Tuesday, August 1, 2017

8/1 TRS-PNC Park Era: Cutch & Pops Goes Wild; Nova Deal, Never Say Die, HBD Freddie

  • 1970 - Willie Stargell smoked three doubles and two home runs against the Braves at Fulton County Stadium. Captain Willie had six RBI and tied a MLB record with five extra base knocks as the Bucs won 20-10. The team set a club record with 14 extra-base hits. Bob Robertson added five more knocks, making Pops and Big Red the first Bucco duo to collect five hits in a game. 
Freddy Garcia 1995 Upper Deck
  • 1972 - 3B/LF Freddy Garcia (not to be mistaken for the veteran AL pitcher) was born in La Romana, Dominican Republic. He played for the Bucs in 1995 and then from 1997-99 as bench depth, hitting .221 over that span. He was traded to Atlanta for a minor league pitcher and finished his career the following season. 
  • 2003 - Trailing the Rockies 11-6 with one out and nobody on in bottom of ninth, the Pirates rallied for the win at PNC Park. Four straight runners reached before Abraham Nunez bounced out. With two down, pinch hitter Jeff Reboulet walked, Tike Redman tripled home a pair to tie the game, and Jason Kendall lined a single to left for the win. Deaner Sanchez got the victory. 
  • 2009 - Andrew McCutchen tied a club record by homering three times in Pittsburgh’s 11-6 victory over the Washington Nats at PNC Park. Cutch became the 10th player in club history to go long three times in the same game, the first since Aramis Ramirez did it on April 8th, 2001, and the first Buc rookie to collect three bombs in a single game. He added six RBI. He hit a solo home run in the first inning to lead off the game against starter Craig Stammen, a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Tyler Clippard and then a three-run homer in the sixth off Logan Kensing, falling a grand slam short of a natural home run cycle. 
Cutch 2009 Topps Chrome
  • 2014 - Behind 4-0 in the fifth, the Pirates went on a late rampage to bury the Arizona D-Backs 9-4 at Chase Field. Pittsburgh scored three runs in the eighth, keyed by Pedro Alvarez’s two run pinch hit double. The Bucs exploded for five more tallies in the ninth. Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer led off with doubles, Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked and four of the next five Pirates connected for singles. Harrison, Mercer and Cutch batted 1-2-3 and had six hits, two walks and seven runs scored in the win. Tony Watson claimed the victory. 
  • 2016 - Given an extra 24 hours to deal because the usual 7/31 deadline fell on a Sunday, the Bucs FO burned the phone lines. First, they got rental RHP Ivan Nova from the Yankees for two PTBNL. After going 5-2, 3.06, they made the relationship more permanent by signing the Dominican to a three-year contract. They returned Jon Niese to the Mets (he was traded to Pittsburgh before the season for Neil Walker) for LH reliever Antonio Bastardo (who was a Pirate in 2015 and left as a FA), and finally sent Francisco Liriano along with prospects OF Harold Ramirez and C Reese McGuire to Toronto for RHP Drew Hutchison. The big haul for the Blue Jays was the result of Toronto picking up the approximately $17M left on Frankie’s contract for 2016-17.
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