Tuesday, July 4, 2017

7/4 TRS-PNC Park Era: Kendall Hurt, Immaculate Juan, Locke Down, HBD Jared, Game Stories

  • 1985 - RHP Jared Hughes was born in Stamford, Connecticut. The righty is a converted starter who began working out of the Pirates pen in 2011 until moving to Milwaukee in 2017. The Cal State alum was selected in the fourth round of the MLB draft in 2006 and slashed 15-13-3/2.82 for Pittsburgh while making 313 outings, mainly as a mid-inning trouble-shooter.
Jared Hughes 2016 (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1999 - C Jason Kendall tore up his ankle in a 4-3 loss to the Brewers at TRS. Kendall dragged a bunt in the fifth inning and hit first awkwardly‚ ripping the ankle bone from the joint. He was out for the rest of the season, and many believed he was never quite the same after the gruesome injury. The game ended up a bullpen battle with Brad Clontz dropping the decision to David Weathers.
  • 2000 - The Pirates scored seven times in the ninth, fueled by three homers, to drop the Cubs 10-4 at Wrigley Field. Jason Kendall, Wil Cordero and Pat Meares had the final at-bat Bucco blasts that made a winner out of Marc Wilkins.
  • 2001 - Brian Giles and Adam Hyzdu homered twice while Aramis Ramirez added a pair of doubles, each driving in three runs, as the Bucs put on their own fireworks display in cruising to a 14-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Cinergy Field.
  • 2010 - The Bucs trailed Philadelphia, 5-2, before scoring six times in the seventh inning for an 8-5 win at PNC Park. Evan Meek picked up the win on the same day he was named to the NL All-Star team. The seventh inning fireworks featured a leadoff homer by Pedro Alvarez and two-run knocks by Garrett Jones & Delwyn Young.
Jeff Locke 2015 Topps
  • 2015 - Jeff Locke and Cody Anderson put on a show for the sellout crowd at PNC Park with the Bucs taking home a 1-0 decision over the Cleveland Indians. The Pirates had a runner on third with an out twice without scoring, finally plating the game’s only run in the sixth when Neil Walker’s single brought home Josh Harrison from second. Mark Melancon worked the final frame for the save. The Tribe threatened but twice - with two on and nobody out in the second, a DP defused the situation, and Melancon let a pair of runners reach after two outs in the ninth before getting a tapper to seal the deal. Locke surrendered two hits; Anderson six.
  • 2016 - Juan Nicasio became the third Pirate to toss an immaculate inning (three strikeouts on nine pitches) while helping the Pirates to a 4-2 win over St Louis at Busch Stadium. Jon Niese got the win over Carlos Martinez, with a save by Neftali Feliz. Gregory Polanco was the hitting hero, banging two homers in a game for the first time and chasing home three runs.
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