Friday, May 19, 2017

5/19 TRS-PNC Park Era: Pedro Splash-Down, Kendall Cycle, Bobby's Big Day, Bibby Gem, Rallies, HBD Brandon

  • 1971 - Roberto Clemente drilled Riverfront Stadium's first-ever inside-the-park home run off Gary Nolan. Clemente added a triple and two singles with three RBI and three runs to lead Pittsburgh to a 6-1 decision over the Reds, helping Bob Moose to the W.
Richie Zisk 1976 Towne Club Disc
  • 1976 - The Pirates scored six runs in the last two innings to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-6, at Busch Stadium. Richie Zisk had a double and a homer in the final two frames, ending the day with three hits, three RBIs and two scores to help give Bob Moose the win in relief. Manny Sanguillen was hot, too, adding three hits and walking twice.
  • 1977 - IF Brandon Inge was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. The Bucs grabbed him in 2013 in his 13th season hoping that he could provide some bop off the bench. Instead, he hit .181 with one long ball and was released in July. He retired to raise his boys and work his 400-acre farm in Lynchburg.
  • 1981 - Jim Bibby tossed a near perfecto, giving up a bloop leadoff single to the Braves Terry Harper and then retiring the next 27 batters in a 5-0 victory over Atlanta at TRS. Bibby coaxed Atlanta to hit ‘em where they were; he only whiffed three Bravos. C Steve Nicosia called the game and had a pair of runs driven in while Mike Easler scored twice.
  • 2000 - Jason Kendall hit for the cycle, the first ever at TRS, and added five RBI as the Bucs beat the Cards 13-1. The last Buc to hit for a cycle was Gary Redus in 1989. Kris Benson tossed a three hitter and struck out 11 Redbirds in the win.
Jason Kendall 2000 Bowman's Best
  • 2009 - Washington rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie the Bucs in the ninth but lost 8-5 when future National Adam LaRoche doubled home a pair in the tenth off Joe Beimel, who became a Pirate reliever in 2011. Brandon Moss had three RBI and Andy LaRoche added two more in the W at Nationals Park. Tom Gorzelanny, who also made a later stop in DC, earned the victory.
  • 2015 - Pedro Alvarez became the third player, after Daryle Ward and Garrett Jones, to reach the Allegheny on the fly at PNC Park when his 461’ drive landed in a docked boat. Otherwise, the night didn’t go so well as Minnesota whipped the Bucs 8-5. Frankie Liriano gave up seven runs in two innings, and the Bucs chipped away but could never put together a big inning. Pittsburgh had 13 hits but 11 K, 10 stranded runners and a 4-for-17 RISP performance to keep them from challenging the Twins.

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