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Locke, Pirates Routed By Padres

Sometimes, during the course of a 6 month long schedule, games like this happen. Jeff Locke and the Pittsburgh Pirates fell behind early tonight, squandered some opportunities offensively, and suffered a 7-1 blowout loss to the San Diego Padres in the series finale at Petco Park.

Locke took a big step backwards tonight on the mound. After decent starts in his last two outings, the Pirates’ left hander struggled from the very beginning tonight. Control was an issue tonight, as was costly (and timely) hits from the Padres, as Locke threw 90 pitches in only four innings of work, giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits with three walks. His ERA now sits at 5.34 for the season. Vance Worley pitched four scoreless innings of relief in the losing effort.

Yangervis Solarte singled to lea...

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Davis Homers Late To Down Cardinals

It can not be easy for a player to start most of the season and then get benched in favor of a teammate who is learning a new position. This is the case for Ike Davis who recently has been limited to pinch hitting duties. Tonight he was the hero of the game, as he hit a three run home run in the eighth inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gerrit Cole was in fine form tonight over the course of his six innings of work. He allowed two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out nine. Cole held St. Louis hitless until the sixth inning. He would leave the game in the seventh with runners on first and third. Both runners would come around to score on relief pitcher Tony Watson. Watson gave up a sac fly to Jon Jay and then three batters late...

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Harrison Double Drives In Winning Run For Pirates

He may just be the biggest story in all of baseball this year and if the Pittsburgh Pirates have any chance of earning another trip to the postseason he will need to become an everyday player when the roster is healthy.  No I am not talking about Andrew McCutchen, it is Josh Harrison who seems to be that extra spark Pittsburgh needs to keep battling in 2014.

Harrison was not in the starting lineup, but a pinch hit opportunity in the seventh would lead to three at bats, with the most important coming in the eleventh with the game tied 2-2.  With Clint Barmes on first, Harrison would drive a ball to deep right center field to score the winning run.  He would also play Houdini in the tenth when he wiggled his way out of a rundown to take third base.

Brandon Cumpton continued this recent st...

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Offense Carries Pirates Over Dodgers

The Pittsburgh Pirates are sitting on what could be a turning point to the 2014 season.  They began the night six games under .500 and about to start a seven game road trip on the west coast.  The west coast has not been kind to Pittsburgh over the past decade.  Up first for the Pirates was a four game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Los Angeles boasts a strong lineup and pitching rotation, so the Buccos would need to be on top of their game if they hoped for a win.

This game had a back and forth feel early on.  The Dodgers jumped out to a lead in the bottom part of the first on a double by Yasiel PuigPedro Alvarez would then hit a solo home run in the top of the second to tie the game 1-1.  Los Angeles retook the lead with a Dee Gordon RBI single. 

The Buccos would ti...

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Pirates Blow Late Lead, Lose To Brewers Again

Well it’s official.  The Milwaukee Brewers have the Pittsburgh Pirates number this year…at least so far.  A day after overcoming four errors to beat the Bucs, the Brewers used some late inning heroics to top them once again tonight in front of a huge crowd at PNC Park.

Ryan Braun’s two-run homerun in the ninth inning put the Brewers on top for good after a back-and-forth game tonight.

Wandy Rodriguez started tonight for the Pirates, and struggled mightily once again.  The Buccos’ left-hander lasted just four innings, giving up four runs on six hits, inflating his ERA to 7.65 for the season.  Bryan Morris and Tony Watson each gave up a run in relief, and after a perfect eighth inning by Mark Melancon, Jason Grilli blew his second save of the season in the ninth, surrendering the...

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Barmes, Walker Power Pirates Past Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates were in the midst of a three game losing streak prior to the first pitch of the finale in a three game series with the San Diego Padres today, and after the first two innings, it looked likeSan Diego was well on their way to a sweep of our Buccos.

But, like they have all year Pittsburghbattled back in the third and fourth innings to gain the lead and cruise to an 11-5 victory in front of 35,352 fans on the north shore.  After a Neil Walker single plated the first run for the Buccos in the fourth, a bases loaded walk of Michael McKenry got the wheels in motion for a huge fourth inning.  Up next was Clint Barmes, and he did not dissappoint.  He would take a Ross Ohlendorf pitch and drive it down the line and off the foul pole for his first career grand slam to give ...

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Pirates Close First Half With Rout Of Giants

Pittsburgh fans have been chanting “MVP, MVP” for the past couple weeks in reference to Andrew McCutchen, who has truly emerged as one of the best players in the National League.  Today, on the last day before the All Star break, Cutch gave the fans at PNC Park one more reminder why he is one of the top players in baseball, going 3-5 including two homeruns as the Pirates blew out the San Francisco Giants, 13-2.

Cutch’s two homeruns and four RBI’s today give him 18 long balls and 60 RBI’s for the season, while bumping his average to an MLB-best .362.  All 18 of his homeruns have come since May 9.  Wow.

Neil Walker is on fire as well right now, and his 5-5 performance this afternoon, including a homerun, double, and three singles increased his hitting streak to 12 games and his ...

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Pirates Win Again, Now Alone In First Place

There’s a different vibe at PNC Park right now.  Tens of thousands of fans packed the North Shore venue this afternoon on a blistering hot and humid day inPittsburgh, to see the Pirates and the Astros on Independence Day?  That’s right…we all know how dedicated of a sports town the Steel City can be…especially for a winning team.

The Pirates beat the Astros for the third time in as many days, this time by a 6-4 score, and now, they sit alone atop the N.L. Central division.

Sure, it’s the Astros…a team that has all but mailed in this season as nothing more than a transition from the National League to the American League next year.  And their lone remaining established threat, Carlos Lee, was shipped toMiamitoday...

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Pirates’ Offense Stays Hot In 11-2 Win Over Astros

Jordan Lyles could not have asked for a better start to the game tonight at PNC Park.  The Houston Astros’ starter held the Pirates hitless through the first three innings, and the first time through the order, he had four strikeouts.  Yes, things were going well for Lyles…until the fourth inning.

The Pirates scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings on their way to an 11-2 blowout win over the Astros, who are now just 9-29 on the road this season.

Garrett Jones and Neil Walker hit back-to-back homeruns off the right field foul pole to get the scoring started in the fourth.  Casey McGehee added a double, and scored on Clint Barmes’ RBI single, and the Bucs occupied a 4-1 lead heading into the fifth.  They would deliver the knockout punch to Lyles on a leadoff triple by Dre...

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Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Series Breakdown

What have we been seeing lately at the plate from the Pittsburgh Pirates?  After being at the bottom-of-the-league through the first two months of the season, the Bucs’ offense erupted in June to be one of the league’s best statistically.  That trend came to a climactic conclusion this past week’s road trip, as the Pirates finished with a 4-3 record against the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals while scoring 48 runs in seven games.  And perhaps most encouraging was the contributions from nearly everyone in the lineup, headlined by Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez, as well as big hits from the likes of Garrett Jones, Neil Walker, Casey McGehee, Clint Barmes, and Michael McKenry.

The Bucs are now 42-36 on the season, just one game behind the first place Cincinnati Reds

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