Pirates Notebook: Bucs Struggle to Find a Spark

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to struggle to find a way to create a spark. The lineup hasn’t been able to provide offense, while the bullpen, which was once a strength, has become a recent weakness. With 12 games remaining in the regular season, the collapse has pushed the club not only out of playoff reach, but possibly out of their first winning season in two decades. “It seems like we’re just not coming together as a...

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Pirates Notebook: Heart-breaker Drops Bucs Below .500

Prior to the game on Thursday, Manager Clint Hurdle said he’s been trying some things to help spark the lineup. The offense struggled in the first two games of the three-game set against Milwaukee. They combined for just one run — an Andrew McCutchen long ball, which snapped their 23 scoreless drought without scoring a run — on nine hits in the series. “There’s times you do move things around to try and catch a...

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Pirates Notebook: Pirates See Record Drop to .500

On July 28th after sweeping the Houston Astros on the road, the Pirates were sitting at a season-high 16 game over .500 and just two games behind the National League Central leading Cincinnati Reds. However, since then, the club has taken a nose dive. After being defeated 3-1 to Milwaukee on Wednesday at PNC Park, the Pirates saw themselves drop to 74-74 on the season. Not since June 2nd had the Bucs been sitting at .500 (26-26)....

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Pirates Notebook: Brewers Swipe Seven Bases

The Milwaukee Brewers were running on the Pirates on Tuesday, and there was nothing the team was able to do about it. Pittsburgh allowed their division rivals to swipe seven bases in the loss, three in the seventh inning alone. That seventh inning resulted in two runs from the Bucco bullpen, which gave the Brewers the eventual 6-0 win at PNC Park. “It’s happened all season long,” catcher Rod Barajas said on the stolen...

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Pirates Notebook: Correia, Bullpen Blank Cubs

After a three hour-plus rain delay in Chicago on late Monday night, the Pirates were looking for a solid pitching performance before having to fly back to Pittsburgh for the quick turnaround on Tuesday. The club got just that as Kevin Correia held the Cubs to just two hits and the bullpen was able to close it down in the 3-0 shutout. Correia tossed arguably his best start of the season. The right-hander held the Cubs to just two hits...

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Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Seeking Consistency Moving Forward

Pedro Alvarez has had four multi-homer games this season, and his two long ball performance showed off his impressive power at Wrigley Field on Sunday. When Alvarez is locked in at the plate, the third baseman drives the ball out of the ballpark. Literally. Both Alvarez’s home runs — No. 28 and No. 29 on the season — sailed out of the stadium and landed on Waveland Avenue in Chicago. It was part of his 2-for-5 day,...

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