Pirates Notebook: Losing Streak Reaches Five; Karstens, Walker Feel Good After Sim Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates streak extended to five games after losing their second straight in Cincinnati on Tuesday. After falling in extra-innings on Monday night, the Pirates were able to put up double-digits in hits (11), but still struggled on the offensive side of the ball, plating just three runs as the Reds scored five as their current struggles continue. With the loss, the Bucs are just three games over .500 (72-69) after sitting...

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McCutchen Showing Signs of Sparking on Offense

Despite the offensive struggles from the Pirates over the past several weeks, Andrew McCutchen looks like he’s getting back on track. And the team needs him to do so. Pittsburgh has lost 21 of their past 30 games, which includes a four game losing streak after Cincinnati walked off in extras on Monday night. But in that game, Andrew McCutchen finished 2-for-5 with a home run and two walks (one intentional). McCutchen’s...

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Pirates Notebook: Missed Opportunities Hurt Bucs in Extras

After getting swept from Chicago over the weekend in Pittsburgh, Manager Clint Hurdle was repetitive with what needed to be done to get the Pirates out of their rough stretch. “Everything is in front of us,” Hurdle said on Sunday after the loss. “We need to win games. You don’t need more incentives than being in the place we’re in right now. You need to win more games.” The Pirates kicked off a three game set against first...

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Pirates Recall Chase d’Arnaud, Bryan Morris; DFA Evan Meek

The Pittsburgh Pirates today recalled Chase d’Arnaud and Bryan Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis. They also selected the contract of Rick VandenHurk from Triple-A. In order to make room on the 40-man for VandenHurk, Evan Meek was designated for assignment. d’Arnaud posted a .252/.325/.383 line over 98 games at Triple-A this season. d’Arnaud joined the club in late August when Neil Walker was sidelined, but...

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Pirates Need to Put a Foot Down on Current Struggles

It’s not a secret that the Pirates haven’t been playing their best baseball over the last several weeks. The team knows it, the Manager knows it, the fans know it, but what will be most critical is how they recover from it. Pittsburgh posted a losing record in the month of August (11-17) after going an impressive 17-9 in their hot month of July. Over their last 20 games, the club has gone just 6-14. Throughout the season...

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