Post-Game Buzz: Harrison sustaining All-Star caliber play, Polanco stepping up in McCutchen’s absence


Post-Game Buzz After initial success, Gregory Polanco went through his rough patch that most young hitters go through and now he’s starting to figure things out. Polanco with a four RBI game Thursday night in the Pirates 7-2 win over the Marlins, provided a lethal combination at the top of the order with Josh Harrison tonight in Pittsburgh’s 2-1 over San Diego. While Harrison’s hot bat continued, going 3-3 with a triple and extending his hitting streak to 12 games, Polanco also had a three hit night, going 3-4 with a double, RBI, stolen base and scored the game winning run. Following Harrison’s leadoff triple in the first, Polanco drove a single to right, scoring Harrison. Polanco than stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error from Padres catcher Rence Rivera. Ike Davis would scored Polanco on a sacrifice fly as the Pirates countered the Padres one run,Read More »

Minor League Report for Aug 11: Tabata quiet in 9-1 win


Indianapolis 9 – Columbus 1 — Jose Tabata (.333) had a quiet night in the Indians 9-1 rout over Columbus. Tabata was 0-for-4 at the plate with a strikeout and walk. Tabata was the DH and It was his 6th rehab game. Tabatas has 4 doubles and 1 RBI during his rehab stint…. — Third baseman Josh Harrison (.315) extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored, double and walk. Third baseman Matt Hague (.320) also extended his hitting streak which is now at 8 games. Hague had a three hit night, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and 2 runs scored…. — Second baseman Jordy Mercer (2-4, 3B, 4 RBI) drove in 4 runs and Jason Jaramillo (3-5, 1HR, 3 RBI) had a 3 RBI night…. — Brian Burres (4-8, 4.76 ERA) collected his 4th win of the season, allowing 6 hits and 1 earnedRead More »

Perrotto: Harrison doesn’t overwhelm with his talent but plays above his tools


By John Perrotto The Pirates made Memorial Day feel more like Labor Day on Monday. The Pirates called up two players from Class AAA Indianapolis prior to their 7-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field in New York. One of those players, infielder Josh Harrison, had never played in the major leagues. The other, catcher Dusty Brown, has had only a cup of coffee in the bigs as he appeared in seven games with the Boston Red Sox in each of the last two seasons. Normally, those are the types of moves associated with Labor Day, when the minor-league seasons end and most major-league clubs call up at least a few players with minimal experience at the highest level. Harrison and Brown were called up to take the places of infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce (calf) and catcher Ryan Doumit (ankle), who were both placed on the 15-day disabled list afterRead More »