Fourth Inning the Key to Liriano’s Outing, Pirates’ Wild Card Victory
Oct02

Fourth Inning the Key to Liriano’s Outing, Pirates’ Wild Card Victory

Clint Hurdle has mentioned in the past that there are certain “three-out sequences” that alone can determine the course a game takes. If there was one such sequence that played heavily into the Pirates’ 6-2 victory in Tuesday night’s National League Wild Card game, it came in the fourth inning. The Pirates scored two runs that inning, but the impact of the inning came when no Pirate had a bat in his hand....

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Score Escalates Quickly, Pirates Lose 11-3
Sep22

Score Escalates Quickly, Pirates Lose 11-3

Things got out of hand in a hurry at PNC Park Sunday afternoon. It was the Pirates final home game of the regular season, and the Cincinnati Reds scored five times in the first inning off Jeff Locke to take an early, commanding lead en route to a 11-3 victory over the Bucs. “The one ball got through the left side, then we had too many misses,” Locke said. “He walked three and four, and then through the next two...

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Pirates Notebook: Jose Tabata Earning His Place in the Lineup
Sep22

Pirates Notebook: Jose Tabata Earning His Place in the Lineup

While Starling Marte made his return to the starting lineup earlier in this 11-game homestand, Jose Tabata has still received the majority of starts in left field and as the lineup’s leadoff man. For the record, Marte is healthy and missed Friday’s game because his wife birthed their child Smerling Marte. But beyond that, why keep starting Tabata? “We’re keeping Jose in there because he’s hot. Marte’s good to...

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Burnett, Martin Lead Pirates to 4-2 Win over Reds
Sep22

Burnett, Martin Lead Pirates to 4-2 Win over Reds

For the first couple innings of Saturday night’s game, it looked as though the Cincinnati Reds had properly shifted the momentum of their win Friday into the next day’s game. Brandon Phillips scored on a RBI single by Ryan Ludwick in the first, and Zack Cozart homered leading off the second for a two-run lead at the expense of Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. “That’s kind of the only pitch that I ran back the middle. He put a good...

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Pirates Notebook: ‘Nobody’s Trying to Hit Nobody’
Sep21

Pirates Notebook: ‘Nobody’s Trying to Hit Nobody’

Andrew McCutchen stepped into the batter’s box leading off the bottom of the eighth inning last night, as the Pirates led the Reds 5-2. On a 2-2 pitch, reliever Sam LeCure ran a fastball inside and hit McCutchen on the shoulder. LeCure was warned by home plate umpire Mark Carlson, and manager Clint Hurdle emerged from the dugout to argue the issue of intent on LeCure’s behalf to hit McCutchen. “I don’t understand a...

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