Bullpen Implodes, Pirates Fall To Marlins

We knew things could get ugly without Andrew McCutchen in the lineup, but tonight for the Pittsburgh Pirates it was the bullpen that let things get out of hand in game one of a three game series against the Miami Marlins.  At the end of the day the Pirates would fall to the Marlins 6-3.

Charlie Morton took the ball for Pittsburgh tonight, and while he found himself in a few jams, he was able to induce some ground balls and double plays to keep the scoring to a minimum. He was able to work a total of seven innings giving up one run on six hits while walking and striking out four. That lone run was a Marcell Ozuna double to shallow left.

The Pirates offense looked lackluster at best tonight, though they carried the lead into the eighth. The first run came in the third when Jordy Mercer conn...

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Pirates vs. Marlins – Series Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing very good baseball right now.  Sure, it may have something to do with the fact that they finished up a four game series against the N.L. Central bottom-dwelling Chicago Cubs, but their offense has taken off this week, and the pitching, both the starters and the bullpen, have shown glimpses of dominance, as they head south for a three game series against the Miami Marlins this weekend.

Andrew McCutchen (.321 avg., 10 HR, 37 RBI) is absolutely on fire, while Starling Marte, Pedro Alvarez, and Russell Martin are heating up as well, and, now that Gregory Polanco is in the majors, all of a sudden, this lineup looks extremely threatening to opposing pitchers.

Despite the recent success, the Pirates are surely concerned, and rightfully so, about their starting ...

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Jones Powers Pirates Past Mets

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All of a sudden, the Pittsburgh Pirates were struggling to score runs.  Yesterday’s 3-2 loss to the New York Mets marked another game in which the Bucs got a great performance from their starting pitcher, but they weren’t able to take advantage with much offensive output.  Tonight, the bats came alive, particularly that of Garrett Jones, as the Pirates put some crooked numbers up on the board on their way to a 7-3 victory.

Jones went 3-5 with a homerun, two doubles and three RBIs.  His three-run blast in the fifth inning, scoring Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer, broke the game wide open.  Marte had three more hits tonight along with an RBI and was also hit by a pitch, raising his batting average to .333 for the season.  Mercer added two hits, as did Pedro Alvarez, who added an RB...

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Sanchez, Jones Lead Pirates Past Phillies

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Wow!  What a series!  For the second straight series, the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped the first game, then rallied to win the next three games against an N.L. East team that has owned them in recent years.  Today, the Bucs once again fell behind early, but rallied to prevail over the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-4, at Citizens Bank Park.

Trailing 1-0 entering the sixth inning, Gaby Sanchez tied things up with a solo homerun off Phillies’ starter Cliff Lee.  It was one of two hits for Sanchez, who led the club with three RBIs on the day.  After giving the lead right back to Philadelphia in the bottom half of the sixth, The Bucs responded in the seventh with two more runs.  Sanchez’s single scored Starling Marte, and Michael McKenry’s base hit brought home Andrew McCutchen.

The Pirat...

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Pirates Snap Four Game Losing Streak With Win Over D-Backs

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Entering tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Pittsburgh Pirates had only managed a total of eight runs in six games, which had effectively led to a 1-5 record.  Tonight, the offense “exploded” and the bullpen kept the D-Backs in check as the Pirates took the first game of the series, 5-3, at Chase Field.

The Pirates scored three runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Andrew McCutchen and a two-run single by Travis Snider.  After the Diamondbacks scored a run in the second and two runs in the third to tie the game, Pittsburgh responded in the fifth inning on McCutchen’s sacrifice fly, scoring Starling Marte.  Garrett Jones added some much needed insurance with a solo homerun in the eighth inning. 

Wandy Rodriguez made the start for Pittsburgh tonight, bu...

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Brewers Score Four In The First, Beat Pirates 9-3

It’s been an up and down ride lately for the Pirates.  Overall, it’s been a dreadful month of August, especially following the lights-out play from the team in June and July.  Tonight was indicative of how the entire month had gone for the Pirates, as they were embarrassed in the first of a three game series at Miller Park, falling 9-3 to the Brewers.

The game was virtually decided in the first inning.  Jeff Karstens, the Pirates’ starter, got only one out in the game before he was pulled due to issues with a right hip flexor.  He certainly struggled before he was pulled though, giving up four runs on five hits, including a two run single to Aramis Ramirez and a two run homerun to Corey Hart.  Kyle McPherson relieved Karstens, giving up a run on a hit in 1.2 innings of work.


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Pirates vs. Cardinals – Series Preview

Eleven days ago, the Pirates were kicking off their longest home stand of the season. They had a 61-46 record with series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Bucs had been great at home this season, the best in the league in fact, and they had 11 straight games against west coast teams, two of which had been struggling heading into their series with the Pirates.

Unfortunately, things didn’t work out the way the Bucs and their fans wanted or expected. After splitting a four-game series with the Diamondbacks, they dropped two of three to the Padres and three of four to the Dodgers, needing an offensive explosion from Garrett Jones yesterday to avoid a sweep.

Pittsburgh is now 65-53 and, due to some recent hot play by the Cincinnati Reds, are...

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Jones, Offense Lead Pirates Over Dodgers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been in a bit of a funk as of late, losing all six of their previous games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and needed a win today to stop a full season sweep.  As the month of August has shown, nothing comes easy when a team is in the middle of a battle for the postseason.  Today’s 10-6 win was anything but easy or pretty.

The Dodgers had been jumping out to early leads and not looking back for the majority of this season against the Pirates.  Pittsburgh turned on that trend today in the bottom of the first when Garrett Jones hit his first home run of the day, a three run shot, off of starter Joe Blanton.

LA fought back and eventually took the lead in the fourth inning.  Down by two, the Dodgers cut the lead to one on a Elian Herrera bunt that scored Mark...

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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 Avoid Sweep With 3-2 Victory Over Cubs

This week’s series against the Chicago Cubs certainly didn’t pan out the way most of us thought it would.  After all, the Pirates entered Monday’s action on a five game winning streak, while the Cubs had just been swept by the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  But the tables turned the past couple days, as Chicago took the first two games of the series, outscoring the Bucs by a combined 7-1 score. 

The Pirates, though, as good teams usually do, responded to adversity and avoided the sweep with a 3-2 victory this afternoon at PNC Park.

Neil Walker and Michael McKenry each hit a solo homerun, and Garrett Jones smacked an RBI double off the Cubs’ Ryan Dempster in the sixth inning to drive in the game’s winning run.  Andrew McCutchen and Alex Presley had the only other hits...

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