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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
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Enjoy baseball? The #Pirates play the next 20 consecutive days.
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Saturday lineups #pirates pic.twitter.com/6xsUqTAe0C
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 5, 2014
Here is some info about tonight's game.
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Girl, are you a Francisco Liriano slider, because I'm a lefty and I know I won't be hittin' that tonight #LetsGoBucs
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As the sun starts to come up in the ‘Burgh…only 6 hours until first pitch. #OpeningDayPNC pic.twitter.com/VmLTfAhAS5
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 31, 2014
I just walked over the Roberto Clemente Bridge into PNC Park on Opening Day. Seriously, who is the luckiest man on earth?
— Tim Kurkjian (@Kurkjian_ESPN) March 31, 2014
Lineups: #cubs @ #pirates #OpeningDay14...
If you missed it, and I’m sure you have not, the Pirates made it official today that Andrew Lambo would be joining the club in time for the start of this week’s series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
We all know the breakout season Lambo has had this year and when you couple that with the fact that the Pirates right fielders have combined to produce the worst offensive numbers...
The #Pirates officially select the contract of Andrew Lambo and option OF Alex Presley to @indyindians
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 13, 2013
After a breakout season in both Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, the Pirates have officially called up OF Andrew Lambo. Alex Presley will be optioned to make room for him.
Lambo, who just turned 25 on Sunday, has hit...
Tonight, I was glad to be asked back for Episode Two of Pirates Roundtable that was set up by James Santelli over at Pirates Prospects. Joining James, along with myself, was Ed Giles of Inclemente Weather.
We also had a surprise visit by Greg Brown(!) and David Manel of Bucs Dugout joined us for a while as well.
The full episode is about an hour and twenty minutes, but we discuss...
Final: Pirates 10, Brewers 3 (box)
WP: Gerrit Cole (4-0, 3.70 ERA)
LP: Johnny Hellweg (0-1, 27.00 ERA)
SV: Ryan Reid (1, 1.00 ERA)
I guess we will start with Gerrit Cole. He seemed like he was going to be in for a long day after allowing six of the first seven batters to reach base, leading to a three-run deficit to start the game. But he settled in quite nicely after that and didn’t...
I was honored today to be one of the guests on the first episode of Pirates Roundtable hosted by James Santelli of Pirates Prospects. I was joined by Brian McElhinny from Raise the Jolly Roger, Cory Weibel from Three Rivers Burgh Blog, Pat Lackey of Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke? and Tom Bragg, also from Pirates Prospects.
We discussed pretty much every relevant topic surrounding...
Final: Pirates 9, Mariners 2 (box)
WP: Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06 ERA)
LP: Joe Saunders (5-8, 4.98 ERA)
Jeff Locke was excellent once again as he gave up just two runs over seven innings. His 2.06 ERA is now tied with Clayton Kershaw for second best in the National League behind only Matt Harvey (2.05).
Starling Marte had himself a game. After leading off with his seventh triple...
The first day of the 2013 Draft is in the books, and the Pirates have drafted three players they hope to add to their system soon.
1st Round, #9 Overall – Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (GA) [Full Story]
- Ranked #5 overall prospect by Baseball America.
- Plays center field, but projects to move to one of the corners.
- Baseball America named him “Best Athlete,” as well as...
The Pirates finished off their first day of the draft with the 51st overall pick by selecting high school LHP Blake Taylor from Dana Hills High School in California.
Taylor has a commitment to play at Hawaii and does not turn 18 until August 17th. He was ranked by Baseball America as the 54th best prospect in the draft.
Here’s his prospect video:
With the Pirates’ second pick in the first round, they selected high school catcher Reese McGuire out of Kentwood High School in Washington.
McGuire is a left-handed hitter and is rated as the best catcher in this year’s draft.
Here’s his official prospect video:
Here’s what Baseball America has to say about McGuire:
McGuire was known by scouts early, playing in the 2011...
The Pittsburgh Pirates picked OF Austin Meadows from Grayson High School in Georgia.
Meadows is a 6’3″, 200 pound, left-handed hitter and thrower. Baseball America had him ranked as the #6 prospect in the draft.
Here’s ESPN’s Keith Law’s video analysis of Meadows.
More to come…
Final: Pirates 1, Tigers 0 (box)
WP: Bryan Morris (3-2, 3.06 ERA)
LP: Luke Putkonen (1-1, 1.69 ERA)
Let’s start things off at the end. The Pirates started off the bottom of the 11th inning with a Neil Walker single. Andrew McCutchen followed that with a four-pitch walk. Then Gaby Sanchez singled into left field to load up the bases. Russell Martin then delivered with a walk off...
Final: Pirates 1, Cubs 0 (box)
WP: Francisco Liriano (3-0, 1.00 ERA)
LP: Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 3.25 ERA)
SV: Mark Melancon (1, 0.72 ERA)
Francisco Liriano isn’t known to be the most efficient of pitchers, but that’s exactly what he was tonight. The lefty, in his third start of the year, tossed seven shutout innings while giving up just two hits. He struck out nine and walked...
Final: Pirates 5, Cubs 4 (box)
WP: Wandy Rodriguez (5-2, 3.40 ERA)
LP: James Russell (1-1, 1.04 ERA)
SV: Jason Grilli (18, 1.31 ERA)
Wandy Rodriguez started off shaky by giving up three runs in the second inning, but finished things up nicely going six innings allowing just those three runs. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. Rodriguez has given up three or less runs...
Final: Pirates 1, Astros 0 (box)
WP: Jeff Locke (4-1, 2.73 ERA)
LP: Lucas Harrell (3-5, 4.63 ERA)
SV: Jason Grilli (17, 0.92 ERA)
Jeff Locke started and pitched seven scoreless innings. He struck out four, walked two, and gave up just three hits.
Andrew McCutchen was scratched due to soreness in his right knee. Apparently he was able to pinch hit, but was not used.
The only run of...
Final: Astros 4, Pirates 2 (box)
WP: Jose Cisnero (1-0, 4.00 ERA)
LP: Bryan Morris (1-2, 3.68 ERA)
SV: Jose Veras (6, 3.71 ERA)
A.J. Burnett pitched stellar, as usual, giving up just one run over seven innings. He did walk four batters and give up five hits, but was helped out by seven strikeouts and two double plays. Burnett has a 2.57 ERA this season in ten starts and somehow the...
Final: Pirates 5, Astros 4 (box)
WP: Justin Wilson (4-0, 1.40 ERA)
LP: Edgar Gonzalez (0-1, 7.43 ERA)
Jeanmar Gomez had his worst start after being pretty solid in his first three. He pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs, three of which were earned. He struck out just one and gave up five hits and two walks.
One person I was sad to see the organization and am glad to see in...
Final: Pirates 7, Brewers 1 (box)
WP: Francisco Liriano (2-0, 1.64 ERA)
LP: Hiram Burgos (1-2, 6.58 ERA)
Francisco Liriano, in his second start as a Pirates did pretty much the same as he did in his first start. He went 5 2/3 innings while giving up one run on six hits. He struck out seven and walked three. His only run given up was in a shaky first inning, but from then on it was...
Final: Pirates 3, Brewers 1 (box)
WP: Wandy Rodriguez (4-2, 3.25 ERA)
LP: Yovani Gallardo (3-3, 4.50 ERA)
SV: Jason Grilli (16, 1.02 ERA)
Wandy Rodriguez pitched seven innings and gave up just one run on six hits. He also struck out five and walked one. The Brewers’ only run came on a solo home run by Rickie Weeks in the seventh inning. He danced out of some trouble in the fourth...
Final: Pirates 5, Cardinals 0 (box)
WP: A.J. Burnett (1-2, 2.63 ERA)
LP: Shelby Miller (2-1, 1.96 ERA)
A.J. Burnett was perfect through 5 1/3 innings and carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. His only two blemishes were a hit by pitch and a double to Carlos Beltran. He also struck out eight batters in his seven innings. His second strikeout was the 2,000th of his career.
Chicago Cubs (1-1, T-1st in NL Central) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1-1, T-1st in NL Central)
Game Time: 12:35 ET (Tickets)
CHC – Travis Wood (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
PIT – James McDonald (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
James McDonald makes his first start after posting a 4.19 ERA in five spring training starts. Last season against the Cubs, McDonald was 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA in three starts...
Final: Pirates 3, Cubs 0 (box)
WP: Wandy Rodriguez (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
LP: Edwin Jackson (0-1, 3.60 ERA)
SV: Jason Grilli (1, 0.00 ERA)
MVP: Wandy Rodriguez (.248 WPA)
Wandy Rodriguez picked up right where he left off this spring as he tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just two hits. He struck out six batters and walked just one. Tony Watson helped get out of a bases loaded jam...