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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Correia Gives Quality Start, But Strasburg Strikes Out 13 in Loss

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates were looking to complete their first sweep of the 2012 season on Thursday at PNC Park. But despite right-hander Kevin Correia pitching a quality start, the righty on the other mound was better as the Pirates fell, 4-2 to the Washington Nationals. Nats Right-hander Stephen Strasburg held the Bucs to just two runs (one earned) on five hits over 6.0 innings. He walked three while striking out 13. His...

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Pirates Bullpen Shows Resiliency in 4-2 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After seeing their starting pitcher lefty Erik Bedard exit the game in the top of the second inning due to an injury, the bullpen knew they would have a tough task not only facing the Washington Nationals staff, but to provide eight innings of relief. But they stepped up and kept the club in the game. “They’ve been very resilient. They’ve been very effective. They bent, but they didn’t break,”...

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Barajas’ First Bucco Dinger Gives Pirates Walkoff Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Catcher Rod Barajas has been struggling at the plate since the season started and entered game action hitting for just a .133/.200/.183 line in 60 at-bats. The veteran has been putting in extra work early in the cages, and it proved to pay off  at PNC Park against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Trailing 4-3 in the ninth with Alex Presley on third, Barajas took the first pitch from Washington’s...

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Morton to Make Tweak to Sinker After Pirates 5-0 Loss

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Charlie Morton said after Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds that he’s trying to get back in sync. Morton, who is known for his sinker, didn’t see much sink during his fourth outing of the season. During the 2011 season Morton allowed just six home runs over 171.2 innings — the fewest amount allowed by all Major League pitchers with at least 110 innings pitched. But so...

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Another Strong Outing from McDonald in Pirates 3-2 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress on the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012. On April 25, McDonald took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Colorado. He followed that performance up with punching out a career-high 10 Braves in Atlanta his last trip to the mound. And on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, McDonald tossed 6.1 innings holding the Cincinnati Reds to just one run at PNC Park...

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