Found June 18, 2012 on North Side Notch:
Openers for both State College and the GCL Pirates today. Indianapolis 5, Gwinnett 4 – Rick VandenHurk gave up 4 runs over 7 innings. He struck out 5 and didn’t walk a batter. Bryan Morris pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief. Gorkys Hernandez went 2 for 5 with a triple. Starling Marte was 1 for 2 with a walk. Jeff Clement went 1 for 2 with a double and 2 walks. Brandon Boggs was 1 for 4 with a double. Tony Sanchez went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. Bradenton 6, St. Lucie 5 – Colton Cain started and gave up just 1 run over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 1. Junior Sosa went 2 for 5. Kirk Singer was 2 for 4 with a home run, his 1st for the Marauders. Mel Rojas went 1 for 4 with a triple. Alex Dickerson was 2 for 3 with a walk. Andy Vasquez went 3 for 4 with a double. Carlos Mesa was 2 for 4. Benji Gonzalez went 1 for 3. Williamsport 6, State College 2 – Jason Creasy gave up 3 runs (0 earned) in 2 2/3 innings. Joan Montero pitched 2 1/3 scoreless inni...

Where in the world is Jordy Mercer?

After almost two months of watching Clint Barmes‘ unbearably awful struggles at the plate, Pirate fans were very happy to see shortstop prospect Jordy Mercer called up from Indianapolis at the end of May. Mercer wasn’t/isn’t exactly an eye-popping prospect, but had steadily moved through the system and had been hitting the ball very well at the time in Indianapolis. It seemed...

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Pirates’ 2B Neil Walker Had Special Fan In The Stands Yesterday

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker was born in Pittsburgh, grew up in Pittsburgh and now bats second for his hometown team. In fact, the guy still lived with his parents while playing with the Pirates during the 2010 season. So why would anyone be surprised by his lunch lady driving to Cleveland for a Father’s Day game? (via @GhostHunterss) In NBA news, this was written before...

Pittsburgh Pirates: Contenders or Pretenders?

My preseason prediction to snag one of the two NL Wild Card spots, the Pittsburgh Pirates, are off to a pretty impressive start. After giving their fans something to get excited about for the first time in a while in 2011, it seems that the Bucs may have figured out how to sustain that success more this year than last year. Off to a 34-31 start, the Pirates are in 2nd place in the...

Pittsburgh Pirates: Lost the battle of the scrap heap

Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug (Opening image Mark Reynolds, credit xosports) Last week’s unfortunate 3-game sweep at the hands of the equally upstart Baltimore Orioles called to mind 2 things for me: 1. I long for a true geographic MLB realignment some... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!

Pirates' Alvarez ends slump with homer binge

Pedro Alvarez had been in yet another offensive free fall for the Pittsburgh Pirates, this one a 4-for-42 slump that dropped his average to .197 and raised anew questions as to whether he should be in the majors. And then, boom, boom, boom, boom, Alvarez reminded all concerned why he remains perhaps Major League Baseball's most confounding player. He homered twice Saturday...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Time Will Come, But Numbers Indicate Regression Coming This Year

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been the toast of baseball lately, finding themselves with a winning record at 34-31 a whole 65 games into the season. For a franchise which hasn't had a winning season since 1992, this is not insignificant. For a franchise which has had so much trouble evaluating and developing young talent, and made some incredibly mind-bloggling trades (hello, Matt...

Correia wins at home, bats stay hot

The Pirates got off to an excellent start to this week’s homestand, pounding the Twins by a 7-2 score. Even better, they did it with their worst starter on the mound against Minnesota’s best. Kevin Correia did a very nice job, picking up his first home win in a year. His last one was June 22, 2011 against Baltimore, and all three of his Pirates wins at PNC Park have been against...

Kevin Correia collects first home win in a year; Bucs continue to roll

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Errors costly as Pirates get pounded by Pirates

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Game 66: Pirates 7 Twins 2

One of the best things about the Pirates thus far in 2012 is that when the play a bad baseball team, they don't mess around with them. The Twins are a pretty bad team this year and the Pirates took advantage of that from the outset of this one. When the Twins tried to fight their way back into it, the Pirates slammed the door shut. This game got off to a weird start when Josh...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Minnesota Twins – Game 66

Last night was the third night in a row without the Pirates.  As I lay in bed I was shocked at how bad I missed seeing the team.  I don’t know if it’s the small amount of success or what, but I am basically wrapped around this team’s finger, and I love it. Don’t forget [...]
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