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Pirates Outlast Cardinals in 19 Innings, Clinch Series Victory

All season, all we’ve said is how much different this year’s team is from a year ago.  Today, during their marathon 19-inning game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the rubber-match of the series at Busch Stadium, we saw another example of that trend.  A year ago, the Pirates lost a heartbreaker in Atlanta to the Braves on a call by umpire Jerry Meals…yeah, we already know that story.  But today, the Pirates held one of the very best offenses in baseball to only three runs through 19 innings, and unlike a season ago, the Bucs earned a victory for their efforts…and it couldn’t have come at a better point in the season.

After over six hours of baseball, the Pirates took the lead for good in the top of the 19thPedro Alvarez crushed his 23rd homerun of the season to give the ...

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Dodgers Beat Pirates In Thriller At PNC Park

There’s no denying that this week is one of the biggest (and toughest) tests of the season thus far for the Pirates, facing two teams that are chasing them in the N.L. Wild Card race.  Based on the close records of the two teams and where the two clubs are in terms of standings and playoff positioning, it was expected to be an intense series…and that’s exactly what it was in the opening game between the Dodgers and Bucs at PNC Park tonight.

Shane Victorino, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies at the trade deadline, went 2-4 with a homerun and three RBI’s, leading the Dodgers past the Pirates, 5-4 in a back-and-forth game on the North Shore.

Juan Rivera’s pinch-hit single in the eighth increased the lead to 5-2 at the time, and ended up being the difference in the game tonigh...

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Pirates Sweep Marlins Out Of PNC Park

With the trade deadline approaching, a hot topic of debate is whether or not the Pittsburgh Pirates should trade for a starting pitcher to add some depth and experience to the rotation.  Jeff Karstens may be able to end that debate if he continues to pitch the way he has since returning from the DL.  Karstens pitched seven solid shut-out innings today to help defeat the Miami Marlins 3-0 at another packed PNC Park.

Karstens would give up five hits on the day while striking out three and walking two batters.  He worked his way out of a first inning jam that saw six Marlins come to the plate and again in the seventh, when after the umpires overturned a catch by Alex Presley, he was able to induce a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.

The Pirates bullpen only needed two members to make an...

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Pirates Fall To Rockies At Rainy Coors Field

The Pirates entered tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies in what seemed to be a potentially high scoring affair.  After all, the Bucs have had one of the most potent offenses in recent weeks, and with the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field paired with the inflated ERA’s of the Rockies’ pitching staff, it seemed like a perfect recipe for a high-powered Pirates’ performance.

But despite some late-inning heroics to make things interesting, the Pirates fell to the Rockies tonight at Coors Field, 5-4.

For the most part, the Bucs couldn’t solve Colorado starter Jeff Francis.  The left-hander gave up one run on six hits through his five innings of work, before handing the ball over to Josh Roenicke, who was equally effective.

The Pirates did threaten in the final inning, a...

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Pirates vs. Rockies: Series Breakdown

Optimism was at an all-time high entering this past weekend’s series between the Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers.  After all, the team was in first place, 11 games over .500, and was playing perhaps the best baseball of any team in the league.

Unfortunately, the Pirates opened their season’s second half with a lot of strikeouts, some sloppy defense, and a few missed opportunities, all leading to a series loss to the Brewers at Miller Park.

Andrew McCutchen continues his tear through National League hitting.  After a 7-12 performance in Milwaukee, including three homeruns, Cutch is now hitting .371 and is the most dangerous hitter in the league.  The rest of the Pirates struggled in Milwaukee, though, striking out a total of 44 times in three games...

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Karstens Pitches Eight Scoreless As Pirates Sweep Astros

Tonights 2-0 win for the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Houston Astros did not have a ton of runs, hits, or a walk off excitement like we have become use to seeing over the past few weeks. This game tonight looked more like an April or May win.  Not much offense, some wasted opportunities to blow the game open and top notch pitching.

Jeff Karstens pitched his third game since coming off the disabled list tonight and looked great on the mound.  Eight innings of work, zero runs on four hits, while striking out eight and walking one batter.  Another amazing stat was that after eight innings of work he only threw 89 pitches.  It was also big that of the four hits he gave up, multiple hits were not given up in an inning.  Need to appreciate a great night on the hill when we see it.

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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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Alvarez Leads Pirates Past Cardinals For Fourth Straight Win

The Pirates entered this weekend’s series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a lot to prove.  Now, after this afternoon’s 7-3 victory at Busch Stadium, they are proving that they are a serious threat to the Cardinals, the Cincinnati Reds, and any other team in the N.L. Central division.  That is, the way they’re playing right now…

Pedro Alvarez hit a grand slam in the first inning off Cardinals’ starter Lance Lynn, and the home team never recovered.  After Lynn got the first two batters to ground out, Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones hit back-to-back singles, and Neil Walker drew a walk.  Alvarez put a 3-2 pitch into the seats over 430 feet away to give the Bucs an early 4-0 lead.

Walker’s RBI double and Clint Barmes’ fielder’s choice RBI ground out gave the Pirates t...

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Series Breakdown

The Pirates had and up and down series against the Philadelphia Phillies this week, but fortunately, they head into this weekend against the St. Louis Cardinals on the upside.  After dropping the first two games of the four-game set against the Phillies, the Bucs battled back, scoring 16 runs in the next two days to earn a series split while also winning the season series against their cross-state rivals.  Pittsburgh is once again one game out of first place in the N.L. Central behind the Cincinnati Reds as they enter play tonight at Busch Stadium in the biggest series of the season thus far.

After losing their third straight game on Tuesday night, the Bucs sent their two top pitchers to the mound on Wednesday and Thursday in James McDonald and A.J. Burnett, and while neither pitched a c...

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Sloppy Play Allows Phillies To Cruise Past Pirates

Tonight’s game for the Pittsburgh Pirates is a throw away game, just forget it ever happened and be ready to battle again tomorrow night.  The Buccos dropped game one of a four game series against the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3.  A slew of errors early on and poor pitching doomed the Pirates from the onset.

The first inning saw Philadelphiascore four runs and Pittsburghcommit three errors.  Now we all know that while the Pirates are an improved team over past years, they are not on a level where they can come back from innings like this.  Two of these errors would be by Jose Tabata, the other by Pedro Alvarez.  The fourth and final error of the night came from Clint Barmes in the fifth inning.

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Of course errors of this magnitude do not help whe...

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