Found July 08, 2012 on
Raise the Jolly Roger!:
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-center in the first inning to set the tone against a struggling Tim Lincecum, and Burnett didn’t yield anything until the game was well in hand. Then McCutchen homered again in the eighth, probably just as a little warm-up for tomorrow’s Derby.
That wasn’t all. Neil Walker went 5-for-5 with a homer of his own, raising his average all the way up to .291. Brad Lincoln pitched 2.2 perfect innings of relief. Casey McGehee had three hits (although he left the game with a groin injury) and Clint Barmes had two. Absolutely everything was beautiful.
The game wasn’t sold out, but the crowd of nearly 30,000 was still very l...
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It was a solid showing by Andrew McCutchen in his first every Home Run Derby. Although, I’m not going to lie, I was really wanting to see him just take a high and outside pitch and drill it opposite field.
Still, what an accomplishment and an experience for McCutchen. He didn’t make it past the first round, but it’s always fun seeing your own players perform on a national stage...
Last night Major League Baseball held their annual Home Run Derby and for the first time since 2005 the Pirates had representation at the event. Andrew McCutchen who is leading the league in batting average was a last minute addition to the derby after Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton could not participate due to injury.
While McCutchen didn’t advance to the second round and managed...
Since the inception of a league Most Valuable Player Award, there have been seven years in which a Pittsburgh Pirate has won the award:
1927: Paul Waner
1960: Dick Groat
1966: Roberto Clemente
1978: Dave Parker
1979: Willie Stargell
1990: Barry Bonds
1992: Barry Bonds
Let’s revisit how each of those players did in their first half.
1927: Paul Waner
73 G, .385 BA, .444 OBP, .612...
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.
Final: Pirates 13, Giants 2
WP: A.J. Burnett (10-2, 3.68 ERA)
LP: Tim Lincecum (3-10, 6.42 ERA)
Man, what an amazing way to cap off the first half of the season. Outside of Casey McGehee‘s groin injury, this was as good a game as you can see.
A.J. Burnett rolled through six innings giving up just two hits. He gave up a two-run homer in the seventh before exiting, but the game was...
It’s hardly even a surprise anymore: AJ Burnett shut down the other team’s offense while the Pirates’ offense scored a lot of runs. Today’s 13-2 win over the Giants is what we’re getting used to. ”We were good all over the board today,” Clint Hurdle said after the game. ”Just a good finish.” Burnett pitched [...]
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 Pittsburgh Pirates finished the first half of the 2012 season in first place in the NL Central, one game ahead of the Cincinnati Reds. At eleven games over .500, the Pirates are poised to end their streak of losing seasons at 19 years.
The turnaround in Pittsburgh can be attributed to solid pitching, and the emergence of NL batting average leader Andrew McCutchen. The 25 year...