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Jose Tabata hit a two-run homer, rookie Gerrit Cole pitched six solid innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Friday night.
Tabata's drive was his fourth of the season and came off J.J. Putz in the eighth inning, putting the NL Central-leading Pirates ahead by four runs. Tabata connected a day after he came off the bench and had three hits in a 12-inning loss at St. Louis.
Cole (6-5) was pitching on eight days of rest. He had his previous turn in the rotation skipped in part to allow veteran A.J. Burnett to pitch Thursday against the Cardinals and also to get extra rest. The 22-year-old Cole has pitched 140 innings between the major leagues and minor leagues in his second major league season.
The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
The first overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft won for just the second time in his last seven decisions after winning the first four starts of his career.
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Gerrit Cole has already passed the number of innings he threw in 2012. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
All three times this year Gerrit Cole has pitched on at least a week of rest, he has gotten a quality start. In his nine other starts, he has only four quality starts.
Small sample size, certainly. We do not yet know if Cole is a better pitcher given more rest, and he will even tell...
Jose Tabata hit the game’s lone homer in the 8th inning for two insurance runs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Gerrit Cole’s quality start and the Pirates lineup’s nine hits provided an important 6-2 series-opening win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The victory was Pittsburgh’s 72nd of the season, matching the win total of the 2011 Pirates that collapsed over the season’s...
The Pittsburgh Pirates made a bunch of minor league moves today and at least one more should be announced soon due to roster space. The biggest name moved today was Tyler Waldron, who was injured earlier in the season and has been pitching for Bradenton since he returned three weeks ago. Also moving to Altoona from Indianapolis was catcher Ali Solis, who was demoted to make room...
The two top pitchers in the Pirates minor league system will take the mound tonight. Jameson Taillon will take the mound for Indianapolis for the third time, while Tyler Glasnow gets the start for West Virginia. Zack Dodson also goes for the first time since his seven no-hit innings last week. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable...
It’s a day of unknowns in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, with three teams not announcing their Sunday starter yet. We will update this post throughout the day as the starters are named. The GCL Pirates and both DSL affiliates are off today. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions...
For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. For a recap of the DSL All-Star game, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.
Result: Pirates 7, Angels 2
Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (4.15) 5.0...
Normally there are certain time periods for a mass wave of minor league promotions. There’s the pre-season, where players start at new levels. The next wave comes around the middle of June, which is the half way point for the five month minor league season. There can be individual promotions here and there surrounding that period, but you don’t see those chain reaction moves...
I don't think there's really a whole lot to say about this game. AJ Burnett hit the wall really early and blew a 4-0 lead, then Clint Hurdle did some silly things. The Pirates' bullpen pitched really well and kept them in the game, but the offense had trouble with the Cardinals' bullpen again, and so the Pirates lost.
I'm not actually hugely concerned with...
In West Virginia tonight, Clay Holmes tries to follow up the six shutout innings he threw last Saturday against Lakewood. Altoona has a doubleheader tonight. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full...
Jeff Locke's All-Star season has helped to give the Pirates one of the most efficient pitching staffs in the major leagues.
The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, would settle for some stability in their rotation.
Locke takes the mound as the Pirates seeks a seventh straight home victory Saturday while facing Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill, who returns after a nearly seven-week stint...
After one day of relief and joy, Pirate fans are back in a foul mood again after another extra inning loss to the Cardinals on Thursday. The Bucs botched another lead and threw away some chances late in the game, and eventually suffered their second walk off loss in three days. The loss drops their lead back to two games in the Central, and the Reds continue to close in at just two...
After the Pirates scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning it looked like another wasted day for the Cardinals who had scored just two runs in the previous 18 innings and had just two hits in the game so far.
The Cardinals came back to take the lead in the fifth saw the Pirates tie it in the eighth before the Cardinals scored in the 12th to win 6-5 on Thursday at Busch Stadium...
The Pirates are one of FOX's "National Games" this afternoon, and I hate to keep harping on this because I know it gets old, but once again the Pirates being a "National Game" is terrible news for Pirate fans, because it means that you can only legally watch the game if you live in the Pittsburgh market or a non-California NL West market. To be quite literal...
While there was rightly a lot of focus put on the Pirates' series in Busch Stadium this week, it could be argued that their three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend is actually a little bit bigger. As it stands right now, the Pirates have a pretty firm grasp on some kind of National League playoff spot (the nature of which is to be determined, of course), but...
After an embarrassing road trip the Pirates are coming home. Seriously. The schedule is starting to get short. The Pirates really need to get their **** together or they’re going to find themselves in a one game playoff for their first playoff birth since 1992. Not something any Pirates fan should really want to see.…