Lineup: Adam Frazier 2B, John Jaso LF, Cutch CF, Josh Bell 1B, David Freese 3B, Gregory Polanco RF, Fran Cervelli C, Jordy Mercer SS & Ivan Nova P. We know Josh has been struggling, but sitting a guy on his birthday? It's not like Fraze is on a roll. Boo, Clint.
|HBD J-Hay! (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
- LHP Antonio Bastardo was DFA'ed and IF Phil Gosselin was brought up.
- Today is J-Hay's 30th birthday; hopefully he celebrates by getting through a game without a new bruise.
|J-Bell banged his first long ball against the Cubs (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
- Good memories: It was one year ago today Josh Bell made his MLB debut, delivering a seventh-inning pinch-hit single against Chicago’s Jake Arrieta on the first pitch he saw and scoring later in the frame during an 8-4 Bucco victory at PNC Park. One night later, Bell connected off Chicago’s Adam Warren for a pinch-hit grand slam in his second at bat to become the first Pittsburgh player whose first big league homer was a granny since Enrique Romo in 1980.
- With the signing deadline yesterday, the Bucs had 37 of their 42 picks inked to a deal. They missed out on #12 Hunter Wolfe (SS, JC), #29 Brock Deatheridge (OF, Jr.), #36 Ryan Hoerter (RHP, HS), #39 Michael Gretler (3B, Jr.) and #40 Tyler Osik (3B, Jr.).