Penguins – Flyers Round 1 Schedule
Game 1: Wednesday, April 11 @ PIT, 7:00PM
Game 2: Friday, April 13 @ PIT, 7:00PM
Game 3: Sunday, April 15 @ PHI, 3:00PM
Game 4: Wednesday, April 18 @ PHI, 7:00PM
Game 5: Friday, April 20 @ PIT, TBD*
Game 6: Sunday, April 22 @ PHI, TBD*
Game 7: Tuesday, April 24 @ PIT, TBD*
Pirates 5 – Reds 0
W: J.Taillon (2-0)
L: T. Mahle (1-1)
Jameson Taillon (2-0, 1.26 ERA) was dealing Sunday afternoon vs the Reds (2-6) in throwing a 1-hit complete game shutout in a Pirates (7-2) 5-0 win at PNC Park.
Taillon who threw 110 pitches in nine innings, struck out 7 and walked 2 in a dominant outing.Taillon also went 1-3 at the plate and drove in a run.
Like the opener and even more so today, Taillon was dialed in and improving to 2-0 on the season, Taillon has a K/BB ratio of 16/2. The Pirates have to be thrilled with Taillon looking everything of an ‘ace’ thus far.
- Gregory Polanco continues to be red-hot, hitting a 2-run homer in the 5th inning for his 3rd homer of the season and picking up RBIs 12, 13 on the season.
- Josh Harrison was 2-3 with a walk and is now hitting .342 to open the season
- Corey Dickerson also homered in the Pirates 4-run fifth inning, while Colin Moran added 2 hits in the victory, upping his average to .345.
Josh Harrison | 2-3, R, BB
Gregory Polanco | 2-4, HR (3), 2 RBI (13), R
Starling Marte | 1-4, 2B, R
Josh Bell | 1-4, RBI (6)
Corey Dickerson | 1-4, HR (1), RBI (6), R, 2K
Francisco Cervelli | 0-3, BB, K
Colin Moran | 2-4, K
Jordy Mercer | 1-4, R
Jameson Taillon | 1-3, RBI (1)
Andrew McCutchen (.258-1HR-4RBI) had a night to remember as a member of the San Francisco Giants…….
McCutchen’s first career 6-hit game was a storybook ending with a walk-off 3-run homer in the 14th inning to deliver a thrilling Giants win over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
After a slow start to the season, McCutchen made his mark on Saturday.
McCutchen went 6-7 with a walk-off home run, 4 RBIs, double, 2 runs scored and a stolen base.
He entered the game 2-for-24 on the season.
Former Pirate Gerrit Cole (1-0, 0.64 ERA) through two starts with the Houston Astros, is looking everything the Pirates imagined/hoped he was going to be when they took him 1st overall in the 2011 draft.
Cole was dominant again Saturday night in his first home start as an Astro, striking out 11 for the second straight this season. Cole allowed 0 runs and 5 hits.
Cole in two starts has a K/BB ratio of 22/3.
The swing and miss stuff has been at a level never seen from Cole before as the Astros have found something the Pirates couldn’t with Cole in developing a 3rd and 4th pitch.
From the Houston Chronicle:
[It’s a small sample size, mind you, but after two starts it’d be hard to argue that he’s not the team’s best starter right now..Nineteen of his 102 pitches were swung upon and missed on Saturday, two fewer than the career-high he got against the Rangers.]
“They were pretty mirror images of each other,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He was so good and so dominant and very under control. I love the way that he thinks his way through the game and also executes the game plan. If he doesn’t like a pitch, he stepped off a couple of times. He’s just a very, very impressive, high-end starting pitcher.”
In the midst of starting a quick rebuild/re-tool, the New York Rangers have fired head coach Alain Vigneault.
Vigneault prior to the Rangers season ending loss to the Flyers, made a plea that he deserved to return and that the Rangers coaching staff was one of the organizations biggest strengths. He had multiple years left on his contract with a $4 million a year salary.
Rangers management ultimately decided Vigneault was not the right fit for the Rangers mini-rebuild as always, coaches have expiration dates.
From Press Release: Vigneault served as the Rangers Head Coach for five seasons (2013-14 – 2017-18) after he was named the 34th Head Coach in franchise history on June 21, 2013. In 410 regular season games with the Rangers, Vigneault posted a 226-147-37 record. He ranks third among head coaches in wins and ranks fourth in games coached in franchise history. During his tenure, the Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season with the team in 2013-14 and captured the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014-15 for posting the top record in the NHL during the regular season.
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Pirates take Doubleheader from Tigers
G1: Pirates 1 – Tigers 0
W: T.Williams (1-0)
L: M. Fulmer (0-1)
S: Felipe Rivero (1)
J. Bell | 2-4, 2B
G. Polanco | 1-3, 2B, RBI
T. Williams | 6 IP – 1 K – 5 BB
G2: Pirates 8 – Tigers 6
W: C. Kuhl (1-0)
L: B. Farmer (0-1)
S: F. Rivero (2)
J. Harrison | 3-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2B
D. Freese | 2-4, HR, 2 RBI
S. Marte | 1-2, HR, RBI, BB, 2 R
E. Diaz | 2-4
The Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a 3-0 start to the 2018 season.
The 3-0 start might be against a projected bottom-cellar in the AL but this is the exact type of start the Pirates needed in trying to change the narrative where the Pirates got crushed from every angle this winter in acting like an organization that isn’t trying to win now.
There is at least some excitement heading into Monday’s home opener against the Twins.
Off the heels of a thrilling 13-10 win Friday afternoon in the season opener, the Pirates took the first game of a doubleheader today 1-0 vs the Tigers as Trevor Williams was pulled with a no-hitter after six innings and the Pirates bullpen closed to the door to combine for the 1-0 shutout win.
The Pirates bats awoken in the second game of the doubleheader with an 8-6 win to sweep the series.
Josh Harrison had a big night in going 3-5 with a home run, 2 RBIs and a double. David Freese and Starling Marte also homered.
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The University of Pittsburgh will name Duke’s Jeff Capel as their new Mens’ basketball coach at a 12:00 p.m. press conference on Wednesday.Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
Final Take: For a coaching search that even Pitt officials weren’t sure where it was headed, Heather Lyke and her staff did very well in adjusting on the go from Plan-A to Plan-B and such.
The primary focus early in the process was seeing if they could lure a high pedigree head coach to Pitt and when that became bright and clear it wasn’t going to happen, the final conclusion of the search shows there wasn’t a panic in making a get anybody hiring like Mark Schmidt would have been.
This was about as good as you could do in landing a top level assistant like Capel from a major program in Duke. With Lyke not willing to entertain Sean Miller despite immense pressure from people financially who matter more than just about anyone at the university, the search in the last week is said to have focused on Capel and Buffalo’s Nate Oats who was a favorite among many, but Oats took himself out of the mix late last week a source says.Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
Penguins 5 – Flyers 4 (OT)Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley has been named the new men’s basketball coach at UConn, the school announced Thursday.
Hurley received a six-year deal, ESPN reports.
Hurley, 45, was Pitt’s top target in their coaching search but reality is Hurley was never coming to Pitt and the Panthers offer of at least $3.3 million per season didn’t change anything other than making UConn come up on their initial offer which is said to have been around $2.5 million per season.
Where Pitt goes from here remains to be seen but the school has known for days that getting Hurley was a hail mary.
Former Ohio State coach Thad Matta has long been a favorite of Heather Lyke but Pitt officials have had trouble getting Matta to consider the job. Matta turned down an offer from Georgia last week who then went on to hire Tom Crean, another coaching candidate on Pitt’s initial list Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"