Sunday, June 14, 2015

6/14: Pie's 7 RBI, Al Lopez Joins Bucs, Wally Westlake Cycle, Detroit Throw-Back,

  • 1892 - Pud Galvin was traded to the St Louis Browns for Cub Stricker. Before Stricker played a game for the Pirates, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Adonis Terry. Galvin was near the end of his Hall of Fame career, and his MLB days were done after the season. Terry did a nice job in his stay with Pittsburgh, with a line of 30-16-1/3.42 during his three-year stint.
  • 1907 - Christy Mathewson was plunked by Pirate pitcher Lefty Leifield in the ninth‚ but carried on until the twelfth when the Pirates persevered 2-1 at Exposition Park. The Pirates loaded the bases with no outs, then hit into a home-to-first DP. But pinch hitter Otis Clymer came through, singling home the winning run. Honus Wagner made a play that “the crowd went simply wild with delight” over per the Pittsburgh Press. The Giants had runners on first and third in the eleventh and two down when the Dutchman raced from the SS hole to make a play on a ball hit up the middle. He tumbled after he made the grab, but still managed to flip the ball to second for the force out while flat on his back, saving a run and probably the game for the Pirates. He was, according to the article, rewarded with a five minute ovation.
Honus Wagner Topps 2011 Retro series
  • 1930 - Pie Traynor drove in seven runs and C Al Bool five more to lead the Bucs to a 19-12 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a Baker Bowl twin bill. Every Pirate position player scored at least twice during the contest. The Pirates dropped the nitecap 5-4.
  • 1940 - C Al Lopez was traded by the Boston Bees to the Pirates for C Ray Berres and $40,000. Berres caught for six more years with a lifetime .216 BA. Lopez caught seven seasons for Pittsburgh and hit .256 during that time. He later made the Hall of Fame as thanks to his post-playing career as a manager.
  • 1949: Wally Westlake hit for the cycle as Pittsburgh beat the Boston Braves 4-3 at Forbes Field. Westlake ended the game with a two run walkoff double in the ninth inning while Tiny Bonham got the win in relief of Bob Chesnes. Wally drove in three runs, scored twice and threw a Brave out at third. Buc fans went a long time waiting for another Pirate to hit for the cycle at home again, until Jason Kendall repeated the feat on May 19th, 2000.
  • 1966 - LHP Randy Tomlin was born in Bainbridge, Maryland. An 18th round draft pick in 1988, he played for the Bucs from 1990-94. He won 22 games from ‘91-92, but an elbow injury that required surgery in 1993 short circuited his career. He made three appearances in the ‘91-92 NLCS, and put up a career line of 30-31/3.43.
Randy Tomlin 1993 Fleer Ultra series
  • 1982 - RHP Eddie Solomon was sent to the Chicago White Sox for 3B Jim Morrison. Solomon was released after the season, while Morrison found a home in Pittsburgh for six years with a .274 BA, 57 HR and 241 RBI in 552 games.
  • 1985 - Jose DeLeon fanned 11 in seven innings to beat the Phillies‚ 3-2 at TRS, backed by homers from Johnny Ray and Sixto Lezcano. DeLeon‚ who didn’t win his first game until June 2nd‚ lost his next 11 to finish the campaign at 2-19. His 4.70 ERA was the worse of his career until his final season in 1995.
  • 1992 - The Pirates won their fourth straight one run game by a 5-4 count over the Mets at Shea Stadium. Andy Van Slyke brought in Gary Varsho with a ninth inning sac fly for the victory. They took consecutive 3-2 wins over the Mets in the first two games of the series and started the streak with a 2-1 win over the Phillies.
  • 1996 - Jeff King singled home Jason Kendall and Mike Kingery in the ninth to send Rob Nen and the Florida Marlins to a 5-4 defeat at TRS. Florida had raced out to a 4-0 lead as Matt Ruebel could only get three outs in his start, but Ramon Morel, Jon Lieber, Dan Miceli and Dan Plesac tossed eight shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out eight Fish.
Ramon Morel 1996 Pacific Crown series
  • 2003 - Aramis Ramirez homer and doubled, driving in four runs, while Jack Wilson smacked three two-baggers good for three RBI among his four hits as the Pirates outslugged the Tampa Bay Rays 12-9 at Tropicana Field.
  • 2006 - Two unlikely run producers, Jose Castillo and Zach Duke, combined for seven RBI to propel Pittsburgh to a 9-7 win over the Cardinals at PNC Park. Castillo had a double and homer to drive in four runs and Duke had a pair of singles to plate three.
  • 2009 - The Pirates hosted the Detroit Tigers during the 100th anniversary year of their 1909 World Series meeting. Both teams wore throwback uniforms and stadium's PA and sound systems were also turned off, simulating the game conditions in 1909 for the 27,565 fans on hand. Pittsburgh won the game, 6–3 as Robinzon Diaz drove in three runs off Dontrelle Willis and Ross Ohlendorf went six strong innings for the victory.
Throwback day (image from Root Sports)
  • 2011 - The Bucs beat the Astros 1-0 at Minute Maid Park. Jeff Karstens threw 6-2/3 innings of three hit ball and five relievers picked up the slack, with Joel Hanrahan getting the save. The only run came in the second when Neil Walker singled off Bud Norris, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Garrett Jones’ knock.

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