starling marte tagged posts

Pirates Complete Sweep, Beat Padres In Extra Innings

It was a great weekend at PNC Park for the Pittsburgh Pirates, capping off their three game series with an 11-10 walk-off victory in the 11th inning over the San Diego Padres.

The win was the fourth in a row for the Bucs, who swept the Padres this weekend and took six of seven games on the season.

It was a wild game in the series finale this afternoon, as a total of 13 pitchers were used and 21 runs were scored.  Steven Brault started for the Bucs, giving up three runs on six hits in five innings.  Francisco Liriano, despite giving up three runs on three hits in his only inning of work, earned the victory.

After falling behind 1-0 in the very first inning, the Pirates responded with two runs in third on a single by Brault and a sacrifice fly by Bryan Reynolds.

The Padres took the lead ba...

Read More

Musgrove Pitches Seven Solid Innings, Bucs Beat Padres 2-1

Unfortunately, the days when the Pittsburgh Pirates get a solid performance from their starting pitcher are few and far between.  There just hasn’t been any consistency this season on the mound thus far, which makes games like Friday’s against the San Diego Padres so refreshing.  Joe Musgrove rebounded from a rocky start last time out to deliver seven solid innings on the bump, as the Bucs held off the Padres, 2-1.

Musgrove improved to 5-7 on the season and lowered his ERA to 4.57, giving up one run on five hits in seven innings of work.  Kyle Crick pitched a scoreless eighth, despite walking two and giving up a hit, and Felipe Vazquez earned his 18th save of the season with a routine 9th inning.

The Pirates took the lead in the first inning on a RBI double by Starling Marte, scorin...

Read More

Pirates Offense Mounts Comeback vs. Tigers

The old saying is that pitching wins championships.  The Pittsburgh Pirates are far from a championship caliber team with their current rotation, but they do have an offense that can keep them in games.  That was the case tonight as they overcame a six-run deficit to defeat the Detroit Tigers by the final of 8-7.  Two bad innings by Trevor Williams, who made his return from the IL, put them in a bad spot.

Williams would work five innings and allow seven runs on nine hits to go with seven strikeouts.  He was throwing strikes all night, hence the zero walks, but when he wasn’t getting swing and misses Detroit was hitting him hard.  Kudos to Clint Hurdle for allowing him to work through five innings...

Read More

Pirates Snap Skid, Beat Marlins 11-0

After dreadful trips to Milwaukee and Atlanta that saw them lose seven straight games, the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their road trip with the first of a three game series against the Miami Marlins.  For the first time in a long time, the Pirates got a solid performance from their starter, and the offense hammered out 18 hits on their way to an 11-0 blowout victory.

Steven Brault pitched six innings, giving up eight hits while striking out six batters.  He won his third game of the year, and provided the Bucs with a much needed quality start on the mound.  His mound opponent, Trevor Richards, didn’t miss many Pirates’ bats.  He gave up five runs on 11 hits in five innings, losing his seventh game of the year.

Colin Moran led the offense with three hits and five RBIs, while Bryan ...

Read More

Braves Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 6-5

The Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon, completing a four game series sweep with a 6-5 victory.

Julio Teheran earned his fifth victory of the season, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits in six innings.  Joe Musgrove took the loss (4-7), giving up six runs on nine hits in four innings of work.

Bryan Reynolds gave the Pirates an early lead with a RBI single in the top of the third, but the Braves answered in the bottom of the inning on a single by Freddie Freeman.

Pittsburgh responded in the fourth with a run on Elias Diaz’s double, but Atlanta took the lead back (for good) on a game-tying triple by Freeman and a single by Josh Donaldson in the fifth.  Later in the inning, Ozzie Albies doubled home two runs and Matt Joyce grounded out, making it 6-2.

The ...

Read More

Pirates Losing Streak Reaches Six

The Pittsburgh Pirates battled the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night and ineffective pitching for Pittsburgh was the story once again.  Atlanta would tally a total of eight runs on fifteen hits to pick up an 8-7 victory and take this four game series.  The Pirates offense gave them plenty of chances to win the game with thirteen hits, but the pitching staff could not seal the deal.

Mitch Keller made his second start of the season and is starting to look like Tyler Glasnow 2.0.  He would last only three innings and allow six runs on ten hits with two walks and two strikeouts.  Keller has performed well at the Triple-A level, but has yet to put it together in the big leagues.  Clay Holmes, Richard Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano, and Felipe Vazquez covered the next five innings combining f...

Read More

Archer Struggles, Pirates Lose Fifth Straight

The Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of a strong performance from Chris Archer on Tuesday night.  Unfortunately, the Bucs’ starter struggled again on the mound, and the Pirates dropped their fifth straight game, a 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Archer fell to 4-6 on the season, giving up seven runs on eight hits, including five homeruns, in six innings of work.  Despite giving up four homeruns in the second inning, Clint Hurdle stuck with Archer through six innings, trying to preserve a severely overworked bullpen.  The result was another difficult evening on the mound for Archer, who has regressed significantly since the trade to Pittsburgh.

The Pirates took the lead in the top of the first on a two run single by Josh Bell.  But the Braves answered with four solo homeruns i...

Read More

Musgrove, Hurdle Ejected In Loss To Braves

It is hard to imagine things getting any worse this season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but every day something else presents itself.  Prior to first pitch with the Atlanta Braves, it was announced that Jordan Lyles had been placed on the 10-day IL with hamstring tightness.  Just four pitches in the bottom of the first Joe Musgrove and Clint Hurdle were ejected after Musgrove hit the jersey of Josh Donaldson with a pitch.

The benches would clear and after some shoving, both Musgrove and Donaldson were ejected with Hurdle quickly to follow.  This doomed Pittsburgh for the rest of the night, as an underperforming bullpen was tasked to cover an entire game.  Atlanta would hit five home runs on the night to go along with thirteen hits, in a 13-7 victory.

The Pirates led in this game after J...

Read More

Pirates Collect 14 Hits, Beat Braves 7-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates rebounded from a disappointing effort on Tuesday night to beat the Atlanta Braves by a 7-4 score on Wednesday at PNC Park.

Joe Musgrove battled his way through eight innings, giving the bullpen a much needed night off.  He gave up three runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts, winning his 4th game of the season.  Felipe Vazquez gave up one run on one hit while closing things out in the ninth inning.

The Braves took the lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Austin Riley, but the Pirates took control from there.  They plated five runs in the bottom of the second, starting with a two run homerun by Elias Diaz.  Bryan Reynolds and Starling Marte singled home the team’s third and fourth runs, and a double by Josh Bell made it 5-1 Pittsburgh.

A dou...

Read More

Pitching Woes Doom Pirates Against Brewers

It was a long frustrating afternoon, evening, and night for fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.  A back and forth contest with the Milwaukee Brewers would go thirteen innings and, in the end, Milwaukee would walk away with a 12-10 victory.  Pittsburgh just could not get a lock down inning on the mound or that one big hit at the right moment.

Nick Kingham was the first of eight Pirates pitchers used tonight and was easily the worst of the bunch.  He would allow five runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks.  The sad part is that the Buccos don’t really have any other starting options at this point, so he will probably be back on the bump in six days.  Rookie Davis worked the next two innings and allowed only two hits to go with two strikeouts.

Pittsburgh would get ...

Read More