.5 to McDonald
.5 to Clint 'the hit collector II' Barmes.
Very nice weekend!!
SOG for Sunday, June 3rd, 2012:Pirates d. Brewers 6-5Pirates hop above .500 at 27-26Pirates take 2/3 from the BrewCrewPirates drop Brewers down to 24-30Pirates move up to 2nd place in Division, 3 GB of RedsAttendance: 34,334And the Votes are in:
Andrew "the Man with the X-Ray Eyes" McCutchen 2 votesClint "Back from the Lab" Barmes 6 votesJames "Lights Out" McDonald 15 votes
Thank you for your Votes!!!
I think the Pirates may have multiple All-Stars this season. James "showed composure" McDonald came out a little shaky but finished strong to make his case for a trip to the All-Star game. McDonald went 6 IP, 4 hits, 3 Runs, 1 Earned Run, 1 BB, 8 Ks to improve to 5-2 with a 2.14 ERA. McDonald did not lose his composure and kept the game close in another, yes i will say it, dominating start. 1 earned run, 4 hits, 8ks in 6 IP is waaaaaay above the MLB curve.
James "Turned the Corner" McDonald for the Star.
The Brewers died but they died hard.
It took great games from several players to finally drive the stake through the home team. 'Cutch continued to terrorize the Brewers going 2/5 with 1 RS, 2 RBI and his 9th homer of the season. Clint "back from the grave" Barmes had himself a day going 2/4 with 1 RS, 2 RBI and his solo homer, his 3rd of the season, on the top of the 9th turned out to be the difference.
It is great to see another Pirate, 'Cutch, do well against the Brewers. Jack "The Ripper" Wilson used to be the designated Brewer Buster.
The Bullpen combo of Cruz and Grilli did not have the sharpest of days but the "this was not a boating accident..." type of day had the game teeter on the brink but not get "on a express elevator to h*ll...going down."
The Hammer flirted with disaster but nailed down his 14th save.
Miller Park has indeed been a House of Horrors and the Brewers came back more then Jason Voorhees, or his mother, ever did.
Very satisfying, if hair raising, series taking win. Hate the Brewers. HATE...THE...BREWERS.....
The Pirates drew 2 walks and struck out 12 times.
The Buccos moved to second place and start a 3 game series with the first place Reds on Tuesday. Should be good times.
Get em Buccos!
" 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 6James "Lights Out" McDonald 4Erik "Winning!" Bedard 2Rod "Gets on Base" Barajas 2A.J. "Power Pitching" Burnett 2Pedro "El Toro" Alvarez 1.5Brad "Hot Rod" Lincoln 1.5Kevin "K.C. and the Sunshine Band" Correia 1Garrett "The Legend" Jones 1Clint "Better then Ronnie" Barmes 1Charlie "Ground Chuck" Morton 1Josh "Say Hey" Harrison 1Michael "The Fort" McKenry 1Matt "The Hague" Hague 1Jeff "our favorite Ewok" Karstens .5Alex "The King" Presley .5
"James incurred the wrath....of a jealous woman...." J.Tillman
Barmes for the star tonight. 3-4, 3 RBI
Tip o the cap to Presley, McGehee, Walker and Burnett.
After much thought, have to go with a three way star.
1/3 - Clint Barmes - Got big hits to drive in runs, and didn't give an easy out for the pitcher to strand guys on base.
1/3 - Joel Hanrahan - Closer came in and did what he has done all year...seal the deal. 1 Run across, two on and nobody out. He cleans up the mess by striking out the 4, 5, and 6 hitters. Glad he is on our side, and hope he can help us this run turn the last 19 years around.
1/3 - Chris Resop - Now i know what you're thinking, "This guy stinks, send him to Triple A, weak link in the pen, what a bum". I watched his work on MLB.TV (ponied up the big bucks), and while on gameday or radio it might just seem like he was wild and missing...he pitched the way he wanted to. First of all he comes in and limits the damage from AJ's mess without more then a sac fly to score the man on third that AJ put on, then sets the rest down. He comes back in the next inning, and pitches around Votto and Bruce, striking out the right handers and daring them to beat us. Votto was on all night, and his swinging strike was on a ball off the plate. Very gutsy effort to keep his cool, and strike out Philips and Heisey before and after walking the big lefties.
closers never get the sog, i usually mention this when i feel joel deserved a star or half-star.
And yes, for today: