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Jordy Mercer cranked out his 6th home run as part of the Pirates’ offensive explosion (Photo Credit: David Hague)
SAN FRANCISCO — If America’s coldest summer is in San Francisco, the chill did not reach the Pirates’ bats. The Bucs offense heated up to scorch the Giants for a 10-5 victory on a cool Thursday night by the Bay.
The warming glow burned bright early. Matt Cain gave up three straight hits to start the game down 1-0, then he served Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer matching 92-mph fastballs in the 2nd that the hitters cranked out for home runs.
Jones demolished his into San Francisco Bay, becoming the first to make such a splash on the fly into both the Bay and the Allegheny River, and Jordy Mercer smashed his six rows deep into the left-field stands for a 3-0 lead.
Giants fans know how much Cain has provided to their team over his nine years in San Francisco. Three rough innings are merely a speck compared to the 171 regular-season quality starts and starting all three series...
BEST OF MAXIM
Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors
Yesterday Andres Torres was placed on the DL with a left Achilles strain, and pitcher Mike Kickham was sent back down to the Fresno Grizzlies. The counter moves were bringing up outfielder Francisco Peguero and infielder Nick Noonan.
Manager Bruce Bochy said the plan for now is for Barry Zito to make the next start, so Zito...
Felix Pie will bring speed and some contact hitting to the Pirates, though not much else.
SAN DIEGO — No time for formalities. Why was outfielder Felix Pie called up Wednesday to join the Pirates’ roster?
“We felt he was our best available option,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “With Travis [Snider] being on the DL, Alex Presley and Andrew Lambo in limbo...
Big names like Pedro Alvarez must be more consistent at the plate if the Pirates are to make a serious playoff run.
For the first time in two decades, Pirates fans won’t be, or at least shouldn’t be, satisfied with mediocrity.
If you could get in a time machine and travel back ten, five, or heck, even one year ago and ask Bucs fans what they expected out of their favorite team...
Charlie Morton is the number three starter in the Pirates rotation right now. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
It’s hard to believe that it was only about three weeks ago that I was arguing for Charlie Morton to stay in the rotation. At the time, Morton was coming off a horrible start where he gave up five runs on ten hits in six innings, sending the Pirates to a brutal loss against...
When San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain was
initially hit on his throwing forearm by a line drive during Thursday night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates, X-rays came back negative. This had
some believing the ace wouldn’t require a stint on the disabled list, but that
ultimately didn’t prove to be the case. Cain is hitting the shelf for the first
Right-hander Matt Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list a day after being hit in the pitching arm on a line drive from Pittsburgh's Gaby Sanchez.
Cain departed in the fourth inning of a 10-5 loss to the Pirates on Thursday. X-rays on Cain's bruised forearm were negative.
He was hit when Sanchez led off the fourth with a groundout. Trainer Dave Groeschner and...
Clint Barmes drove in all three Pirates runs with his home run off Bumgarner. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
SAN FRANCISCO — Pirates fans are used to seeing Clint Barmes picking it at shortstop. Now he’s kicking it.
The right-handed batter has made a mechanical adjustment to his swing, kicking up his left leg as the pitch approaches. The result? Better hitting for Barmes, shown...
Yesterday was a big win for West Virginia in the playoff race, as they remain a half game ahead of Hickory for the second playoff spot in their division. Tonight they go with Tyler Glasnow on the mound, while Indianapolis throws the other top pitching prospect, Jameson Taillon. Indianapolis had off yesterday. The DSL regular season ends on Saturday. Check out the Recent Transactions...
Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for the San Francisco Giants, a new low hits. Matt Cain exited the game in the fourth inning and the bullpen fell through in the Giants’ 10-5 loss to the Pirates on Thursday night.
After allowing one run in the first inning, Cain gave up solo home runs to Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer in the second. Jones’ splash hit was the...
Pirates (75-52) at Giants (56-71)
10:15 PM–AT&T Park, San Francisco
The Bucs look to take the first two in their second straight series out west as they take on the Giants in another late game tonight. Once again, they’ll need to win or risk losing their lead in the division, depending on what St. Louis does. Cincinnati is playing very well now too...
Madison Bumgarner turned in yet another quality start, and the Giants offense once again failed him, as San Francisco fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1.
Not surprisingly, the Giants offense got on the board first in an unconventional way. With one out, Buster Posey crushed a double to right-center field for his first extra-base hit in his last 49 at-bats. He advanced to third on...
Jeff Locke has been pretty terrible since the All-Star break. Including his last disastrous start against the Diamondbacks, Locke has a 5.58 ERA over 30 2/3 innings in five starts. The guys at Pirates Prospects have been beating the "this is just regression and he'll even himself out" drum pretty hard, but I'm not convinced that adequately explains his struggles...
A night after walking off on a Marco Scutaro walk, the San Francisco Giants send out Barry Zito (4-8, 5.34 ERA).
It will be his 22nd start of season for the lefty, but his first since July 30 when he lasted just 3.1 inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. The veteran has made four appearances out of the bullpen since his last starting assignment. Zito is actually 4-1 with a 3.18...
This is admittedly overly-reductive and entirely unfair, but in a way, Felix Pie's Pirate debut was actually decided by Felix Pie before any of his Pirate teammates -- the teammates that have made up the Pirates entirely without him this year prior to tonight -- contributed anything to this game at all. Pie lead off the game with an infield single (punctuated with a needless...
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