Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 6/15/15 thru 6/21/15, the 11th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.
Weekly result: 4 Wins and 3 Losses, 23 Runs Scored and 23 Runs Allowed.
Hero of the week: This was a weird week to find a hero and a zero. No one player really stood out – for good or bad. Jung Ho Kang did knock in 5 runs and blasted a key 3 run homer against the White Sox. He was 7 for 26. Jung Ho Kang takes the Hero Award for this week by deafult.
Zero of the week: Gregory Polanco was just 2 for 16. He failed to draw a walk and struck out 6 times.
How do you spell relief? M-A-R-K M-E-L-A-N-C-O-N. Mark Melancon picked up 3 saves in 3 perfect innings of work while notching 3 strikeouts.
#HURDLED: The score was 9-0 in the 3rd inning on Sunday and the Pirates sent Vance Worley to the plate to lay down a sacrifice bunt. What does giving away an out when trailing by 9 runs really accomplish?
The little things that matter: Starling Marte was once against caught off guard by a runner attempting score. In the 6th inning on Saturday Anthony Rendon scored from second base on a single by Bryce Harper. Marte anticipated the play poorly and made a casual off line throw to the plate. Marte needs to stop taking these kind of plays for granted. These runs are preventable if charges hard every time.
It must be Hidden Vigorish:
Hidden Vigorish I. Charlie Morton gave up just 7 earned runs in his first 5 starts of 2015. On Sunday the Nationals torched Ground Chuck for 9 runs in the 1st inning.
Hidden Vigorish II. Pirates pitchers posted an impressive string of 33 straight scoreless innings. Later in the week the Pirates offense went 24 straight unimpressive innings without scoring a run.
Stats that blow my mind: Francisco Cervelli’s streak of scoreless innings behind the dish was finally snapped at 56 by the White Sox in the 6th inning on Wednesday night. That tied a 112 year old club record originally accomplished by Ed Phelps in 1903.
Records and Milestones: Max Scherzer tossed a no hitter against the Bucs on Saturday. It was the 12th time in team history that the Pirates have been no hit.
He said what: Jose Tabata explains what happened on the pitch that nicked his elbow to end Max Scherzer’s bid for a perfect game with two outs in the 9th inning o Saturday.
It was a slider inside. I wanted [to keep my front shoulder] closed because I thought the slider was going to break. But it kinda stayed floating. You’ll understand if you’re in the moment and batting. But really, it wasn’t my intention to get hit in that moment.
Tweet of the week: Pat Lackey who is the author of the popular Pirates blog Where have you gone Andy Van Slyke tweeted this out BEFORE the Max Scherzer’s no no on Saturday.
If I had to pick one random game in a 162 game season to be a no-hitter, it’d be Scherzer vs. the Pirates.
— Pat Lackey (@whygavs) June 20, 2015
Front Office Notes: The Pirates inked a bunch of their recent draft picks to contracts. Otherwise all was quiet.
On The Farm: The Morgantown Bears, The Pirates NY-PENN league affiliate, kicked off their inaugural season this week. Tyler Glasnow made a rehab start with the Bears in the season opener.
Highlight of the week: Jose Tabata was vilified for breaking up Max Scherzer’s perfect game when he failed to get out of the way of this inside slider that nicked him on his elbow guard.