Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/1/14 thru 9/7/14, the 23rd week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.
Weekly result: 3 wins and 3 Losses, 28 Runs Scored and 19 Runs Allowed
Hero of the week: Neil Walker. Walker was 9 for 28 with 5 extra base hits this week. He got the winning rally started in Saturday’s suspended game with a 1 out double in the 11th inning. He eventually scored the winning run. On Sunday Walker hit a first inning bomb to stake the Pirates to an early two run lead in a game the Pirates would win 10-4.
Zero of the week: Jeff Locke. Locke had an absolutely miserable outing in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday. He was knocked out of the game in the 4th inning after allowing 5 runs and 5 walks in just 3+ innings.
How do you spell relief? J-O-H-N H-O-L-D-Z-K-O-M. John Holdzkom made quite a first impression by pitching two innings of scoreless relief and striking out 5 batters while picking up his first major league save.
#HURDLED: Josh Harrison has more extra base hits than any player in baseball since the all-star break. Josh Harrison was named National League player for the month of August. On Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals Josh Harrison was asked to sacrifice bunt in the 8th inning of a 0-0 tie game. Hey Clint, WTF?
The little things that matter: The Pirates lost two games this week in large part because their starting pitchers couldn’t take advantage of the automatic out that bats last in the Cardinals batting order. On Monday the Pirates staked Gerrit Cole to an early 3-0 lead. Cole allowed a leadoff single in the third inning to Lance Lynn. The Cards would add two runs in the inning to get back into the game. Lynn is batting just .061 on the season. The Pirates ended up losing the game 5-4. On Tuesday Adam Wainwright had a 2 RBI single and an RBI ground out against Jeff Locke. The Pirates would lose that game 6-4. Not getting opposing pitchers out hurt the Pirates dearly.
It must be Hidden Vigorish: Gerrit Cole crushed a ball into the left field seats at Wrigley Cow Pasture on Sunday afternoon. It marked the first home run by a Pirates pitcher since Ross Ohlendorf went yard on 9/15/2011 at Dodgers Stadium
Stats that blow my mind: The Pirates lead the National League with a .329 On Base Percentage.
Records and Milestones: John Holdzkom made his major league debut on Tuesday and struck out all three batters he faced. It was just the 23rd time in MLB history that a pitcher has made such a debut. Holdzkom then earned his first major league save later in the week. Not bad for a guy that was toiling in independent ball just a few short months ago.
He said what: Cubs manager Rick Renteria has become quite a fan of Josh Harrison:
He’s a gifted baseball player. He does a lot of little things. Surprisingly, he shows you some speed, some pop, some tremendously acute aptitude for the game. He’s flexible — they can move him around. He’s a kid who, from what I understand, is a very hard worker and very driven and doesn’t take anything for granted.
Tweet of the week: Clint Hurdle is finally grasping that desperate times call for desperate measures.
Until Wednesday, Mark Melancon had never gone more than 1 inning as a Pirate. Now he’s doing it for the second game in a row
— Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) September 6, 2014
Front Office Notes: The suits spent the week trying to hide from yet another public relations nightmare. I don’t think the Pirates really mean to extort kids. Regardless, this organization is good at creating P.R snafus.
On The Farm: The Bradenton Marauders were swept two games to none by the Fort Myers Miracles in the semi-finals of the Florida State League. Tyler Glasnow struggled in Game 1 by allowing 6 earned runs and 6 walks in just 3 innings.
Highlight of the week: Another week and another JHay highlight. In this one he drives in the go ahead run to give the Pirates the win over the Cubs in the contest that was suspended on Friday. This was a very big win for the Pirates. It snapped a 4 game losing streak: