Game 139 Recap: Lee Slams Cubs in Ninth

Derrek Lee returned from the disabled list and knocked in five runs. The big blow was a grand slam of Carlos Marmol with two gone in the ninth. Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead in the first. Alex Presley doubled. He moved to third on a passed ball. Andrew McCutchen walked. Derrek Lee – fresh off the DL – singled him in. Unfortunately the rally died on the vine as Neil Walker’s ball into left field was turned into a double...

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Three Stories of Stats and Fastball Command

Fastball command has kind of taken on a life of its own in Pittsburgh.  The Pirates stress fastball command in the minors, especially at the lower levels when players are just getting in to the system.  The approach is aimed so that players get to the point where they can locate the fastball anywhere they want to put it, allowing them to set up their secondary pitches as they get to the higher levels.  It’s not an approach...

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Drew Maggi Promoted to Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted shortstop Drew Maggi from the West Virginia Power to the Bradenton Marauders.  The move comes at the end of the season, right when Bradenton will be moving to the Florida State League playoffs.  Maggi is hitting for a .267/.361/.357 line this year, with 32 stolen bases.  He has a .287/.378/.389 line in the second half of the South Atlantic League season this year. The Pirates have also promoted...

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Matt Hague Named Indianapolis Indians 2011 MVP

The Indianapolis Indians will be announcing their 2011 award winners tonight, including the announcement that first baseman Matt Hague has been named the team’s 2011 MVP.  Hague has collected the fourth most hits among Indianapolis hitters over the last 40 years.  He leads the 2011 Indians in hits, games played, at-bats, runs, doubles, total bases, and walks.  The highlight of the season for Hague was his month of June, when he...

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Ed Doheny: Tale of Tragedy

Before getting into the start of the 1903 World Series for the regular Sunday history article, I thought it was important to cover one aspect of it that really hindered the Pirates going into the series, and that was the absence of star pitcher Ed Doheny. Without him the Pirates were down to two pitchers they trusted to start the series, Deacon Phillippe and Sam Leever. Both of them were 31 years old at the time, in that day most...

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