Pirates Of The Allegheny: Bucs/Yanks Gamer I

Any talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates around a Yankees fan who remembers where they were when Kennedy was shot will inevitebly involve talk of where they were when Bill Mazeroski dramatically and uniquely ended the 1960 World Series on a home run off of Ralph Terry at Forbes Field, snatching victory from the heavily-favored Yankees, and it is quite possible that their emotional reaction to those iconic events were similar.  However, these ain’t your pop’s (or grandpa’s) Pirates.  This venerable franchise, around since 1882 and formerly called the Alleghenys (and also ironically referred to as the Innocents), were described as "pirates" in 1891 by the Philadelphia Athletics, who were complaining at the time about Pittsburgh’s theft of the Athletics’ second-baseman, Lou Bierbauer.  The nickname stuck. Lately, it appears that crime does not pay, as the Pirates have had 14 consecutive losing seasons since last winning the division in 1992, and are currently 26-34 and in fourth in the dismal NL Central.

Pittsburgh is sending their best hurler to the mound in Tom Gorzelanny, who has a 6-3 record with a 2.53 ERA and 45 strikeouts to go with 23 walks as the Bucs come to The Stadium for a three-game set.  The anemic Buc battery has provided poorer run support for Gorzelanny (4.05) than the Yanks have for Andy Pettitte (5.18), who throws for New York and is coming off of perhaps his shakiest outing of the season last Sunday against the Red Sox, a game ultimately won in dramatic fashion by Alex Rodriguez but also the first non-quality start by Pettitte since April 27th.

New York is coming off the emotional high of winning three in a row against the White Sox, punctuated by ARod’s grand slam to guarantee Joe Torre’s 2000th career victory and put him nine games behind Leo Durocher on the all-time wins list.  The Bombers’ recent winning-ways puts them four games under .500, 10.5 out of first, and 6.5 out of the wild card.  Roger Clemens is set to make his season debut tomorrow against Paul Maholm and the surprising Tyler Clippard finishes the series on Sunday against Yankee-washout Shawn Chacon, who has spent most of the season as a reliver but has had success as a starter recently.  It was Chacon whose trade brought New York the dubious services of Craig Wilson at the deadline last season, who rumour has it may be returning to the Pirates after his release from the Braves in May.

Pittsburgh is averaging 4.15 R/G, fourth-worst in the NL, while the Yanks are averaging 5.43 R/G, good for third-best in the AL behind Detroit and Cleveland.  The Bucs and Yanks pitchers give up a pedestrian 4.78 and 4.79 R/G repsectively.  Freddy Sanchez, last year’s NL batting average and doubles leader, is tied for second in the league in singles but is hitting nearly 50 points off his pace from last season.  Jason Bay, 2004 ROY, continues to perform admirably with a team-leading 11 HRs and 45 RBIs to go along with his .301/.378/.531, 140 OPS+.

Bobby Abreu has 12 hits and 8 walks in 33 plate appearances so far in June.

Melky Cabrera is hitting .357 (15 of 42) since becoming an every-day player May 25th.


Pittsburgh Pirates
1 J. Bautista 3b .270
2 F. Sanchez 2b .297
3 J. Bay lf .301
4 X. Nady dh .282
5 A. LaRoche 1b .216
6 R. Doumit rf .303
7 R. Paulino c .222
8 J. Wilson ss .245
9 C. Duffy cf .239
  T. Gorzelanny sp 2.53
New York Yankees
1 J. Damon dh .257
2 D. Jeter ss .329
3 B. Abreu rf .257
4 A. Rodriguez 3b .306
5 J. Posada c .354
6 H. Matsui lf .278
7 R. Cano 2b .269
8 M. Cabrera cf .255
9 M. Cairo 1b .207
  A. Pettitte sp 2.96
81 comments… add one
  • Hey YFs, or SFs in the NY area, quick qustion, I’m flying in to New York tonight then driving to South Hampton for a wedding this weekend, are there any radio stations I might be able to pick up the Red Sox game on, maybe a CT station or something?
    I can’t find my XM.
    Thanks for any help.

    LocklandSF June 8, 2007, 5:41 pm
  • WTIC 1080 AM remains an excellent choice. I’m not sure how well its signal reaches into NYC though. It was scratchy enough in southern CT…

    Paul SF June 8, 2007, 6:05 pm
  • Wow, Nady is batting 4th? I hope the Yanks run all over this team..

    Lar June 8, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • Gorzelanny strikes out ARod swinging and Posada looking to get out of a two-baserunner threat and end the Yankees first.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Lar: guess not. Nady takes Pettitte deep the other way to give the Bucs a 1-0 lead.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Pettitte looks sharp for the rest of the top of the inning. Hideki leads off the Yankees 2nd.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Godzilla hits line drive to Doumit for the first out.
    Cano hits a grounder to the right of Wilson who makes a nice play for the second out.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Melky walks to keep the inning going; two outs to Cairo.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Cario hits a high pop to Duffy to end the second, Bucs 1, Yanks 0.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Wilson hitsa slow roller to Jeter who can’t throw out the speedy Pirate shortstop.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • One on, nobody out in the Buc third; Duffy up.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Duffy hits a grounder to Jeter who flips to Cano for the FC; the throw to first is not in time. Two away to Bautista.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Correction, one away.
    This time the Bucs don’t beat it out as Bautista hits into the 543 to end the inning.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Amazing play by Wilson on a slow chopper over the mound to barehand and throw Johnny Damon out at first. Joe comes over to argue, but he was out by a tick. Really a great play.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Cancel that trip, at least for tonight, the FAA software that controls all NYC airports shit the bed, they are landing planes using charts and crayons, one at a time.
    This blows.
    GO BUCS! :-)

    LocklandSF June 8, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Jeter grounds out to LaRoche for the second out.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Abreu pops out to Wilson in foul territory to end the Yankee third.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Sorry about your trip, Lockland.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Sanchez and Bay each quickly fly out to start the Buc fourth.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Nady, who homered in the second, is up with two away. Pettitte rings him up climbing the ladder to end the inning.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • ARod breaks his bat and grounds out on a comebacker to lead off the Yankee fourth.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Gorzelanny slips and throws one at the mascot, or at least would have if there was one. Funny stuff.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • He then proceeds to walk Jorge to bring up Matsui with one away.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Matsui singles to center, advancing Jorge. First and second, one away to Cano.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Cano down swinging; watching strike one, fouling off a fastball, and then swinging under a high fastball. Two outs to Melky.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Melky falls behind 0-2, then takes three balls. The payoff: Melky gets a tiny piece of it to stay alive, but he then strikes out on a breaking pitch to end the inning. After four: Bucs 1, Yanks 0.
    Time to feed my son; back in a bit.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • not sure if it’s something he’s been saying lately but, when kay said “tomorrows rocket relaunch” i spit beer.

    sf rod June 8, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • The Bucs pick up a run off of a single by Wilson, while the Yankees continue to be stymied by here-to-fore unseen young lefties.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • After a fly-out by ARod, Jorge singles and Matsui follows it up by tying the game on the first pitch he sees putting it just over the right field wall. Bucs 2, Yanks 2.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Cano grounds out 1-3 for the second out of the Yankee sixth.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Melky grounds out to end the sixth.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Cabrera gets a bad line on a drive over his head, leaps, misses, and falls down. The ball rolls to the wall, and Duffy hits a two-run inside-the-park home run. Bucs 4, Yanks 2.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • That was after being 0-2 with two outs. Paulino had singled earlier in the inning. Bautista hits one sharply to ARod’s right, who makes a good stab to end the Bucs seventh. On to the stretch with the Yanks down by 2 runs, Cairo, Damon and Jeter coming up.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Cairo doubles over the head of Jason Bay to lead off the Yankee seventh.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Grabow and Torres up in the pen for the Bucs.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • that was a rough one. looked like the ball took off on melky. cairo has to feel bad. he booted a double play ball to extend the inning.

    sf rod June 8, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Damon falls behind 0-2, but works the count full before grounding out to first, pushing Cairo to third base and bringing up Jeter.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Jeter lines a single to left to get a run back as Damon scores. Bucs 4, Yanks 3. That’s it for Gorzelanny.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Lefty John Grabow to face Bobby Abreu, who is 3-5 lifetime against him.
    Grabow starts off with three balls to Bobby. The 3-0 is taken for a strike. The 3-1: is lined to left center for a single, advancing Jeter to third. ARod comes up with one out.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Grabow’s out as Jim Tracy wants Salomon Torrez for ARod.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • alex with a chance to stamp his name in the history of this heated pirate vs. yankee rivalry.

    sf rod June 8, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • First and third, one away to ARod. Alex gets hit by the first pitch, high and tight off the middle of his left arm to load the bases.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Jorge up. He takes strike one, then low. The 1-1 is just outside. The 2-1 is lined to hard to right field, scoring Jeter to tie the game. Bases loaded to Matsui.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Tracy yanks Torres for Damaso Marte.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • One out to Matsui: he takes the first pitch on the outside corner for strike 1. The 0-1 looks low but is called a strike. The 0-2 is high. 1-2: outside. Deuces: runs away way outside to make the count full. The payoff: popped out of play up the left field line.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Another payoff: another foul pop. the next pitch is off the plate but Matsui is called out looking.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Cano behind 0-2 quickly. He takes a ball, but then fouls off three tough pitches to stay alive. Another foul. The eighth pitch: way outside; Cano checked up. The ninth pitch is low away to make it full. Then Cano flies out to shallow left center to end the inning. Heading to the eighth, tied at four.
    I really wanted a few more out of that. Thought the Yanks had them on the ropes there.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Pettitte’s still out there as Sanchez leads off the eighth with a single to right center.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • ARod robs Bay of a double up the left field line, diving and throwing across the diamond a bit up the line, but Cairo makes a good catch and sweep tag. Nice play. Sanchez advances to second.
    Nady is 2-3 on the night; they IBB him to make it first and second to LaRoche.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Pettitte induces a grounder that’s turned 463 to end the inning. Very nice.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • I think I’ve figured out exactly how the NL and the AL differ:
    NL teams can carry 28 pitchers, judging from the Pirates’ judicious use tonight.

    yankeesnj June 8, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Jonah Bayliss on for the Bucs. Cabrera and Cairo pop out before Damon hits a broken bat quail to right center to start the Yankee eighth.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Jeter grounds out 53 to end the eighth, still tied at 4.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Mo on for the Yanks. Doumit singles on the ground between first and second.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Paulino, behind 0-2, can’t hold up his swing as Mo goes up the ladder. One away to Wilson.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • Wilson walks on four pitches, making it 1st and 2nd with one away to Duffy, who hit the in-the-park home-run in the seventh.
    He gets rung up on a 1-2 on the outside corner. Two away.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Bautista cuts at the first pitch and misses. The 0-1 is a check swing that dribbles in front of the plate. Posada makes a good play to end the Bucs 9th. Abreu, ARod, and Jorge coming up. Let’s end this one right here, boys.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Matt Capps, Bucs closer and sixth pitcher of the night, comes on to face Bobby in the Yankee ninth.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Bobby down swinging on a 2-2 fastball.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • ARod takes the first pitch fastball for a strike. The 0-1 is a fastball on the outside corner fouled back. The next pitch is lifted high to right for the second out.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • that’s what you get kay, for calling a-rod “king of the 9th inning”.

    sf rod June 8, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Jorge takes a fastball at the knees for strike one. The 0-1 is way inside and hits Posada on the high right ankle, on the shin guard; he takes his base. Matsui up with two away.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • True true, sf rod.
    Matsui flies out to right to end the inning. Extra innings.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Sanchez leads off the Bucs 10th, who tips two foul balls to make it 0-2. Another foul. and another. The fifth pitch is high. The 1-2 is fouled right into his leg. Ouch. Another 1-2: stroked off the end of the bat for a single to right. Really good at bat there.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Jason Bay up, takes strike 1, and takes strike 2. The 0-2 is a really good looking pitch, just off the outside corner, but Bay holds up. The 1-2 blows by a swinging Bay for the first out. Nady up.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Nady hits a one-hop comebacker to Mo who starts the 1-4-3 to end the inning.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Bottom of the tenth, Cano doubles off the left field wall on the first pitch. Just a few feet low from ending it right there. Cabrera up.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Robbbbbbieee!!!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 8, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Great bunt LECHE!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 8, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Melky lays down a beautiful sacrifice to push Robi to third. Tough pitch to lay down – high and away, but he puts it softly up towards third. Capps makes the play for the first out.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Cairo hits weakly to Bautista who checks Cano back to the bag but doesn’t throw to first. It’s now first and third, one out Damon up. Exciting stuff.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Oh Captain My Captain!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 8, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Infield way in. Damon takes high for ball one. The next pitch is high, and Cairo moves down to second uncontested. Capps now IBBs Damon; Jeter up, one out, bases juiced.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Captain Clutch!!! Sing it Frankie!!!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 8, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Jeter fouls the first pitch away right. The 0-1 is hit softly towards second. There’s no play at home. Yankees win, 5-4.
    Captain, my Captain.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • What a great game.

    attackgerbil June 8, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Don’t say it Yankee fans, don’t say it. Shhh, let’s just keep doing what we are doing. Great night boys!

    John - YF (Trisk) June 8, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • sometimes it’s not pretty. gotta respect the pirates though.

    sf rod June 8, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • quality win, lots of momentum for rocket’s return. let’s go yankees!

    Anna Maria Horseford June 8, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • I will be at tomorrow’s game and will be taking a lot of pictures. If one of the admins wants to put them up I can gmail them to you.

    AndrewYF June 8, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • Have a great time Andrew. If you send me some pics, I’ll place them.

    attackgerbil June 9, 2007, 2:19 am

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