Playoff Race Update: Pirates Clinch the Playoffs
Sep23

Playoff Race Update: Pirates Clinch the Playoffs

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs in dramatic fashion tonight. Not long after, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals, which led to the Pirates clinching the playoffs. It would have been better if the Nationals would have won, since that would have moved the Pirates closer to first in the NL Central. But now the playoffs are official. The Pirates still have a shot at the division, but no matter what...

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Playoff Race Update: Home Field in the Wild Card Game Decided Next Weekend
Sep22

Playoff Race Update: Home Field in the Wild Card Game Decided Next Weekend

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance to clinch the playoffs today, but instead got hammered by the Cincinnati Reds. However, the Nationals split a double-header with the Marlins and the Cardinals lost to the Brewers, so not much changed in the playoff race. The magic number for the playoffs is two, and the Pirates enter the final week of the season tied with the Reds for the Wild Card, with both teams sitting two games back from the...

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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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Pirates Notebook: Jose Tabata Earning His Place in the Lineup
Sep22

Pirates Notebook: Jose Tabata Earning His Place in the Lineup

While Starling Marte made his return to the starting lineup earlier in this 11-game homestand, Jose Tabata has still received the majority of starts in left field and as the lineup’s leadoff man. For the record, Marte is healthy and missed Friday’s game because his wife birthed their child Smerling Marte. But beyond that, why keep starting Tabata? “We’re keeping Jose in there because he’s hot. Marte’s good to...

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Playoff Race Update: Pirates Have a Small Chance to Clinch Today
Sep22

Playoff Race Update: Pirates Have a Small Chance to Clinch Today

The National League playoff race is tight. The NL Central has three teams separated by two games. The division leaders in the National League are separated by three games. The regular season ends in nine days, and the playoff races will all be close. To keep track of that, we’ll have a nightly recap with the scores, standings, and any tiebreaking information for relevant scenarios. Here are the results from tonight, and how they...

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Burnett, Martin Lead Pirates to 4-2 Win over Reds
Sep22

Burnett, Martin Lead Pirates to 4-2 Win over Reds

For the first couple innings of Saturday night’s game, it looked as though the Cincinnati Reds had properly shifted the momentum of their win Friday into the next day’s game. Brandon Phillips scored on a RBI single by Ryan Ludwick in the first, and Zack Cozart homered leading off the second for a two-run lead at the expense of Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. “That’s kind of the only pitch that I ran back the middle. He put a good...

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