Found July 08, 2012 on North Side Notch:
Final: Pirates 13, Giants 2 WP: A.J. Burnett (10-2, 3.68 ERA) LP: Tim Lincecum (3-10, 6.42 ERA) Man, what an amazing way to cap off the first half of the season. Outside of Casey McGehee‘s groin injury, this was as good a game as you can see. A.J. Burnett rolled through six innings giving up just two hits. He gave up a two-run homer in the seventh before exiting, but the game was already well out of reach by that point. Brad Lincoln came on to finish things off with 2 2/3 perfect innings of relief. The scoring started in the first inning with a two-run homer by Andrew McCutchen. He would add another two-run homer in the seventh. Then Neil Walker hit a solo homer in the third. Three more runs crossed the plate in the fourth inning and then it just seemed like the Giants gave up and the Pirates scored infinity runs from that point forward. Neil Walker went 5 for 5 with a double and his sixth home run of the year. He now has a 12-game hitting streak and has raised his season stat line ...

Casey McGehee pulled from game with mild groin strain

McGehee has a mild left groin strain #Pirates — Michael Waterloo (@MichaelWaterloo) July 8, 2012 Hopefully it doesn’t force Casey McGehee to miss any time. If you are going to have a “mild” injury, I guess the best time to do that is with a 10-0 lead in the last game before the All-Star Break. McGehee came up limping after drilling a two-run single into the North Side Notch...

Tim Lincecum: Where Do the San Francisco Giants Go From Here?

Tim Lincecum gave up seven hits and six earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched on Sunday in Pittsburgh.  Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants now have some decisions to make heading into the second half the season. After finishing the first half of the season with a rough roadtrip through the east coast heat, the Giants will take their 2-7 record through their...

Pirates go into All-Star break on a high note

It’s hardly even a surprise anymore: AJ Burnett shut down the other team’s offense while the Pirates’ offense scored a lot of runs.  Today’s 13-2 win over the Giants is what we’re getting used to.  ”We were good all over the board today,” Clint Hurdle said after the game.  ”Just a good finish.” Burnett pitched [...]

Blasting into the break

The Pirates put on one heck of a show this afternoon, capping off the homestand and the unofficial end of the first half in grand style. They’ll head to the break 11 games over .500 and in first place, and couldn’t possibly be riding any higher. The stars of the day were exactly who you’d expect: Andrew McCutchen and A.J. Burnett. McCutchen pounded a two-run homer to right...

2012 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: Yanks take 3 of 4, Pirates continue to dominate

In the last night before the All-Star break, the Pirates absolutely went off. Neil Walker managed a 5-5 game with a homer, McCutchen hit two out with 4 RBI’s and 3 Runs, and one of my favorite pitchers, A.J. Burnett, had another good start and managed his 10th (TENTH!!!) win of the season (on the Pirates) so far. He never had more than 13 on the Yankees. Really guys, you need...

Pirates 13, Giants 2

PITTSBURGH - The Pirates could be forgiven for wanting no part of any break, All-Star or otherwise. Neil Walker went 5-for-5, Andrew McCutchen blasted two more home runs, and A.J. Burnett won his 10th game in Pittsburgh's 13-2 blowout of San Francisco on Sunday at PNC Park. That sent the Pirates, whose streak of 19 consecutive losing seasons is a professional sports record...

Game 85: Pirates 13 Giants 2

If there was any concern that the Pirates would go meekly into the All-Star break, they put that sort of thing aside very quickly this afternoon. Andrew McCutchen hit a two run homer off of Tim Lincecum in the first, Lincecum got chased in the fourth, and the Pirates never stopped piling on the Giants this afternoon. McCutchen added a second two-run homer in the seventh, Neil Walker...

Giants show their resiliency in first half

The Giants opened the season with Aubrey Huff in left field, Tim Lincecum on the mound and hopes that Freddy Sanchez would return soon. It's a new world order. Huff is a distant memory. Lincecum no longer is the ace. And Sanchez won't play a single game in 2012. But the Giants are doing pretty well for themselves despite a late first-half slide. They've settled...

TOC Midseason Review: most disappointing players

The All-Star Break is upon us, and until game action starts up again on Friday, we're going to do a brief season in review of the 2012 MLB season thusfar. Our staff has voted on a variety of awards, and we're going to roll them out over the next four days. Next up in today's "unofficial" awards: the most disappointing player of the MLB season. A lot of...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants – Game 85

Soooooooooooo some team from Pittsburgh is heading into the All-Star break in first place.  #PACKPNC and celebrate this!  This is what we’ve all been waiting for!   First Pitch:  1:35 PM EST Where to Watch:  Root Sports, MLB.TV, CSN-BA   Tim Lincecum, RHP (28) Any other time I’d be all like “Ohhhhhhh crap, Timmy is [...]
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