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The Pittsburgh Pirates ensured they'd finish with a record 20th straight losing season Sunday when they blew a ninth-inning lead in a 4-3 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds.
Pinch-hitter Xavier Paul led off the ninth with a home run off Joel Hanrahan (5-2) and Zack Cozart had a go-head double for Cincinnati, who clinched home-field advantage in the NL division series. They are competing with Washington for best overall record in the league.
The Pirates extended their major North American professional sports record. Pittsburgh was 16 games over .500 on Aug. 6, but has lost 18 of 23 to fall to 77-82.
Aroldis Chapman walked Jose Tabata to lead off the bottom of the ninth, but Tabata was thrown out at third trying to advance after Chapman's throwing error on a pickoff attempt.
Chapman then walked Clint Barmes and allowed a single to Rod Barajas before striking out Michael McKenry and Starling Marte to end the game and earn his 37th save.
Joey Votto went 2 for 4 with an RBI doubl...
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Looking ahead to the 2013 season, there has been some talk and speculation that Pirates starters James McDonald and Jeff Karstens might not be locks for the 2013 rotation. If you ask me, both pitchers should be locks for the rotation next year.
The knock against McDonald right now is that he’s faded in the second half. The right-hander posted a 7.52 ERA in 61 innings in the second...
Kyle McPherson may have only thrown 20.1 innings in the Majors before taking the mound on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, but the 24-year-old looked nothing like a rookie against the National League Central best Cincinnati Reds.
Looking to make a lasting impression in his final start of the 2012 season, and to put himself into conversation for a spot in the Pirates rotation out of spring trainin...
The Pittsburgh Pirates today clinched their 20th consecutive losing season, a mark that surpasses even the futility of our Kansas City Royals. That brought to my mind a pretty good question, which franchise is really more hopeless? To start I’ll look at the recent performance of the two clubs, as putrid as it is, and then I’ll finish with the future prospects.
While it’s true...
Heading in to 2012 it was 19-consecutive losing seasons since the Pirates have fielded a winning team in Pittsburgh. And after a painful loss from a blown save and a bad base running blunder, that streak was extended to twenty.
From where the Pirates were on July 28th — sitting at 58-42 and a season-high 16 games over .500, on pace to win 94 games — to where they are on September 30th...
On their way to hitting a new low, the Pittsburgh Pirates accomplished a remarkable feat - outdoing themselves.
A day after being no-hit for the first time in 41 years, the Pirates try to avoid completing a collapse unlike any in baseball history Saturday night against the Cincinnati Reds.
Pittsburgh (76-81) was 62-46 on Aug. 6, and at that point the talk wasn't about the seeming...
Xavier Paul had one at bat Sunday, but it was a game changer. He was asked to come in the top of the 9th and hit for Miguel Cairo, and launched a game inning solo homer off of Joel Hanrahan. That hit allowed the Reds to take two of three in Pittsburgh, and assured a losing season for the Pirates, their 20th consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the history of American...
After Friday night’s no-hitter capped off nearly two months of total misery for the Pirates, they came through – for one night, anyway – and earned a feel-good victory on Saturday.
Kyle McPherson was excellent in his third and final start of the year. The young righty allowed just four hits (two after the first inning), struck out five, and walked just one. He made it through...
John Sickels took a look at the rookies on the Cincinnati Reds this season as one of his articles yesterday over at MinorLeagueBall.com. He covered anyone who was a rookie this year and had this at the end of the article on some of the more key players:
Rookies Zack Cozart (3.0 WAR) and Todd Frazier (2.9 WAR) played key roles in the lineup this year, both college products from the...
Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker returned to the Reds dugout on Monday in St. Louis to resume his managerial duties after missing 11 games while he was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat and a mini-stroke. Baker looked fit when he faced reporters prior to Monday's game. "I always had a pretty good perspective on things, but now it just makes me feel more appreciative...
The Reds let the Pirates tie up the series last night when they lost 1-2.
After Homer Bailey’s no-hitter the night before, Mike Leake kind of needed a perfect game and four hits to get himself into serious contention for the play-off roster. Unfortunately, he blew the perfect game on the second batter when Josh Harrison singled to center field. He did go 1-for-2 on the night, though...
There was much anticipation last night before the Reds game at Pittsburgh as Johnny Cueto took the mound in search of his 20th win. He pitched well but did not get a decision before ninth inning heroics notched the Reds' 96th win of the year. Xavier Paul tied the score with a pinch hit home run before Zach Cozart doubled home the game-winner in a 4-3 victory.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen hit a solo home run off Jonathan Broxton with one out in the ninth inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 Saturday night.
A day after getting no-hit by Cincinnati's Homer Bailey, the Pirates won with eight hits.
McCutchen's 31st homer helped Pittsburgh keep a record 20th consecutive losing season at bay for...
At the end of all these no hitters, right after the 27th out, there’s the hug between the pitcher and the catcher. The whole team gets in eventually, but there’s always just a little more emotion in that pitcher-catcher connection.Watching Homer Bailey no-hit the Pirates last night, I completely understand why.Ryan Hanigan is nothing if not explicit when he shows his target...
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Here's a replay of the final out recorded by Homer Bailey during his no-hitter on Friday night. It marked the seventh no-no in Major League Baseball this season, and the first by a Red since 1988 (Tom Browning). Congrats to Bailey and his battery mate Ryan Hanigan for pulling off the rare feat!