Found September 23, 2012 on
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The Pirates finally put a solid game together and blew out the Astros, winning their final NL game at Minute Maid Park by a score of 8-1. They’ll be back eventually, but only once every couple of years for interleague play.
A.J. Burnett was brilliant, pitching one of his best games of the season. He went eight strong innings, allowed four hits and one run (a solo shot), and struck out a season-high 11. It was Burnett’s first win in over a month and his 16th victory of the season – the most by a Pirate since Zane Smith and John Smiley in 1991.
The Pirates started out slow against Houston starter Jordan Lyles, but just as they did in their previous games against him, they broke out eventually. Alex Presley and Josh Harrison started off the fifth with singles, and Andrew McCutchen walked to load the bases. Pinch hitter Gaby Sanchez was HBP for a run, and after Pedro Alvarez struck out, Jose Tabata drew an RBI walk. Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas then both singled in runs to break the ga...
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It’s been a whirlwind season for rookie Kyle McPherson. From starting the season on the minor league disabled list, to getting his arm back healthy in Double-A, then dominating in his short stay at the Triple-A level, McPherson saw the deserving jump to the Majors. The hard work that McPherson put in this challenging year has paid off. And he doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
The Pirates offense has been struggling to hit consistently in the month of September. Pittsburgh entered game action Sunday with a five game skid, and having scored more than just one run in only one of those games. In back-to-back games against the 100-plus lost Houston Astros, the Pirates were only able to score two runs, each solo-home runs. Looking for a spark to finish the...
Barring a late-season win streak, the Pirates will surely clinch their 20th consecutive losing season. Just like last year, the season will end with an epic collapse to erase what was a competitive four months of baseball.And yet, there is one major difference between last year's collapse and this year. Andrew McCutchen is still playing at an All-star level. He hasn'...
The Pirates lineup continues to struggle to be consistent over their last several weeks. After belting out 18 hits in the win on Sunday, it looked as if maybe the team had found a spark to finish off the season strong. That wasn’t the case against the New York Mets on Monday at Citi Field.
Not until the eighth inning were the Pirates able to plate a run off the Mets bullpen. Andrew...
Pittsburgh Pirates assistant GM Kyle Stark wants his minor leaguers trained like Navy SEALS and turned into Hell’s Angels with swagger. People have a problem with this and it's not just because the...
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You can add a series loss to the lowly Astros on to the list of miserable things that have happened to the Pirates lately, as a 4-1 victory improved Houston’s record to 50-102. Yep.
Kevin Correia pitched very well, for the most part. He allowed a run in the first inning, then dominated through the sixth. Correia racked up nine K’s – tying his career high – and went into...
Wow. The Pirates dropped a series to the Astros. Pathetic. Fire somebody. Anybody. First Pitch: 2:05 PM EST Where To Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, FS-H Jordan Lyles, RHP (21) A pitcher’s performance this season doesn’t matter to the Pirates. They will prove anemic against the worst of em. And Lyles is one of those worst [...]
Pirates (75-77) at Mets (69-83)
7:10 PM EST–Citi Field, New York
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
Once again, the Pirates’ schedule is giving them a great opportunity to pick up some wins against a bad team. The Mets have been awful lately; they’re coming off a sweep of the Marlins, but before that they lost 11 of 12. They’re miserable at home, too (they have fewer...
St. Louis center fielder Jon Jay knocks down Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro's liner and then makes the barehanded grab in center field as he falls to the grass.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates' 2012 quest to end their losing ways is down to its final 10 games.
The Pirates must win six of their remaining contests to avoid a 20th straight losing season heading into Monday night's opener of a four-game road set with the New York Mets.
Pittsburgh (75-77) was as high as 16 games over .500 at 63-47 and well within reach of a postseason spot before...
Is there really even anything to say about last night? Pathetic. First Pitch: 7:05 PM EST Where To Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV Dallas Keuchel, LHP (24) Keuchel has not had a good season. Tm W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB HOU 2 [...]
HOUSTON (AP) -- The last time reliever Fernando Rodriguez took over for an injured starter in the second inning he wound up getting a win for the Houston Astros.
On Monday night he didn't come out of the tough situation nearly as well.
Lance Lynn pitched seven innings to earn his 17th win, rookie Pete Kozma hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals strengthened their...
Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications...
Another recap for your reading pleasure. Please, take pleasure in reading the recap, since you couldn’t possibly take any out of watching the game. First Pitch: 7:10 PM EST Where To Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, SNY Collin McHugh, RHP (25) Time to get another pitcher their first win. This is something the whole team can [...]
Stop us when you hear a name you recognize: Dallas Keuchel. Hector Ambriz. Wilton Lopez. Brett Wallace. Jason Castro. Anyone? Welp, those were the names responsible for the Astros beating the Pirates 4-1 last night and extending the Bucs’ current losing streak to 5.
The first three guys on that list were the no-name pitchers that held the Bucs to 4 hits. Besides Gaby Sanchez’s...