Found August 11, 2013 on
Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Bucs let another lead slip away and came out of Colorado empty handed on Sunday afternoon, as the Rockies completed a sweep with a 3-2 victory.
Just like Saturday night, the game was going pretty well for a while. The Bucs scored a couple of quick runs when Pedro Alvarez crushed a homer and Andrew McCutchen brought in Clint Barmes with an infield hit. Jeff Locke was pitching well – much better than he’s been in recent weeks. He went back in to “not giving up any hits” mode, allowing just three. He did walk four, but one was intentional and that’s been a fairly constant thing with him. He did a great job of pitching, got a big K when he needed it to help escape a jam, and worked around a bad Barmes error that should’ve been an inning ending DP.
Jeff was charged with two runs (one earned) but neither was really his fault. The first one came on a completely phantom balk call – Jeff stepped off and threw a runner out after he broke early, and the ump made a completely incorrect balk...
BEST OF MAXIM
There has been speculation that the Pittsburgh Pirates would skip Gerrit Cole’s next start. On Sunday, the Pirates announced Charlie Morton, Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett as the starters for the series starting Tuesday in St. Louis.
Skipping Cole’s next outing would give the young right-hander a few extra days of rest and help reduce Cole’s innings, which will be a concern...
For Pittsburgh Pirates starter Charlie Morton the last year and a half has been an uphill battle, the surgery, the rehab and the return.
Morton has had his share of struggles since returning to the lineup for Pittsburgh in June. He has had success with his sinker and is throwing a harder fastball than before his injury, but control has been an issue for the right-hander.
He is also...
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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Jhoulys Chacin has had a breakthrough season for the Rockies.Who would have ever thought this? The Colorado Rockies one of the best one-two punches at the top of their rotation in all of the National League.When Jorge De La Rosa has a good outing, it seems like it puts a charge into Jhoulys Chacin to go out and have a great game himself, then De La Rosa raises the bar a little higher...
Dexter Fowler had two hits and two RBIs and the Colorado Rockies used a big sixth inning to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 Saturday night.
The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 48 minutes because of a weather cell that slowly moved into the area before the first pitch. Heavy rain and lightning hit Coors Field after the scheduled 6:10 MDT start.
The Pirates have lost two straight...
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Pirates (70-45) at Rockies (53-64)
8:10 PM–Coors Field, Denver
The Pirates hopefully “showered well” and will look to bounce back from last night’s brutal loss at Coors Field. They’ve done a pretty good job of recovering from losses like that this season. The most recent one was the 13-0 drubbing against St. Louis – and after one more loss the...
Well… He’s free. Hot hitting outfielder Andrew Lambo has been called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lambo’s power has been nothing short of astounding this season between AA and AAA. A lot of people assume Lambo is older than he is. He’s only 24 despite spending seven seasons in the minors. For Lambo it’s the…
Nolan Arenado has shown to be dependable late for the Rockies.The Marlins and Brewers were too tough for the Colorado Rockies at home, but apparently the Pittsburgh Pirates, who flew into Denver with the best record in baseball, were no problem.On Sunday, rookie Chad Bettis took the mound for the first time at Coors Field. His first start in Atlanta was a nerve-filled event that...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Kelly Shoppach on a minor league deal, and have assigned him to Indianapolis. Shoppach has spent time this year with Seattle and Washington, before being released on July 31st by the Nationals. He hit for a .196/.293/.346 line in 107 at-bats with Seattle in the majors, which is well below the .782-.865 OPS at the height of his career...
Michael Cuddyer has been tearing it up on the diamond this season for the Rockies, hitting .328 and knocking in 66 RBI, but swinging a big stick isn’t the only trick the All-Star has up his sleeve.
Cuddyer traded in his ball cap for a top hat, and took on a Magic Mike persona – not that Magic Mike — when the Rockies were in New York taking on the Mets during the first week...
Please let this series from Hell just end with no one getting hurt today! Starling Marte is day to day. Pedro Alvarez? Who knows. The only bright spot is that the Cardinals and Reds both lost yesterday. That’s the only silver lining, the fact that the Pirates didn’t lose ground. A.J. Burnett clearly ran out…
Your browser does not support iframes.Colorado Rockies All-Star outfielder Michael Cuddyer is pretty good with a baseball bat. After all, the 13-year veteran did put together a 27-game hitting streak earlier this season, and he currently ranks third in the National League in batting average (.329).Do you know what else Cuddyer is good at besides hitting? Apparently, the art of magical...
Clint Hurdle did two wildly different things last night in terms of using pitchers. The first thing he did infuriated me. He kept Francisco Liriano in to get abused. Sometimes I see the value of this. Your fourth or fifth starter has to nut up to save a decimated bullpen. Fine. Charlie Morton hung out…
The Pittsburgh Pirates' three-game NL Central lead over the St. Louis Cardinals can partially be attributed to their play against their division rival.
Now it's the Cardinals who feel like they have something to prove against the upstart Pirates.
St. Louis has juggled its rotation so Adam Wainwright can start Tuesday night's opener of this much-anticipated three-game...