SOG for Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 WOOOO
Our Buccos take down the the AAAstros by a score of 6-2 in PNC Park. They avenge their unseemly and unefforted loss to Houston in the opener of this series. The Bucs improved their record to 71-64 and are now 10 victories away from ensuring a non-losing record for the first time in 19 seasons. They're 11 victories away from a winning record. This win clinched a Pirates winning record at PNC this season with a 41-27 record. Pirates RS/RA is now 561/548, a difference of +13. Attendance on a rainy, Tuesday after Labor Day game - 12,785The PMB hath spoken.
Wandy 'Taking Out Frustration On His Old Team For Getting Him So Many Losses' Rodriguez - 12 votesBrock 'I Like To Play Well When My Girlfriend is in Attendance' Holt - 3.5 votesAndrew 'I'm Still an MVP Candidate, Seriously' McCutchen - 1.5 votes
It's a Wandyful Life earns his first star as a Pittsburgh Pirate.
Thanks to all who voted.
Things were looking bleak after getting humiliated at the hands of the Astros on Monday night. A 5-1 loss to a veritable AAA team and by far the worst in the majors while we're trying to chase a playoff spot. Cutch had been slumping. People were getting injured. Our pitching was garbage. We got no food. We got no jobs. Our pets' heads are falling off! It was bad, I could barely stand to watch. But, what better way to end a slump than against a slump buster like the Astros...even though they were part of our slump. WOO
Wandy 'Wasn't That A Wandyful Trade?' Rodriguez took the mound last night and immediately went to work shutting down his former team with whom he spent a healthy amount of time (his entire career). He walked the first batter, but didn't allow him to get around. For all of his 7 innings of work, Wandy was wandyful. He didn't give up another BB after the first, only allowed 4 hits and K'd 7. That, ladies and gentlemen, is dealing. He did his job and could only hope that the offense did theirs - which they did. Well, when I say 'they', I mean the rookie Brock Holt and the MVP.
Brock 'If You Smell What The Brock Is Cookin' Holt set the table early form the lead off spot. He managed a lead off single to start the pirates half of the first. He was removed from the base paths after Snider hit into a fielder's choice, but Snider beat out the DP and came home on a 1 out double from Cutch. WOO The Bucs took the lead and never looked back. Holt ended his night with a 4-5 line, scoring 2 runs.
Andrew 'This is what they're underpaying me to do' McCutchen had himself a much needed night. He didn't crush the ball, but he had his seeing eye on and was able to single and double the Astros to death. He went 4-4, upping his BA to .347 (league leader) and notching his 6th 4-4 game of the season (league leading). He accounted for 3 of the first 4 RBI's of the game.
In an incredibly Astro-y moment, Alvarez popped a ball up sky high with runners on second and third. The Astros SS and third baseman not wanting to call each other off had a tiny bump, the SS dropped the ball, and both runners scored, extending the lead to 6-0. WOOO
The Astros scored 2 runs off of Chris Resop in the 8th, but that's all they would manage, the Bucs going on to earn the 6-2 victory.
The Pirates are currently 10.5 games behind the Reds (who lost today) for the NL Central lead. More importantly they are 2.5 games behind the cardinals for the second WC spot and 1 game behind the Dodgers. WOOO
The Pirates are still in the thick of this playoff chase and despite slumping hard...HARD...in August, have the chance to capitalize in September and make a playoff push. They need to get the series win against Houston tonight, and do some damage to the Cubs who come to town tomorrow.
The season isn't over yet, in fact, it's just begun. This is a season we will all remember, for one reason or another. Let's hope that reason is a positive one. WOO!
Let's go, Bucs!
"You never have to wait long, or look far, to be reminded of how thin the line is between being a hero or a goat."--Mickey Mantle
Star of the Year Standings:
Andrew "McClutch" McCutchen 7A.J. "Right player at the right time for the right team" Burnett 7James "Lights Out" McDonald 7Pedro "The Chosen One" Alvarez 6.5Erik "Winning!!" Bedard 5Michael "The Fort" McKenry 4.5Garrett "The Legend" Jones 4Jeff "The Force is strong with this one" Karstens 3.5Brad "Hot Rod" Lincoln 3Kevin "K.C. and the Sunshine Band" Correia 3Rod "Jelly Roll" Barajas 3Neil "PRNW aka the Real Deal" Walker 3Clint "Better then Ronnie" Barmes 3Casey "let them play!" McGehee 2Charlie "Ground Chuck" Morton 1Josh "Say Hey" Harrison 1Matt "Hit Collector..well in AAA right now" Hague 1...Better Tiz?Jared "The Tongue" Hughes 1Drew "get out ball!!!" Sutton 1Starling "Back to the Future....is so bright i have to wear shades" Marte 1The Entire "We eat Innings" Bullpen 1Wandy 'I'll be here for a couple years WOOO' Rodriguez 1Alex "The King" Presley .5
Awsome job! Made me laugh. A very good read and much thanks for keeping the flame going.
I like how you included the Pirate's chase for the WC. I will admit to taking a bit more of a "debbie downer" approach during the hard slide.
I will include a WC tracker in the threads from here on out.
I laughed a bit too hard at the headless pets bit.
Say, what are you doing on Monday the 10th? I have to go back and could use another pinch hit. Do you want to take the entire Reds(big series!!) series or just the Monday game?
Thanks again and great effin job(as the much missed lrkr would say).
I can do the 10th, no problem. I would take the whole series, but school has me so busy it's keeping my presence on the pmb to a minimum, unfortunately. But for the one day, no problem at all.
Perfect! Ty for the coverage. I gotta say i needed the "boost" your SOG provided. I have been worn down a bit with the Pirate's recent struggles and i appreciated the flavor, if you will, of your post.
Pencilling you in for the 10th against the Dirty Commie Reds.
Get back to the books!
Is that a pledge pin on your uniform?
Offense strung the hits together tonight, which is always good to see. I love seeing the boys do some work without Cutch being the catalyst.
But because they strung them together, I'm going Kevin Correia for the star. Back to back starting pitcher gems is great to see.
Well after seeing the line-up i decided to take a little nap.
Gaby Sanchez goes 3/4.
Barmes hits up in the #2 spot and is very productive.
Correia turns in a strong start.
I am casting my Vote to Clint "rolled the dice and came up winner, winner, chicken dinner" Hurdle for the Star. Only fair when i have lambasted Hurdle for his managerial prowess to give him some, just a little, Star love.
I will vote for the guy that keeps getting kicked to the curb, but almost always seems to get the job done. Kevin Correia for SOG.