Polanco Debuts to Warm Reception, Lukewarm Start
Jun11

Polanco Debuts to Warm Reception, Lukewarm Start

Pirates fans’ spirits would have been lifted if Gregory Polanco threw out a Cubs baserunner at home plate, swiped a base or two, or… I don’t know… hit a baseball into orbit. None of those happened, and that last one has probably never happened. Instead, Polanco ended his Major League debut 1-for-5, striking out once and scoring on Andrew McCutchen’s 3rd-inning home run. It was a regular-sized box score...

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Pirates Take 2-1 Lead Over Cardinals: Five Key Moments From Tonight’s Win
Oct06

Pirates Take 2-1 Lead Over Cardinals: Five Key Moments From Tonight’s Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals tonight 5-3 in a game that featured a lot of resolve from the Pirates. They had to overcome a lot of obstacles, from Francisco Liriano’s struggles with command, to the Cardinals coming back twice, to a few tough breaks and base running mistakes. In the end they won and took a 2-1 series lead in the best of five NLDS. Here are five instances when the Pirates overcame a tough...

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Pirates Beat the Cardinals 7-1 to Even the Series
Oct04

Pirates Beat the Cardinals 7-1 to Even the Series

In a noble quest for more pageviews, we present our Pirates Prospects liveblog of NLDS Game 2. Wait, let me try that again. To better serve our wonderful readers who may not be able to watch this playoff game due to: not having MLB Network, working, not having MLB Network, etc., we present our Pirates liveblog of NLDS Game 2. It’s me, James Santelli, and Tim Williams providing updates throughout the afternoon when 140 characters...

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Nothing Goes Right For the Pirates As They Drop Game One 9-1
Oct03

Nothing Goes Right For the Pirates As They Drop Game One 9-1

Coming into this game, you expected Adam Wainwright to be his dominant self. He was. Wainwright threw seven innings, giving up one run on three hits, with no walks and nine strikeouts. The lone run came off Pedro Alvarez, who hit a solo homer in the fifth inning. “We’ve seen him along those lines before,” Clint Hurdle said. “You know, the curveball plays so well. ¬†Every once in a while they get me over for...

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The Pirates Bought a Wild Card Win Against the Reds
Oct02

The Pirates Bought a Wild Card Win Against the Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates might as well be the New York Yankees right now. They just bought a playoff win. Over the off-season they signed Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin as free agents. At the August waiver trade deadline they added Marlon Byrd for a playoff push. Tonight that trio led the Pirates to their first playoff victory in PNC Park history, and sent them to the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. The biggest performance...

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The 94th Win Providing Some Questions For Next Year
Sep29

The 94th Win Providing Some Questions For Next Year

Today’s game was meaningless. The Pirates won 4-2, but their standings wouldn’t have changed regardless of the winner. Since the game was meaningless, the Pirates went with a different lineup, giving some regulars the day off. The Reds took the same approach, so the Pirates didn’t necessarily have any advantage. So what do you say about a meaningless game that has zero impact on the 2013 season, and didn’t...

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