Friday, April 21, 2017

4/21 TRS-PNC Park Era: Pops Goes Long, Score Early, Score Late, HBD Kip & Ronny, Cobra Suit, Prospects Dealt

  • 1971 - "Pops" Stargell hit three long balls for the second time in 11 days to lead Pittsburgh to a 10-2 win over the Braves. It was the fourth time he had three homers in a game, tying him with Ralph Kiner for the team record. Captain Willie collected five RBI and scored three times at TRS while Dock Ellis tossed a five hitter to keep the Bravo bats at bay.
Kip Wells 2004 Topps Heritage
  • 1977 - RHP Kip Wells was born in Houston. The righty came to Pittsburgh in the 2001 off season as part of the Todd Ritchie deal with the White Sox and tossed for five Bucco campaigns (2002-06), winning 36 times. The Texan started off well with ERAs of 3.58 and 3.28 in 2002-03 but faded and was sent to the Rangers for Jesse Chavez.
  • 1981 - Ronny Paulino was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was thought be be the Bucco catcher of the future and started behind the dish in 2006-07. That was enough time to prove he wasn’t the answer and after the 2008 season he was dealt to the Phils for Jason Jaramillo. Paulino spent four years as a Pirate and hit .278. Ronny bumped around the league for four more seasons and finished his career in the Mexican League.
  • 1986 - The Pirates filed a lawsuit in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court against Dave Parker. It sought to relieve the club of the deferred $5,312,475 still owed to the OF’er, with the Bucco claim based on his drug testimony which they alleged triggered a contractual clause that negated the back pay. He was the only player they sued after the fact, probably due to a combination of Parker playing for another team, not being very popular among the fans, and the Pirates sinking financial condition. A private settlement was reached between the club and The Cobra in 1988 before the case went before a judge.
Rey Quinones 1989 Upper Deck
  • 1989 - In a deal of hopefuls, the Pirates traded former first round pick OF/1B Mark Merchant along with pitchers Mike Dunne & Mike Walker to the Seattle Mariners for SS Rey Quinones and UT Bill Wilkinson. The change of scenery didn’t help and all five players quickly faded from the MLB landscape.
  • 1991 - The Pirates became the first MLB team to ever come back from a five run deficit in the bottom half of an extra inning to win a game. After the Cubs scored five runs‚ thanks mostly to a grand slam by Andre Dawson‚ the Pirates plated six times in the 11th inning at TRS to claim a 13-12 victory with Don Slaught's double the game winner. Nine Bucs batted in that frame, collecting two doubles, three singles, three walks and a sac fly as they small-balled their way to a big inning. Bob Patterson was charged with giving up three runs in an inning of work, but was credited with the win. The loss was pinned on former Pirate Mike Bielecki.
  • 1992 - The Bucs scored five times in the first inning and held on to beat the Expos 8-7 at Olympic Stadium. Andy Van Slyke put the Bucs ahead in the first with a two-run triple and finished the game with three RBI. Barry Bonds went deep in the third inning for his seventh homer of the year to make it 6-2 Pittsburgh. Vicente Palacios picked up the win in relief with two scoreless frames while Roger Mason earned the save.
Neil Walker 2014 Topps
  • 2014 - The Bucs blew an early lead, but an Andrew McCutchen homer in the eighth tied it and Neil Walker’s two-out RBI bloop to right was the game winner as the Pirates outlasted Cincinnati 6-5 at PNC Park. Jared Hughes stranded a pair of Reds in the ninth to earn the win. Ike Davis hit his second grand slam of the year and both were against the Reds, one as a Buc and one as a Met.


michael kaczmarek said...

I really enjoy this segment that you do, it brings back memories and unfortunately shows my age a little. LOL!! Yeah I remember watching on WGN Chicago on cable that day back in 91. After A.D. hit that 2nd slam the only reason why I kept watching was cause I knew bielecki had a straight F.B. that never moved so I figured why not? LOL!! That game and that brings back another memory of a game at TRS the Bucs overcame a huge deficit in the BTM. Of 9th against the Dodgers, think it was 5 or 6-1 hole; and somehow pulled it out. Yeah but extra innings that definitely tops the Cake. BTW is that a record for only team to beat another team that hit 2 G.S.'s against them?? If I remember correctly A.D. hit another G.S. earlier in the same game correct?? That may be another strange record right there

Ron Ieraci said...

The Hawk wasn't quite that brutal on the Bucs that day, Mike, though he did single in another run. And I'm wondering if the rally u remember is from 2001 when Brian Giles hit a grannie off Bill Wagner to drop the 'Stros 9-8.It was at TRS and the Bucs were down 8-2, had bases empty & two outs in the ninth when the comeback started; I think it's still the biggest rally of its kind.