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If Jeff Locke was pitching to save his spot in the rotation… he is well on his way.
Jeff Locke kept the Phillies scoreless for six innings.
Locke put together the best start of his brief Major League career Tuesday night to tack on another outing to a strong run of Pirates’ pitching. After some early hiccups, Locke recorded outs on the last eight hitters he faced, then turned it over to the consistently stellar bullpen for the three final innings to close out a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
The young lefty normally works as a groundball pitcher painting the corners, but not against the Phillies. Locke generated a career-high 13 swings-and-misses over six innings. He gave up only two hits, walked two and hit one batter.
Such a terrific outing did not start out so well. Locke gave up walks in each of the first two innings and allowed runners on second and third in both frames. He escaped from both innings unscathed. In the 4th, he gave up a leadoff triple to John Mayberr...
BEST OF MAXIM
Brandon Inge has been activated from the DL and is starting at third tonight.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated third baseman Brandon Inge, and have him in tonight’s lineup at third base. Inge was recently on a rehab assignment in Indianapolis, batting for a .150/.320/.283 line in 60 at-bats. The Pirates are going up against left-hander Cole Hamels tonight. Inge has done well...
A.J. Burnett struggled with his control tonight, leading to more innings from the bullpen.
Looking at the stat line, A.J. Burnett didn’t have a terrible start. He gave up just two runs on five hits and three walks in five innings, while striking out seven. Looking beyond the stats, that start was definitely not what the Pirates needed right now.
The bullpen is currently over-worked...
In what was one of the more miserable games of the season, the Phillies fell to the Pirates, 2-0.
Hamels Moves to 0-3:
-Just call it the Curse of Cliff. When your starting pitcher throws well enough that he should have a victory. Cole was pretty much on his game from the start, except for mistakes to Brandon Inge and Gaby Sanchez that hurt him. Hamels has gotten better every start...
Andrew McCutchen is one of baseball's most talented young players. Apparently he wants people to know it, too. After Wednesday's 5-3 defeat of the Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was watching MLB Network, probably to admire himself, when he saw the Phillies-Pirates highlights. He was not happy with what...
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...
Jeff Locke pitched six innings of two-hit ball and Gaby Sanchez homered off Cole Hamels to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Locke (2-1) struck out six and walked two. After wriggling out of a jam in the fourth, he retired his last eight batters - striking out three of the final four.
Sanchez also doubled and Brandon Inge had an RBI...
Francisco Liriano will get the start tonight for Indianapolis, making his third rehab appearance, as he works his way towards the majors. Altoona is off today. Bradenton was off yesterday. 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...
In Altoona tonight, Charlie Morton will make his second rehab start as he makes his comeback from Tommy June Surgery last June. West Virginia had off yesterday. They resume play tonight on the road against Charleston. 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 course Brandon Inge would be the player to get the key RBI double in this game. Of course he'd be the one to turn in two stellar plays at third base to keep the Phillies off of the board with the Pirates clinging to a 1-0 lead and the Phillies threatening. Of course that's how it was going to happen after me and most Pirate fans and bloggers spent a good part of the afternoon...
Righty Vin Mazzaro was selected from Indy on April 16 and joined the Pirates bullpen. Mazzaro, who's started 45 of his 69 games in the majors, was one of the last cuts in spring training camp. Mazzaro has made three appearances and has not allowed a run. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko caught up with Mazzaro recently.
Awesome comeback win for the Pirates tonight. Your heroes? Brandon Inge and Pedro Alvarez, of course! Those two (and several others) were key in helping the Bucs battle back and earn their second straight win – and their 11th in the last 15 games.
The game started off as a pitcher’s duel between Roy Halladay and Wandy Rodriguez. Halladay seemed wild in the first inning but got...
The Pirates’ momentum (and/or luck) ran out on Monday night, as the Phillies surprisingly outpitched them and were able to pull off a narrow one-run victory. The Bucs fall to 10-9 and now face an uphill climb for the rest of this four game set on the other side of the state.
Over the weekend against the Braves, the Pirates won a couple of games in which the pitching matchup didn’t...
During Wednesday's Pirates-Phillies game, the much-maligned Domonic Brown made a catch in the top of the fifth inning that even his harshest critics had to respect. With none out, Pirates shortstop John McDonald hit a sinking liner to left field that looked destined to be a double. Brown got on his horse, stretched his arm to its absolute limits, and dove, somehow managing to...
His story has been told several times, but it just gets more interesting with seemingly every at-bat.
Stetson Allie has an OPS of 1.093 in 19 games so far this season with West Virginia.
Stetson Allie was drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2010 and the club handed the hard-throwing right-hander from Ohio a hefty $2.25 million signing bonus. His performances on the mound...
The Pirates are 10-8. They're hitting the ball well and besides uneven starting pitching, playing a brand of baseball that I think we can fairly call "very good" over the last two weeks. They're coming off of a 7-2 homestand against the Reds, Cardinals, and Braves. Still, it feels like they're stuck in a sort of no man's land right now. Francisco Liriano...