Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 5/12/14 thru 5/18/14, the 7th week of the 2014 baseball season.
Weekly result: 2 wins and 4 Losses, 18 Runs Scored and 24 Runs Allowed
Hero of the week: Josh Harrison. J-Hay wins Hero Honors this week for his effort in game two of the double header vs. the Yankees on Sunday. Harrison hit a go ahead home run for the Pirates in the 7th inning. After Starling Marte and Jose Tabata both were injured, Harrison was pressed into OF duty. He responded by making a run saving diving grab in LF to hold the lead. For the week J-Hay was 4 or 9 with 2 doubles and a homer.
Zero of the week: Pedro Alvarez. For the week Pedro had just 3 hits (all singles) in 18 ABs. He knocked in 0 runs and left 12 runners stranded on the bases.
How do you spell relief? J-U-S-T-I-N W-I-L-S-O-N. Justin Wilson pitched a perfect week. 3.1 innings, 0 Hits, 0 Walks, and 5 Ks. Despite the effort the Pirates managed to lose all three games that Wilson appeared in this week.
#HURDLED: Clint Hurdle managed to waste two of the Pirates final nine outs in a 4-3 loss to the Brewers on Thursday. In the 9th inning Hurdle had Tony Sanchez attempt to lay down a sacrifice bunt. How many times do we have to see Pirate hitters fail at putting down the bunt to know that this is a bad idea? Sanchez popped out and the Pirates failed to extend a lead that Mark Melancon would ultimately barf up in the bottom of the 9th. But trying to move a runner with a sac bunt was not Hurdle’s worst decision of the afternoon. A far dumber decision was having relief pitcher Justin Wilson lead off the 7th inning. If you want a reliever to go two innings why would you not double switch? It is simply inexcusable to have a relief pitcher hit in the last third of a 1 run ball game.
The little things that matter: Cue the Benny Hill theme song. The base running in the weekend series vs. the Yankees was a comedy of errors. The Pirates managed to have 6 runners thrown out on the bases in the series. On Saturday the base running was so bad that the Pirates managed to collect 5 hits in a 6 At-Bat stretch yet failed to score a run. Here is a little advice for 3rd base coach Nick Leyva. Anyone named “SANCHEZ” gets an automatic stop sign.
It must be Hidden Vigorish: Starling Marte took the golden sombrero in game one of Sundays’ double header vs. the Yankees, but he left his mark in game two. Marte lofted a fly ball in the 6th inning that cleared the short porch in RF to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
Stats that blow my mind: 13-53. That is the Pirates’ record at Miller Park since the start of the 2007 season.
Records and Milestones: Nothing noteworthy this week.
He said what: Neal Huntington puts on his Captain Obvious cape:
We’re not playing well enough to be a playoff-caliber team right now.
Tweet of the week:
Looks like Jose Tabata pulled something while getting thrown out at 3B. If he ends up missing time Travis Snider will see a boost in value.
— Matt Strachman (@HisDudenessOfNY) May 18, 2014
Front Office Notes: GM Neal Huntingon, always trying to improve this club, optioned Brandon Cumpton and Jaff Decker back to the minors, clearing the way for more outstanding contributions from Travis Snider and Edinson Volquez.
On The Farm: Chris Dickerson is riding a 15 game hitting streak with the Indianapolis Indians. On the season he has posted a triple slash line of .342/.402/.513.
Highlight of the week: Josh Harrison’s diving grab in the 8th inning on 5/18/14