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Matt Cain allowed two hits over 6 2-3 innings and the San Francisco Giants pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0 on Thursday night.
A year to the day after throwing a perfect game against Houston, Cain (5-3) was nearly flawless again. He struck out three and walked two, giving up a single to Garrett Jones in the fifth and a double to Andrew McCutchen in the seventh.
Hunter Pence hit his 11th homer of the season, while Buster Posey, Gregor Blanco and Joaquin Arias had three hits apiece for San Francisco, which avoided a sweep by spoiling Charlie Morton's return from Tommy John surgery.
Morton (0-1) surrendered four runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking one. The right-hander also hit three batters while making his first major league start in more than a year.
The Giants didn't knock Morton around so much as chip away. San Francisco touched Morton for a run in each of the first two innings then added two more in the fifth before breaking things open with five runs...
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Giants relief pitcher George Kontos got a double dose of bad news on Wednesday, which also happened to be his birthday.
We usually release our mid-season prospect rankings right after the MLB draft. This not only shows the updated rankings with half of the minor league season in the books, but it also shows where the new draft picks fit in.
This year we held the rankings for a few days due to Gerrit Cole making his major league debut. Cole was included in the rankings that were submitted, and was...
Baseball is full of hard decisions, like whether or not to
send the runner or when to pull a struggling starting pitcher from the game. While
these decisions may affect the rest of the game, Marco Scutaro is facing a difficult decision that may affect the rest of his life. After taking
a pitch to his pinky during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night,
The San Francisco Giants have called up catcher Hector Sanchez and right-handed reliever Jake Dunning.
To make room for the newcomers, San Francisco sent first baseman Brett Pill to Triple-A Fresno and designated reliever Ramon Ramirez for assignment.
Sanchez began the season with the Giants before being sent down. He hit .320 in 19 games with Fresno and gives the Giants added...
(Opening image Jeff Locke; image credit post-gazette.)
In retrospect, picking the finale of the Pirates-Giants series to attend in person was a bad decision. Not only did it feature SP Charlie Morton attempting to get back in the saddle against one of the most consistently-dominant starters in the National League (SP Matt Cain), but it also featured some wonderfully incompetent...
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, the #1 overall pick from the 2011 draft, made his MLB debut on Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants. He stepped up for his first career at bat with the bases loaded and managed to knock in two runs off a single. After reaching base, he threw up a Zoltan as his family went nuts. Cole would go on to get the win with 6 1/3 innings...
For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, 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 9, Yankees2 1
Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (3-0, 2.40) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
Top Hitter: Yunelky...
Let's be straight about this: Charlie Morton is probably my favorite Pirate. The guy came through the minors with all of the talent in the world, but couldn't get it right in the big leagues. He completely scrapped his approach and rebuilt himself from the ground up, turning in one of the more pleasantly surprising Pirate performances in recent memory in 2011. It seemed like...
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed staff ace A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday evening due to a strained right calf muscle, an injury that Burnett disclosed to Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle on Wednesday.Since the injury was announced, Pittsburgh has not disclosed how the strain came about. Due to a lack of information on the severity of the strain, Burnett’s timetable...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of ten draft picks. The picks are as follows:
4th Round – Cody Dickson
9th Round – Chad Kuhl
12th Round – Beau Wallace
17th Round – Justin Topa
18th Round – Jeff Roy
19th Round – Brett McKinney
21st Round – Adam Landecker
23rd Round – Cameron Griffin
25th Round – Justin Maffei
27th Round – Michael Fransoso
Jeff Locke was stellar on Friday night as the Pirates entertained a sold out crowd at PNC Park by earning yet another shutout win.
Locke was remarkably efficient. He was basically the definition of a pitcher “cruising” through seven innings. He needed a mere 75 pitches and allowed just two hits (one of them a leadoff bunt single) and one walk. Two of the three baserunners that...
Jeff Locke delivered another dominant start, and Andrew McCutchen had a role in all three Pirates runs in tonight’s 3-0 win over the Dodgers. What else is there to say about Jeff Locke? He simply shut down the opposing team’s lineup, as he’s done so often this season. He needed just 75 pitches to get…
Your browser does not support iframes.Opinion seems to be generally split toward The Wave.Some folks are totally on board with getting up out of their seats and raising their hands on cue, while others simply despise it. Count the Washington Nationals as ones who aren't too fond of it.However, a group of young Pittsburgh Pirates fans tried valiantly to get The Wave going Thursday...
For at least the next turn or two, the Pirates' rotation is going to look something like this: Jeff Locke, Brandon Cumpton, Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Charlie Morton. This is pretty far from what anyone thought the rotaiton would look like in mid-June. That includes Charlie Morton and Brandon Cumpton, I think. And yet, here we are. Despite this avalanche of injuries, the...
I've been accumulating share-worthy Gerrit Cole links for a couple of days now, so let's get that out of the way along with a few newsworthy stories.
At FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan took a look at one of Cole's innings and his pitch placement vs. where Russell Martin set up for him. It's interesting, and his point about command vs. control is an important one to...