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The Pirates were swept out of Milwaukee on Sunday, as a good day at the plate wasn’t enough to overcome another awful start by James McDonald.
J-Mac continues to drive Pirate fans nuts. He looked SO good in those two games against the Cardinals these last two weeks, but this time came right out and walked the leadoff man on four pitches. Uh oh. Then Pedro Alvarez made an error and Ryan Braun stepped up with two on. He hit a ball to Canada for a 3-0 lead.
The Pirates had picked up a run in the first on a Gaby Sanchez RBI single and got another in the second on a Michael McKenry solo blast, so they would’ve been fine if J-Mac had settled down. He didn’t. The Brewers blasted two more homers in the second inning to bring the lead up to 6-2. McDonald made it all the more frustrating by striking out the side in both innings.
The Pirates AGAIN tried to keep up in the third inning, putting up two more runs on a bases-loaded single by McKenry. The Pirates – for the most part – looked very ...
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The Pirates have pushed Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon at the end of the season. Taillon received a promotion to Double-A for his final three starts, after having an up and down year in Bradenton. Cole was sent to Indianapolis for his final start of the year, and for some playoff experience, despite dealing with some control issues in his final two starts in Double-A.
Indianapolis Indians 2, Louisville Bats 0
(Box) (rain shortened again)
Jeff Larish played 8 field positions today.
The Indianapolis Indians wrapped up the regular season with a rain-shortened win over the Louisville Bats at Louisville Slugger Field this afternoon. Pirates’ pitcher Chad Qualls made the “start” for the Indians, pitching one inning as a rehab appearance...
Pirates infielder Brock Holt hasn't been in the major leagues for very long, but he's been around long enough to dirty up a jersey or two. Apparently, he's used up his quota of the good ones. Holt took the field on Monday afternoon for the Pirates sporting his usual No. 2 jersey -- with one problem. Holt's number was sewn onto the wrong side of his jersey front, meaning...
Indianapolis Indians 8, Toledo Mud Hens 4
Gerrit Cole struck out 7 batters in 6 innings.
“Nervous” probably didn’t even begin to cover it. Gerrit Cole, the Pirates’ first round draft pick from 2011, was promoted to Indianapolis, and today made his AAA debut, starting against the Toledo Mud Hens at Victory Field tonight. It didn’t start out as Cole would...
If the Pittsburgh Pirates are to avoid being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers, they must finally find a way to get the best of Yovani Gallardo at Miller Park.
Looking to win a career-best seventh consecutive start, Gallardo hopes to continue his recent dominance against the Pirates and help the Brewers complete the sweep with a sixth straight home victory Sunday.
MILWAUKEEWith rosters expanded and the Brewers looking for added help in the bullpen, the team has called up reliever Brandon Kintzler from Triple-A Nashville.
Kintzler was on the major league roster last season, but was shut down due to arm problems after nine appearances. In that span, he posted a 3.68 ERA.
The Brewers newest reliever began the season on the disabled list and...
MILWAUKEE The Milwaukee Brewers were out of it. Finished. Kaput.
At least, that was the narrative a few weeks ago before the Brewers won 11 of 13 and pulled within 6.5 games of the wildcard. Now, the change in the clubhouse is tangible. And Brewers manager Ron Roenicke admitted that he's glanced at the standings more in the last few days than he had in the months before, when...
We have five former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, including one that can be considered the best of the worst. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland recaps a walk-off win from the 1978 season.
Matt Capps (1980) Reliever for the Pirates from 2005 until 2009. He was a seventh round pick in 2002 by the Pirates out of high school. Matt went from pitching in AA during...
There isn’t much of anything good to be said about this one. The Pirates opened up their big homestand with a bland, disheartening loss to an Astros team that showed a lot more life than the Bucs.
Jeff Locke did not get off to a good start. The Astros singled on three of his first four pitches, loading the bases right away. Locke almost got out of it with a force out at home...
By MATT BECKER,
STATS Senior WriterFor the first time in 15 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates enter September within striking distance of the playoffs.To get to the postseason, they'll need their MVP-candidate center fielder and the anchor of their rotation to leave their August struggles behind.With the slumping Andrew McCutchen expected back in the lineup, A.J. Burnett looks to...
There have been five former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date, including a player that did not endear himself to the team in his only major league inning. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland takes a look at a 1965 doubleheader against the Dodgers, who went with their two future Hall of Fame pitchers.
Dave Rucker (1957) Lefty reliever for the 1988 Pirates. He was originally...
AAA Indianapolis | Indianapolis 2 Louisville 0 (8 innings) An absolutely ridiculous season finale was cut short due to rain after eight innings with Indianapolis getting the win and heading to its playoff series against Charlotte on Wednesday. How crazy was this one? Jeff Larish aimed to play all nine positions, and he was on track to do so as he actually recorded an out in the...
Jeff Karstens was absolutely DERP-tastic in his last start; his 7 shutout inning against the Brewers really got the Pirates going last week. He strained his hamstring and had to leave early but he was good enough to get the start against the Brewers last night. Turns out he wasn’t good enough because Karstens’ hammy had him throwing meatballs.
Karstens only lasted .1 innings...