Monday, July 22, 2013

July 22 - Willie Stargell's Cycle, Five Homer Comeback & More...

Ginger, Deacon, Stargell's Cycle, Trades, Rallies, Ryan Vogelsong, Five Homers...

  • 1899 - The Pirates rolled over the Philadelphia Quakers by an 18-4 count at Exposition Park. OF Ginger Beaumont went 6-for-6 at the top of the order, scoring six times, without hitting a ball out of the infield. Rookie second baseman Jimmy Williams drove in three runs with a pair of triples. 
  • 1910 - Deacon Phillippe hit a second inning inside-the-park grand slam off Brooklyn’s Fred Miller as part of a 14-1 win at Washington Park. Mel Stottlemyre was the next pitcher to hit an inside the park grannie - in 1965! The Pirates swept the Superbas in a four game set. 
  • 1911 - The Pirates paid St. Paul of the American Association $22‚500 for RHP Marty O'Toole‚ the most expensive purchase of a player to that date. Barney Dreyfuss spent another $5‚000 for his battery mate Bill Kelly. In 1912‚ O'Toole went 15-17 and lead the NL with 159 walks. He was out of Pittsburgh by 1914, winning a total of 26 games while walking 300 batters in 599-1/3 IP. Kelly was a back up catcher, hitting .290 for Pittsburgh and out of MLB after 1913. 
  • 1939 - Boston committed seven errors in a 9-3 loss to the Bucs at Braves Field, allowing five unearned runs to cross the plate. One frustrated Bee’s fan jumped out of the stands and took a swing at Braves’ catcher Al Lopez after he dropped a popup. But it wasn’t entirely bad glovework. The Bucs banged out 13 hits, led by Lee Handley’s 3-for-4 effort. 
  • 1964 - Willie Stargell hit for the cycle as the Bucs beat the Cards 13-2 at Busch Stadium. Pops had three RBI and four runs; Bill Mazeroski drove in five runs with a homer and double, and Jerry Lynch went long and brought home three runs. 
  • 1977 - RHP Ryan Vogelsong was born in Charlotte, NC. He worked five years for the Pirates (2001, 2003-06), going 10-19 with a 6.00 ERA. He took a hiatus to Japan, but came back in 2011 to his original team, the SF Giants, and pitched strong ball for the G-Men, earning an All-Star spot. 1988 - In a trade of outfielders that never quite panned out for the Pirates, Pittsburgh sent Darnell Coles to Seattle for Glenn Wilson. 
  • 1993 - The Bucs scored four times in the ninth to rally past the Braves 8-7 at TRS. Jay Bell drove in the first run in the final frame, and with two outs, Dave Clark’s single got the Bucs within a run. The next hitter, Kevin Young, dropped a soft liner into right center, plating Lloyd McClendon and Clark, who scored all the way from first, to give Blas Minor the victory. 
  • 2009 - The Pirates traded Adam LaRoche to the Boston Red Sox for two minor leaguers, shortstop Argenis Diaz and pitcher Hunter Strickland. 
  • 2009 - The Pirates used five homers to hold off the Brewers 8-7 at PNC Park. Brandon Moss went long in the ninth off Mitch Stettler for the walk off win; Ryan Doumit added a pair of blasts while Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones each had one.


Anonymous said...

The Fort had one of his best at bats of the season in the 7th to help chase Bailey. He even caught Choo stealing in the 1st with a generous call.

I think the whole team need lasik surgery the way they swing at bad pitches. Glad the team salvaged yesterday's W.

Tabata has been playing well - clutch hit yesterday- lets see if he can stick.

I honestly don't see much on the trade side - I have no illusions about this team winning the WS this year. As much as I have criticized this FO, I have to hand it to them as they have a few chips to deal with but don't have to make any deals. - should translate to a good move.

David - Cincy

Ron Ieraci said...

David - I'd be very surprised to see a big move, because of a limited market with fairly high costs. Having said that, if a RH #5 guy who can play 1B/RF pops up and is controllable through 2014 - Polanco should be here by 2015 - they'd probably jump his bones.

I don't see the sense of renting a starter, even with Wandy out, with so few for sale/rent & the cost; maybe they could take a run at Peavy. They don't need a back ender, and mid-rotation guys are few & far between in the era of three divisions & the wildcard.

They can, obviously, strengthen the bench without much cost, and maybe even internally.