Found April 30, 2012 on Fox Sports South:
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.

Evan Meek optioned to AAA

#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...

Pirates send Evan Meek back to minors

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...

4/30 MiLB Recap: Gerrit Cole pitches best game of season

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...

Hudson's solid return leads Braves to win

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. It wasn...

3 Indy pitchers combine to no-hit Bulls

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...

Braves err on side of caution to manage injuries

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...

Game 21: Braves 4 Pirates 3

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'...

Pirates Recall Jared Hughes

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 [...]

Game Day Pictures: Braves vs Pirates 4-28-12

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! Pictures! Laughing with some kids in the stands shortstop 1 shortstop 2 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...

Game 22 Live Chat: Pirates vs Braves

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