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Pirates (74-52) at Giants (56-70)
10:15 PM–AT&T Park, San Francisco
After taking two of three in San Diego, the Bucs complete their west coast swing with four games in San Francisco. They took 2 of 3 from the Giants in June, and another series win looks quite attainable since the defending champions are in last place. Things have gone south in a hurry for the Giants and they’re no big threat, but even after a series win in SD, the Pirates have learned that west coast trips can be dangerous, regardless of opponent.
A few notes…I neglected to mention yesterday that Felix Pie has been called up. Pie is a pretty washed up outfield prospect and hasn’t done much at Indy, but with Starling Marte apparently out a few days, they needed an outfielder (Alex Presley and Andrew Lambo can’t be recalled yet, since they ). I doubt he’ll be around long, though he may return once the roster expands to 40 in September.
Also, something to keep an eye on…win number 82 is approaching, and it would be pretty cool to see it at PNC Park. For that to happen, though, the Bucs need to win at least 8 of their next 10…if they don’t, it will likely happen during a nine game road trip following the next homestand.
Jeff Locke (9-4, 2.90) vs. Matt Cain (8-8, 4.35)
Locke is coming off his worst outing – that nightmarish start against Arizona in which he allowed eight runs. He hasn’t been good in the second half, but in the outing before that he had looked much better, so there’s certainly still reason to hope he’ll get it back together. The Giants aren’t good offensively so he will have a nice opportunity tonight.
Cain is having a down season, but he dominated the Pirates earlier in the year at PNC and has pitched well lately. You know about the Bucco offense and its many struggles, so the outlook isn’t great for this one. This is one of those matchups where the first place team just needs to find a way to squeak past the last place team.
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Felix Pie will bring speed and some contact hitting to the Pirates, though not much else.
SAN DIEGO — No time for formalities. Why was outfielder Felix Pie called up Wednesday to join the Pirates’ roster?
“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...
Big names like Pedro Alvarez must be more consistent at the plate if the Pirates are to make a serious playoff run.
For the first time in two decades, Pirates fans won’t be, or at least shouldn’t be, satisfied with mediocrity.
If you could get in a time machine and travel back ten, five, or heck, even one year ago and ask Bucs fans what they expected out of their favorite team...
Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors
Yesterday Andres Torres was placed on the DL with a left Achilles strain, and pitcher Mike Kickham was sent back down to the Fresno Grizzlies. The counter moves were bringing up outfielder Francisco Peguero and infielder Nick Noonan.
Manager Bruce Bochy said the plan for now is for Barry Zito to make the next start, so Zito...
Charlie Morton is the number three starter in the Pirates rotation right now. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
It’s hard to believe that it was only about three weeks ago that I was arguing for Charlie Morton to stay in the rotation. At the time, Morton was coming off a horrible start where he gave up five runs on ten hits in six innings, sending the Pirates to a brutal loss against...
Clint Barmes drove in all three Pirates runs with his home run off Bumgarner. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
SAN FRANCISCO — Pirates fans are used to seeing Clint Barmes picking it at shortstop. Now he’s kicking it.
The right-handed batter has made a mechanical adjustment to his swing, kicking up his left leg as the pitch approaches. The result? Better hitting for Barmes, shown...
Yesterday was a big win for West Virginia in the playoff race, as they remain a half game ahead of Hickory for the second playoff spot in their division. Tonight they go with Tyler Glasnow on the mound, while Indianapolis throws the other top pitching prospect, Jameson Taillon. Indianapolis had off yesterday. The DSL regular season ends on Saturday. Check out the Recent Transactions...
Pirates (75-52) at Giants (56-71)
10:15 PM–AT&T Park, San Francisco
The Bucs look to take the first two in their second straight series out west as they take on the Giants in another late game tonight. Once again, they’ll need to win or risk losing their lead in the division, depending on what St. Louis does. Cincinnati is playing very well now too...
The Pirates are a team that tend to just go away. They play well the first half of the season, getting Pittsburgh fans excited they may make the playoffs, or at least hit the .500 mark, and they end up imploding in the second half like no other team. It’s come to the point where I don’t really pay attention to them in the standings. If they are in first and the Cardinals are...
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...
Right-hander Matt Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list a day after being hit in the pitching arm on a line drive from Pittsburgh's Gaby Sanchez.
Cain departed in the fourth inning of a 10-5 loss to the Pirates on Thursday. X-rays on Cain's bruised forearm were negative.
He was hit when Sanchez led off the fourth with a groundout. Trainer Dave Groeschner and...
Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for the San Francisco Giants, a new low hits. Matt Cain exited the game in the fourth inning and the bullpen fell through in the Giants’ 10-5 loss to the Pirates on Thursday night.
After allowing one run in the first inning, Cain gave up solo home runs to Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer in the second. Jones’ splash hit was the...
Madison Bumgarner turned in yet another quality start, and the Giants offense once again failed him, as San Francisco fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1.
Not surprisingly, the Giants offense got on the board first in an unconventional way. With one out, Buster Posey crushed a double to right-center field for his first extra-base hit in his last 49 at-bats. He advanced to third on...
A night after walking off on a Marco Scutaro walk, the San Francisco Giants send out Barry Zito (4-8, 5.34 ERA).
It will be his 22nd start of season for the lefty, but his first since July 30 when he lasted just 3.1 inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. The veteran has made four appearances out of the bullpen since his last starting assignment. Zito is actually 4-1 with a 3.18...
After losing two out of three games played against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates traveled to San …The post Pittsburgh Pirates take two games against San Diego Padres appeared first on On Her Game.
It’s August 23rd. As I type this it’s August 22nd but by time you are reading it, it is August 23rd. As a Padres fan, the date is inconsequential. The season, insomuch as “the season” can be defined as having a legitimate shot at making the playoffs, is over. Yesterday Avenging Jack Murphy posted a brilliant piece of writing that was Camus like. About nothing and everything...