Sunday, June 11, 2017

6/11 TRS-PNC Park Era: Cole Debut, Littlefield Era, A-Ram Streak, HBD Brock, Cobra Cover, Game Stories...

  • 1977 - Dave Parker was featured as the cover story of The Sporting News in an article titled “Wham.” He was a whammer-jammer that campaign, leading the league with a .338 BA, 215 hits and 44 doubles to go with 21 HR, 88 RBI and 107 runs scored to earn his first All-Star berth with six more to follow (three with Pittsburgh).
  • 1988 - OF/IF Brock Holt was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Taken in the ninth round of the 2009 draft by the Bucs, he played some in 2012, hitting .292, for Pittsburgh before being sent to Boston as part of the Mark Melancon trade. After a season of “get to know ya,” he become the plug-in guy for the BoSox, playing every position but pitcher & catcher.
  • 1990 - Jay Bell went 2-for-2 with two triples and two RBI to lead the Pirates to an 8-7 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Bucs took a 6-0 in the third inning before allowing St. Louis to tie the score in the seventh inning. In the eighth Jeff King untied it with a run-scoring single to plate Jose Lind to give Stan Belinda the win in relief, saved by Bill Landrum. King and Barry Bonds had three hits each to pace the attack.
  • 2000 - The Bucs scored three runs in the first, five in the 10th and not much in between, but it was enough to down the KC Royals 10-6 at Kauffman Stadium. Warren Morris and Adrian Brown combined for eight hits, three RBI and six runs at the top of the lineup while Brian Giles drove in three clutch runs with a game-tying double in the ninth and a two run homer in the 10th.
Warren Morris 2000 Pacific Invincible
  • 2001 - Kevin McClatchy fired GM Cam Bonifay after seven losing seasons and several costly and questionable free agent signings. Dave Littlefield was named his replacement a month later. He couldn’t get the Bucs motor running (he was generally forced to make moves for financial rather than baseball reasons) and was swapped out for Neal Huntington in September, 2007.
  • 2003 - Aramis Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 22 games by going 3-for-5 against the Blue Jays at the Sky Dome in an 8-5 loss. Toronto pitching would end A-Ram’s string the next day.
  • 2005 - The Pirates exploded for 20 hits to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 18-2, tallying the most runs scored by the club at PNC Park. The Bucs led 12-0 after six innings and cruised to the victory. Jose Castillo homered and knocked in a team-high five runs. Daryle Ward had four RBI and Ryan Doumit had three hits and three RBI. Ollie Perez struck out 10 batters in seven innings for the win.
Ollie Perez 2005 Upper deck Artifacts Future Stars
  • 2013 - First overall pick of the 2011 draft, RHP Gerrit Cole, made his MLB debut at PNC Park and picked up an 8-2 win over the SF Giants in front of 30,614 fans. Cole pitched to contact, giving up two runs on seven hits with two K in 6-1/3 innings, needing just 81 pitches and registering 99 on the gun a couple of times during the evening. Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-3 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBI to spark the attack.
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