The day after Strasmas and all through the Park…

A day after Stephen Strasburg made his unforgettable Major League debut, Brad Lincoln makes his debut for the Pirates. Lincoln was Pittsburgh’s first round pick in the 2006 Draft (fourth pick overall) out of the University of Houston. He was ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh’s fourth-best prospect prior to the 2009 and 2010 seasons… He was also recognized as having the “Best Curveball” in the organization prior to this year.

 

Pirates (23-35):

1.    Jose Tabata – LF

2.    Neil Walker – 2B

3.    Andrew McCutchen – CF

4.    Garrett Jones – 1B

5.    Adam LaRoche – 3B

6.    Lastings Milledge – RF

7.    Ronny Cedeno – SS

8.    Jason Jaramillo – C

9.    Brad Lincoln – SP (Major League Debut)

 

*Pittsburgh native Neil Walker has hit safely in 10 of his first 13 games since being promoted from Indianapolis on May 25. Walker has produced six multi-hit games in his last 12 contests and has started each of the last 13 games overall. Among NL rookies since May 25, he ranks second in batting average (.320), slugging percentage (.520) and OPS (.890), first in extra base hits (seven) and third in on-base percentage (.370).

 Nationals (28-31):

1.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

2.      Niger Morgan – CF

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Roger Bernadina – RF

7.      Ian Desmond – SS

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      John Lannan – SP (2-3, 4.79 ERA) 

*The Nationals’ 28 wins to date are two more than the 26 W’s registered by the Nationals prior to last season’s All-Star break. The  Nationals’ 28th win last season came via a 3-1 decision on July 22 vs. NYM.

 

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