Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 4/27/15 thru 5/3/15, the 4th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.
Weekly result: 1 Win and 5 Losses, 14 Runs Scored and 18 Runs Allowed
Hero of the week: Jung Ho Kang. Kang started just two games but made the biggest offensive impact of any Pirates hitter this week. He provided the club with two game tying hits. On Wednesday with the Pirates trailing the Cubs 1-0 in the 4th inning Kang singled in a run. The Pirates would go on to win that game 8-1. On Sunday he blasted a game tying 9th inning solo homer against the Cardinals. For the week Kang was 5 for 12 with 3 RBIs.
Zero of the week: Josh Harrison had a brutal week. He picked up just 1 hit in 23 ABs this week. He also failed a draw a walk. On Sunday he went 0 for 7. Ouch!
How do you spell relief? T-O-N-Y W-A-T-S-O-N. Tony Watson continues to be the Pirates best reliever in high leverage situations. This week he allowed 0 runs in 3.1 innings while notching 4 strikeouts.
#HURDLED: This is a true story. Tony Watson grinded out a 26 pitch 8th inning in a game the Pirates were leading 6-1 over the Cubs, but sat unused in the bullpen as Radhames Liz blew a 2-1 lead over the Cardinals in the bottom of the 12th inning on Sunday. Oh yeah, and that series with the Cardinals was sandwiched by off days.
The little things that matter: Sliding is a fundamental of the game that rarely gets any credit, but on bang-bang tag plays a slide will often make or break the play. In the Pirates 8-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday Chris Stewart changed the game with a great slide at home to the inside part of the dish to narrowly avoid being tagged out on a play in which the ball beat him to the plate. See it for yourself.
It must be Hidden Vigorish: When Matt Carpenter went yard in the 4th inning on Sunday off of Vance Worley it snapped a string of 95 innings that Pirates pitchers had gone without allowing a dinger. Hidden Vigorish is not always kind.
Stats that blow my mind: It is hard to explain what happened in St. Louis. The Pirates stranded a whopping 37 runners on base while losing 3 games in walkoff fashion – all extra inning affairs. Let’s hope the Pirates stored up enough Hidden Vigorish from this series to last the whole season.
Records and Milestones: Andrew McCutchen recorded his 1000th major league hit. Jung Ho Kang blasted his first MLB home run.
He said what: Clint Hurdle had this to say after three straight low scoring games in St. Louis went to extra innings knotted at 1-1.
I always had World Cup soccer on my bucket list, and I just got a weekend of it.
Tweet of the week: Cutch has been mired in a season long slump, so he resorted to talking to his lumber in the hope that it will be a little more cooperative.
We had a loooong talk last night and today. pic.twitter.com/qFpXoebpGA
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) April 28, 2015
Front Office Notes: All was quiet this week with the BMTIB.
On The Farm: Josh Bell is batting .525 in his last 9 games. The Altoona Curve slugger has raised his season average to .395.
Highlight of the week: Jung Ho Kang’s game tying blast off of Cardinals’ closer Trevor Rosenthal on 5/3/15 was the highlight of this dreadful week.