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San Diego's Logan Forsythe and Rene Rivera delivered consecutive RBI singles in the ninth inning off Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon and the Padres rallied for a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night.
Forsythe's single to right scored pinch-runner Andrew Cashner to tie the game and Rivera's blooper brought home Chris Denorfia as the Padres sent the Pirates to their third straight defeat. Dale Thayer (3-5) picked up the win in relief. Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save.
Melancon (2-2), who inherited the closer's role when All-Star Jason Grilli went out with a forearm injury in July, blew his third save of the season.
Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer in the seventh to give the Pirates the lead but Pittsburgh fell to 74-3 when leading after eight when Melancon faltered.
Melancon has been nearly automatic since taking over for Grilli. Still, Melancon quickly ran into trouble against a team that owns the Pirates at PNC Park.
Jedd Gyorko led off with...
BEST OF MAXIM
Last night, Andrew Cashner pitched a complete game, 9-inning shutout while facing the minimum 27 batters. Cashner is the first pitcher in Padres history to complete the feat, which immediately put Padres fans and media on notice. Was this the greatest start in Padres history? That’s a question surely to get a lot of subjective response, but there is a statistical measure that can...
After particularly vexing losses, as fans wait for long-winded diatribes and dissertations, Bud Black will often simply remark, “That’s baseball.” While the triteness of Black’s comment often frustrates fans, it’s actually the perfect thing to be said because, well, baseball’s really weird.
When Chase Headley stepped to the plate on Saturday night to lead off the top...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent all season relying on a remarkable resiliency that enables them to brush off adversity and get back to the cumbersome task of returning the franchise to the playoffs and respectability.
The final steps may be the hardest of all.
San Diego's Logan Forsythe and Rene Rivera delivered consecutive RBI singles in the ninth inning off Pirates closer...
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after breakfast baseball and you were stuck at work for the whole thing. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking (coffee, on company-approved break that is).
The Friars walked the plank in their final game this season against Pittsburgh, 10-1, on International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Of course they did...
If you missed yesterday’s game, then you missed near perfection by Padres starter Andrew Cashner. He pitched his first career complete game, struck out seven, walked zero, and gave up only one hit after retiring the first 18 Pirates he faced. If that isn’t impressive enough for you, he also stole second base in the seventh inning before scoring from second on a Jedd Gyorko single...
Now, I'm not sure whether this should be filed under "awesome" or "sad".
Earlier this week, an eagle-eyed fan spotted former big leaguer Dave Parker at a Cincinnati grocery store...decked out in full Pittsburgh Pirates gear. And I've gotta add, "The Cobra" is looking every bit as good as he did during his eleven-year stint with the Bucs...
Gerrit Cole has been on prospect radars for years. He’s been there for good reason; near triple digit heat, huge frame, and good off-speed stuff. He finally arrived in Pittsburgh this year and the results have been extremely positive. As of today, Mr. Cole has a 3.23 ERA. His peripherals paint an even prettier picture, albeit slight, with a 2.98 FIP and 3.18 xFIP. To put that in...
Padres (71-80) at Pirates (87-65)
12:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Pirates will try and avoid disaster today at PNC Park, as the Padres look to continue their dominance in Pittsburgh and sweep this four game set. The Bucs have not been swept at home all year and need to win this one in the worst way to stay close to the Cardinals in the Central, and enter...
There seems to be a fear among Pirates fans that they are going to let the Nationals pass them. Sure the Nationals are hot, but that’s a pretty monumental task. @flyguy4_9 @shamtown If Bucs went 4-7 rest of the way which they likely won’t Nats would have to be 11-0 to tie them that also…
With only two weeks left on the season, it's time for one last jaunt around the league's depth charts.
Starter: Yonder Alonso
Next: Tommy Medica, Kyle Blanks, Jesus Guzman
It looked like Kyle Blanks and Jesus Guzman would be the Padres' primary first basemen after Yonder Alonso injured his right hand in the final game of August. That playing time scenario...
The Pittsburgh Pirates got Starling Marte back last night as the club took on the San Diego Padres. Marte had been out for almost a month - since August 18th to be exact. He had been battling an injured hand. Marte's presence last night was not enough to help propel the Pirates past the Padres, but he will be an important part going forward.
Marte collected one hit...
Neil Walker had four hits, including his 11th homer of the season, and drove in three runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the San Diego Padres 10-1 Thursday and stop a three-game losing streak.
Pedro Alvarez hit his NL-leading 34th homer for Pittsburgh. Jose Tabata added two hits and three RBIs as the Pirates moved a game in front of Cincinnati for the top wild card spot in...
So this is the third and probably final article I’ve written in this vein. If you’re interested in this kind of thing, you can check out the 5 Worst Seasons with 120+ RBI and the 5 Worst Seasons with 20+ Wins. I went back to 1931, the first year that the BBWAA started voting for the MVP award. I was informed by WAR, but it was not decisive. Debate is welcomed.
Currently atop the wild-card standings, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds know what's at stake this weekend.
Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano goes toe-to-toe with Cincinnati's Mat Latos as these NL Central rivals open a crucial three-game set Friday night at PNC Park.
After managing four runs during a three-game skid, the Pirates (88-65) beat San Diego 10-1 on...
Obviously, last night's game did not go well. Tonight, the Pirates will try to get back on track against Eric Stults and the Padres. If we boil the remaining season down to its simplest form, the Pirates now have four three-game series left in 2013 and if they win two of three in each of those four series, they will finish with 95 wins. It's impossible to say for sure from...