Marte Saves The Day For Pirates

It was a busy day for the Pittsburgh Pirates, not only on the field, but off it as well. A.J. Burnett was placed on the DL with elbow inflammation, Jose Tabata was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Michael Morse, and minor league pitcher Adrian Sampson was dealt to the Seattle Mariners for J.A. Happ. This was all before Pittsburgh picked up a 5-4 win over the Cincinnat Reds tonight.

The Pirates were able to strike first in this contest when Jung Ho Kang would hit a ground rule double to center field for a 1-0 lead. Had the ball stayed in the park, the Buccos would have been up two. Kang had a great night going 3-4 with three doubles.

Cincinnati answered in the second inning. Ivan De Jesus Jr. would hit a two run homer, and then a fielder’s choice by Jason Bourgeois would give the Red...

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Pirates Rout White Sox 11-0

During the course of the long baseball season, there are very few games in which everything goes the way you want/plan. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, tonight’s game against the Chicago White Sox was even better than they could have imagined, as they walked away with an 11-0 blowout victory at PNC Park.

Just one day after taking extra innings to score a single run, the Bucs rallied the offense early and often tonight against Chicago starter Carlos Rodon, tagging him for seven runs on nine hits. RBI singles by Andrew McCutchen and Jung Ho Kang got the scoring started, and Francisco Cervelli’s two run triple broke things open early.

After scoring five runs in the first inning, the Bucs added two more in the fourth on RBI singles by Josh Harrison and Starling Marte. Jordy Mercer’s double i...

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Pirates Sweep With Little Offense

The Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend and only needed six runs. The great pitching of Friday and Saturday was on display once again today, as Philadelphia would only score three runs in three days. A.J. Burnett had his best outing of the year and was helped by some stellar Pittsburgh defense. It was a shame that Burnett’s efforts would result in a no decision.

I feel like I say this after every A.J. start, but it is hard to believe he is going to retire after the season with the kind of year he is having. He would pitch nine innings, allowing five hits and walking one batter, while striking out four. The nine innings of shutout baseball dropped his ERA to 1.89. The Phillies had a great outing from their starter Cole Hamels...

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Pirates Head East With Sweep Of Giants

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the midst of a three game winning streak after completing a sweep of the San Francisco Giants today by the score of 5-2. As has been the story for much of the regular season, great starting pitching with a few timely hits, led the way to victory.

Francisco Liriano took his turn in the rotation today and gave another strong road performance. He would pitch seven innings allowing one run on four hits, while striking out six and walking one. The lone run came in the first inning on a Joe Panik single that scored opposing pitcher Tim Hudson. Hudson had a similar stat line to Liriano, going seven innings allowing two runs on seven hits, with the same amount of strikeouts and walks.

The Pittsburgh offense showed their first sign of life in the fourth when Jose Tabat...

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Pirates Score Five Runs In The Seventh To Claim Sixth Straight Win

As frustrating of a start as it was this afternoon for the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, the last three innings were exactly what they and their fans were looking for – an offensive explosion and a solid two innings of relief on the mound. The Bucs used a five run seventh inning to complete a three game series sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 5-2 win this afternoon.

Gerrit Cole earned the victory (7-2) today for Pittsburgh, giving up two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and zero walks in 7 innings of work. Making a spot start for the Marlins, Brad Hand pitched well, giving up just four hits in five innings in the losing effort.

Miami looked to be in control this afternoon after two solo homeruns by Justin Bour and Christian Yelich in the second and seventh innings respectively...

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Pirates Edge Reds For Another Comeback Victory

Following back to back series victories over the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their N.L. Central tour tonight as they kicked off a three game weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.

It was a classic pitcher’s duel on the North Shore tonight, and in the end, the Bucs were just a little better than the Reds, edging their division rivals by a narrow 2-1 score.

Edinson Volquez and Mike Leake were incredible on the mound for their respective tames tonight, as both pitchers kept their opponents in check. Volquez took a no hitter into the seventh inning and eventually left the game with two outs in the eighth having given up one run on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts...

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Volquez, Pirates Routed By Reds

Last night’s 6-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds was frustrating for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  They had numerous opportunities to take the lead, and the bullpen once again let them down in the latter innings.  Tonight at PNC Park, however, it was frustrating for a different reason – the Bucs were blown out of the park almost immediately.

The Reds scored seven runs in the third inning on their way to an 11-4 victory over the Pirates to clinch the series victory at PNC Park.  Edinson Volquez was horrible tonight for Pittsburgh, giving up eight runs on six hits with three walks in just 2.1 innings of work.  Stolmy Pimentel pitched 4.1 innings of relief, giving up one run on six hits.

Skip Schumaker had three RBIs, including a sacrifice fly in the top of the second inning, scoring Jay Bruce

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Dodgers Offense Erupts In Blowout Win Over Pirates

The Los Angeles Dodgers struggled to score runs in the first two games of their four game weekend set against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Having lost the first pair of games while only scoring four total runs, the offense was bound to snap out of this little funk.  But what happened in today’s game was a lot more than a bounce-back…it was a demolition of the Bucs.

Hanley Ramirez hit two homeruns and had five RBIs, leading the Dodgers in a rout over the Pirates, 12-2.

Brandon Cumpton made the start for the Bucs and was torched by this stacked L.A. offense.  The Pirates’ right hander gave up eleven runs (ten earned) on eleven hits in just 3.2 innings of work.  His ERA ballooned to 6.85 as he lost his second game of the season (0-2)...

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Pirates Rally To Beat Mets 5-3

After a satisfying 4-2 home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road for a three game series against the New York Mets, beginning today with a special Memorial Day 1:05pm start.  Both teams entered today’s action with a 22-27 record, and for the Pirates, the time has come to start making a move in the N.L. Central.

After falling behind early, the Pirates rallied from two runs down, scoring five runs in the final two innings to beat the Mets in the first game of this series in New York, 5-3.  Gaby Sanchez didn’t enter the game until the eighth inning, but he went 2-2 with a homerun, a double and two RBIs.  Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, and Pedro Alvarez each had two hits for the Bucs, who have won five of six games.

The Bucs had many early opportunities to score against Mets’ pitc...

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Pirates Rally To Beat Strasburg, Nationals

Four days ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates had just been blown out by the Baltimore Orioles, falling to eight games under .500.  Even though the season is still young, things were already looking to be headed in the wrong direction.  But that’s the beauty of baseball – things can just drastically in only a day. 

Tonight, the Pirates rallied from an early deficit, beating the Washington Nationals, 3-2, to secure their fourth victory in a row.

The game featured a pitching matchup between two of MLB’s top young stars – Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole.  Both pitchers have shown brilliance in their young careers, and while neither was in “shutdown mode” tonight, each pitched well enough to win...

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