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3 Up, 3 Down: Pirates reach .500

Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:32 am
Andrew McCutchen

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Andrew McCutchen, Pirates -- The Pirates evened their record at 30-30 on the season in large part because of their center fielder. McCutchen had a hand in all three of the Pirates' run, including the walk-off homer in the 12th. McCutchen's sacrifice fly in the third gave the Pirates an early lead and then he extended the game in the 10th when he doubled and scored on Neil Walker's single. He ended the game in the 12th with his shot off Zach Kroenke to lead off the inning.

Ryan Dempster, Cubs -- The Cubs warmed up Rodrigo Lopez just in case Dempster couldn't start because of a pain he felt in his hip before the game. Turns out, he was fine -- allowing just one run on three hits in six innings, striking out eight and ending the Cubs' eight-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Cincinnati. With the win, Dempster now has 107 career wins, the second-most by any Canadian player -- just 177 behind Ferguson Jenkins.

Ben Revere, Twins -- Starting in the place of Denard Span, Revere led off against the Indians and finished with three singles. All three of his singles figured in the Twins' three runs of the day, as he drove in two and scored one. His two-out single in the 10th scored Drew Butera and gave Minnesota the victory.

Don Kelly, Tigers -- Kelly had a solo homer to put the Tigers on the board in the first inning, but then with bases loaded in the third inning, he air mailed a throw home on Craig Gentry's grounder to third, allowing a run to score. Covering home on the play, he couldn't come up with the throw from the catcher, as Chris Davis scored to give Texas a 2-1 lead. Josh Hamilton followed with a two-run double. That's all Alexi Ogando needed in a 7-3 Rangers win.

Danny Duffy, Royals -- One of Kansas City's vaunted rookie class is having a tough go of it so far in the big leagues. Duffy gave up five runs and eight hits while walking four in his four innings in Wednesday's 9-8 loss to the Blue Jays. Duffy is now 0-2 with a 5.55 ERA in five starts. 

Oakland Athletics -- The A's have now lost nine in a  row. During their slide, the team has scored 26 runs and allowed 53, being shut out twice. It's their longest losing streak since a 10-game slide in July, 2008. They head to Chicago to begin a four-game series with the White Sox on Thursday.

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:44 pm

3 Up, 3 Down: Pirates reach .500

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Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:50 pm

3 Up, 3 Down: Pirates reach .500

I'm a Tigers fan, but had the opportunity to go to a Pirates game this year.  They have a ton of potential, great fans, hot girls in the crowd in abundance, and a love for local beer just like we do in Michigan.  It was a great experience, and I have a ton of respect for the fans who have held true.  Count me as somebody who wants to see the Pirates do well again.


Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:18 pm

3 Up, 3 Down: Pirates reach .500

Yes. It is fun watching and/or listening to games now believing that they will pull out a win instead of waiting to see how they are going to blow it. The starting pitching has surpassed my expectations. The offense has me concerned, but the top 4 in the order - and I cannot believe I am going to write this - and Cedeno keeping things alive at the bottom lately, it is enough to get by - for now.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:59 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Pirates reach .500

Totally agree with you Kidssport.  Management has finally laid down a solid foundation and has shown with action and $$ that they are committed to building a winner.  It's good to talk Pirate baseball again in a positive light.  They are legit.

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:47 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Pirates reach .500

I've been a Pirate fan for over 30 years. The past 18 years has been tough to swallow, with the longest consecutive losing record in any professional sport. However, it is clear that management is finally getting it right. Their young talent is finally starting to click, they've got a manager that knows how to motivate and discipline the players and they're stockpiling some great arms in the minors. Hopefully, the owners will open up the purse strings to keep the core of this team together, while adding a capable free agent here and there in the future. Bucco baseball is back. It makes going to the ballpark fun again. Keep it up!!!

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