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A.J. Burnett had a lead before he took the mound Tuesday night. After that his usual serving of fastballs and knuckle curves did the trick.
Burnett rebounded from two mediocre outings during the Pirates' 8-1 win against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park their second win in a row. The St. Louis Cardinals' loss Tuesday night meant that the Pirates took a two-game lead in the NL Central.
The Pirates pounded six extra-base hits and ended Padres starter Tyson Ross' hot streak. The Padres' bullpen made a mess of things in the seventh and allowed the Pirates to score five runs in the inning. For the third time this season the Pirates had three triples in one game.
"It was fun to see everybody in this room contribute" Burnett said. "That's what's going on right now."
Neil Walker went 2 for 4 with a home run and Gaby Sanchez went 2 for 4 with a double.
Burnett (6-8) allowed one run on four hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Pirates ...
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“We felt he was our best available option,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “With Travis [Snider] being on the DL, Alex Presley and Andrew Lambo in limbo...
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James McDonald threw two perfect innings in the GCL today.
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Jarek Cunningham picked up three hits tonight. Photo Credit: David Hague
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“It’s just not being able to make adjustments...
David Bromberg gave up one unearned run in 5.2 innings tonight.
Reading’s Ryan Demmin and Altoona’s David Bromberg found themselves in a pitcher’s duel on Tuesday night at Peoples’ Natural Gas Field. The Fightins scored a controversial run in the sixth and added an insurance run in the eighth to shut out the Curve 2-0 in Eastern League action.
The lefty Demmin was making...
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Francisco Liriano took another step toward proving that his dismantling at Coors Field two weeks ago was a fluke.
He carved up the San Diego Padres with a devastating slider forcing swing after swing at nothing but air in the Pirates' 3-1 victory Monday night at Petco Park.
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Francisco Liriano definitely did h is job again. He is the stopper. Check this out. Updated with tonight: Francisco Liriano when he needs to be the stopper for the Pirates: 0.41 ERA in 44 IP, 47 Ks, 0.82 WHIP. — Tim Williams (@timwilliamsP2) August 20, 2013 Those are freaking incredible stats. Now A.J. Burnett…
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