Bucs Offensive Woes Continues, Hinske Traded To Yankees
Well yesterday the Pirates took on the Cubs at PNC Park and were overmatched by pitcher Rich Harden. Zach Duke pitched well enough to earn another victory, going 7 innings and giving up 3 earned runs, but the Pirates just couldn’t do anything against Harden. They did collect 9 hits, but couldn’t score a run on any of them. Their only run came on an Andy LaRoche no-out doubled that was followed by 2 groundouts to the right side and Jack Wilson got the only Pirates RBI. It was a pretty frustrating game to watch, although the Pirates did have some great defensive plays that provided some excitement. Adam LaRoche laid out to knock a ball down in the 2nd that saved 2 runs and ended the threat. Andy LaRoche also ungracefully handled a ball that was absolutely smoked by Derrek Lee, both plays grazed the Sportscenter Top 10.
Erickson looks more promising than Fryer. He’s a 24 year old right handed pitcher who has career numbers of 15 wins, 8 losses, a 3.07 ERA and 8.6 k’s/9. Erickson was taken in the 10th round of the 2006 draft by the Yankees, the same year they drafted Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain. I can’t find much about his pitch arsenal or any of the scouting info, but I’m sure that stuff will pop up around the Pirates blogs as the days moves along.
Eric Fryer’s numbers really don’t impress me. He is a career .286/.333/.344 hitter in 206 games. He plays catcher, outfield, and a little bit of first base. He hits and throws righty and is 23 years old. He was drafted in the 10th round of the 2007 draft. He has a little bit of speed as well with 30 career stolen bases.