Sunday, August 6, 2017

8/6 Games: Sweep, King & J-Hay Walk It Off; Jeff & Zachster Gems, Game Stories

  • 1902 - The Pirates shut out the Giants 2-0 to sweep a four game set against New York at Exposition Park‚ as Jack Chesbro beat Dummy Taylor in five innings of a rain-shortened affair. Ginger Beaumont and Tommy Leach scored first inning runs on a hit by Kitty Bransfield and a Giant error. Tempers did flare, although not between players. The Giants’ Jimmy Jones knocked the mask off umpire Bob Emslie while arguing a strike call and was suspended for the season. The Pirates beat a lot of teams that year; they won the NL pennant by 27-1/2 games with a record of 103-36. 
George McQuillan 1916 Tango Eggs
  • 1913 - The Giants’ Christy Mathewson was tagged for nine runs on 10 hits in five innings at Forbes Field as the Pirates took a 9-1 victory from New York. One Giants player speculated that manager John McGraw left his ace in so long because he had gone golfing at Schenley Park before the game, a sport that Muggsy thought was bad for pitchers’ arms. Ralph Davis of the Pittsburg Press wrote “Whether golf or something else was responsible, it is certain that Mathewson took the drubbing of his long career.” George McQuillan went the distance for the win. 
  • 1943 - Rip Sewell lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 8-3 at Sportsman’s Park, snapping his win streak at 11. Rip and his Euphus pitch would end up 21-9 that season, but he did fade some after the loss, finishing 4-5 for the remainder of the year, though he did pick up three saves in that stretch. 
  • 1989 - Jeff King smoked an 18th-inning leadoff HR on a 3-1 pitch off the Cubs' Scott Sanderson, who had tossed eight innings of shutout relief, to give Pittsburgh a walk-off 5-4 win. The game took five hours and 49 minutes to play, tying it for the longest game played in Pittsburgh and TRS. Doug Drabek worked the last two frames to earn the win in his only relief outing of the season. 
Zach Duke 2004 Topps Heritage
  • 2005 - Zach Duke became the second rookie in Pirate history to win his first five decisions as a starter when the Pirates topped the LA Dodgers 9-4 at PNC Park. The 22-year-old was the first Bucco rookie since Whitey Glazner in 1921 to start 5-0, and none has gone 6-0. Duke’s 0.87 ERA in July was the lowest among all MLB pitchers. Freddy Sanchez and Chris Duffy combined for seven hits and five runs at the top of the order with Jason Bay knocking in three scores. 
  • 2008 - Jeff Karstens tossed a gem against the Diamondbacks, a two-hit, 2-0, complete game win at Chase Field. He got all the runs he needed on a Freddy Sanchez homer and RBI double from Doug Mientkiewicz. In his second start for the Pirates, he retired the first 23 Arizona batters he faced before Chris Young doubled in the eighth, and ran his scoreless streak to 15 innings since being acquired from the Yankees. For the cherry on top, JK banged out his first two career hits, both off The Big Unit, Randy Johnson. 
  • 2012 - Eric Bedard, Jason Grilli and Chad Qualls combined for a two-hit, 4-0, win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park. Andrew McCutchen had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Pirates. Freddy Sanchez added a pair of knocks. It was a tough win; the Bucs needed three eighth inning runs to put the game away, keyed by four consecutive ground ball singles and a sac fly. 
Erik Bedard 2012 Topps Update
  • 2013 - Josh Harrison led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off homer to right center off Mike Dunn to give the Pirates and Bryan Morris a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins at PNC Park. Neil Walker had three hits and Andrew McCutchen added a pair to carry the Bucco attack.
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