Found July 03, 2012 on North Side Notch:
Final: Pirates 8, Astros 7 WP: Joel Hanrahan (4-0, 2.32 ERA) LP: Wesley Wright (0-2, 3.91 ERA) A.J. Burnett had easily his worst start since the 12-run debacle in early May against St. Louis as he gave up six runs in 5+ innings. But the Pirates’ bats were able to bail him out. Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, Andrew McCutchen hit an opposite field two-run homer to cut the lead to 4-2. But the Astros answered back with two more runs of their own in the sixth inning. Then the Pirates’ comeback really started. The Bucs started off the bottom half of the sixth with three straight singles from Garrett Jones, Neil Walker, and Casey McGehee to cut the lead to 6-3. Pedro Alvarez, who was scratched from the lineup because of his leg cramp injury, delivered a two-run single up the middle on the eighth pitch of the at-bat after falling behind 0-2. It was perhaps his best at-bat of the season. In the seventh, Andrew McCutchen beat out a grounder to short for his third hit of the game. Garrett Jon...

Sutton finds a home with Pirates

Drew Sutton smacked a walk off solo home run lifting the Pirates to an 8-7 win over Houston on Tuesday night. The Pirates claimed Sutton off waivers June 24 and added him to the active roster a day later. The infielder/outfielder has seven hits in 27 at bats for a .407 average, with one home run and four RBI.'s George Von Benko spoke with Sutton recently.

Drew Sutton would like to wish you a happy Fourth of July

Thanks to @jlopesy for the sharing the screengrab

Are you kidding me?

Ummmm, WOW. Could you possibly imagine a better way for the Pirates to vault back into first place and up to eight games over .500 – the highest they’ve ever been since 1992? I mean, come on. Look at Drew Sutton after his walk-off shot: That’s what it’s all about. A.J. Burnett pitched poorly and had his win streak snapped, but the Bucco offense bailed him out after struggling...

McCutchen and Hanrahan make All-Star team; McDonald, Grilli, and Burnett snubbed

The rosters for next week’s All-Star game have been released, and two Pirates are on the list. That’s one more than we usually see before any replacements start coming in — but not not quite as many as we were hoping for this season. Andrew McCutchen was a lock to make it. It’s pretty sad that he only finished 7th among NL outfielders in fan votes, but I’d have to think...

Continued problems for Astros on the road

The Pittsburgh Pirates look like one of the best teams in baseball. I guess they should since they are battling for the top of a major league baseball division. The Astros look like... uh, they look like... I can't make myself say it. To be tactful they just don't look very good right now. Nothing goes right for them. If the pitching is good the hitting takes the night...

Column: At last, Pirates eyeing special season

(Eds: Sports Columnist Jim Litke is on vacation. This is a replacement column. With AP Photos.) By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer With apologies to Bryce Harper and the first-place Washington Nationals - not to mention the individual brilliance of everyone from Josh Hamilton to Matt Cain - the Pittsburgh Pirates are the best story in baseball over the first half of the season....

Pirates 2, Astros 0

Jeff Karstens scattered four hits over eight innings and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Houston Astros 2-0 on Thursday night. Karstens (2-2) struck out a season-high eight against just one walk as the Pirates completed their first four-game sweep of the Astros at home since 1979. Joel Hanrahan pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save. Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee...

Uncharted territory

The Pirates are seven games over .500. A win tonight would put them into uncharted territory north of .500; the last time the Pirates were at least eight games over .500, they were 30 games over .500 on the last day of the 1992 season. This is the sort of thing that I find to be both exhilarating and depressing all at the same time.To put the Pirates into this unmapped stratosphere...
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