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Alvarez, Jones Power Pirates Past Mets

The Pirates entered tonight’s game against the Mets with a 75-78 record, needing to go 6-3 the rest of the way in order to avoid their 20th consecutive losing season.  Tonight, they took the first step in that process, scoring seven runs in the first two innings on their way to an 10-6 win over the Mets in the second game of the four-game set in New York.

Pittsburgh jumped on Mets’ starter Collin McHugh early and often tonight, including a three-run homerun by Pedro Alvarez in the first inning.  Josh Harrison added a two-run triple in the second inning, and after Garrett Jones reached on an error, allowing another run to score, McHugh was relieved of his duties.  All in all, the Pirates tagged him for seven runs on five hits in just over an inning of work.

Wandy Rodriguez didn’t sta...

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Ike Davis Takes Down Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense continued to suffer tonight in a 6-2 loss to the New York Mets.  However tonight’s game was not just on the offense.  The pitching staff would struggle as well.  Walks and two home runs by Ike Davis would be enough to beat the Buccos.

Pittsburgh starter Kyle McPherson was known for his pitch control while in the minor leagues, but a lack of control is what hurt him during his 4.1 innings of work.  In the fourth inning he would walk lead off batter David Wright, up next was Davis who hit his first homer of the night to put the Mets up 2-0.  McPherson would then give up another lead off hit along with a one out single before being lifted for reliever Hisanori Takahashi.  Takahashi induce a flyball to the only batter he faced.  That led to Jeff Karstens

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Pirates Snap Losing Streak, Beat Astros 8-1

This afternoon’s game between the Pirates and Houston Astros may not have been the most watched game of the season, but it must have been one of the most satisfying for the Bucs’ players.  With their 8-1 victory over the Astros in the two teams’ final matchup as N.L. Central foes, the Pirates ended a five game losing, avoided a series sweep, and got themselves back into the win column for the first time since last weekend.

A.J. Burnett pitched eight innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out eleven batters on his way to his 16th win of the season.  He is the first Pirates’ pitcher to tally 16 wins in a season since Zane Smith in 1991.

Offensively, the Pirates finally looked comfortable at the plate, tallying 18 hits on the afternoon.  Josh Harrison led all players with f...

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Pirates Continue To Find Ways To Lose

The Houston Astros are the worst team in baseball, and even they are laughing at the implosion that is the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The offense was once again M.I.A. tonight as they fell to the Stros 4-1.  I guess the best way to look at the game is by the good, the bad, and they ugly.

The good tonight, well not good, but got to find something for this part, was the pitching.  Kevin Correia was on the hill to start the game and he kept his team in the game during his six innings.  He would allow three earned runs off of seven hits, while striking out a career high nine batters and walking only one.  Tony Watson pitched the seventh inning giving up one hit and striking out a batter.  Since saves are extinct this time of year, Joel Hanrahan came out of the pen for the eighth inning and col...

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Pirates vs. Astros – Series Preview

As the season has progressed the past month or so, it’s been more and more depressing to talk about the Pittsburgh Pirates. After the months of June and July, when the Bucs were playing like one of the very best teams in the entire league, they have hit a skid of incomprehensible proportions in August and September. After escalating to as high as 16 games over .500, the Pirates have now fallen to the point where they have a losing record for the first time since late May. In a series, they absolutely had to show up, against the Brewers at PNC Park, they simply didn’t, and were swept by their N.L. Central foes.

Andrew McCutchen is the only Pirates player who is playing well in September, but the rest of the team, from the offense to the starting pitching to the bullpen, has been wild...

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Correia, Pirates Shut Out Cubs 3-0

It has been a nightmare of a month of September for the Pirates and their fans thus far, struggling with consistency with the bat, the glove, and on the mound.  Yet, amazingly enough, they entered tonight’s game still within a few games of the final Wild Card spot in the N.L. behind the St. Louis Cardinals.

A day after surrendering 13 runs to one of the worst teams in all of baseball, the Bucs turned the ball over to Kevin Correia, and, after a three and a half hour rain delay, he pitched seven innings of two hit, shutout baseball, while the offense used a three-run third inning to beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 3-0.

With the victory, the Pirates earned a split with the Cubbies for the series and for the season (8-8), while also climbing to within 2...

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Bullpen Implodes, Pirates Fall To Cubs

A day after closer Joel Hanrahan almost blew a save opportunity, the bullpen was a mess today in a 13-9 defeat.  The Pittsburgh Pirates had leads of 5 and 4 runs, but neither lead was safe against the Chicago Cubs today.

The Buccos were up 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth when the first blown lead occurred.  Starter Jeff Locke would give up a solo homer and two run shot before being lifted with a runner on first and one out.  Chris Resop would replace him and allow the runner he inherited to score on a single, before getting out of the inning.

Pittsburgh was able to answer in the top part of the sixth on a three run home run by Pedro Alvarez.  With a 9-5 lead things were looking pretty good for the Pirates with the way the offense was hitting the ball...

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Pirates Snap Losing Streak With 7-6 Win Over Cubs

FINALLY!  After what has been a horrendous week of baseball, the Pirates ended their season-long seven game losing streak with a 7-6 victory over the Cubs this afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The Bucs scored early and often to build a large lead over the Cubbies, and held on late to tally their first win in over a week.  After building a 6-1 lead through four innings, the Pirates scuffled a big defensively down the stretch, and bullpen coughed up a number of runs in the latter innings, but did just enough to hold off the Cubs in the ninth inning.  Joel Hanrahan entered the ninth inning with a three-run lead, but after walking three and giving up two hits, “The Hammer” struck out Luis Valbuena with the bases loaded to end the threat and the game.

The Pirates’ offense came alive today, sc...

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Missed Opportunities Again Cost Pirates As They Fall To Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates are arguably playing the worst baseball in all the Majors right now and tonight’s 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in 14 innings, added more fuel to that fire.

Things were going well for the Buccos as this game headed into the bottom of the seventh inning.  They held a 3-1 lead and starter Wandy Rodriguez was having another fine outing.  Clint Hurdle then made what now looks like a very questionable decision to lift Rodriguez with two outs and runners on first and second.  In came Jared Hughes who would give up a game tying two run double to Dioner Navarro.  This would lead to another long night for Pittsburgh.

With the game tied 3-3 missed opportunities would prove very costly through regulation and into extras.  In the ninth a one out double by Starling Marte...

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Pirates vs. Reds – Series Preview

[box_dark] “We need to play better – that’s it. I’m not going to get up here and point fingers or this and that or say this…I’m telling you how I feel – we’ve got play better. And that’s it. And they know that.” [/box_dark]

Clint Hurdle’s comments following yesterday’s 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs, capping a three-game series sweep, provided a cut-and-dry explanation of how the Pirates have been playing for the past month. They have dropped to 2.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the N.L. Wild Card race, and are now just 72-67. The way this team is playing right now, finishing with a .500 record seems as though it could be a bit of a challenge.

The Pirates are coming off a 2-4 home stand against the Houston Astros and the Cubs, two teams at the bottom o...

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