Phillies Chip Away at Cumpton to Snap Pirates’ Win Streak
Jul02

Phillies Chip Away at Cumpton to Snap Pirates’ Win Streak

Brandon Cumpton suffocated the Phillies for five innings. Groundout after groundout prevented Philadelphia from having any players bat with a runner in scoring position. He got 13 of his first 15 outs on four pitches or fewer. Cumpton, once again, put the Pirates in a place to win. But he could not finish what he started in the Tuesday night 3-1 loss that snapped a nine-game Pirates winning streak. In the 6th inning, a seeing-eye...

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Pirates’ Bullpen Pitches 12 Shutout Innings for Sweep of Brewers

What a way to close out the Pirates’ most successful first half in four decades. The Pirates’ 2-1 win and home sweep of Milwaukee (32-48) featured 14 innings, five Brewers infielders, two chances for a walkoff walk and only one player left on the bench for either team. Helped by a two-hour rain delay, the game ended six and a half hours after it began with last Pittsburgh (51-30) position player Russell Martin driving in...

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Alvarez, Jones Homer to Beat Brewers, Set Franchise Record with 50th Win
Jun29

Alvarez, Jones Homer to Beat Brewers, Set Franchise Record with 50th Win

From Pedro Alvarez homering into the Allegheny River to Garrett Jones homering into the center field bushes, the Pirates got the natural environment involved in their eighth-straight win Saturday night. It contrasted with the supernatural – the Bucs reaching 50 wins in June for the first time in franchise history and maintaining baseball’s best record. A 2-1 victory in front of a record fifth-straight PNC Park sellout...

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Pirates Use Seven-Run Inning, Cole’s Quality Start to Beat Brewers
Jun28

Pirates Use Seven-Run Inning, Cole’s Quality Start to Beat Brewers

The Pirates needed to come back from an early deficit to grab their seventh-straight win. Once they did, the Bucs tacked on another. Then another. Then another. Then one more. Now they have the best record in Major League Baseball. The Bucs’ half of the 2nd inning had everything: six hits, seven runs, two five-pitch walks, previously stellar Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura making mistake after mistake, Tom Gorzelanny! All the...

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Pirates Beat Mariners 4-2, Bucs Tied for MLB’s Best Record
Jun27

Pirates Beat Mariners 4-2, Bucs Tied for MLB’s Best Record

The Pittsburgh Pirates are tied for the best record and winning percentage in Major League Baseball. This is the first time since 1991 that the preceding statement is true after Memorial Day. You can pretty much stop reading now. The important line is at the top. The details are meaningless. I can put anything I want here. Purple monkey dishwasher. Okay, I’ll write more. The Pirates’ 4-2 victory in Seattle on Wednesday...

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Pirates Beat Mariners 9-4 on Power of Marte, Inge
Jun26

Pirates Beat Mariners 9-4 on Power of Marte, Inge

When we have watched Brandon Inge struggle to reach base so mightily this season, it’s difficult to see that this is the same hitter who has averaged 15 home runs over the last seven seasons. If Inge has a third defining quality beyond solid infield defense and clubhouse leadership, it is his sneaky good  power. Brandon Inge reminded everyone by crushing Joe Saunders’ belt-high fastball over the left-field bullpen at...

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