#FTFTrivia Answer 12/27/12

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…and the answers to tonight’s #FTFTrivia are…

Roy Face – 188 saves
Kent Tekulve – 158 saves
Mike Williams – 140 saves
Dave Giusti – 133 saves

Elroy Face racked up all of those saves while pitching a ton of innings.  He wasn’t a conventional one-inning pitcher like we see today, so he pitched multiple innings in most of his appearances.  He even won 18 games out of the pen in 1958 – still a record to this day.    Face also saved three of the four Pirate wins in the 1960 World Series, but we all know why he didn’t get the save in that fourth one.

Kent Tekulve was the closer for the Bucs from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, and put up similar numbers to Face.  He matched Face’s three saves in a World Series, and got the save in the series-clinching Game 7.  Teke threw 1434.2 innings in his career.  They all came out of the bullpen, so he owns the record for most innings pitched without ever making a start.

What’s most impressive about Mike Williams’ save number is that he racked them all up while playing on some really bad 90+ loss teams.  He even saved 46 of the Pirates’ 72 wins in 2002.

Dave Giusti was converted to a reliever when he came to Pittsburgh, and was a key part of the team’s success in the early 1970s.  Using the palmball, Giusti led the NL with 30 saves in 1971 and saved Game 4 in the World Series.  From 1970-73, Giusti saved at least 20 games in each season, which helped bring his total up above 100.

Joel Hanrahan easily would have reached the century mark some time in 2013, but was traded this week and ended his Bucco career with 82 saves.  Stan Belinda, Matt Capps, and Jose Mesa are the only other pitchers with more than 60 saves as a Pirate, with 61, 67, and 70 respectively.

Pirates saves leaders

Congrats to tonight’s winners: @_DrewBrown, @Zach_Morrison1, @ZacharyMWeiss, @fdawg30, and @johnlucas18.

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#FTFTrivia Answer 12/20/12

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Bobby Bonilla

“Bobby Bo,” as he was called, actually made the NL All-Star team four straight years: 1988-1991.  He was an All-Star again in 1993 and 1995, but he had left the Pirates by then.  Bonilla may have company by next July if either Cutch or Joel Hanrahan make the mid-summer classic, which will be the third straight for both of them.

Congratulations to tonight’s winners: @johnlucas18, @fdawg30, @740JZD, @chrissytinaaa, and @baseballfan4746

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#FTFTrivia Answer 12/13/12

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and the answer to tonight’s #FTFTrivia is…

pirates cy young winners

Vern Law and Doug Drabek

Despite some very dominant pitchers throughout the team’s history, only two have won a Cy Young Award.  Vern Law won in 1960 and Doug Drabek won in 1990.  We asked this question because both men will be at PirateFest this weekend, and fans will have a chance to meet them.

Congratulations to tonight’s winners: @mjportash, @johnlucas18, @Zach_Morrison1, @baseballfan4746, @Expittriate, @steelers048, @Irate_Fan7, and @mark_quis.

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#FTFTrivia Answer 12/6/12

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and the answer to tonight’s #FTFTrivia is…

Alex Presley (Keith Allison)

Alex Presley

On April 20th of this year against the Cardinals, Alex Presley led off the bottom of the first with a drive off the CF wall, and ended up circling the bases for an inside-the-park home run.  Despite the quick offensive start, the Bucs couldn’t get anything else going and ended up losing to the Cardinals 4-1.  Presley’s four-bagger was the first of its kind by a Pirate since Freddy Sanchez did it in 2008.

Congratulations to tonight’s winners: @mc0483, @MattWeaver_21, @Zach_Morrison1, @_FinalFrontier, @sobr73, @adamcrowley2, @SportsnWhatnot, @LSTurdFurguson, @ZacharyMWeiss, @_DrewBrown, @steelers048, @freezoid400, @cjl226, @matty1521, @acpregler, @baseballfan4746, @MAE5377, @ScottPMulvihill, @WhatIsAGreg, @18nalax, @mark_quis, @Two_Wise_Fans, @johnlucas18, @chcarey, and @Bucn_All_Day.

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#FTFTrivia Answer 11/29/12

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and the answer to tonight’s #FTFTrivia is…

Eight catchers

Those eight catchers were Michael McKenry, Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, Dusty Brown, Jason Jaramillo, Eric Fryer, Matt Pagnozzi, and Wyatt Toregas. This is significant because the Pirates have just reached an agreement with catcher Russell Martin.

Congratulations to tonight’s winners: @freezoid400, @mjportash, @BMVenslosky, @_DrewBrown, @Irate_Fan7, @TSchusyy, @bmur13, @NuttingHostage, and @s7pinney.

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