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ATLANTA (AP) -- Pedro Alvarez and Yamaico Navarro each hit two-run homers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed a long-awaited offensive breakthrough as they beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 on Monday night.
The Pirates, last in the major leagues with 58 runs in 22 games, almost doubled their previous season high of five runs. Neil Walker had three hits and drove in a run.
It took the Pirates 22 games this season to score more than five runs. That was the longest streak since the 1972 Milwaukee Brewers went a major league-record 31 games into the season without surpassing five runs, according STATS LLC. The last National League team with a longer streak was the 1919 Boston Braves, who went an NL-record 23 games into the season without topping five runs.
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#pirates option Meek to Indianapolis
— Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) May 1, 2012
No corresponding move has yet been made, but one would have to assume that it will be either Doug Slaten, Daniel Moskos, or Daniel McCutchen, and most likely in that order.
Evan Meek has struggled so far this year with a 5.59 ERA over 9 2/3 innings.
Slaten has a 0.69 ERA over 13 innings for Indianapolis...
The Pirates optioned right-hander Evan Meek to Triple-A Indianapolis after Monday night's game with instructions to sharpen the location on his fastball.
Manager Clint Hurdle said he wasn't ready to announce a corresponding move.
Meek allowed three inherited runs to score and was charged with one earned run in 1 2-3 innings against the Braves on Friday night.
He had a...
Everyone in action again today.
Durham 1, Indianapolis 0 – Jeff Locke started and pitched 7 scoreless innings. He struck out 2, walked 4, and gave up 3 hits. Daniel Moskos gave up 1 run in 1 inning. Jordy Mercer went 1 for 3. Starling Marte was 0 for 3 with a walk.
Erie 10, Altoona 5 – Nathan Baker started and gave up 8 runs (7 earned) over 4 1/3 innings. Brock Holt was...
The streak is over. Tonight, for the first time this year the Pirates scored more than five runs. They beat the Braves 9-3 on the back of a huge offensive day. Pedro Alvarez and Yamaico Navarro led the way, both hitting two run homers. Neil Walker had three hits and drove one in, Navarro added another RBI on a groundout and singled giving him a two for four night. Every other...
Tim Hudson's fastball wasn't great. His sinker sometimes stunk. His cutter didn't always do what he wanted.
None of that mattered on Sunday. It was a great day for Hudson.
Seven months to the day after his last big league start which ended in a season-ending loss to the Phillies -- and five months after back surgery, Hudson returned to a big league mound.
Three Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands combined on a no-hitter in the Indianapolis Indians' 2-0 victory over the Durham Bulls on Sunday in the International League.
Winning pitcher Justin Wilson struck out nine in 7 1-3 innings for the Indians before he was relieved in the eighth by Jose Diaz, who retired the only two batters he faced. Doug Slaten got three groundouts in the ninth...
Manager Fredi Gonzalez and the Braves training staff are taking no chances on lingering injuries this season. That is the residue of last September's collapse, caused in part by catcher Brian McCann's weak offense after coming back too soon from a strained left oblique. So when right-fielder Jason Heyward woke up Monday morning with a tender right oblique, there was no question...
AAA Indianapolis | Indianapolis 6 Nofolk 4Daniel Cabrera took the mound today for the Indians as the team secured win number 13. Cabrera pitched through 3.2 innings allowing three earned runs on six hits. Daniel McCutchen followed Cabrera for 2.1 shutout innings and was credited with the win. Starling Marte had a nice night going two for five with two RBIs and a double. Matt...
I'm not even sure where to start handing out blame for this one. Kevin Correia was pretty awful today; he couldn't get out of the fifth inning, he walked five hitters, and he struck out no one. He was the picture of a guy that couldn't fool anyone. Braves hitters just stood in against him and took their hacks until he either walked them or they hit a ball hard. It'...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled RHP Jared Hughes to take Evan Meek‘s spot on the roster. Meek was optioned to AAA after last night’s game against the Braves. This is a bit of a head-scrather to me. Hughes had a pretty good ERA when he went down (1.86), but otherwise he did nothing to impress [...]
5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 9 K, 2 BB Pitch TypeVelocH-BreakV-BreakCountStrike%4-Seam 89.1 4.49 11.28 24 54.17% Change78.2 3.88 7.92 17 58.82% Curve 75.6 -6.94 -6.93 20 65.00% Cutter 87.6 -2.49 5.62 3 66.67% 2-Seam 88.1 8.40 9.25 32 75.00%
It was awesome to see the Pirates score nine runs last night against the Braves – we weren’t really sure if they’d ever score more than five in a game all year. But one game means absolutely nothing. The Pirates have now scored at least three runs in their last three games but if they want to do any better than third in the NL Central and keep hanging around .500, their bats...
Our cutest bullpen coach ever!
My friend Susan and I sat by the bullpen Saturday night. I love that Eddie posed for the picture above. He's so fun!
Laughing with some kids in the stands
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Love Marteeeeeeen's socks up for BP!
Freddie hit TWO home runs that hit the back wall of the grass farm in center field.
I took way too many pictures of Eric...
Drew Brown, one of my writers has put together several Pirates themed videos. In the last couple days he's thrown together an April highlights video, and it's a heck of a piece of work. The kid has some skill and commitment, check out his video. Also, follow him on Twitter.