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With last night’s 4-1 win over the Tigers, AJ Burnett became the first Pirates pitcher since Dock Ellis in 1974 to win seven straight starts…and Burnett has done it without the help of LSD…as far as we know.
One night after James McDonald threw a complete game gem, Burnett did his thing by throwing 6 shutout innings and allowing just 2 hits while striking out 4, getting his ERA down to 3.24 – or 1.8 if you don’t count the St. Louis ********…just sayin’. He retired seven in a row and didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning. If he can beat the Phillies in Philthy later this week, it’ll be the first time in his career that Burnett has won eight straight games.
Alex Presley got the final series of Interleague play going with a leadoff double and Neil Walker drove him home with a centerfield bloop on the next at bat. Walker took second on a wild pitch and then moved to third on an Andrew McCutchen single. He made it home on the next at bat when Garrett Jones grounded into ta double play but at the end of 1, the Buccos were up 2-0.
Burnett helped his own cause in the fourth…kind of. With runners on first and second, Burnett laid down a masterful bunt (considering he broke his eye socket with a bunt in Spring Training) that Doug Fister had no idea what to do with. Fister tried to throw out Pedro Alvarez running to third but he overthrew the bag – Pedro scored. THe ball rolled along the foul wall into left field and Delmon Young looked like he had never picked a baseball before the way he tried to handle the ball, which let burner Rod Barajas score all the way from first.
After that it was all Burnett until Jared Hughes started the seventh and gave up back-to-back 2-out doubles that made it 4-1. Tony Watson and Jason Grilli held it down though for the rest of the rest of the night until Joel Hanrahan picked up his first save since June 9 with a 1-2-3 Hammer Time.
Last night was the game of this series that the Pirates were supposed to win. Now, they have the backend of their rotation, Brad Lincoln and Kevin Correia, going up against Detroit’s best, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, who both absolutely embarrassed the Bucco Bats earlier this year in Detroit Rock City. But for now, the Pirates are five games over .500 and just one game behind the Reds for first in the Central and a game out of the final Wild Card spot. We’ll take it.
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The Pirates grabbed hold of an early lead on Friday night and hung on to it the rest of the way, defeating the Tigers 4-1 in front of a sellout crowd at PNC Park.
A.J. Burnett won his seventh start in a row–the longest such streak by a Pirate since Dock Ellis. Burnett went six scoreless and allowed just two hits (although he walked three) while striking out four. After A.J. worked...
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A.J. Burnett pitched six shutout innings to win his seventh consecutive start and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the fifth time in six games, 4-1 over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Burnett (8-2) allowed two hits and three walks and struck out four to extend his streak of starts that resulted in victories to the longest for a Pirates pitcher in 38 years....
A.J. Burnett pitched six shutout innings to win his seventh consecutive start and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the fifth time in six games, 4-1 over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Burnett (8-2) allowed two hits and three walks and struck out four to extend his streak of starts that resulted in victories to the longest for a Pirates pitcher in 38 years. Doc Ellis won eight...
AJ Burnett is the best pitcher on the New York Yankees’ payroll, but he’s pitching in Pittsburgh, for the Pirates. Tonight was AJ Burnett’s 7th straight win, a career high. He pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up 2 hits and walking 3. The Pirates’ offense gave him the help he needed, pounding out 9 hits [...]
A.J. Burnett is in position to match the longest winning streak of his career. His current string of winning starts began with a victory over the Detroit Tigers.
The right-hander tries to win his seventh consecutive start Friday night when the Pittsburgh Pirates face the surging Tigers at PNC Park.
Burnett (7-2, 3.52 ERA) is 6-0 with a 2.19 ERA in eight starts - all Pittsburgh...
Final: Pirates 4, Tigers 1
WP: A.J. Burnett (8-2, 3.24 ERA)
LP: Doug Fister (1-4, 2.72 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (18, 2.33 ERA)
You know things are going well when Rod Barajas, owner of a 4.5 40-yard dash (4.5 is in minutes, of course), somehow comes around to score from first base on a bunt.
With the Pirates already up 2-0 in the 2nd, Pedro Alvarez and Barajas hit back-to-back singles...
The Pirates open a three-game series with Detroit on Friday at PNC Park. Right-hander A.J. Burnett will pitch for the Bucs. The Tigers will counter with lefty Doug Fister.
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Tigers (34-35) at Pirates (36-32)
7:05 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
The Bucs take on the Tigers this weekend in round two of their interleague matchup (Detroit took 2 of 3 at Comerica Park a few weeks ago). This will be the final interleague series of the season; the Bucs are 8-7 against AL opponents this year.
Detroit is still somehow...
So far this season the Tigers bats have been more hype than actual punch and Friday night was another example of that as Detroit fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 in the opening game of the weekend series from PNC.
Tigers starter Doug Fister although shaky to begin the game settled down allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits in 6 innings pitched. Fister also struck out seven and...