Final: Cubs 11, Pirates 6
WP: Randy Wells (3-4)
LP: Kevin Correia (12-9)
The Pirates brought their bats today, however, Correia didn’t bring his arm as his struggles at PNC Park continued. Correia gave up 8 runs in 2 innings and the Pirates were out of this one pretty early as he gave up 10 hits in those innings, 4 of which were home runs.
The Pirates still somehow managed to make this one somewhat close thanks in large part to two homers by Garrett Jones and another 2-run homer by Brandon Wood. But it wasn’t enough to match the Cubs hit parade as they managed 21 hits and 6 homers.
The loss was the Pirates’ 5th in a row and dropped them to .500 on the season, 6 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers. They really do need to start winning some games if they want to have a shot at competing for this division as Milwaukee is quickly pulling away from the pack.
Charlie Morton will look to end the losing streak tomorrow night against Matt Garza as the Bucs will look to take the 3rd game of this 4 game series.
Robbie Grossman has probably been the biggest success story the Pirates have in the minors this season. The 21-year old outfielder was drafted in the 6th round of the 2008 draft and was lured away from the University of Texas thanks in large part to a $1 million signing bonus.
Grossman struggled his first two seasons in the low levels due to a large amount of strikeouts. He struck out 164 times at A-West Virginia in 2009 and cut that number to 118 as a 20-year old at A+ Bradenton in 2010. What was always intriguing, though is that Grossman always showed great ability to get on base by drawing a large amount of walks.
This year, though, Grossman has truly had a break out year and is currently sporting a .290/.429/.426 line. Yup, you saw that OBP correctly, .429. He’s cut down on his strikeouts even more (84) and he sits at 94 walks on the year. He’s also starting to show some power as he has hit 8 homers this year to go along with 24 doubles.
I was pretty excited to see Grossman for the first time in person on a road game for Bradenton in Clearwater against super prospect Jarred Cosart, who would be traded to the Astros the next day as the main part of the Hunter Pence deal.
It wasn’t the best day for Grossman at the plate. However, he did draw a walk (4th AB) to extend his on-base streak to 25 games. Here are videos of every Grossman plate appearance from that day:
Expect to hear a lot about Grossman next year as he makes the jump to AA as a 22-year old. His performance so far this year probably propels him as a top 10 prospect within the organization and is probably either the 3rd or 4th highest rated position along with Matt Curry behind both Starling Marte and Tony Sanchez.
Pirates Prospects is reporting the Pirates have agreed to terms with 7th round draft pick Jake Burnette. Burnette is a RHP from Buford High School in Georgia and had a commitment to Georgia Tech.
Here is what Baseball America had to say on Burnette:
Georgia Tech’s recruiting class has plenty of projectable arms, starting with righthander Jake Burnette, whose older brother Chase played outfield for the Yellow Jackets. He is a lean 6-foot-4, 185-pounder who was a fine high school basketball player, helping Buford reach the state 2-A title game. His frame, long arms and big hands portend his stuff will get a grade better in the future. He has a clean delivery that produces 86-88 mph fastballs and soft curveballs presently. He could take off once he gives up basketball.
Burnette will be the Pirates’ 18th signee from the 2011 Draft and the 6th from the top 10 rounds.
Burnette signed for a signing bonus of $550,000, which is well above slot, and is the 2nd highest bonus given out behind 5th rounder Tyler Glasnow’s $600,00 bonus.
Final: Cubs 5, Pirates 3
WP: Carlos Zambrano (8-6)
LP: Paul Maholm (6-11)
SV: Carlos Marmol (21)
Derrek Lee sure had quite the debut. However, it wasn’t enough to end the Pirates’ losing streak as they dropped the series opener against the Cubs for their 4th loss in a row.
Paul Maholm gave up 4 runs on 6 hits over 6 innings, 3 of which, coming in the 6th inning.
Lee certainly did his part as he went 2 for 4 with 2 homers and 3 RBI as he produced the only three runs of the game for the Pirates. Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez also each had 2 hits. In fact, Ryan Ludwick was the only Pirates’ position player in the starting lineup who did not record a hit. Unfortunately, they just weren’t able to string together anything to outscore the Cubs even though they did out hit them 10-7.
The Pirates will look to rebound and right the ship tomorrow night as Kevin Correia looks to end his home woes against Randy Wells.