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The streak is over! On Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates pulled out a 4-3 road win against the Milwaukee Brewers to earn their 81st win of the 2013 season. In doing so, the franchise clinched its first non-losing record in 20 years.
The Pirates last posted a winning record in 1992 when they went 96-66 and won the National League East, before losing to the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series.
Pittsburgh snuck by the Brewers on Tuesday night thanks to a solo home run from pinch-hitter Travis Snider in the top of the ninth inning with the game tied 3-3. The win was also important because it gave the Pirates a two game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.
With the recently-acquired duo of Justin Morneau and Marlon Byrd now in town to bolster the lineup, the Pirates look like one of the more dangerous teams in baseball as we begin the September run to the playoffs. With outstanding young guys like Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Starling Mar...
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Pittsburgh Pirates first base prospect Alex Dickerson has been promoted to Indianapolis, according to Cory Giger.
Alex Dickerson promoted to AAA Indianapolis. Appears to be only #AltoonaCurve player going up.
— Cory Giger (@CoryGiger) September 2, 2013
Alex Dickerson has been promoted to Indianapolis.
Dickerson had a .291/.339/.499 line and 17 homers in 447 at-bats coming into...
Ok. There wasn’t an official curse, probably because nobody wanted to give a struggling small market team anything besides the high-hat. The Pittsburgh Pirates recorded win number 81 on September 3, 2013 and will not suffer another losing season for the first time in 21 years. If there were such a hex I would call it The Curse of Barry Bonds, maybe I will coin that name if it...
On Monday, Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli made a rehab appearance for the team’s Double-A outfit, the Altoona Curve. Grilli, on the disabled list since suffering a right forearm injury all the way back on July 22, reportedly is nearing a return to the big league ball club. Exactly what role Grilli will fill […]The post Jason Grilli holds autograph session following minor...
Last night, something special happened. Our Pittsburgh Pirates won their 81st game of the season, a number that tradionally means your club has reached mediocrity in a 162-game season. Only the Pirates haven't hit that many wins wince 1992, a season that ended in crushing disappointment as Sid Bream beat a Barry Bonds throw home in the NLCS. And every season since has been filled...
The streak is over. It ended Tuesday with a bang, after Travis Snider’s pinch-hit, go-ahead home run in the ninth inning.
Now, Pirates fans can focus on more significant items on the agenda as the Pirates play out their final 23 games of the 2013 regular season. The most significant item on said agenda is a deep playoff run.
Success for the Pirates has started from the top, and...
The Altoona Curve lost a tough game in eleven innings to end the season on a sour note. The Curve had a 2-0 lead until the seventh inning. Alen Hanson helped the Akron Aeros get the lead with a fielding error.
Akron’s Matt Lawson broke the tie in the eleventh with an RBI single to right field, which was followed by a Chris Wallace sacrifice fly.
The Curve got on board in the third...
Whiffing five batters and surrendering only five hits and two runs over six innings, budding Pirates ace Gerrit Cole helped Pittsburgh defeat the Brewers 4-3 Tuesday night in Milwaukee. Turning in four straight quality starts, the 22-year-old Cole (6-7, 3.44 ERA) has now recorded 66 strikeouts over 91.1 innings. Chosen first overall out of UCLA in 2011, the 6-foot-4, 220 pound Cole...
This is the way it was supposed to happen.
Tomorrow the Pirates have the chance to end their 20 year consecutive losing streak. They won game number 80 today, and can take win number 81 and avoid a losing season tomorrow. After that it’s win number 82 for the first winning season since 1992. And while people are excited for these two things, they take a clear back seat to the current...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have much bigger goals than simply earning their 81st win, but for a franchise that has been associated with losing for a generation, reaching the break-even mark would be a welcoming sign.
The Pirates try to get 81 wins for the first time in 21 years Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
Pittsburgh (80-57) retook the NL Central lead...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have ended their run of 20 straight consecutive losing seasons - the longest in North American professional sports history.
The Pirates can next cement a winning record if they complete their first sweep at Miller Park in over nine years.
They'll send Francisco Liriano to the mound Wednesday night when they try to hand the Milwaukee Brewers a sixth straight...
The minor league season is done for all but three of the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates. Indianapolis and West Virginia will each start their playoffs on Wednesday, while Jamestown still has two regular season games left and a chance to win the NYPL Wildcard spot. They have a one game lead on Lowell and can clinch a spot tonight. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom...
The Pirates are looking to capitalize on their success this season by going all-in, they traded for Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau. By adding Morneau, the Bucs address one of their biggest needs. Morneau told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he is excited to be in a pennant race.
In a surprising move the Pirates activated closer Jason Grilli from the disabled list Tuesday.
Grilli originally was scheduled to make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday. Grilli threw a scoreless inning for Double-A Altoona on Monday.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle declined to say whether Grilli would immediately resume closer duties upon his return when asked...
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Pirates ace Francisco Liriano lasted only three innings and the Milwaukee Brewers pounded out a 9-3 victory Wednesday night to delay Pittsburgh from clinching its first winning season since 1992.
Liriano (15-7), who had allowed five earned runs in his previous four starts, was rocked for seven runs on seven hits, with two walks and two costly wild pitches. The Pirates...
Baseball is a difficult game to figure out at times.
By all appearances the Milwaukee Brewers were overmatched when they took the field Wednesday night. They had lost five in a row were fielding yet another watered-down lineup and the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates had ace Francisco Liriano on the mound.
Defying those odds the Brewers avoided a winless home stand by scoring five...