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The Pirates bounced back nicely from a couple of tough losses with a fairly dominating win on Friday night to even this weekend’s series at one game apiece. The game basically came down to Wandy Rodriguez pitching well, Shaun Marcum pitching poorly, and Garrett Jones having a monster night.
The Bucs jumped out to an early lead in a long and crazy top of the second inning. It started with four consecutive hits from Jones, Tabata, McKenry, and Pedro…but Tabata made an out on the bases and John McDonald was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Wandy – who isn’t know for his ability with the bat. He got a run home by grounding in to a force out, though, and Starling Marte beat out an infield hit to bring home a third run. Jordy Mercer then singled to load the bases again for Cutch, but he flew out and missed a chance to break the game wide open.
The three runs were plenty for Wandy, though. The lefty had a much better outing than his previous few starts, working through six innings whil...
BEST OF MAXIM
Francisco Liriano could be a difference maker for the Pirates.
Francisco Liriano will be making his Pittsburgh Pirates debut today, going up against the New York Mets. The Pirates agreed to sign Liriano over the off-season to a two-year, $12.75 M deal. Shortly after the agreement, Liriano broke his right (non-throwing) arm. That delayed the signing, and eventually resulted in a re...
The Pirates should extend Starling Marte. Photo credit: David Hague
I was discussing Starling Marte on Twitter this afternoon with Travis Sawchik of the Trib and Charlie of Bucs Dugout, and we got on the topic of extensions. Marte currently has less than a year of service time, and at the end of this season he will have a little over one full year. We all agreed today that Marte...
Tony Sanchez was sent back to Indianapolis.
The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t end up needing Tony Sanchez. The catcher was brought up on the taxi squad yesterday, which gave the Pirates until 10:10 AM this morning to make a decision on him. Sanchez was added mostly as an option in case the Pirates had to play a double header today. Russell Martin wouldn’t have been able to go, and...
Matt Curry had hamate surgery. Photo Credit: David Hague
Altoona Curve first baseman Matt Curry had surgery to fix the fractured hamate bone in his right wrist yesterday. Curry was our #34 prospect in the Pirates system entering 2013, and losing the middle-of-the-line up threat will likely hurt the already struggling Curve offense.
Before hitting the DL earlier this week, the left...
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 pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
The Bucs dropped their second-straight one-run decision on Thursday night, as the Mets squeaked out a walk-off win in the ninth inning.
And they did it against Jason Grilli, who was actually pitching in the ninth inning of a tie game!!! Mark Melancon also pitched the eighth in a tie game! I have no idea what got in to Clint Hurdle‘s head–he insisted just this past weekend...
Francisco Liriano struck out nine and pitched into the sixth inning to win his debut with Pittsburgh and help the Pirates beat the New York Mets 11-2 on Saturday.
Jordy Mercer homered twice and Jose Tabata had four hits, including a two-run shot the Pirates, who teed off on left-hander Jonathon Niese, finally chasing him during a big fifth inning.
The Mets have struggled to score...
The weather played havoc with the minor league schedule yesterday, forcing both Altoona and West Virginia to postpone their games. Both teams will make the games up today as part of a doubleheader. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. We have added a Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all...
Pirates (18-15) at Mets (13-17)
7:10 PM–Citi Field, New York
TV: MLB.TV (Free today, but blacked out in Pittsburgh)
The Bucs are in the Big Apple for the weekend as they get set to take on the Mets in a four game series. The Mets aren’t all that interesting of a team and it looks like they’re going to be stuck battling Philly for 3rd in the NL East behind the...
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In the early moments of Little Big League, young Billy Heywood is considering naming himself manager of the Twins and he gets grilled by the team's pitching coach about what to do in various baseball situations. At one point, the pitching coach asks Billy what to do late in a close game with a runner on first base for a hitter in the middle of...
The Pirates basically have to win this game. I say this for two reasons. 1. They lost the first game of the series. Generally that has meant they would eventually win the series. 2. It just seems so right that the day after the Pens won their series with a team from Long Island the…
Gee pitched five shutout innings yesterday and hopefully Marcum will do him one more tonight, starting at 7:10. MetsBlog says that Jeurys Familia is unavailable tonight, so hopefully Marcum doesn’t have an early exit.
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