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Pirates Blank Giants To Open Series

The last memory of the Pittsburgh Pirates playing the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park is one that Pittsburgh fans would like to erase from their memory.  While this series is not a playoff series, it could go a long way in shaping the National League postseason.  Charlie Morton would lead the way as the Pirates won 4-0.

Morton was great out there on the bump tonight.  He would pick up his eighth win of the season, while pitching 6.2 innings allowing four hits, while striking out eight and walking two.  The only trouble he would get into would be when he loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, which would lead to him being lifted from the game for Jared Hughes.  Hughes then induced a line drive to right field to quiet the threat.  He would then pitch the eighth, before Tony Wa...

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Pirates Score Two In 14th, Beat Mets 5-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets have played two highly competitive games this weekend. And in both games, the Bucs took the early lead, lost the lead, before rallying to beat the home team. Tonight, the Bucs jumped out in front and, after giving up the lead in the latter innings, scored a pair of runs in the 14th inning, beating the Mets 5-3.

It was an exciting game tonight in New York, with the long ball playing a key part in the outcome. Four homeruns accounted for the six runs in the game, two from each team. While the Bucs jumped out in front early, the Mets battled back at home, sending this game into extra innings for the second consecutive night.

Tonight’s starters battled their way through the latter part of the game, but neither would earn the decision. Jonathon Niese s...

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Pirates Battle Back, Sweep Dodgers

For the first three and a half months of this season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were being led by their pitching. Due to injuries, ineffectiveness, and poor starts the team has been carried of late by the offense. That was certainly the case in tonight’s finale with the Los Angeles Dodgers, as a nine run seventh inning led to a 13-6 victory and series sweep.

Los Angeles had a 2-0 lead for the first two innings after Adrian Gonzalez hit an RBI single and then came around to score on a ground out. He would add another run to the lead with another RBI single in the third. Pittsburgh collected their first run of the game on a Francisco Cervelli sac fly in the fourth.

Charlie Morton would leave the game after the fifth inning allowing five runs on ten hits, while striking out six and walking thr...

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Morton Blanks Reds For Series Split

With reports coming out today that A.J. Burnett may be out for the season with his elbow injury, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in need of pitching depth. The best way to sure up that depth is for Charlie Morton to pitch at the high level that he has shown at times throughout his career. Today Morton had some of his best stuff and led the way to a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Morton would throw seven innings today, allowing five hits and striking out seven batters. Another key stat was not walking batters, which we know can be a thorn in the side of any pitcher. Tony Watson pitched a scoreless eighth, before handing the ball over to Mark Melancon. Melancon recorded an out and gave up a hit, before hitting a batter and being ejected from the game. This led to Joakim Soria collecting th...

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Kang’s HR Lifts Pirates Over Twins

Following a quick four game home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road once again tonight for the first of a two game series against the Minnesota Twins. Having lost the first pair of games against the Twins earlier this season, the Bucs played their first game at Target Field tonight, using a big eighth inning and a monster homerun in the ninth inning to win the series opener 8-7.

Charlie Morton made the start tonight for Pittsburgh, giving up three runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings. He fell behind early, and, after hitting his groove in the middle innings, gave up the tying run in the sixth before being pulled in favor of Jared Hughes.

Minnesota took a 2-0 lead on an RBI single by Miguel Sano in the first and an RBI ground out by Aaron Hicks in the ...

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Royals Use Four-Run Seventh To Beat Pirates

After winning a crazy game at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates put themselves in prime position to win the series against the Kansas City Royals. Unfortunately, the Bucs squandered offensive opportunities, played sloppy defense, and ran into some stealthy pitching. Tonight, the Pirates missed some scoring opportunities early, and the Royals took advantage on their way to a 5-1 victory.

Charlie Morton was tagged with the loss tonight, giving up five runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings of work. He pitched a solid game until the seventh inning, when he ran into trouble, giving up four runs before being pulled. Former Bucco Edinson Volquez was dominant for KC, giving up one run on eight hits in 7.2 innings, earning the victory over his former club.

Pittsburgh took the lea...

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Pirates Look Flat In Loss

Going into the All-Star break there wasn’t a hotter team in baseball, as the Pittsburgh Pirates were coming off winning three of four from the St. Louis Cardinals. Tonight they began the second half of the season with a three game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. It was a sloppy affair, as Pittsburgh dropped the opener 4-1.

The Pirates offense was never able to get into any sort of rhythm tonight, as they were only able to collect three hits. One of those hits was a solo home run by Jung Ho Kang in the top of the seventh. There was a total of five occasions were the Buccos leadoff man was able to reach base, and on all five occasions he could not get past second base.

Charlie Morton took to the hill tonight for Pittsburgh and didn’t have his best stuff, but it was magnified by the l...

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Pirates Rally From Behind To Sweep Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates will kick off the biggest series of the season thus far tomorrow night when they welcome the St. Louis Cardinals into PNC Park. And the Bucs couldn’t be feeling any better than they do right now, following a 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres, clinching a three-game series sweep on the North Shore.

The Pirates fell behind tonight, just like last night. And, similar to a night ago, they rallied late to beat the Padres.

Charlie Morton made the start tonight, giving up two runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts in six innings. After giving up a run in each of the first two innings, Morton tossed four straight scoreless frames, earning a no-decision but also another quality start. Deolis Guerra pitched two scoreless innings to earn the victory, and An...

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Pirates Drop Opener To Tribe

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight to begin a ten game home stand. The first three games would be against their American League foe the Cleveland Indians. The game would remain close until a two hour and eight minute rain delay halted play in the bottom of the seventh. After that Cleveland would bust it open for a 5-2 win.

The Indians struck first in this game when former Bucco Brandon Moss hit a two run homer in the top of the second. Moss would then cross the plate in the fourth inning on a Michael Bourn double to give the Tribe a 3-0 lead. Pittsburgh plated their two runs of the night in the bottom part of the fourth on an Andrew McCutchen home run.

Charlie Morton tossed six innings tonight, allowing three runs on four hits, while walking and striking out three batters...

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Pirates Beat Braves 8-4 At Rainy PNC Park

Despite losing Andrew McCutchen in the first inning today at a rainy PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates offense came alive, beating the Atlanta Braves 8-4 to clinch the series with a chance a sweep tomorrow afternoon.

Cutch was hit in the elbow in the first inning today, the second time he’s been hit by a pitch in as many days. As a precaution, he was removed from the game and replaced in the lineup by Jung Ho Kang.

The Bucs jumped on starter Julio Teheran early, touching him up for five runs in the first inning. Starling Marte’s RBI single scored Neil Walker to get the scoring started. Pedro Alvarez doubled home two runs and then Francisco Cervelli and Jordy Mercer followed up with back to back RBI singles.

After Atlanta scored a run in the third, Pittsburgh got that run back in the fif...

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