Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bucs lose,Gerrit Cole makes AA debut

Josh Willingham drilled a Jason Grilli offering over the wall for a tie breaking homer to give the Minnesota Twins a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh.
The Pirates had just tied the game in the previous inning on a Rod Barajas sac fly that almost broke the game wide open had Denard Span not made a spectacular catch.
Grilli dropped to 1-2 on the season.
The set against the Twins concludes with James McDonald for the Bucs against Minnesota's Liam Hendricks....

Pirate Hooks

1) Nice outing by Erik Bedard,who has struggled in the month of June.
Bedard allowed a first inning run,but no further damage in his best start of the month.

2) Josh Willingham's homer might have been the winning number of the scoreboard,but the Denard Span catch of Rod Barajas' flyball was the real difference.
If that ball gets down,the Pirates score two runs instead of one...

3) The game was not loaded with notes,so we will go to the minors with the big news being Gerrit Cole's first AA start in Altoona.
Cole allowed two runs and fanned six in five innings as the Curve cruised past New Britain...

4) The rumors are flying that the Pirates will be leaving State College as the home of their New York-Penn league team,but the latest has them moving the team to Morgantown WV.
Not sure that the team will draw any better there than in State College and the location is not quite ideal,but it would not surprise if this happened...

5) Outfield prospect Wes Freeman retired from low A Wesr Virginia.
Freeman looked to have turned his career around last season at State College and skipped straight to High A this season,but was recently demoted to the SAL after amassing a huge number of strikeouts in Bradenton.
Freeman was given a 150,000 bonus in the 2008 draft to be bought out of his commitment to Florida...

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