Seeing Similarities in the Pirates’ Two Losses

The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t complete a ninth-inning comeback in their 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs and it there was a sense of déjà vu to the game. Much like in the Opening Day loss, the Pirates got a strong outing from its starting pitcher. James McDonald allowed just two hits and one run in seven innings before handing the ball over to the bullpen. “I was happy with the way I competed. Every pitch meant something to...

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Rodriguez, Bullpen lead Pirates past Cubs

On Opening Day the Pittsburgh Pirates offense could not get anything to go right, spoiling a 10-strikeout performance by starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. Wednesday the team got another stellar performance from its starting pitcher and this time the bats did just enough to push Pittsburgh to their first win of the season. Wandy Rodriguez allowed just two hits and struck out six Chicago Cubs in 6 2/3 innings while Andrew McCutchen, Gaby...

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Bats Fail Burnett in 3-1 Opening Day Loss

If before Monday’s season opener at PNC Park against the Chicago Cubs someone told you A.J. Burnett would have 10 strikeouts and the Pirates’ bullpen would not allow a hit, chances are you would have been pretty happy about Pittsburgh’s chances to win. Well, Burnett did strike out 10 Cubs while Justin Wilson, Jared Hughes and Mark Melancon combined to not allow a hit after Burnett’s exit with two outs in the...

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Harrison’s Walk off Hit Ends Extra Inning Affair

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After playing over three and a half hours in the rain at PNC Park on Sunday, burning through the bench and most of the bullpen, the Pittsburgh Pirates walked off against the Houston Astros in the 12th inning in a 3-2 win. “They never give up,” starter A.J. Burnett said. “That’s the thing about these guys, we couldn’t get a hit for eight innings and they wouldn’t give up. That’s our job, keep...

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Morton Sharp as the Offense Comes Out Swinging in 5-2 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates bats came out swinging off the Houston Astros on Saturday night at PNC Park. After seeing the offense struggle the night before, the club pounded out five runs off lefty Starter J.A. Happ in the 5-2 win. In fact, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said after Friday night’s 1-0 loss that “the offense has been the last piece to join the party.” While the pitching staff continues...

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Lack of Offense Spoils McDonald’s Impressive Outing

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates entered game action hitting for just a .225 average, ranking 15th in the National League. The lack of offense resulted in several missed opportunities on Friday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Bucs had a runner on third with no outs twice but failed to drive him in as the Pirates lost game one to the Houston Astros, 1-0. Offense woes have been the story for the club all season. While their...

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