Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 6/29/15 thru 7/5/15, the 13th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.
Weekly result: 5 Wins and 1 Loss, 30 Runs Scored and 19 Runs Allowed.
Hero of the week: Neil Walker. The first half of the season has mostly been a disappointing struggle for Neil Walker – until this week that is. Walker was a man on fire this week. He pounded out 13 hits in 29 ABs with 9 RBIs. He was absolutely clutch too. Walker drove in either the go ahead or game tying run in 4 of the Pirates 5 wins this week.
Zero of the week: Arquimedes Caminero. Caminero gave up just as many hits as outs he recorded this week. In 2.1 innings he was torched for 7 hits, 3 ERs, and walked 2 hitters.
How do you spell relief? D-E-O-L-I-S G-U-E-R-R-A. Deolis Guerra pitched in only one game this week, but it was perhaps the gutsiest relief outing the Pirates will get from a reliever all season. Guerra held the Detroit Tigers’ potent lineup in check over 3 scoreless extra innings to help the Pirates snag a victory in 14 innings on Tuesday night. Guerra gave up 3 hits and whiffed 3 batters in the outing. The Tigers were threatening to tie the game in the bottom of the 14th inning until Guerra induced a game ending double play.
#HURDLED: On Sunday in the bottom of the 2nd inning Clint Hurdle allowed Gerrit Cole to pitch to the number 8 hitter in the Indians lineup (Roberto Perez) with a runner on third base and two outs. You have the pitcher on deck, an American League pitcher at that, why are you pitching to Perez? Perez made the Pirates pay for the mistake by driving in the run.
The little things that matter: There just are no words for this. Gorkys Hernandez, what are you doing????
It must be Hidden Vigorish: When Pedro Alvarez took Indians pitcher Danny Salazar deep in the 5th inning on Sunday it marked his first home run of the season with a man on base. Pedro’s previous 11 homers were of the solo variety.
Stats that blow my mind: Gerrit Cole picked up his 12th win of the season. The last Pirates pitcher to win a dozen games before the All-Star break was Ken Brett in 1974.
Records and Milestones: Deolis Guerra picked up his first major league victory.
He said what: Apparently Victor Martinez isn’t a fan of the Pirates after getting hit with a Gerrit Cole fastball.
I mean, I have no respect for no one on that team, including Cole and their coaching staff
Tweet of the week: Jeff Locke is no longer a liability. Not only did he pitch the best game of his career on Saturday, but he has been throwing pretty well for a while now.
Fun fact: Jeff Locke hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts. #Pirates
— Rum Bunter (@rumbunter) July 5, 2015
Front Office Notes: In a bit of a head scratcher the Pirates claimed Travis Ishikawa off of waivers. Here is my two cents: Ishikawa plays good defense. This gives the Pirates two options to replace Pedro for defense – a left and right option and both have positional versatility.
On The Farm: Don’t expect Jameson Taillon to help the club this year. His rehab has been derailed by an inguinal hernia. He will be shelved two months as he recovers from the surgery to repair it.
Highlight of the week: Neil Walker delivers the game winning hit in the 14th inning on 6/30/15.