Found July 08, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Mlb_jun_23_2ec5
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...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Andrew McCutchen hits four out in Home Run Derby

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...

McCutchen represents Pirates in Home Run Derby

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...

An attempt to put Andrew McCutchen’s first half into perspective

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...

Walker, McCutchen power Pirates past Giants

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...

Pirates 13, Giants 2

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...

Pirates enter the break with a 13-2 trouncing of Giants

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...

Pirates go into All-Star break on a high note

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 [...]

Bucs can’t overcome Giants’ five run fourth inning

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...

This Week in Fantasy Baseball: Week 14

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...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.