After an eighty minute rain delay the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies finally took the field to begin a three game series at PNC Park. Game one of the series would not end until after 1:00am, which is when Starling Marte drove in Chris Stewart on a single to center, to lead Pittsburgh to a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia.
Clearly in a game like this pitching was the dominate factor throughout. The most surprising thing was who the pitchers were that dominated the opposing team’s offense. Jeff Locke started for the Pirates and had by far his best night of the season. He would go six innings allowing zero runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out two. Those kinds of numbers you will take from your fifth starter any night...
Thankfully style points are not included in a win, because this had to be the ugliest win of the Pittsburgh Pirates season. The Buccos battled through four errors and an early two run deficit to take down the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 in front of 25,000 fans at PNC Park.
Kevin Correia got his first start since being sent to the bullpen on July 25, and all he did was collect another win. Correia again didn’t do anything pretty, but he kept his team in the game and handed the bullpen the lead after pitching six innings.
The bullpen was not on its game tonight, but after getting rocked last night, I guess this was a step in the right direction. In reality it wasn’t even all on the pen, as the Pirates defense just could not collect the final out of the inning...
Today’s game was very troubling to watch for the Pirates and their fans. It wasn’t necessarily because they lost 9-5 to the Astros in the final game of their four-game series, or that Houston snapped their 12 game losing streak his afternoon. No, it wasn’t for any of those reasons…it was because their pitching, James McDonald and the bullpen, struggled mightily today.
James McDonald lost his fifth game of the season today at Minute Maid Park, and for the fourth straight time out on the mound, he battled with control issues. He lasted only five innings, giving up five runs on six hits and walking seven batters. The first half of the season, McDonald was one of the best pitchers in the National League, but since then, he has rebuffed to the pitcher of a couple of years ago.
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...
The Pirates entered tonight’s game against the Miami Marlins a half game back in the N.L. Central behind the Cincinnati Reds. Even though the Marlins have been an underachieving club this year, they are still incredibly dangerous offensively, making this weekend’s series a very interesting one at PNC Park.
After falling behind early, the Pirates used the homerun once again to take a lead midway through the game, and held on beat the Marlins 4-3 tonight.
Miami got to Kevin Correia early in the first inning…the first batter in fact. Jose Reyes connected on a solo homerun to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead, and later in the inning, Emilio Bonifacio singled, stole 2nd and 3rd, and scored on Carlos Lee’s groundout...
The Pirates opened up the second half of their season with a 10-7 loss to the Brewers last night. James McDonald struggled, and the bullpen gave up the lead late. As the Bucs have done throughout this season, though, they once again responded from a trying effort with a 6-4 victory over the Brew-Crew tonight at PNC Park.
Casey McGehee, one day after going 0-5 with four strikeouts, responded phenomenally tonight with a 3-5 effort, including a homerun, two singles, and two RBI’s. Andrew McCutchen hammered his 20th homerun of the season, while Neil Walker extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games.
The Pirates didn’t get the lead until the seventh inning, but when they got it, they never let it go. Kevin Correia battled his way through six innings, giving up four runs (two e...
Is it still a little hard to believe? The Pirates are eleven games over .500 at the All Star break and lead the N.L. Central by one game over the Cincinnati Reds. Well, the way the Bucs are playing right now, it’s not a surprise they have the second best record in the National League and the fourth best mark in all of baseball.
Andrew McCutchen is playing like an MVP this season, while A.J. Burnett and James McDonald, who both deserved All-Star nods, are leading one of the stingiest pitching staffs in the league. Pedro Alvarez, Casey McGehee, and Garrett Jones have been on recent hot streaks, and after terribly bleak offensive numbers in April and May, this team is producing more runs than any other the past month and a half.
One of the more overlooked and underappreciated aspec...
There’s a different vibe at PNC Park right now. Tens of thousands of fans packed the North Shore venue this afternoon on a blistering hot and humid day inPittsburgh, to see the Pirates and the Astros on Independence Day? That’s right…we all know how dedicated of a sports town the Steel City can be…especially for a winning team.
The Pirates beat the Astros for the third time in as many days, this time by a 6-4 score, and now, they sit alone atop the N.L. Central division.
Sure, it’s the Astros…a team that has all but mailed in this season as nothing more than a transition from the National League to the American League next year. And their lone remaining established threat, Carlos Lee, was shipped toMiamitoday...
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
The Pittsburgh Pirates headed into tonight’s series with the St. Louis Cardinals with a chance to show where they are at amongst the division’s best. After losing an early 2-0 lead, the offense exploded for a total of 19 hits and 12 unanswered runs to top the Cardinals 14-5.
The Buccos hit the ground running again tonight with two runs in the first. A Neil Walker single would bring home Jose Tabata and Andrew McCutchen. They would hold the lead until the bottom of the third when the Cards would score four runs to take a 5-2 lead. St. Louis would not score for the rest of the night.
In the fifth inning Pedro Alvarez cleared the bases with a double to tie the game. The sixth inning would see another explosion as four more runs would cross the plate. Clint Barmes, Alex Presley,...