Bay Day, Bay Day: Tell Me that Jason is Finally Back?

After earning just four hits in the Pirates’ previous week-long homestand, Jason Bay broke out on Tuesday night against the Mets. At Shea Stadium Bay went deep twice, finishing the evening with three knocks in four at-bats. He’d had just one home run in his previous 24 games. Yesterday Dejan Kovacevic wrote about how many of the Pirates are underachieving this season (at least as compared to their career numbers), but...

Read More

Game #98 vs. Mets

Shea Stadium | 7:10 | Snell vs. John Maine | Box Ian Snell’s walking a fine line with the media, I think. How many different ways can he say he’s tired of losing? How many times can he bring up his teammates in the papers before he trips on his tongue? From Dejan’s game recap: “All I know is that I’m going to take the blame,” Snell said. “Everything’s my fault. I don’t want to put...

Read More

Walker, Ford Shine, But Brazelton Gets Beaten Up

Those of you who are fans of the Pirates’ organization as a whole might be interested in making use of FirstInning.com. There, the previous day’s results are sorted such that you can see what every affiliate did, who played, and who stood out from the crowd.
First Inning also makes several funky stats available, so if you have a math degree from Harvard (or you’re a sabermetrics nut), you’ll be able to put together solid scouting reports on Pittsburgh’s developing prospects.
Anyway, moving onward. How the Pirates’ affiliates fared on Monday:

  • Indianapolis defeated Durham, 7-4. Michael Tejera threw seven innings of two-run ball, and Jesse Chavez added a scoreless frame of relief. Jonah Bayliss wasn’t as effective, giving up three hits and two runs in the ninth. Most distressing in my eyes is the Indians’ starting lineup. Only Brian Bixler can be considered a prospect. Brad Eldred’s time in the spotlight is likely over. Is Jose Hernandez the best Triple-A second baseman we can find?
  • Binghamton thumped Altoona, 10-2. Just as Dewon Brazelton was catching a few headlines, he gets torched to the tune of 10 hits and 8 earned runs in 4 innings. Neil Walker went 3 for 4 with a double, Steve Pearce was held hitless (breaking a streak in which he’d reached safely in 33 consecutive games), and Jason Delaney and Andrew McCutchen each had a base knock.
  • Lynchburg lost, 2-1, to Winston-Salem, but Shelby Ford continued to rake. Ford, the Hillcats’ second baseman, went 2 for 3 with a triple and a home run. Jean Garavito pitched a gem, throwing 8 innings while yielding 6 hits and 1 run. Garavito, a 22-year-old righty, has a 2.67 ERA through 91 innings this season.
  • Hickory dropped Hagerstown, 7-4, as the Crawdad bullpen pitched four scoreless innings. Jared Hughes lasted through the fifth, allowing eight hits and four earned runs. It was the first time Hughes hadn’t earned a quality start in four outings. Jared Keel went 0 for 3, while University of Pittsburgh grad James Negrych had a nice night, going 2 for 4. Negrych is hitting .294 on the season.
  • The Gulf Coast League Pirates beat the Reds, 8-0. Quincy Latimore, Pittsburgh’s fourth-round pick in June’s draft, played center field and went 2 for 5 at the dish.

Read More

Previewing the Pirates with MetsToday.com

Joe Janish, proprietor of the well-known MetsToday.com blog, asked yesterday if I’d answer a few questions about the Pirates in order to give his readers a crash course in our lovable losers as a series preview of sorts. You can read the full interview here. I’ll excerpt some of my favorite questions, but you’ll have to head to Joe’s site for the answers (and perhaps a little feedback): 1. At the beginning of...

Read More

Jolly Roger is Taking a Beating in Mascot Bracket

Pirate fans, perhaps more distressing than any foiled trade talks is the news which I am about to share. Unlike Dave Littlefield’s quest for a power bat, though, you have the final say in this matter. Captain Jolly Roger is being beaten to a pulp by the Swinging Friar. The boys at Home Run Derby are conducting Mascot Brackets in which the best costume-wearing interns compete for an overall crown. The winners in five divisions...

Read More

Ricciardi Says Jays Have No Interest in Wilson; Pena for Torres Cools, Too

Via MLB Trade Rumors, this Globe and Mail article seems to clear up the talk surrounding the Pirates and Blue Jays: [Toronto's] general manager J.P. Ricciardi shot down reports that he was interested in acquiring shortstop Jack Wilson from the Pittsburgh Pirates … The Blue Jays have been linked to Wilson in the past and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that they and the Pirates were in preliminary talks. “We have...

Read More