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When the Marlins scored two runs off of Gerrit Cole in the top of the first inning, my immediate thought was that the Pirates had to hope that Jose Fernandez wasn't going to pitch more than five or six innings this afternoon. I thought that was a reasonable hope; Fernandez is only 20, after all, and he threw 108 pitches in his 14-strikeout domination of the Indians over the weekend.
Fernandez looked awfully good out of the gate this afternoon, but the Pirates worked some deep counts and drew some walks against him. They didn't have much to show for it early on, but they were racking the pitch count up. Gerrit Cole settled in and breezed through the second, third, and fourth innings after his rough first (he struck out three, gave up two hits, and only faced ten hitters thanks to a double play), and it looked like maybe the Pirates were going to somehow dig out of the hole early hole by chasing Fernandez early. Then Cole gave up a two-run homer to Christian Yelich (Yelic...
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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...
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Jameson Taillon has only made one start at the Triple-A level. That start was rough at first, with three earned runs in the first inning before Taillon settled down. He has time to make about five more starts before the end of the Triple-A regular season. Therefore, it’s probably too early to talk about him making the jump to the majors. But that discussion started long before...
In Indianapolis tonight, Jameson Taillon will make his second start since being promoted to AAA. He had a rough start to his first game, then really settled down. 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...
In Indianapolis tonight, Stolmy Pimentel takes the mound trying to bounce back from a poor start in which he gave up seven earned runs to Louisville. 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. A full recap...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Dominican outfielder Geremia Portorreal out of the Dominican Prospect League, Pirates Prospects has learned. Portorreal was linked to the Pirates early in the international signing period, but couldn’t sign until he turned 16 this Wednesday. He ended up signing for $375,000.
Portorreal is a 6′ 2″, 180 pound left-handed hitter. Baseball America...
For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. For a recap of the DSL All-Star game, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.
Result: Pirates 5, Rockies 2
Starting Pitcher: Christian Henriquez, LHP (2-1,...
Pirates (70-44) at Rockies (52-64)
8:40–Coors Field, Denver
The Bucs are on top of the world right now – not quite literally (although they are certainly quite high up in Denver) – but certainly figuratively. The best team in baseball will just look to keep it rolling tonight and this weekend. The Pirates hold a four game lead on the Cards, and as of...
Charlie Morton was dropping his sinker and curveball below the Marlins bats in a winning effort.
Charlie Morton is the ground ball. The ground ball, Charlie.
Morton played grounders for seven innings of Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins. The Pirates starter faced 25 Marlins batters, saw 20 of his pitches put into play and 15 ground balls to produce a quality start. He...
They did it again. Another win. Another comeback. Another Russell Martin walk-off. The result: a sweep, a 9-2 homestand, the best record in baseball, and a four game lead in the division. Just incredible.
Early in the afternoon, this wasn’t shaping up to be a great day for the Bucs. Andrew McCutchen had been scratched with a sore shoulder, Gerrit Cole wasn’t sharp in the first...
Russell Martin's RBI single down the left-field line scored Josh Harrison in the 10th inning and gave the Pirates a 5-4 walk-off victory against the Marlins this afternoon at PNC Park.
It was the ninth walk-off win of the season for the Pirates and their second in the past three games. Harrison scored the game-winning run both times.
He led off the inning off Miami reliever...
Charlie Morton retired his final 11 batters over seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates maintained the best record in the majors with a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
Morton (4-3) shook off a shaky beginning in which he allowed six hits over his first three-plus innings to beat Miami for the second time in an 11-day span.
Morton, who also had an...
get itI live in Austin, Texas, where bats flying up out of nowhere is one of our things. Last night’s Marlins/Pirates game gave Western Pennsylvania a taste of the Austin experience with a SUDDEN BAT OUT OF NOWHERE flying in to interrupt play. Real live, flying-around bats. He flies right over home plate, too, which means he’s got better aim than most of the Miami pitchers...
Kevin Mattison had two hits and an RBI for the Zephyrs in their 4-2 win over Reno
The Jacksonville Suns win streak came to an end in a dubious matter as they were no-hit by Chicago Cubs prospect Eric Jokisch on Tuesday night in Jacksonville. The Suns, who welcomed call up Austin Barnes earlier on the day, had an 11-game win streak entering the game, but Jokish pitched the first no...
This Marlins series is strange. The Pirates and Marlins played each other not even two weeks ago, and this second incarnation of the first series is happening with the same exact pitching matchups that we saw over the weekend in Miami ten-odd days ago. Tonight, Tom Koehler and Charlie Morton match up after giving us the only poorly pitched game in Pirates-Marlins Round 1. The Pirates...