Bedard Strikes Out Nine in 4-2 Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates (9-11) beat the Atlanta Braves (13-8) 4-2, at Turner Field in Atlanta on Saturday night. Left-hander Erik Bedard allowed one run on five hits over 5.0 innings in his fifth start of the 2012 season. He walked one and struck out nine batters while throwing 96 pitches, 62 for strikes. After losing all of his first four decisions, despite allowing two earned runs or less in those outings, Bedard finally picked up...

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Burnett Solid, But Bullpen Struggles in Loss to Atlanta

The Pittsburgh Pirates (8-11) lost to the Atlanta Braves (13-7) at Turner Field on Friday night. After battling in a one-run game through six innings, the Bucco bullpen allowed four runs to Atlanta in the 6-1 loss in game one of the three-game set. The Pirates starting pitching continues to shine in 2012. Right-hander A.J. Burnett picked up his second quality start in as many outings since coming off the disabled list. The starting...

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Bats Come Out Swinging in Game Two of Doubleheader

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — In game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday at PNC Park, the club was only able to plate one run off the Colorado Rockies pitchers as right-hander James McDonald flirted with a no-hitter. In game two, however, the Bucco bats came out swinging. “I thought we played good baseball today,” third baseman Pedro Alvarez said. “Tough game the first game, but I thought we bounced back pretty well and...

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McDonald Pitches One-Hit Gem in Game One of Doubleheader

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Right-hander James McDonald took the bump for game one of the double-header at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon and pitched a gem. The right-hander took a no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies into the seventh inning, where he also allowed his first and only run of his outing. “Once I got in the dugout, I said, ‘I had a no-hit. Two more innings is all I need,” McDonald said. “In the seventh...

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Pirates Rally Off Rockies Bullpen in 5-4 Win

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pirates bats have struggled for most of the season. Entering game action, the Bucs were hitting at just a .202 clip, which is worst in the Majors. But the bats came out swinging off the Colorado Rockies bullpen on Tuesday night at PNC Park. For the first just the third time during the 2012 season, the Bucs combined for double-digit hits (11). The club pounded out 13 hits on April 17 against Arizona, and 11...

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Bedard Battles, but Runs not Coming for Bucs

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Despite making a quality start on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, left-hander Erik Bedard got the tough luck loss (his fourth of the season) after the Pirates bats were able to push only one run across home plate. While posting a 2.63 ERA, Bedard has received a total of just two runs of support in his first four starts of the 2012 season (24.0 innings). “All you can do is battle,” Bedard...

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