Giants 3 – Royals 2 The San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions for the third time in five years thanks to this guy Hero! pic.twitter.com/2RuTph9xxA — World Champs (@SFGiants) October 30, 2014 On two days rest Madison Bumgarner carried the Giants to another World Series Championship, going 2-0 with a 5 inning save in the World Series and had one of the greatest playoff pitching performances in baseball history. What a pitcher
WEEKLY PIRATES REPORT By John Perrotto *Analysis, Rumblings & musings* When Milo Hamilton was broadcasting Pirates’ games in the last 1970s, he used to give the “happy, happy totals” after each victory. The Pirates’ offensive totals haven’t been very happy. Though the Pirates are coming off back-to-back wins for the first time this season and have won three of their last four games entering the opener of a three-game series with the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night at PNC Park, their hitting has been awful. The Pirates have scored just 26 runs in 12 games. Their average of 2.17 runs a game is the worst in the major leagues. The Pirates’ .252 on-base percentage and .287 slugging percentage are also last. Finding help from outside the organization at this time of the year is difficult. Teams have played just a dozen or so game andRead More »
By John Perrotto What’s the best way to stop a losing streak? How about by throwing a shutout? If the other team doesn’t score, you’re eventually going to score a run and win, even a team with as anemic of an offense as the Pirates. Charlie Morton gave the Pirates the pitching performance they desperately needed Monday night as he threw eight scoreless innings and combined with Jose Veras on a six-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory over the defending World Series champions Giants at San Francisco to mercifully end a 10-game losing streak. The skid represented one of the most demoralizing stretches since the Pirates’ streak of 18 consecutive losing seasons in 1993. During the 10 days in which the Pirates lost three games to Philadelphia, four to the Chicago Cubs and three to San Diego, they went from being 1 1/2 games back in the National League CentralRead More »
By John Perrotto SAN FRANCISCO_ Long after his spectacular World Series debut had ended and he had concluded his post-game workout and training room sessions, Freddy Sanchez reminisced about his days with the Pirates. In particular, the San Francisco Giants’ second baseman though back to 2006 when he appeared in his first of three consecutive All-Star Games, having the added bonus of the game being played at PNC Park, then won the National League batting title on the last day of the season. They are certainly two moments to remember. However, PNC Park seemed every bit as far away on Wednesday night as the 2,258 miles that separate it from AT&T Park. Sanchez went 4-for-5 with three doubles and three RBIs to lead the Giants to an 11-7 victory over the Texas Rangers and Cliff Lee, who had gone 7-0 in eight starts over the last two postseasons, in GameRead More »
Sanchez Sweepstakes: The Pirates have not cut off talks with the Minnesota Twins or the Chicago Cubs but the team is pushing forward in talks with the San Francisco Giants and a deal could be announced as early as Wednesday evening. The framework of a deal is already in place as Pirates have their choice of picking 2-3 prospects from a group of five prospects the Giants have deemed available in a deal for Sanchez. The Pirates are believed to have agreed to pay some of Sanchez’s salary. Inside Look at some names that are rumored to be heading to Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez went 0-for-4 in Sunday’s 9-0 loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks to end the four-game stand hitless. Sanchez went 0-for-12, with seven strikeouts in the series as his batting average has dropped to .296 and below .300 for the first time since May. For the Pirates who are listening to offers for Sanchez, the 0-for-20 slump that Sanchez is in couldn’t be coming at a worst possible time. The Pirates remain “somewhat” engaged in trade talks with the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins about Sanchez. The Twins efforts are currently with Orlando Cabrera but as we mentioned last week, the Twins haven’t closed the door on acquiring Sanchez. The Twins scouted Sunday afternoon’s game. The Seattle Mariners interest has been off and on and they are looking to nab a Pirates starting pitcher in any deal for Sanchez. Has there been aRead More »