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The Jeff Locke on the mound this September compared to this time last year is a different pitcher. With more experience not only at the Major League level, but also at the Triple-A level as well, Locke is more confident this season. The left-hander incorporated a new turn in his delivery during spring training, and put together his best season to date in the minors since being drafted out of High School in 2006 by Atlanta.
Manager Clint Hurdle said that from the conversations he had within the organization, Locke got better as the season progressed. Only in the month of May had Locke posted an ERA above a 3.00 with Triple-A Indianapolis as he finished with a starter-leading 2.48 ERA over 141.2 frames (24 starts).
“The mound presence, the rhythm, stayed consistent and evenly paced,” Hurdle said. “The ability to throw strikes just really ramped up from when we saw him at the end of last season. The ability to use his secondary pitches in offensive counts for hitters, to throw his ch...
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today recalled Chase d’Arnaud and Bryan Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis. They also selected the contract of Rick VandenHurk from Triple-A. In order to make room on the 40-man for VandenHurk, Evan Meek was designated for assignment.
d’Arnaud posted a .252/.325/.383 line over 98 games at Triple-A this season. d’Arnaud joined the club in late August when...
The Pirates had an interesting situation in the fifth inning today. And by “interesting situation” I mean an extremely frustrating series of managing that has become common for Clint Hurdle.
To lead off the inning, Jeff Locke stepped to the plate. He laced a single down the third base line, giving the Pirates a gift runner at first base with the top of the order coming up.
During the 1909 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates won their first World Series title, winning 110 games during the regular season, then defeating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the seven game postseason series. The star player on that team was Honus Wagner, but his rookie double play partner that year had a helping hand in getting the Pirates to that first title.
Born on September 9,1886...
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On a busy date for Pittsburgh Pirates birthdays, we have a Hall of Fame first baseman, one of the best sluggers of the 1950′s and a player from the 1909 World Series champs. John Fredland, in his Jolly Roger Rewind, takes a look back at a game from 1958 that broke a very long losing streak. Before we get into the former players, we have one current player to mention. Second baseman...
Pirates' infielder Brock Holt is batting .400 since being called up from Triple A on September 1. He has eight hits in 20 at bats, with three RBI. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with Holt recently.
We have six former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, including one that played for the first team in franchise history and another who was part of a father-son combo in team history. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland recaps a record setting game by Roberto Clemente from the 1958 season.
Mike Dyer (1966) Pitcher for the 1994-95 Pirates. He was originally a fourth...
The Pirates’ 14-inning loss to the Reds Monday night was easily the most frustrating one of the entire season. The Pirates had a great chance to come up with a feel-good road win in Cincinnati, but instead dropped their fourth in a row and are now within four games of the .500 mark. And again, the way it happened made it feel even worse.
Wandy Rodriguez came up big again, and continues...
Charlotte Knights 6, Indianapolis Indians 4
Kris Johnson started but pitched only one inning.
The Indianapolis Indians’ 2012 season has come to an end, as they lost to the Charlotte Knights at Knights’ Stadium tonight. The Knights won this best-of-five playoff series, 3 games to 1, and they will move on to face the Pawtucket Red Sox in the Governor’s Cup series...
I have a few issues with the term “collapse” that is being thrown around a lot lately. The first issue is that the word is being mentioned as if something is final. It’s a hyperbolic way of saying the team has been playing poorly the last month. It’s not enough to just say the team has been playing bad. You’ve got to get dramatic about it.
The word collapse suggests that...
Downright pathetic weekend if you’re a Pittsburgh sports fan. Steelers played Pirate-like defense and the Pirates played Pirate-like baseball in general. I remember when I buried the Pirates a few weeks ago, they won like two games or something and I had little pang. Maybe I was wrong. I was started to get a little [...]