Season in Pictures: August 2012

August 3rd, 2012
Andrew McCutchen barks in the dugout after being hit by Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning. Chapman’s offering was clocked at 101 mph. The Bucs lost 3-0.

August 10th, 2012
James McDonald sits quietly in the dugout after blowing a 7-0 lead to the Padres. San Diego went on to win, 10-9.

August 15th, 2012
Neil Walker rolls around in pain after injuring his hand on a double play attempt. The Pirates dropped their third consecutive game, 9-3.

August 16th, 2012
A young boy’s ears are covered from the harsh words of Matt Kemp, who was ejected in the second inning of a Thursday matinee. The Buccos won, 10-6, and A.J. Burnett told Hanley Ramirez what to do.

August 19th, 2012
Keli Alvarez celebrates her husband’s solo home run that gave the Bucs a 19-inning win in St. Louis.

August 28th, 2012
Josh Harrison barrels Yadier Molina in a huge collision at home plate. J-Hay was out on the play, but the Pirates went on to crush the Cards, 9-0.


Season in Pictures: June 2012

June 3rd, 2012
Andrew McCutchen is congratulated by Garrett Jones and James McDonald after knocking a two-run homer against Milwaukee. The Bucs started the month on the right foot by taking two of three from the Brew Crew.

June 7th, 2012
Michael McKenry flashes the Zoltan after driving in the go-ahead run in the tenth inning off Aroldis Chapman. It was Chapman’s first earned run of the season, and the Bucs won, 5-4.

June 10th, 2012
Jason Grilli and Rod Barajas celebrate the sweep of the Kansas City Royals. After a Cincinnati loss on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, the Pirates moved into first place.

June 16-17, 2012
Pedro Alvarez enjoyed two two-homer games in a row while the Pirates took the series from the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

June 21st, 2012
Clint Hurdle congratulates James McDonald on his first career complete game. The Pirates defeated the Twins, 9-1.

June 29th, 2012
Andrew McCutchen is greeted at home plate by Jose Tabata and Alex Presley after his three-run home run in the ninth inning. Cutch went 4 for 5 with three RBI, four runs scored, a homer, a double, and a walk, as the Bucs cruised to a 14-5 victory.

Too little too late

Game two of the battle of the NL Central’s top teams went to Johnny Cueto and the Reds tonight.  Brad Lincoln made a spot start, and pitched 3 solid innings before the wheels fell off in the fourth.  Alex Presley lead off the game with a single, but nothing came of it.  Brandon Phillips kicked off the scoring with a solo homer in the second, and Cueto was dominant through the next 6 innings.

In the fourth, Ryan Ludwick came up with the bases loaded.  He lined the first pitch he saw into left-center for a bases clearing double to make the score 4-0. Ryan Hanigan got him home on an RBI single, and Lincoln’s day was done after the inning.  Doug Slaten needed just 27 pitches to pitch the next 3 scoreless innings, saving the rest of the bullpen.

Josh Harrison got hit by a pitch to lead off the sixth, and was caught stealing by a mile, which ended any chance of getting to Cueto then.  The bottom of the lineup finally got something going in the eighth when Rod Barajas lead off with a double.  Pedro Alvarez had a pinch-hit single, but Cueto retired the next two guys.  Neil Walker singled to left, getting the Bucs on the board and ending Cueto’s night.  Logan Ondrusek came out in relief with two men on, and Andrew McCutchen took him deep to right to make it 5-4.

Jared Hughes pitched a scoreless eighth, and the Pirates would take their last raps against Aroldis Chapman.  He got a week groundout and blew the next two guys away with fastballs, keeping his ERA at 0.00 and getting Cincinnati the win.

PIrates (28-27) – Reds (31-24)

Win: Cueto (6-3)
Loss: Lincoln (3-1)
Save: Chapman (6)


Go Bucs