Tuesday, April 11, 2017

4/11 TRS-PNC Park Era: El Coffee Signed, Doc on Call, TRS Openers, Rallies, Bad Frame

  • 1975 - The Bucs scored four times in the ninth to overtake Jerry Koosman and the Mets 4-3 on a chilly Opening Day match played in front of 43,880 at TRS. Richie Zisk (who had three hits) and Manny Sanguillen knocks tied the game; Richie Hebner’s one-out bloop into no man's land in left center was the walk-off hit. Larry Demery won the game in relief of Jerry Reuss.
Doc Medich on call 1977 Topps
  • 1976 - At Philadelphia‚ Doc Medich, walking in from the bullpen, spotted a man having a heart attack in the stands. He jumped over the railing and applied CPR to revive him. Sadly‚ the fan later passed away in the hospital. Doc didn’t get into the game, an 8-3 win for the Pirates at Veteran’s Stadium.
  • 1980 - The Bucs defeated the Cards at Busch Stadium 4-3 as Pittsburgh scored twice in the ninth. Ed Ott singled home the tying run with two down and the winner scored on the same play when SS Gary Templeton mishandled the relay, allowing the Bucs to overcome a sixth-inning 3-0 deficit. Grant Jackson got the win, although he was in his birthday suit by the final frame. He worked the eighth and thought his night was done. He was in the locker room and headed for the hot water when Chuck Tanner decided to have him bat after Ott’s big hit as the Cards had two switch-hitters and a lefty due up. Grant slipped back into his uni and put them away in order.
  • 1988 - A record crowd of 54,089, the first baseball sellout in TRS history, watched the Bucs handle the Phils 5-1, thanks to an eighth inning, bases-loaded triple by Spanky LaValliere. It was the Bucs home opener, and Mr. Rogers tossed out the first ball. Doug Drabek gave up nine hits in his five innings of work, but only one run crossed and he got the win.
Chico & Bobby Bo tag-teamed the Mets - 1989 Donruss
  • 1989 - In the home opener at TRS, the Bucs rallied twice from the brink of defeat to take a 4-3 win over the Mets. With Jose Lind on first with one gone in the ninth Bobby Bonilla singled to center off Mets reliever Randy Myers. Lind moved to third and scored on Glenn Wilson's sac fly. Lind singled to right field against Myers in the 11th with one away and stole second base. An out later, Bonilla came through again, singling Chico home for the win, credited to Jeff Robinson.
  • 2009 - The Pirates’ Rene Gayo signed Dominican OF Gregory Polanco for $150,000 after switching him from the mound to the pasture. El Coffee made his debut in 2014. Polanco played fairly regularly in 2015, and while the nuances of PNC’s crazy quilt right field wall sometimes bedeviled him, his 13 assists that season placed in the MLB’s Top Ten for outfield throw outs. He did better with his current deal, signing a long-term contract guaranteed for $35M that runs through 2021 and has options for two seasons beyond. He was the Bucs starting RF’er in 2016 and shifted to left for 2017.
  • 2010 - The Diamondbacks scored a team-record 13 runs in the fourth inning of a 15-6 victory over Pittsburgh at Chase Field. Daniel McCutchen started and gave up three homers in the fourth; he left after tossing 3-1/3 innings. McCutchen was charged with nine of the runs that inning; Hayden Penn allowed the other four tallies.

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