GIF: Alvarez interferes with Crawford

Alvarez interferes with Crawford

Above is the controversial interference call (Pedro Alvarez v. Brandon Crawford) in the fifth inning of Thursday night’s 10-0 debacle at PNC Park. It was a bizarre game epitomized by this bizarre rundown. Pedro was out on the grass, and Crawford turned right out of the baseline and stepped around him. The umpires awarded the run to Crawford and the Giants, and the Pirates fell apart soon thereafter.

Good call or bad call? Let us know what you think.

Dissecting the Schedule: August

We’ll spend time this week breaking down the Pirates’ 2013 schedule, month by month. 

schedule August
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Notes:

– The Pirates will play 16 games against NL West opponents in August.

– They’ll head out west twice in this month. First, they’ll hit Colorado and St. Louis between August 9th – 15th. The following week, they’ll travel to the coast to face the Padres and Giants.

– The Bucs will see the Rockies and Cardinals six times apiece in August.

– The August 17th matchup against Arizona (4:05 first pitch at PNC) will be broadcast on FOX.

– Third Eye Blind will play a postgame concert after Pirates vs. Cardinals on Saturday, August 31st.

– Three out of four Mondays in August will be off days for the Bucs.

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Dissecting the Schedule: June

We’ll spend time this week breaking down the Pirates’ 2013 schedule, month by month. 

Schedule June
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Notes:

– Only 11 home games will be played in June, the lowest amount of any month in the 2013 season.

– The first series of the month, which brings the Cincinnati Reds to town, is set to be the annual Heritage Celebration weekend. The Saturday night, 7:15 pm start, will be broadcast on FOX. Kool and the Gang will play a postgame concert after the Saturday night contest as well.

– Blues Traveler will also come to PNC for a postgame concert; they’ll play after the June 15th Dodgers game, first pitch at 4:05.

– The Bucs will take a mini west coast swing, consisting of five games. Both series feature interleague opponents; they’ll play a weekend set against the LA Angels before travelling up to Seattle to take on the Mariners.

– The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants come to Pittsburgh for a three game series, June 11th – 13th.

– Team the Pirates will see most in June: the Cincinnati Reds – two at home, four on the road.

– June could be a tough month for the Bucs, with 18 games coming against the Reds, Braves, Giants, Dodgers, and Angels.

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Top Ten Pirates of the PNC Park Era: #5 Freddy Sanchez

Freddy Pirates (brunkfordbraun)

Year Age G R H HR RBI BA OPS
2004 26 9 2 3 0 2 .158 .316
2005 27 132 54 132 5 35 .291 .736
2006 28 157 85 200 6 85 .344 .851
2007 29 147 77 183 11 81 .304 .784
2008 30 145 75 154 9 52 .271 .669
2009 31 86 45 105 6 34 .296 .776
PIT (6 yrs) 676 338 777 37 289 .301 .761

“Steady” Freddy Sanchez came to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline in 2003 from the Red Sox and became a starter by 2005.  During the time that Jim Tracy managed the Bucs, there was some controversy, but Sanchez had his two best seasons under Tracy.  In 2006, Freddy beat out Miguel Cabrera for the NL batting crown, hitting at a .344 clip.  He also reached the 200-hit mark and was tied for first in the majors with 53 doubles, many of which came from bloopers down the first base line that he legged-out.  He represented the Bucs in the 2006 ASG at PNC Park, and had another successful all-star season in 2007.  After another solid campaign in 2008, Sanchez was traded mid-season in 2009 to the Giants, where he’s been a part of two championship teams.  When he played third, he produced offensively and made some great plays at the hot corner, and when he played second, he and Jack Wilson paired up to be one of the best double play combos in the game.  Looking back on his time with the Pirates, Freddy Sanchez is known as one of the top infielders to play at PNC Park.

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