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The minor league season is done for all but three of the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates. Indianapolis and West Virginia will each start their playoffs on Wednesday, while Jamestown still has two regular season games left and a chance to win the NYPL Wildcard spot. They have a one game lead on Lowell and can clinch a spot tonight. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here. Three links on the Dominican Summer League season recap can be found here.
Tyler Glasnow looks to lead West Virginia over Hagerstown in the playoffs. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)
AAA: Indianapolis (80-64) @ Durham (87-57) 7:05pm 9/4
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Louisville 7, Indianapolis 5
Indianapolis will begin their playoffs on Wednesday in Durham. It is a best of five series, with the first two games played in Durham. During the regular season, the two teams met eight times, with Durham winning five times. They have not played each other since mid-June. Indianapolis had the best record in the league on June 25th, going 53-27 in their first 80 games. In their last 64 games, they were 27-37 and they finished with the third best record in the league.
AA: Altoona (63-79)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 8, Akron 4, Altoona 2 in 11 innings (game recap)
The Altoona Curve season is over. They finished in last place in their division, 14 games out of first place. Justin Howard led the team with a .314 BA. Jarek Cunningham led with 19 homers and Alex Dickerson was the leader with 68 RBI’s. Adalberto Santos topped the team with 21 steals and 62 runs scored. On the pitching side, Casey Sadler led with 11 wins. Nick Kingham had the best ERA at 2.70 in 73.1 innings. David Bromberg led with 136 innings pitched and 127 strikeouts. Luis Sanz was first with 16 saves.
High-A: Bradenton (57-77 overall, 31-35 2nd half)
Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 3, Bradenton 2 in 10 innings
The Bradenton Marauders season is over. They finished seven games back for the second half title and 21.5 games back in the overall standings. Alen Hanson led the team with a .281 batting average among regulars. Willy Garcia led the team with 16 homers and 60 RBI’s. Benji Gonzalez led with 27 steals. Hanson and Gregory Polanco each had 24 stolen bases. Nick Kingham and Zack Dodson led with six wins among pitchers. Adrian Sampson led with 85 strikeouts and 140 innings pitched.
Low-A: West Virginia (81-58 overall, 44-25 2nd half) vs Hagerstown (80-57) 7:05pm 9/4
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (9-3, 2.18)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5, Lexington 3
West Virginia will begin their playoffs on Wednesday at home against Hagerstown. They will play a best-of-three series, with the last two games played in Hagerstown. During the regular season, the two teams met 13 times, with Hagerstown winning eight times. The last time the two teams met was during the first week of July and Hagerstown swept a three game series.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (42-31) vs State College (47-26) 6:05pm
Probable Starter: Cody Dickson (2-0, 2.60)
Yesterday’s Result: State College 6, Jamestown 4 in 11 innings
Cody Dickson will get his 14th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 52 innings, allowing 41 hits, three homers and 23 walks. He has 54 strikeouts, an 0.90 GO/AO ratio and a .222 BAA. In his last start, he went five shutout innings, giving up four hits and two walks, while picking up five strikeouts. In six of his last seven starts, he has thrown a total of 29 innings without giving up an earned run. Dickson is the team leader in strikeouts.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (32-27)
Yesterday’s Result: Season Complete
DSL: Pirates1 (40-31)
Yesterday’s Result: Season Complete
DSL: Pirates2 (46-26)
Yesterday’s Result: Season Complete
9/2 Alex Dickerson promoted to Indianapolis.
9/1 Jerry Mulderig added to Jamestown roster. Kurt Yacko assigned to GCL roster.
8/31 Gregory Polanco promoted to Indianapolis.
8/31 Devin Ivany assigned to Bradenton. Dan Cevette assigned to Altoona.
8/30 Reese McGuire and Austin Meadows promoted to Jamestown. Wyatt Mathisen and Justin Maffei assigned to GCL roster.
8/30 Casey Sadler promoted to Indianapolis.
8/28 Carlos Paulino promoted to Indianapolis.
8/28 Eric Wood activated from disabled list.
8/28 Oderman Rocha assigned to Jamestown.
8/27 Joely Rodriguez placed on disabled list. Zack Von Rosenberg activated from disabled list.
8/24 Wyatt Mathisen activated from disabled list and added to Jamestown roster.
8/24 Kurt Yacko activated from disabled list. Kevin Kleis and David Valesente placed on disabled list
8/20 John Kuchno added to West Virginia roster from Jamestown. Francisco Aponte sent to Jamestown.
8/19 James McDonald assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.
8/19 Travis Snider assigned to Altoona on rehab.
8/19 Wyatt Mathisen assigned to Jamestown on rehab.
8/17 Candon Myles promoted to Jamestown. Jeff Roy placed on disabled list.
BEST OF MAXIM
Justin Morneau is here. The first baseman arrived in Pittsburgh at approximately 7:50 last night and made it into the Pirates’ dugout sometime between the fifth and sixth inning.
“I knew what the score was. I checked the score when I landed,” Morneau said. “We were listening to it on the radio on the way in.”
When he arrived at the moment, Morneau arrived to an image that...
Jason Grilli has been activated from the disabled list. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates made the expected moves to recall Jeff Locke, Jared Hughes, Andrew Lambo, and Tony Sanchez from Altoona today. They also activated Jason Grilli from the disabled list, which was a bit unexpected since there was talk that he could make one more rehab appearance. All five players...
The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Jason Grilli from the disabled list Tuesday, and the All-Star knows he has some work to do before reclaiming his spot as the team's closer.
Grilli says he'll be ready when the time comes.
''I think I showed that my arm is where it needs to be and there's not really much to prove for myself and I'm being honest with them,...
Whiffing five batters and surrendering only five hits and two runs over six innings, budding Pirates ace Gerrit Cole helped Pittsburgh defeat the Brewers 4-3 Tuesday night in Milwaukee. Turning in four straight quality starts, the 22-year-old Cole (6-7, 3.44 ERA) has now recorded 66 strikeouts over 91.1 innings. Chosen first overall out of UCLA in 2011, the 6-foot-4, 220 pound Cole...
This is the way it was supposed to happen.
Tomorrow the Pirates have the chance to end their 20 year consecutive losing streak. They won game number 80 today, and can take win number 81 and avoid a losing season tomorrow. After that it’s win number 82 for the first winning season since 1992. And while people are excited for these two things, they take a clear back seat to the current...
Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Milwaukee 5-2 Monday to retake the NL Central lead.
The Pirates moved one game of St. Louis, which lost earlier in the day at Cincinnati. Pittsburgh won the opener of a nine-game road trip.
Walker broke it open with his homer in the seventh for a 5-1 lead. Jose Tabata...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have ended their run of 20 straight consecutive losing seasons - the longest in North American professional sports history.
The Pirates can next cement a winning record if they complete their first sweep at Miller Park in over nine years.
They'll send Francisco Liriano to the mound Wednesday night when they try to hand the Milwaukee Brewers a sixth straight...
Pinch-hitter Travis Snider homered in the ninth inning to lift Pittsburgh to a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night that clinched the Pirates' first non-losing record in 21 seasons.
Snider drove a 2-2 pitch from Jim Henderson (3-5) over the wall in center for his second pinch-hit homer of the season. He also accomplished the feat against the Chicago Cubs on May...
The streak is over! On Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates pulled out a 4-3 road win against the Milwaukee Brewers to earn their 81st win of the 2013 season. In doing so, the franchise clinched its first non-losing record in 20 years.
The Pirates last posted a winning record in 1992 when they went 96-66 and won the National League East, before losing to the Atlanta Braves in the...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
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...
There are four weeks left in the Major League Baseball regular season. With a 79-57 record, and tied with Pittsburgh for first atop the National League Central division, the Cardinals will now face their toughest test.The Cardinals will begin a four-game series in Cincinnati on Monday. Their record against the Reds this season is 10-5, but the Reds are fighting for their...
Pirate fans: we're close. We're close to the win that will lift the ridiculous 20-year stone off of our backs and let us focus on a playoff run. I don't use "we" here to conflate fans with the team. I use "we" here to mean Pirate fans, because it's the fans that carry the entirety of this 20-year losing streak around like a curse, and we do it...
Charlie Morton finally ended his woes against the Milwaukee Brewers last week by outdueling Tom Gorzelanny, but Milwaukee has made a change to its rotation to avoid a repeat of that scenario.
Tyler Thornburg will instead start Monday, looking to give the NL Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates more trouble in the opener of a three-game set at Miller Park.
Milwaukee (59-77) won two...
Charlie Morton wants to change the context of his starts. He does not want to measure his performance against the backdrop of his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He wants to judge himself in the closest thing to a vacuum as possible.
"I'd like to base where I am off of what I did last start" Morton said.
If Morton keeps pitching the way he has his previous start...
The year is 1992. A gallon of gas cost $1.05. The George Bush who threw up on a Chinese Prime Minister was about to be ousted from the White House in favor of America’s first black president, Bill Clinton. The United States sent professional basketball players over to the Barcelona Olympics for the first time and globalized the sport once and for all. Excess and gluttony were defined...