Found July 07, 2012 on
Raise the Jolly Roger!:
San Francisco Giants
The fourth inning that wouldn’t end cost the Pirates in a big way on Friday night, as they blew an early lead and missed a chance to win their fifth game in a row.
The party got started early on in front of a packed house at PNC Park. Josh Harrison, Drew Sutton, and Andrew McCutchen all singled to produce a quick run. Casey McGehee killed the rally with a double play, though, and the Bucs weren’t able to make it a big inning. They got back into the act in the third, though, scoring two runs on a McCutchen triple and a Neil Walker double. The Bucs were hitting Barry Zito hard and it looked like it could be another big night for the offense. Cutch going against the lefty didn’t even seem fair, and Walker’s double hit off the wall and nearly got out of the yard.
Erik Bedard started to ease some fears about his recent struggles with a strong first three innings–he didn’t allow a hit and faced the minimum–but the fourth was an absolute mess. The sequence went like this: walk, double, hom...
BEST OF MAXIM
Andrew McCutchen will be taking his talents to the big stage. He was added to the Home Run Derby as an injury replacement.
Final: Giants 6, Pirates 5
WP: Barry Zito (7-6, 4.01 ERA)
LP: Erik Bedard (4-10, 4.80 ERA)
SV: Sergio Romo (5, 0.72 ERA)
Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates jumped out to an early lead when Cutch hit an RBI single in the first inning following back-to-back singles by Josh Harrison and Drew Sutton. McCutchen then hit an RBI triple in the third inning and later scored on a Neil Walker...
The trade that sent Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners is famous for bringing Adam Jones to Camden Yards. Jones wasn’t the only big talent included in the infamous deal, though — Chris Tillman, a 6’5″ right-handed pitcher and the Mariners’ second round pick in 2006 was considered at at time to be an ace in the making. Topping out as the 22nd-best prospect in the game according...
There are a lot of things that could be said about this one. The Pirates hit some balls very hard late in the game that just didn't fall in and they made some errors and they lost a game in which maybe they didn't play all that much worse than their opponents. Ultimately, though, what it comes down to is that they gave up five runs in the fourth inning in an era in which...
PITTSBURGH - The Pirates could be forgiven for wanting no part of any break, All-Star or otherwise. Neil Walker went 5-for-5, Andrew McCutchen blasted two more home runs, and A.J. Burnett won his 10th game in Pittsburgh's 13-2 blowout of San Francisco on Sunday at PNC Park. That sent the Pirates, whose streak of 19 consecutive losing seasons is a professional sports record...
Andrew McCutchen hit two home runs, Neil Walker homered among his five hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the All-Star break in sole possession of first place following a 13-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
The long-woeful Pirates have won six of seven and 10 of 12, and no team in the majors has a better record since May 12 than Pittsburgh's 34-19.
The Pirates put on one heck of a show this afternoon, capping off the homestand and the unofficial end of the first half in grand style. They’ll head to the break 11 games over .500 and in first place, and couldn’t possibly be riding any higher.
The stars of the day were exactly who you’d expect: Andrew McCutchen and A.J. Burnett. McCutchen pounded a two-run homer to right...
McCutchen brings his .356 average into the weekend.
If you’re one of those people who likes the heat of the summer, I hope you’re enjoying yourself. Me, I can’t wait until November and December, even January. I hope it’s 20 degrees or less for weeks on end. You won’t hear me complain. This heat wave in the Midwest is Brutal. The Mercury is at 100 as I type this, with a...