September 5: Cardinals (80-56) @ Pirates (53-80)
Remember this? Well, good news. Both the man who fell onto the field and his son are back at PNC Park on Saturday, guests of president Frank Coonelly. And both seem to be doing just fine. The Pirates had said after the incident that the organization hoped to invite both fans back at a later date and obviously were able to get that done.
Oh, and yes, both the man and his son were donning their Cardinals jerseys while chilling in the Pirates’ dugout.
As for today’s news, notes and randomness…
- Triple-A Indianapolis has announced its season awards, with the winners as followed: Daniel McCutchen (Most Valuable Player), Jose Tabata (Rookie of the Year), Erik Kratz (Defensive Player of the Year), Chris Bootcheck (Henry Smock Relief Pitcher of the Year) and Bryan Myrow (highest batting average).
- Indianapolis also named third baseman Neil Walker, who is now with the big-league club in Pittsburgh, the team’s player of the month for August. Walker hit .339 with 29 RBIs last month for the Indians.
- Third baseman Pedro Alvarez was named the Eastern League’s Player of the Month after the monstrous offensive month he had in August. Alvarez hit .368 with nine doubles, seven homers, 21 runs scored, 20 RBIs and 24 walks. Alvarez, who is the first Curve player to win the monthly award since Steve Pearce did in June 2007, reached base in all but one game he played in August.
- Brad Lincoln pitched four innings and allowed one run in Team USA’s exhibition win over Canada on Friday. Lincoln walked one, struck out one and allowed three hits. In two exhibition games so far, Alvarez has gone 1-for-9 with three strikeouts for the US team.
- The Pirates have promoted catcher Tony Sanchez (No. 4 overall pick this year) and outfielder Starling Marte from low-A West Virginia to high-A Lynchburg so that both can play for Lynchburg in the Carolina League playoffs. The playoffs begin on Wednesday.
- The Pirates enter Saturday with an eight-game losing streak, the team’s third streak of that length this season. Pittsburgh lost eight in a row from May 3-10 and from August 2-9. The Pirates snapped out of that first streak with a 7-1 win over the Cardinals. The team broked the second such streak with a 7-3 over the Rockies, which incidentally enough was the Pirates’ last road win.
- On a positive note, the Pirates are 9-1 on Saturdays at PNC Park this year. Their only loss came to St. Louis on August 8. And in those 10 games, Pittsburgh has scored 75 runs and given up just 32.
- Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa has both Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday sitting out of Saturday’s game. Just a day of rest for both sluggers.
- Andrew McCutchen (CF)
- Delwyn Young (2B)
- Garrett Jones (RF)
- Lastings Milledge (LF)
- Ryan Doumit (C)
- Steve Pearce (1B)
- Andy LaRoche (3B)
- Ronny Cedeno (SS)
- Ross Ohlendorf (RHP)
- Skip Schumaker (2B)
- Colby Rasmus (CF)
- Ryan Ludwick (RF)
- Troy Glaus (1B)
- Rick Ankiel (LF)
- Khalil Greene (3B)
- Julio Lugo (SS)
- Jason LaRue (C)
- Mitchell Boggs (RHP)
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