Found August 15, 2013 on
St. Louis Cardinals
The Pirates needed Francisco Liriano to be a stopper, and he came up huge. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Last night’s loss was a tough loss. The Pirates were coming off a three game sweep against the Colorado Rockies. They had a three game lead in the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals, with a big three game series against the Cardinals coming up. Taking the first game against St. Louis would send a message. The Pirates came close to sending that message, up until a rare error by Starling Marte sent the game to extra innings. The Pirates had opportunities to close it out, but couldn’t come up with the win, and eventually lost in the 14th inning, sending their losing streak to four games.
It wasn’t the first time the Pirates had a four game losing streak. In fact, it was the third time this year, and they’ve never extended a losing streak beyond that. They certainly couldn’t afford to start now against the Cardinals. With the Wild Card round reduced to a one game play-in, winning ...
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I’d say that qualifies as a pretty good bounce back performance – for the Pirates as a team and especially for Francisco Liriano.
The Bucco ace continues to thrive in his role as a “stopper” – his numbers when the Bucs need a win have been simply unreal, and they got even better on Wednesday when he took the ball in hopes of ending a four game losing streak. And of course...
Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level,...
The Pittsburgh Pirates made a bunch of minor league moves today and at least one more should be announced soon due to roster space. The biggest name moved today was Tyler Waldron, who was injured earlier in the season and has been pitching for Bradenton since he returned three weeks ago. Also moving to Altoona from Indianapolis was catcher Ali Solis, who was demoted to make room...
The two top pitchers in the Pirates minor league system will take the mound tonight. Jameson Taillon will take the mound for Indianapolis for the third time, while Tyler Glasnow gets the start for West Virginia. Zack Dodson also goes for the first time since his seven no-hit innings last week. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable...
For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. For a recap of the DSL All-Star game, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.
Result: Pirates 5, Marlins 4 in 10 innings
Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP...
I don't think there's really a whole lot to say about this game. AJ Burnett hit the wall really early and blew a 4-0 lead, then Clint Hurdle did some silly things. The Pirates' bullpen pitched really well and kept them in the game, but the offense had trouble with the Cardinals' bullpen again, and so the Pirates lost.
I'm not actually hugely concerned with...
Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The top five short season pitchers are also highlighted in a separate group, since most of those guys only go 4-5 innings max, and don’t have a good chance of being highlighted in the top ten. The rankings include...
After one day of relief and joy, Pirate fans are back in a foul mood again after another extra inning loss to the Cardinals on Thursday. The Bucs botched another lead and threw away some chances late in the game, and eventually suffered their second walk off loss in three days. The loss drops their lead back to two games in the Central, and the Reds continue to close in at just two...
After the Pirates scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning it looked like another wasted day for the Cardinals who had scored just two runs in the previous 18 innings and had just two hits in the game so far.
The Cardinals came back to take the lead in the fifth saw the Pirates tie it in the eighth before the Cardinals scored in the 12th to win 6-5 on Thursday at Busch Stadium...
The struggling Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping a return home can improve their fortunes. They're also hoping that some extra rest will give a boost to rookie Gerrit Cole.
Cole will make his first start in eight days Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks looking to help the Pirates match their longest home win streak of the season.
Pittsburgh (71-49) earned just one win...
The Pirates' first real test as contenders this year was the five-game set against the Cardinals at PNC Park two weeks ago, and the Pirates passed that test with flying colors. As a result, the Bucs have been in first place for two full weeks now. What their success in that series has earned them is this: another big series, this time on the road in St. Louis. This time, neither...
After an embarrassing road trip the Pirates are coming home. Seriously. The schedule is starting to get short. The Pirates really need to get their **** together or they’re going to find themselves in a one game playoff for their first playoff birth since 1992. Not something any Pirates fan should really want to see.…
Losses like last night’s are what give me pause. The Pirates snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. It’s too common. It’s too familiar. It needs to stop immediately. Starling Marte should be benched. At least one game. These guys should all be pretty ashamed of last night’s loss though, not just Marte. Andrew McCutchen,…
I got to work this morning with an e-mail from my dad waiting for me, telling me that maybe last night's game was just one game, but that everyone that watched it last night is cranky this morning and that it's a game that nobody will forget anytime soon. He talked about the time Matt Alou dropped a similar fly ball 40+ years ago and how he's never forgotten it. He also...