Monday, August 22, 2016

8/22 TRS-PNC Era: Nellie's Gem, Long Ball Fests, Josh's Big Game & More...

  • 1970 - The Pirates beat Los Angeles 2-1 in 16 innings at Dodger Stadium. Roberto Clemente went 5-for-7 and scored the winning run when he led off the 16th with a single, stole second and came in on Jerry May’s two-out knock to left. Four Pirate pitchers scattered seven hits, with Bruce Dal Canton getting the W, but they kept it interesting by issuing 11 walks; they even allowed LA pitcher Don Sutton to steal the only base of his career. The Dodgers went 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
  • 1972 - Nellie Briles tossed a one-hitter, giving up just a two-out, seventh inning single to Ken Henderson, to beat Juan Marichal and the SF Giants 1-0 at Candlestick Park. The game’s only score came in the first when Roberto Clemente reached on a two-out error by Tito Fuentes and came home on Willie Stargell’s double. Henderson was the only Giant baserunner; Briles didn’t walk anyone and whiffed six.
Nellie Briles (photo via Best Sports Pictures)
  • 1975 - Pittsburgh swept the Reds in a doubleheader at TRS by 7-2 and 4-2 tallies. In the opener, Richie Zisk homered twice and Rennie Stennett had three hits to support Larry Demery. John Candelaria spun a four-hitter in the second game, backed by homers off the bats of Dave Parker and Richie Hebner.
  • 1979 - The Pirates scored twice in the seventh and added two more in the eighth to rally past the SF Giants 8-6 at TRS. Tim Foli had four RBI, and his two-out, two run single up the middle drove in the winning runs in the eighth. Dave Parker also collected his 1,000th hit. Kent Tekulve, the last of four Pirate pitchers, got the win after tossing two scoreless innings of relief.
  • 2007 - The Bucs bashed six homers (Nate McLouth - 2, Freddy Sanchez, Xavier Nady, Jason Bay, Jack Wilson) to bang out an 11-2 decision over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Sanchez had four hits and three RBI to plow the road for Tom Gorzelanny’s win.
  • 2014 - Josh Harrison had a career-high five RBI, all coming with two outs, to lead the Bucs to an 8-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. He had a double and homer, and Andrew McCutchen added another moon shot. Jeff Locke went six innings for the win; he gave up just two hits though he walked an unsightly six batters. The Pirate staff gave up eight free passes, while recording just one strikeout.
Josh Harrison 2014 Topps
  • 2015 - In front of a sold-out house at PNC Park, the Pirates took a 3-2 decision from the SF Giants in dramatic fashion. Gerrit Cole gave up a run on a walk, stolen base, error and broken bat single; Joakim Soria gave up the game-tying run on a walk that came around on a two-out wild pitch. The Pirates scored when Jung-Ho Kang homered off Mike Leake and then off Hunter Strickland. George Kontos struck out the first two batters in the ninth, then Starling Marte ripped the Bucs third homer on a first-pitch cutter to walk off with the win, claimed by Mark Melancon, who tossed a six-pitch ninth. The Pirates had just four hits, and thanks to a couple of caught stealings, left no runners on base. Kang became the third South Korean-born ballplayer with a multi-homer game, joining Hee-Seop Choi and Shin-Soo Choo.

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