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14 hits, six with runners in scoring position, four from Mike McKenry. That's certainly one way to follow up a shutout loss. Everyone that follows the Pirates knows about their woes with runners on base, but on Saturday night they strung together hit after hit after hit with runners on, overwhelming a Marlin team that tried to mount a comeback against a less-than-sharp Charlie Morton.
The bullpen was awfully good backing Morton up, with Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, Tony Watson, and Mark Melancon shutting the Marlins out for the last four innings. In addition to McKenry's four hits and two RBIs, Neil Walker and three hits and drove two runs in, while Garrett Jones had two hits and two RBIs. Starling Marte and Walker both scored twice.
Jose Fernandez and Gerrit Cole in 13 hours. You should be excited.
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A quick roundup of the players being talked about, how well each would mesh on the Pirates- and whether or not a move is likely. (Opening image Carlos Quentin; image credit trbimg)
OF Carlos Quentin, Padres- Fit: A+ Likelihood: D-
The Baltimore Orioles have apparently discussed Quentin, meaning other teams are sniffing around the righty slugger...
Tony Sanchez is on the taxi squad. Is he over his throwing problems and ready for the majors? (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Michael McKenry hurt his left knee last night sliding into second base. McKenry got a late slide and hit his knee on the bag during the slide, leading to his knee getting “stuck” as he described it. There was no update on his status this morning, although...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their closer Jason Grilli on Monday night against the Washington Nationals. Grilli came on in the ninth but struggled throughout the inning before going down with an arm injury.
The Pirates announced on Friday that Grilli has a strained right flexor tendon. According to team doctors, the injury will not require surgery but will require rest...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right fielder Travis Snider on the 15-day disabled list with discomfort in his big toe.
Snider is batting .219 with 3 home runs and 23 RBIs for the Pirates.
With his offensive struggles much of this season, Snider has been a disappoint since coming over in a trade last year. The injury could persuade the Pirates to shop for a right fielder at...
Michael McKenry had a big night at the plate, but also tweaked his knee. (Photo by: David Hague)
The Pirates had some unlikely heroes step up in tonight’s 7-4 win over the Miami Marlins.
The offense was led by Michael McKenry. That’s the same Michael McKenry who Pirates fans have wanted demoted in favor of Tony Sanchez for most of the last two months. It’s the same McKenry...
Today is scheduled to be the pro debut of 2013 draft pick, Billy Roth. The Pirates went overslot to sign him away from college. West Virginia has a doubleheader today. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions...
Wandy Rodriguez was only worth half a win for the Pirates down the stretch last year. That low value is more common than you think. (Photo by: David Hague)
There’s one thing I’ve never understood about the trade deadline. A team contends for the majority of the season. They hold their own against other contending teams, and beat the weaker teams. You get a situation where a team...
Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli has no intention of sitting out the Pirates' bid for their first postseason appearance in more than two decades.
Grilli remains out indefinitely with a strained tendon in his right (throwing) arm, but said Monday ''I'm going to be ready before the season's out, you can mark my word on that.''
The 36-year-old made...
Come on, admit it. The Cardinals get swept in Atlanta and you're already starting to doubt.
Maybe Carlos Beltran is heading for another second-half slowdown after going 4 for 26 since the break and without a homer all month.
Maybe all the games are catching up to Yadier Molina as he has fallen out of the lead in the NL batting race.
Maybe Pete Kozma isn't the defensive...
Gerrit Cole was good today, but Jose Fernandez was better. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Gerrit Cole vs Jose Fernandez. That was the matchup today. One was a first overall pick in the 2011 draft. The other was taken 13 picks later. Both have progressed to the point where they look like they could be future number one starters. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Fernandez looks like he...
Henderson Alvarez earned his first National League victory, Giancarlo Stanton hit his 12th homer, and the Miami Marlins managed another low-scoring victory, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Friday night.
The Marlins are 4-4 since the All-Star break even though they have totaled only 15 runs.
Jeff Locke (9-3) allowed only one earned run in 6 2-3 innings and had a career-high...
There are plenty of ways to talk about this game; one is to say that the Pirates lost two of three to the Marlins, who are generally pretty terrible and have the NL's worst record. Another would be to point out that since June 8th, the Marlins are 23-19, which is the NL East's best record in that span. You can point to all of the strikeouts (13 at the hands of rookie Jose...
Nipping at the heels of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central, the Pittsburgh Pirates hope they're catching the division leaders at the right time.
The top two teams in the NL open a pivotal five-game, four-day series Monday night at PNC Park.
"I think the Cardinal series has been on a lot of the fans' dockets for some time now,'' Pirates manager Clint...
Getting shut out by the Marlins was probably not how the Pirates wanted this series to start, but they've still got a decent shot at taking two of three in this series. Tonight, Charlie Morton takes the mound after what was one of his better starts of 2013 against the Nationals earlier in the week, though he faded a bit as the game went on. In fact, Morton's last two starts...