Cardinals Avoid Sweep, Beat Pirates 7-2
Sep01

Cardinals Avoid Sweep, Beat Pirates 7-2

Akin to their 13-0 victory against the Pirates on Aug. 1 following four straight wins by the Pirates, the St. Louis Cardinals exacted revenge after the Pirates won the first two games of the weekend’s series. Pittsburgh outscored St. Louis 12-1 the past two games and, one month after their 13-0 victory, the Cardinals scored plenty of runs to avoid a sweep. Starting pitcher Kris Johnson, called up to the big leagues today, had...

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Pirates Notebook: Introducing Justin Morneau
Sep01

Pirates Notebook: Introducing Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau is here. The first baseman arrived in Pittsburgh at approximately 7:50 last night and made it into the Pirates’ dugout sometime between the fifth and sixth inning. “I knew what the score was. I checked the score when I landed,” Morneau said. “We were listening to it on the radio on the way in.” When he arrived at the moment, Morneau arrived to an image that will likely be one he never...

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Pirates Take First Place in NL Central, Beat St. Louis 7-1
Aug31

Pirates Take First Place in NL Central, Beat St. Louis 7-1

Lance Lynn was not a happy man Saturday night at PNC Park. The Pirates hung two runs on St. Louis’ starter in the second inning and scored another five in the third to take a 7-1 lead. The big blow came in the third, when Russell Martin squared up a 94 mile-per-hour fastball left elevated over the middle of the plate for a three-run home run to right-center field. Martin’s 13th home run of the year responded to the only...

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Pirates Notebook: For Garrett Jones, C’est La Vie
Aug31

Pirates Notebook: For Garrett Jones, C’est La Vie

Garrett Jones wasn’t happy this week. While hitting .119 for the month of August entering last night’s game (courtesy of some atrocious luck on balls in play–.119 BABIP), manager Clint Hurdle gave his first baseman “a couple days down”. Jones did not start in the Milwaukee series, and received just one at-bat in a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday. “At first, it’s frustrating. You want to stay out there,...

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Jones, Liriano Rebound in 5-0 Victory as Pirates Tie for NL Central Lead
Aug30

Jones, Liriano Rebound in 5-0 Victory as Pirates Tie for NL Central Lead

As he has done so many times before in stretches when the Pirates struggle, Francisco Liriano delivered a masterful start to propel Pittsburgh to a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Liriano (15-6) pitched eight dominant, shutout innings and allowed just two hits while walking two as the Pirates (78-56) pulled into a tie atop the NL Central with the Cardinals (78-56) in front of a sellout crowd of 38,026, the 16th sellout of...

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Pirates Notebook: The Growth of Cole
Aug30

Pirates Notebook: The Growth of Cole

Gerrit Cole lost his seventh start of the season last night against the Milwaukee Brewers, and runs his record to 2-7 after he started the year 4-0. Cole threw seven and one-third innings, and allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and a walk, while striking out four. While Cole took the loss, the outing last night may have been one of the most encouraging from 2011’s No. 1-overall selection among the 14 he has made thus...

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