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Clint Barmes' first career grand slam keyed a nine-run fourth inning and Neil Walker went 5 for 5 as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied past the San Diego Padres 11-5 on Sunday.
Walker homered and doubled as the Pirates overcame an early 5-0 deficit and ended San Diego's six-game winning streak. The Padres had won 11 in a row at Pittsburgh dating to 2009.
Andrew McCutchen and Michael McKenry each drove in two runs during the big inning against Ross Ohlendrorf (4-3) and Cory Burns. Barmes, a 10-year veteran, has 88 career home runs.
Walker had the third five-hit game of his career and second this season, the other coming July 8 against San Francisco.
Pittsburgh stopped a three-game skid.
BEST OF MAXIM
With eight former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, and a few transactions of note, including a huge change in Pirates history on one particular date, we will break today’s article up into two separate pieces. The first deals strictly with the players. Later today, we will have the transactions, as well as a Jolly Roger Rewind from John Fredland.
Jonah Bayliss (1980...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated right-handed reliever Juan Cruz from the 15-day disabled list.
The Pirates activated Cruz on Sunday for their game against the San Diego Padres. He had been on the DL since July 18 with inflammation in his right shoulder.
Rookie right-hander Jared Hughes was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Cruz is 1-1 with three saves and a 2.61 ERA in...
Obviously, teams could always use a nine run inning…and obviously, nine run innings are rare. Before Sunday, the Pirates hadn’t had one since July 20th of 2010, when they hung nine on the Brewers in the first inning. I don’t think they could’ve picked a better time to repeat the feat.
Things were looking tremendously bleak early on in this one. The Bucs had lost three in...
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. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update.
1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-4, 3.43) - DNP
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (6-7, 3.91) - DNP
3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP
4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia...
What’s wrong with James McDonald? That’s the question on every fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates mind with the way he has struggled since the All-Star break. The solution in the mind of Clint Hurdle is to go to a six man rotation. That’s going to cause even more problems. If you’re struggling with one of the guys in your five man rotation, why on earth would you add another guy...
The Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping to ride a hot hand and revive a cold hand by flip-flopping starting pitchers in their temporary six-man rotation. A.J. Burnett's next turn to pitch has been moved up a day, and he will start Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of a four-game series and 11-game homestand. Burnett, the ace of the staff with a 14-4 record, will...
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"One swing."That's what I told myself when the Padres took their 4-0 lead in the first inning today. As I wrote earlier today, the Pirates are playing badly. I'm trying to take the long view of the season here, but they're not making it super-easy. A sweep to the Padres with Ross Ohlendorf on the mound? That'd be tough to stomach, wild card lead or no...
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