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Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Pirates took a really tough loss on Friday night and dropped back to second in the Central as the Cards won on a walk off. It was certainly an exciting game at PNC, but every loss feels like a crushing blow at this point – part of what makes pennant races so great yet also so tense and stressful.
For a while, it looked like this was going to be yet another storybook win and the fifth in a row for the Pirates. Charlie Morton had a pretty shaky start and allowed three runs in just five innings (and was fortunate he didn’t allow more – there were several well hit outs), but the Pirates dug out of that hole in the coolest way possible — back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning.
That has to be on the short list of “most awesome things you could witness at a baseball game” and it was indeed pretty darn awesome to see PNC explode three times like that. And to make it crazier, the first of the three was a Pedro Alvarez inside the parker (thanks to a fan’s deflection that the ...
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Wandy Rodriguez has been shut down for the season. (Photo by: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates will be shutting down Wandy Rodriguez for the rest of the season, according to manager Clint Hurdle. Hurdle said that Rodriguez continues to pitch with “pain and discomfort”.
I’ve written recently about how the playoff rotation could look if Rodriguez was able to come back. He...
James McDonald has elected free agency. Photo by Mark Olson.
According to the MLB.com transactions page (h/t to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish), James McDonald has elected free agency after being outrighted to Indianapolis. The Pirates designated him for assignment last week, and he cleared waivers in the process. He’s now eligible to sign with any team for the remainder of the...
Jeff Locke insists he didn't need a confidence boost after a late summer swoon. A return to basics and a little help from his teammates provided one anyway.
Flashing the form that made him a surprise All-Star in July, Locke allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first victory in nearly two months as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Thursday night...
Apparently there is something in baseballs that make people loose their sh*t. This overzealous goon clobbers a young Pittsburgh Pirates fan all for a baseball that costs about $3. It wasn’t even a ball hit by a Pirates player. It wasn’t even a home run. This poor kid’s face grinds the pavement all for a ground-rule double by Darnell McDonald of the Chicago Cubs. Stop the madness...
While the Chicago Cubs took an early 1-0 lead Thursday night, the Pirates (85-61) appeared in control of the team’s series-opener throughout. Jeff Locke tossed his best start since the All-Star Break, and the Pirates cruised to a 3-1 victory despite falling behind in the third inning by a one-run margin.
Locke kept the Cubs from recording a hit until Darnell McDonald led off the...
Cubs (63-85) at Pirates (86-62)
1:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
TV: ROOT, WGN
The Bucs – now tied for first place again – will look to maintain that and hopefully regain it outright with a win today over the Cubbies. They’ll be going for a series victory, and a loss and split would be pretty disappointing. All three games in this series have been tight so far...
Francisco Liriano pitched six innings for his career-high 16th victory in a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers on September 10. Liriano became the first Pirates left-hander since John Smiley and Zane Smith in 1991 to win more than 15 games. Liriano received a decision in each of his 23 starts since signing as a free agent in February. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with...
The Pirates were able to erase a tough Friday night loss and and otherwise empty night of offense on Saturday with two big swings of the bat from Jose Tabata and Marlon Byrd, leading them to a 2-1 victory over the Cubs and back in to a first place tie.
Gerrit Cole followed his tremendous outing in Texas with another gem in this game, despite a hiccup in the first inning when one...
The Pirates’ big 11-game homestand couldn’t have gotten off to a better start, as the Bucs won their fourth straight game and moved in to a first place tie with the Cardinals. A somewhat small but very boisterous crowd saw Jeff Locke deliver his best start in quite a while as the offense did just enough to get him a much-needed victory.
It should be noted that the Cubs’ lineup...
Anthony Rizzo hit a towering go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs rallied past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4 on Friday night.
Brian Bogusevic went 3 for 4 with his fifth homer of the season for Chicago. Dioneer Navarro added two hits as the Cubs ended Pittsburgh's four-game winning streak.
Carlos Villanueva (6-8) picked up the win...
I know that he's really only emerged over his last two starts, but suddenly I'm not sure that there's any Pirate pitcher that I feel more comfortable with on the mound than Gerrit Cole. Cole got into some trouble in the first inning tonight and got partially bailed out by the defense behind him, then he shut the Cubs down over the next six innings. In the first inning...
Tonight, the Cubs lost to the Pirates in not-so-surprising fashion (we’ll get to that later). Scott Baker was actually pretty good up until he gave up the home run to Jose Tabata. Still, he held the Pirates to a single run over six full innings.
And then, James Russell came in. He got Justin Morneau to ground out, which was fine. But then he had to face Marlon Byrd. Byrd...
Last night's loss was frustrating, but really, it's not a huge deal so long as it remains an isolated incident. I was hoping to see the Pirates take six of eight from the Cubs and Padres and they can certainly still do that even with last night's loss.
Gerrit Cole returns to the mound after his breathtaking domination of the Rangers on Monday. I won't lie; I...
When the Cubs took at 3-0 lead, I was ready to say, "Well, you can't win every night."
When the Pirates hit three homers in a rowin the fourth to tie the game upand then went ahead in the sixth, I was ready to say, "Maybe there's something special about this Pirate team."
Then Jason Grilli served up a two-run homer to Anthony Rizzo and Neil Walker...
After their roller-coaster road trip to Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Texas, the Pirates return home to PNC Park tonight to kick off an 11-game homestand against the Chicago Cubs. These 11 home games are the last regular season games to be played at PNC this year, and given that eight of them are against lousy teams, the Pirates are going to need to win a bunch of these games if they...