Pirates Power Their Way to Home Field in the Wild Card Game
Sep28

Pirates Power Their Way to Home Field in the Wild Card Game

If the last two games are any indication of how the Wild Card game could go, then the Pittsburgh Pirates are putting up some good signs. Yesterday they won 4-1 in a game where A.J. Burnett dominated the Cincinnati Reds, and Pedro Alvarez and Marlon Byrd led the offense. Today the offense destroyed the ball, launching six homers en route to an 8-3 victory. That win sealed home field in the Wild Card game, which will be played against...

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Pirates One Game Away From Home Field Advantage After Win Over Reds
Sep28

Pirates One Game Away From Home Field Advantage After Win Over Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds tonight 4-1, talking the first game of a three game series between the two teams. That’s an important win since whoever wins the series gets home field advantage in the Wild Card game. The win tonight means that one more win from either Charlie Morton (Reds killer) or Gerrit Cole (on fire lately) will put Francisco Liriano on the mound in PNC Park on Tuesday. I didn’t see the...

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Should Francisco Liriano Start the Wild Card Game on the Road?
Sep25

Should Francisco Liriano Start the Wild Card Game on the Road?

Today Francisco Liriano struggled on the road against the Chicago Cubs. That’s not a new thing. Liriano has been much better at home this year than he has on the road. Prior to today’s game he had a 1.47 ERA at home, and a 4.15 ERA on the road. The FIP numbers are a little closer, with a 2.50 FIP at home, and a 3.29 FIP on the road. This afternoon Liriano had 90 pitches through five innings. That was even after a short...

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Gerrit Cole Continues His Ace-Like Month of September
Sep25

Gerrit Cole Continues His Ace-Like Month of September

There weren’t many innings where tonight’s game was in question. The only time it was really close was in the sixth inning. Gerrit Cole had gone five innings, giving up just one run, but ran into trouble in the sixth and put the game on the line despite a five run lead. The right-hander started off with two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs. He got Anthony Rizzo to ground to Jordy Mercer, who misplayed what...

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A Marte Partay, a Block, Electric Stuff, But Morneau’s Defense Was the Key
Sep24

A Marte Partay, a Block, Electric Stuff, But Morneau’s Defense Was the Key

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a wild finish to tonight’s game. It started in the eighth inning when Mark Melancon came on to protect a one run lead. Melancon gave up a run on two hits for his third straight blown save. He got out of the inning with a 1-1 tie, sending it to the ninth inning. That’s when Starling Marte came up huge with a solo home run to left field, bailing Melancon out and putting the Pirates back on top with...

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Score Escalates Quickly, Pirates Lose 11-3
Sep22

Score Escalates Quickly, Pirates Lose 11-3

Things got out of hand in a hurry at PNC Park Sunday afternoon. It was the Pirates final home game of the regular season, and the Cincinnati Reds scored five times in the first inning off Jeff Locke to take an early, commanding lead en route to a 11-3 victory over the Bucs. “The one ball got through the left side, then we had too many misses,” Locke said. “He walked three and four, and then through the next two...

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