Sunday, August 10, 2014

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - August 10-16

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

August 10
Barry Bonds' last Pirate card

2002      Barry Bonds breaks another Giant slugger's major league record when he receives his 46th intentional walk of the season, surpassing the mark established in 1969 by Willie McCovey. The third of the three free passes issued by the Pirates to the San Francisco left fielder proves to be costly when Benito Santiago follows with a grand slam to put the home team ahead, 8-3.

August 11

2001      En route to his 11th victory when the Giants beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 9-4, Livan Hernandez goes 4-for-4 including a home run. The Cuban right-hander has collected eight consecutive hits enjoying a 3-for-3 performance against the Phillies on August 5 and going 2-for-3 against the Pirates on the last day in July.

August 12

1965     At Candlestick Park, right fielder Jesus Alou homers in the sixth inning. Two innings later, another Giants' outfielder playing right field, also named Alou, goes deep with Jesus’ older brother, Matty, hitting the decisive dinger in the Giants' 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh.  Matty Alou was traded to the Pirates prior to the 1966 season.

1966      In a game which featured a total of 11 home runs, Reds' Art Shamsky, who came in as a defensive replacement, hits three round-trippers in a 14-11, 13-inning loss to the Pirates at Crosley Field. Cincinnati new left fielder's eighth inning home run put the team ahead and his 10th and 11th inning shots, equaling the major league mark for round trippers hit in extra innings, tied the game.  Bob Bailey hit two homers to lead the Bucs.

1910 Fred Clarke
August 13

1910      In a game which features each team having 38 at-bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, 2 errors, 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 hit batsman, and 1 passed ball, the Pirates and the Superbas (later to be known as the Dodgers) play to what else - an 8-8 tie.  Hall-of-Famer Fred Clarke was the manager of the 1910 Pirates.

August 14

1971      Bob Gibson doesn't allow a hit when the Cardinals beat the Pirates, 11-0, the largest margin of victory ever in franchise history for a no-hitter. The first no-hitter in Pittsburgh in 64 years, and the first in the year-old Three Rivers Stadium, is made possible thanks to outstanding defensive plays made by outfielder Jose Cruz and third baseman Joe Torre.

Pedro Alvarez 2011 Rookie Card
August 15

2008      Buster Posey, the fifth overall pick in the June amateur draft, gets the largest up-front bonus in major league history when he agrees to a $6.2 million signing deal with the Giants. The highly touted catcher gets slightly more than infielders Tim Beckham (first pick/shortstop) who receives $6.15 million from the Rays and Pedro Alvarez (second pick/third baseman) who gets $6 million from the Pirates.

August 16

1890      Bill Phillips becomes the first pitcher to allow two grand slams in the same inning, when Tom Burns and Malachi Kittridge both take the Alleghenys (Pirates) right-hander deep in the same frame of an 18–5 loss to the Chicago Colts. In 1999, Chan Ho Park will match the dubious feat, but will have the distinction of giving up both bases-full homers to the same batter, Fernando Tatis of the Cardinals.

1947      At Forbes Field, the Pirates beat the Cardinals 12-7 thanks to Ralph Kiner's three consecutive
1948 Bowman Ralph Kiner
home runs. The future Hall of Famer is the first Pirate to accomplish this feat.

1967      After retiring the first 19 batters, Reds' hurler Jim Maloney is forced to leave the game when he hurts his ankle stepping in a Forbes Field hole. Billy McCool finishes the game giving up two hits in a 4-0 victory over the Pirates.

2007      Jose Reyes becomes the first infielder, and tenth player overall, in the modern era (post-1898) to steal sixty bases in three consecutive seasons. The Mets shortstop, who will swipe 78 sacks this season, steals second base in the second inning for the second time in a 10-7 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.

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