense in the majors. They’re led by Corey Seager (.309/.395/.514, 19 HR) and the amazing Justin Turner (.344/.434/.561, 17 HR). Whoever Chris Taylor is, he’s put up 4.5 fWAR and 17 homers. Cody Bellinger (.274/.356/.612, 34 HR) can pick up his NL Rookie of the Year trophy now. Bellinger suffered a mild right ankle sprain playing right field on Saturday and sat out Sunday’s game. He’s day-to-day and it doesn’t seem too serious. Curtis Granderson was still sitting around on the Mets roster, unclaimed by contenders, so the Dodgers snapped him up, just because. That allowed them to option the struggling Joc Pederson to Triple-A. Pitching I appreciate that the Dodgers are at least creative in their financial domination of baseball. Instead of just signing the biggest-name free agents like the 1995-2005-ish Yankees, they sign a bunch of useful pitchers knowing most will get injured at some point, and deploy the best five or so they have available at a given time, also making ample use of the new 10-day disabled list to get guys extended rest. That strategy doesn’t bode well for the Pirates’ hopes of picking up Rich Hill and Scott Kazmir types, as people had hoped at different points, however. Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Grant Dayton, Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy are among the Los Angeles hurlers currently shelved, but the Dodgers have no need to rush anyone back with a 20-game divisional lead. The Dodgers have allowed the fewest runs in the majors. The pitching staff ranks second in fWAR. Brock Stewart is a possibility to start in Darvish’s place. Alex Wood almost, sort of deserves that silly 14-1 record (9.36 K/9, 2.30 BB/9, 2.30 ERA, 2.70 FIP). Hill (10.72 K/9, 3.83 BB/9) throws a bunch of curveballs and is very fun to watch when healthy. Hyun-Jin Ryu missed all of 2015 and most of 2016 with shoulder and elbow injuries. Kenley Jansen has walked five batters this season (54 1-3 IP). Tony Watson has allowed four runs in five innings, including a three-run outing in Arizona on August 8, since being traded over from the Pirates. Outlook Not good. A major strength of the Dodgers, though, is their depth, which doesn’t help them in as much in a short series. Also, I don’t think this has major bearing on professionals, but the Dodgers aren’t playing for as much as the Pirates are right now. [...]

In Case You Missed It: Roberto Clemente won’t be a saint, after all



Vatican officials have denied Roberto Clemente is on the way to sainthood after reports to the contrary popped up earlier last week.

I’m not quite sure what to add to that, but it sure is a unique story.

Perhaps more practically, there’s a movement to retire No. 21 across Major League Baseball, and more signs have popped up at PNC Park this season. I’d like to sort out my thoughts better before posting at length about this, but I’m really not sure that’s necessary.

I’m envious of older relatives and friends who saw him play — even my father, who went to the game the day before Clemente got his 3,000th hit, but, in his youth, decided against going a second straight day.

I think it’s the memories and stories — and, of course lessons — that are important, though. Not stumping for more and more people to validate them.

Here are some more links about your Pittsburg Baseball Club:

Pirates down Cardinals 6-3, earn split of series



The Pirates scored 6 or more runs for the fifth straight game, while holding the opposition under 7 for the first time in the stretch, winning 6-3, to salvage a series split with the Cardinals in a game played in Williamsport, Pa., for the inaugural MLB Little League Classic.

In front of 2500 Little League players and their families, the game was seldom in doubt as Josh Bell drove in four runs with a two-run homer in the first and a two-run ground single in the third, both off Cardinal starter Mike Leake, who allowed all six runs on eight hits in his three innings of work.

Meanwhile Ivan Nova scattered eight hits in five and two thirds innings, allowing all three of the Cardinals runs, two of them on a Jedd Gyorko homer in the second inning.

A.J. Schugel, Dovydas Neverauskas, Juan Nicasio and Felipe Rivero shutdown the Redbirds the rest of the way. Rivero did make things interesting in the ninth, allowing a walk and a single to bring Paul DeJong, St. Louis’ leading homerun hitter, to the plate as the tying run with two outs in the ninth, but DeJong fly out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen to end the game.

Cannonballs coming: Ike Schlabach continues strong season



The GCL and DSL Pirates don’t play on Sundays. Bradenton was rained out.

— Indianapolis (69-57) blew a two-run lead in the ninth and lost to Syracuse in 13 innings, 4-3. Drew Hutchison gave up just one run, three hits and two walks over six innings, while striking out four. Brett McKinney failed to hold the lead in the ninth and, after McKinney pitched the tenth, the Indians went with catcher John Bormann. He actually threw two scoreless innings before giving up a walkoff run in the 13th. Jordan Luplow went 2-5 with a double and a walk. Chris Bostick, Edwin Espinal and Gift Ngoepe all had two hits.

Kevin Newman: 0-5
Edgar Santana: IP, K
Johnny Barbato: IP, 2 K

— Altoona (65-60) scored two in the top of the ninth to tie their game with New Hampshire, then got the go-ahead run on a two-out RBI single in the 10th by Cole Tucker in a 6-5 win. Tucker finished 2-6, although he also had two errors. (Tucker’s had error problems in AA, although he’s produced a stream of highlight-reel plays as well.) Jerrick Suiter tied the game with a two-run double in the ninth. Jin-De Jhang, who entered mid-game, went 2-3 with a double and scored the winning run. J.T. Brubaker went seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out five.

— West Virginia (60-62) lost to Greenville, 7-1. Oddy Nunez had a rough start as he seems to be tiring late in the season. He lasted only two and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks. He didn’t strike out anybody. The Power had only two hits.

Adrian Valerio: 0-4
Oneil Cruz: 0-1, 3 BB
Pasquale Mazzoccoli: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, K

— Ike Schlabach (pictured) threw five shutout innings as Morgantown (34-24) blanked Mahoning Valley, 4-0. Schlabach allowed two hits and two walks, and struck out three. Deon Stafford went 3-4 and Lucas Tancas 2-4.

Jared Oliva: 1-4
Dylan Busby: 1-4
Tristan Gray: 0-4
Blake Weiman: 2 IP, 2 K

— Bristol (12-43) actually won a baseball game, beating Greeneville, 6-3. Starter Domingo Robles survived his team’s standard shaky defense -- they average two errors per game and lead the league by a wide margin — to give up only three runs, just one earned, in six innings. Robles gave up only four hits and didn’t walk anybody, while striking out five. Appalachian League veteran Henrry Rosario went 4-4 with a triple and Matt Diorio went 3-4.

Edison Lantigua: 0-5
Drew Fischer: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K, Sv

Pirates look for a split in Williamsport



The Pirates and Cardinals travel to Williamsport, Pa., for a 7 p.m. start Sunday night to honor the Little Little World Series. The game will be held at Bowman Field, home park of the Crosscutters of the Short Season Class-A New York-Penn League, once a Pirates’ farm team. It was also where Clint Hurdle began his managerial career more than 25 years ago.

The Pirates are using their typical non-Polanco, non-Cervelli lineup, as each of those players take their time mending on the disabled list.



1 L Matt Carpenter, 1B

2 R Steven Piscotty, RF

3 R Paul DeJong, SS

4 S Dexter Fowler, CF

5 R Yadier Molina, C

6 R Jedd Gyorko, 3B

7 L Kolten Wong, 2B

8 R Randal Grichuk, LF

9 R Mike Leake, P



1 R Starling Marte, LF

2 R Josh Harrison, 2B

3 R Andrew McCutchen, CF

4 S Josh Bell, 1B

5 R David Freese, 3B

6 L Adam Frazier, RF

7 R Jordy Mercer, SS

8 R Chris Stewart, C

9 R Ivan Nova, P