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North Side Notch:
Final: Pirates 3, Giants 1
WP: James McDonald (9-3, 2.37 ERA)
LP: Ryan Vogelsong (7-4, 2.36 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (23, 2.38 ERA)
James McDonald turned in perhaps his best pitching performance of the season today holding the Giants to just one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out ten batters and did not walk anyone.
The Pirates scored their three runs thanks to RBI doubles by Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez as well as a solo home run by Michael McKenry, his seventh of the season.
Here’s a pretty incredible stat: Michael McKenry’s slugging percentage is .524. That is higher than both Pedro Alvarez (.486) and Garrett Jones (.514). Only Andrew McCutchen (.605) is out-slugging The Fort.
Neil Walker went 2 for 4 with two doubles. It extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He’s raised his season line up to .280/.347/.395.
Jason Grilli pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning by striking out the side. He now has crazy 14.4 K/9 ratio. In fact, he’s recorded a strikeout in all but three of...
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Andrew McCutchen will be taking his talents to the big stage. He was added to the Home Run Derby as an injury replacement.
Baseball is America’s game, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have been a part of baseball tradition since the end of the nineteenth century. If you consider yourself a Pirates fan, you should know these important tidbits of Pirate history.
A Pirate By Any Other Name
In the beginning, Pittsburgh and other teams were identified by their location, so the team was called the Pittsburgh...
Andrew McCutchen hit two home runs, Neil Walker homered among his five hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the All-Star break in sole possession of first place following a 13-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
The long-woeful Pirates have won six of seven and 10 of 12, and no team in the majors has a better record since May 12 than Pittsburgh's 34-19.
AAA Indianapolis | Indianapolis 6 Columbus 10 Everyone but Jeff Clement in the starting lineup had a hit for the Indians as they collected six runs against the Clippers. On most occasions that would be enough to get a team the victory. But the story tonight was the relatively lackluster performance of Rudy Owens. Surprisingly, he's was actually human for once! Owens went only...
Since the Pirates are 10 games over .500 and in first place in the division for the first time since Squeezits and Dunkaroos were relavant (1992 for you old curmudgeons), more and more yinzers are hopping on the Bucco Bandwagon. We’re cool with that.
But these new fans that hated the Pirates just last week, may not know what’s going on if htey show up to game now. So DJ Gallo...
AAA Indianapolis | Indianapolis 10 Columbus 5 Another offensive onslaught by the potent Indians offense withstood a wobbly start from Justin Wilson. Every Indianapolis starter recorded at least one hit, led by three-hit nights from Jeff Clement, Anderson Hernandez and Brandon Boggs. Chase d'Arnaud and Tony Sanchez each went 2-for-4 with a double and two walks. Sanchez's...
6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K Pitch TypeVelocH-BreakV-BreakCountStrike%4-Seam 92.2 -5.32 5.69 50 66.00% Sinker 92.5 -8.42 4.09 18 77.78% Change 87.9 -6.73 1.62 7 57.14% K-Curve 81.6 5.19 -5.37 29 44.83% You can view all the season's pitch f/x posts by clicking here
There are a million things that I'd like to write about over this All-Star break because the storybook first half that the Pirates just finished up lends itself to a million different stories. I've been waiting for this kind of thing for forever, really, and now that I have a few days without baseball games I want to write about all of them all at once. I'll do my best...
Rod Barajas’ week was once again shortened due to his left knee bone bruise. Rod was listed in the lineup 4 times, but he was scratched about an hour before game time on both Monday and Thursday. He did manage to start Friday and Tuesday to catch Kevin Correia and AJ Burnett, respectively. On Friday, [...]
I guess it is still possible for the Pirates to lose. Erik Bedard had another rough start, especially a 36-pitch 4th inning during which he gave up 5 runs, 4 earned. The offense was there; it just wasn’t quite enough as the Pirates lost, 6-5. Bedard only lasted 3.2 innings, giving up 5 runs (4 [...]
It's Friday afternoon. It's hot out. You haven't actually done anything at work all week because the Fourth of July came on a Wednesday, and that just messed everything up. You're counting down the hours to the weekend by reading every single thing about the Pittsburgh Pirates you can possibly get your hands on. I am here to help you. ESPN's DJ Gallo gives a...
Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP) can be used to determine how ‘lucky’ or ‘unlucky’ a pitcher has been when compared to the league average. The average BABIP for pitchers in 2011 was .295. The average so far in 2012 is .296. It is often said that baseball stats are subject to a ‘regression to the mean’. In other words, if players are experiencing stats far outside...