Saturday, June 8, 2013

6/8 - Pitching Streaks, Hitting Streak, Drafts, Rook's Walk, Walk-Off & More...

Hitting streaks, pitching streaks, Caveman's b-day, drafts, Rooker's long walk and a walk off...

  • 1899 - 3B Jimmy Williams extended his hitting streak to 26 games in an 11-5 loss to Baltimore. It would end the following contest against Louisville’s Deacon Phillippe. Williams went on to hit .354 that campaign. 
  • 1903 - Sam Leever shut down the Phillies 2-0 at Exposition Park to bring the Pirate shutout streak to six games. The Phils lost the battle the next day, too, 7-3, but snapped the scoreless run. 
  • 1929 - Burleigh Grimes won his tenth straight decision by a 9-2 count against Brooklyn at Forbes Field. Just to kill time, he also picked up a couple of saves during the streak, which began with his first start of the year on April 16th. 
  • 1944 - At Forbes Field‚ the Cubs plated three runs on a very wild pitch by rookie Art "Cookie" Cuccurullo to prime an eight-run second inning and eventual 10-6 Chicago win. 
  • 1957 - RHP Don “The Caveman” Robinson was born in Ashland, Kentucky. He spent 10 of his 15 years in the show with Pittsburgh, first as a reliever and then as a starter, going 65-69-43 with a 3.85 ERA. A three-time Silver Slugger awardee, his line was .265/6/45 as a Buc. 
  • 1965 - In the first college/high school draft ever held, the Pirates picked prep OF’er Wayne Dickerson first (#10) in the draft; was out of baseball by 1970. Their first 17 selections never made the show, but they had some luck in the later rounds. RHP Bob Moose (18th round), RHP Gene Garber (20th round) and SS Freddie “The Cricket” Patek (22nd round) all carved out solid careers. They also signed undrafted Don Money, an infielder who played 16 seasons for the Phils and Brewers, hitting .261 lifetime and making four All-Star teams. 
  • 1971 - The Pirates picked prep SS Craig Reynolds 22nd overall, and he played 15 years of big league ball, mainly with the Houston Astros, and was a two-time All-Star. Second rounder Doug Bair spent 15 years tossing in the show for seven different teams 
  • 1976 - Prep RHP Jim Parke was the Pirates first round (#21) pick; he never got further than A ball in his career. The only notable selection was 17th round pick LHP Rick Honeycutt, who tossed for 21 big league seasons and made a couple of All-Star teams. 
  • 1989 - The Pirates sent up 16 batters and scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning against the Phils at Veteran’s Stadium, and TV announcer Jim Rooker said over the air “If we lose this game, I’ll walk home.” Well, Philly won 15-11, and Rooker made good on his promise after the season, taking a 300+ mile charity hike from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. 
  • 2009 - Cutch had his first four hit day at Turner Field against the Braves in a 7-6 loss. He tripled twice, the first Pirate to bang a pair of three baggers in a game since 2003. 
  •  2010 - The Pirates were the first victims of the Nationals Stephen Strasburg, as he struck out 14, a Nat record, in winning his first MLB outing 5-2 at Nationals Park. He struck out every batter in the Pirates' lineup at least once and fanned the last seven batters he faced (another team record). Washington sent the cap he wore that night to the Hall of Fame. 
  • 2011 - The Pirates rallied twice in extra innings to defeat the Arizona D-Backs 3-2 at PNC Park. Ex-Bucco Zach Duke started for the Snakes, and though he was touched up for nine hits, he only surrendered a run. Arizona pulled ahead 2-1 in the tenth, but Neil Walker singled home Cutch to tie it. Daniel McCutchen tossed the 11th and 12th innings, and worked out of first-and-third situations in both frames; the jam in the 11th was with no outs, but he got a K and DP. In the bottom of the 12th, Cutch worked the count full before launching a drive up the left field line off Zach Kroenke to walk off with the win.

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