Thursday, June 8, 2017

6/8 TRS-PNC Park Era: Rook's Walk, Winn & Reynolds Drafted, Cutch 4-Hit Day, Game Stories

  • 1971 - The Pirates picked prep SS Craig Reynolds 22nd overall. He played 15 years of big league ball, mainly with the Houston Astros, and was a two-time All-Star. Second rounder Doug Bair spent 15 years tossing in the show for seven different teams.
Craig Reynolds 1975 SSPC
  • 1976 - Prep RHP Jim Parke was the Pirates first round (#21) pick; he never got further than A ball in his career. The only notable selection was 17th round pick LHP Rick Honeycutt, who tossed for 21 big league seasons and made a couple of All-Star teams.
  • 1979 - Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth against San Francisco at TRS, Willie Stargell hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer to knot the score for the Pirates. The next batter, Dave Parker, followed with a solo shot, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead over John Curtis. Grant Jackson finished to pick up his seventh save while Enrique Romo got the win after a solid start by Don Robinson.
  • 1981 - The Pirates made Jim Winn, a RHP from Arkansas’ John Brown U, their #1 pick (#14 overall). He pitched from 1983-86 for Pittsburgh, mainly from the pen, with a 7-11-4, 4.47 line. RHP Lee Tunnell was the second pick (#40 overall) and worked for the Bucs from 1982-85, going 17-24-1, 4.06 primarily as a starter. Bip Roberts was drafted fifth; he didn’t sign and the Pirates redrafted him the following year. He was lost in the Rule 5 draft and went on to play 12 big league seasons, best known as a Padre. Three guys they drafted but couldn’t sign went on to productive MLB careers - OF Lance Johnson and RHPs Chris Boscio & Lance Bankhead.
Jim Winn 1986 Fleer
  • 1989 - The Pirates sent up 16 batters and scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning against the Phils at Veteran’s Stadium, and TV announcer Jim Rooker said over the air “If we lose this game, I’ll walk home.” Well, Philly won 15-11, and Rooker made good on his promise after the season, taking a 300+ mile charity hike from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.
  • 2002 - The Pirates walked off the Brewers, 9-8 in 11 innings, in front of 38, 244 fans at PNC Park. Trailing 8-4 after six innings, the Bucs scored three runs in the seventh on a Brian Giles bomb and tied it in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Aramis Ramirez that scored Rob Mackowiak. Jack Wilson, who went 4-for-6 in the game, doubled to lead off the 11th inning and scored the game-winning run on a one-out single by Craig Wilson. Brian Boehringer, the Bucs fifth hurler, got the victory.
  • 2009 - Andrew McCutchen had his first MLB four hit day at Turner Field against the Atlanta Braves in a 7-6 loss. He tripled twice, the first Pirate to bang a pair of three baggers in a game since Tike Redmond in 2003.
Cutch 2009 Topps Chrome
  • 2010 - The Pirates were the first victims of the Nationals Stephen Strasburg, as he struck out 14, a Nat record, in winning his first MLB outing 5-2 at Nationals Park. He struck out every batter in the Pirates' lineup at least once and fanned the last seven batters he faced (another team record). Washington sent the cap he wore that night to the Hall of Fame.
  • 2011 - The Pirates rallied twice in extra innings to defeat the Arizona D-Backs 3-2 at PNC Park. Ex-Bucco Zach Duke started for the Snakes, and though he was touched up for nine hits, he only surrendered a run. Arizona pulled ahead 2-1 in the tenth, but Neil Walker singled home Cutch in the Pirate half to tie it. Daniel McCutchen tossed the 11th and 12th innings, and worked out of first-and-third situations in both frames; the jam in the 11th was with no outs, but he got a K and DP. In the bottom of the 12th, Cutch worked the count full before launching a drive up the left field line off Zach Kroenke to walk off with the win. Cutch was clutch all day, going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.

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