Game 1: A.J. Burnett Sits Cardinals Down for 2-1 Pirates Victory
Jul30

Game 1: A.J. Burnett Sits Cardinals Down for 2-1 Pirates Victory

A.J. Burnett never shies away from showing his feelings and theatrics on the mound to join his strikeouts. In the Pirates’ 2-1 extra-innings win to take 1st place over the Cardinals for the start of Tuesday’s doubleheader, Burnett flashed his fist pumps, his yells, his glove flips and possibly his curse words. The veteran starter struck out nine St. Louis hitters, did not give up any hits to his final 18 batters and...

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Pirates Notebook: Doubleheader Presents Important Opportunity for NL Central
Jul30

Pirates Notebook: Doubleheader Presents Important Opportunity for NL Central

Fans packed the sidewalk in front of PNC Park’s home plate rotunda, backed up all the way onto Mazeroski Way trying to enter the ballpark for the most important day in Pittsburgh baseball since 1992. And yes, it will be more important than Wednesday or Thursday or any single day the Pirates play at PNC Park until October. Getting two games against the St. Louis Cardinals and the opportunity to jump into the driver’s seat...

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Harper’s Walkoff Homer Lifts Nationals 9-7 over Pirates
Jul25

Harper’s Walkoff Homer Lifts Nationals 9-7 over Pirates

Thursday’s sweep attempt of the Washington Nationals was one of the wildest games of the season. The Nationals (49-53) walked off winners 9-7 on Bryce Harper’s two-run homer, but that was a mere punctuation on the craziness before. From Mike Winters’ erratic strike zone to the Pirates’ (60-40) three-error blunder-splosion, to the ejections of both managers, to Josh Harrison’s big home run, to the...

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Francisco Liriano Dominates Nationals in 4-2 Pirates Win
Jul24

Francisco Liriano Dominates Nationals in 4-2 Pirates Win

Francisco Liriano and the Pirates defense went out and did what playoff-caliber run preventers do. They frustrated and flummoxed the Washington Nationals over Liriano’s 7.2 shutout innings on the way to a 4-2 victory. As the games against fellow contending teams become more important, we may see more pitchers’ duels like Tuesday’s face-off between Liriano and Stephen Strasburg. And it was a pitchers’ duel in...

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Gerrit Cole Rolls Through Nationals in 5-1 Pirates Victory
Jul23

Gerrit Cole Rolls Through Nationals in 5-1 Pirates Victory

Gerrit Cole stepped into Tuesday’s start as the worst-performing pitcher in the Pirates rotation. Actually, let’s call it “worst-performing” because it’s really only his ERA (3.89, still better than NL-average) and strikeout rate (5.4 K/9) that were lagging behind the rest of the Pirates’ run-prevention machine of a rotation. Well the young phenom smothered his three-game losing streak with great...

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