Liriano Dominates, Alvarez Scores Himself Twice in 3-1 Pirates Win
Aug20

Liriano Dominates, Alvarez Scores Himself Twice in 3-1 Pirates Win

SAN DIEGO — Once again, Franky said to Pirates fans: Relax. Coming off the team’s two rough losses, starting pitcher Francisco Liriano sliced up the San Diego Padres for a season-high 13 strikeouts over seven shutout innings to pave the Pirates’ way to a 3-1 road-trip-opening victory. “I’ve been getting a lot of swing-and-misses right now,” Liriano said about the start that followed his...

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Pirates Lose 4-2 in 16 Innings as Offense Flounders
Aug18

Pirates Lose 4-2 in 16 Innings as Offense Flounders

Kris Johnson was the man who least deserved to be charged with the loss and make the final out of the Pirates’ 16-inning home defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his Major League debut, the left-hander pitched five scoreless innings of relief and allowed only one baserunner into scoring position over those frames. But the rookie gave up a walk and line-drive single in the 16th, then Arizona’s Adam Eaton knocked an...

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Pirates Lose 15-5 as Jeff Locke Falls Apart in 3rd Inning
Aug17

Pirates Lose 15-5 as Jeff Locke Falls Apart in 3rd Inning

Let’s start by looking at Jeff Locke’s results after his disastrous Saturday outing of 10 hits and eight runs allowed over 2.2 innings: 1st Half of 2013 - 2.06 ERA, 1.13 WHIP 2nd Half of 2013 - 4.78 ERA, 2.02 WHIP Again, those are the results via FanGraphs. Locke had good results before the All-Star break and has bad results since. Now let’s look at the process after the Pirates’ 15-5 home loss to the Arizona...

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Pirates Beat Arizona 6-2 to Expand Playoff Cushion, Match 2011 Win Total
Aug16

Pirates Beat Arizona 6-2 to Expand Playoff Cushion, Match 2011 Win Total

Gerrit Cole’s quality start and the Pirates lineup’s nine hits provided an important 6-2 series-opening win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The victory was Pittsburgh’s 72nd of the season, matching the win total of the 2011 Pirates that collapsed over the season’s final two months. These Pirates are not the 2011 Pirates, even though panicky fans cling to the team (which went from first place in July to 90 total...

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A Detailed Look at Francisco Liriano: The Stopper
Aug15

A Detailed Look at Francisco Liriano: The Stopper

Last night’s loss was a tough loss. The Pirates were coming off a three game sweep against the Colorado Rockies. They had a three game lead in the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals, with a big three game series against the Cardinals coming up. Taking the first game against St. Louis would send a message. The Pirates came close to sending that message, up until a rare error by Starling Marte sent the game to extra innings....

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Pirates Fall to Cardinals 4-3 in Miscue-Filled 14-Inning Thriller
Aug14

Pirates Fall to Cardinals 4-3 in Miscue-Filled 14-Inning Thriller

That was an awful way for the Pirates to lose. From dropped fly balls, to missed scoring chances, to standing still at third base, to not taking advantage of near-miraculous bullpen escapes… But the result of Pittsburgh’s 4-3 extra-innings loss to the Cardinals is very simple: instead of leading the National League Central by four games, they lead it by two games. That is the true result of dropping the series opener at...

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