Game 13: Pirates 8 Reds 7 / Game 14: Reds 7 Pirates 5

Please excuse me while I try to get back into the swing of writing recaps. Before I get there, let me say this: a lot of you said a lot of exceptionally nice things about the piece I wrote about my grandfather last week. I didn’t have time to respond to everyone individually since the whole weekend was kind of a blur, but I want to take a second now to thank everyone for all of...
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Pirates' Watson carving niche as shutdown reliever

The Pirates' Tony Watson took the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday while trouble was brewing. There were two outs in the sixth inning of a tie game, and the Cardinals had runners on first and third. Matt Adams, a career .319 hitter with runners in scoring position, was at the plate. The left-handed reliever's plan was to get a strike then try to expand the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 7: Pirates 7 Cubs 6

The Pirates had to overcome a lot of unusual stuff to sneak out a win from the Cubs tonight. After the Pirates took a 4-0 lead against a really ineffective Edwin Jackson in the first inning, the Cubs fought back to tie the game on a three-run homer by Starlin Castro. Morton had only allowed one regular season home run since the end of last July and he’s generally hard to right...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 7, Cubs 6 – TweetCap

#pirates v #cubs lineups — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 8, 2014 Tonight is 1st of 38 night games at Wrigley Field this year. Since lights were installed in '88, #Cubs are 266-272 in 538 night games — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) April 8, 2014 Enjoy baseball? The #Pirates play the next 20 consecutive days. — David Todd (@DTonPirates...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Home Opener post game thoughts

You're probably not going to find many game recaps on the site this season, because I've never really seen the point of that. Nobody relies on some blogger nerd to give them a recap of the game, if you want that there are much better alleys to go down. I'm also not on the type of schedule that allows me to pay attention to what the Pirates are doing every night, but it...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates relievers eager to pitch in again

Before a mid-March spring training game — the period of the exhibition season where opening day seems simultaneously around the corner and, after weeks of monotonous workouts, far away — Tony Watson voiced his optimism. “We’re just excited now,” he said. “Only two weeks.” Watson also was referring to the end of camp for a Pirates team featuring such a strong bullpen...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Talk The Walking Dead

The video pretty much speaks for's Pittsburgh Pirates players Tony Watson, Justin Wilson, Jeff Locke, and Jordy Mercer predicting what's going to happen in Sunday night's episode of the hit AMC series "The Walking Dead". Enjoy.
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Watson and bullpen seal Pirates win

Pirates reliever Tony Watson pitched a scoreless seventh inning and the Pirates defeated the Cardinals 5-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the NLDS.'s George Von Benko spoke with Watson following the victory.
October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates 6, Reds 2

That. Was. Incredible. The Pirates are moving on to the NLDS after defeating the Reds in the wildest, most emotional, powerful sports environment you will ever witness. After being a part of it, I’m confident that is not hyperbole. This was an absolutely epic evening that no Pirate fan will ever forget. The blackout – which was a tremendous success. The countless rousing ovations...
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October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Great Moments In Unlicensed Pittsburgh Sports Merch: Unlicensed BUCN

So our Pirates have their first playoff game since 1992 tonight, and i still seem to have a few Pirates-related pieces of unlicensed and generic merch in my queue so I might as well get these all out now. With the now-or-never aspect of the one game Wild Card round, there's an off chance the Pirates season ends with a loss to the Reds. Only that isn't gonna happen, and this...
October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The State of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Rotation

For most of the season the Pittsburgh Pirates have been carried by strong pitching, especially out of the starting rotation. Almost all of their starters have performed well this year, including most of the depth options that have come up to fill in for injuries. Now we’re approaching the end of the season, and the Pirates have their best starters in the mix. The Pirates are also...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiders continue to shuffle linemen

The season hasn't even begun yet for the Oakland Raiders and they're already scrambling to field a healthy pair of offensive tackles. Khalif Barnes, the team's starter on the right side for the past three years, has been moved to the left after injuries sidelined Jared Veldheer and Menelik Watson. Tony Pashos will replace Barnes in the lineup, less than a week after...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Morton, Tabata, and Watson Are Playing Out of Their Minds Right Now

Charlie Morton threw his sixth straight start with 6+ innings and two or fewer runs. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Let’s play a game of “Arbitrary Endpoints” to show just how good Charlie Morton has been lately. Today Morton went seven innings, giving up two runs, one earned to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. That marks the sixth straight...
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September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 130: Brewers 7 Pirates 6

The poor performance from the bullpen tonight, with Justin Wilson and Bryan Morris both giving up runs with the Pirates tied late in the game, along with the weird bullpen useage by Clint Hurdle (I still have no idea why Bryan Morris pitched the eighth inning over Tony Watson tonight, or why Morris seems to be the guy Hurdle goes to before Watson every single time) are going to draw...
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Trade deadline in review: nothing happened

It's official:  No last-minute deals for #Pirates. They stand pat. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) July 31, 2013 As I wrote this morning, I thought that the Pirates had needs to address at the deadline today, but it's not actually an understatement to say that almost nothing happened all day. The Diamondbacks and Padres swapped Ian Kennedy and Joe Thatcher, the...
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 102: Pirates 7 Nationals 4

14 hits, six with runners in scoring position, four from Mike McKenry. That's certainly one way to follow up a shutout loss. Everyone that follows the Pirates knows about their woes with runners on base, but on Saturday night they strung together hit after hit after hit with runners on, overwhelming a Marlin team that tried to mount a comeback against a less-than-sharp Charlie...
July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Watson big part of Pirates shark tank

After a shaky start Pirates lefty Tony Watson has become a key member of the "Shark Tank", the Pirates relief corps that has become one of the best bullpens in baseball. Watson in 39 appearances has posted a record of 2-1 with two saves and a 3.35 ERA.'s George Von Benko spoke with Watson recently.
July 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Add Cumpton to 40-Man Roster; DFA Mike Zagurski

Mike Zagurski has been designated for assignment. (Photo by: David Hague) The Pittsburgh Pirates have added right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to the 40-man roster for his start tonight. To make room, they have designated left-handed Mike Zagurski for assignment. The DFA of Zagurski also clears a spot for Cumpton on the 25-man roster. The DFA of Zagurski doesn’t come as a surprise...
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June 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants 2B Scutaro out with finger injury

San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is out indefinitely with an injury to the pinkie finger on his left hand. The finger took a direct hit from a fastball by Pittsburgh's Tony Watson while batting in the seventh inning of an 8-2 loss on Tuesday night. X-rays were negative. Scutaro said Wednesday he has some ligament damage near the tip of the finger. He was replaced...
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June 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 65 Preview: Pirates vs. Giants

Giants (33-30) at Pirates (38-26) 7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Gameday TV: ROOT The Bucs go for two in a row tonight and a series win against the defending champion Giants. Last night was a brilliant start to this homestand against west coast squads, and the Bucs now have a chance to do some damage this week against some struggling teams. Pregame news: Giants manager Bruce...
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June 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Marco Scutaro injury: Giants second basemen leaves game after being hit by pitch

Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro left Tuesday’s game against the Pirates after being hit by a pitch. On an 0-2 count in the seventh inning, Pittsburgh lefty Tony Watson came inside with a fastball that clipped Scutaro in his left hand. He was awarded first base, but Juan Perez was brought in as a pinch runner. A post-game MRI revealed that there was no fracture, according to...
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June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates 6, Cubs 2

The Pirates finally scored some runs for A.J. Burnett on Saturday, but he didn’t need many in one of his best performances of the season. A.J. only struck out five and benefited from a few sharply hit outs, but he was remarkably efficient and gave the Pirates exactly what they’ve been looking for – an outing deep in to the game. Before today, no Pirate starter had even started...
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June 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Notebook: Jerry Sands Could Be a Good In-Season Addition For the Pirates

Jerry Sands has three homers in his last four games. A few weeks ago I wrote about how Jerry Sands was struggling all around, and how there were no silver linings to his game. He wasn’t hitting right-handers or left-handers. He wasn’t hitting for power. It wasn’t a home/road split, or a situation where you could point to the most recent games with hope that he was turning things...
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May 22, 2013  |  Discuss

The day after a frustrating loss

Before previewing today's game, let's talk about yesterday's loss briefly. It was frustrating to watch in just about every way possible. On one hand, the Pirates walked six hitters, hit three batters, gave the Nationals three runs on bad defensive plays by the two guys (Barmes and Marte) that are supposed to anchor the defense, and totally spaced on the existence of baserunners...
May 05, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Common, Yet Wrong Way to Manage a Bullpen

There is no reason why Mark Melancon should be handcuffed to the eighth inning. Photo by: David Hague After today’s game, Clint Hurdle announced that he would only be using Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon when the team is ahead. Hurdle didn’t use either reliever in the ninth inning, instead turning to Tony Watson for a second inning in a game that was tied 4-4. Watson gave up...
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May 05, 2013  |  Discuss

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