• Pirates Notebook: Presley Joins at the One-Third Mark

    One-third of the season down, two-thirds to go. The Pirates open up their second third of the season (as confusing as that term looks) against the Cincinnati Reds, a team nearly as hot as the Bucs are. Pittsburgh is 16-4 in its last 20 games and leads Cincinnati (14-6 in last 20)...

  • Pirates Win 1-0 On Martin’s Walkoff, Another Combined Shutout

    The Pirates pitched their 9th shutout of the season, and second 11-inning shutout against the Tigers, and Russell Martin hit a walkoff single off the wall to beat Detroit 1-0 Thursday night. Russell Martin smacked a fastball 400 feet to the North Shore Notch to score Neil Walker and the game’s only...

  • Pirates Notebook: Who Makes In-Game Hitting Adjustments?

    Let’s get right to the stat of the day for the 2013 Pirates: 93 runs scored in first five innings (0.34 per inning) 103 runs scored from the 6th-9th inning on (0.49 per inning) I don’t know whether this difference shows a team that makes good offensive adjustments as the game goes...

  • Pirates Use Four-Run Inning To Knock Out Sanchez, Win 5-3

    Moe Szyslak: Okay, punching isn’t your thing. But that’s okay. You’re not that kind of fighter. What you’re gonna do is stand there while your opponent gets exhausted from over-punching. Homer Simpson: Then I can just push him over. Moe: That’s right, and if the ref’s not looking, you can kick him...

  • Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Not Too Worried About Reliever Innings

    The performance of the bullpen has played a role in the the Pirates’ winning ways, especially given the many close games they have won. Pittsburgh’s relievers are ranked 2nd in the National League in ERA, 3rd in strikeout percentage and 4th in FIP. That success has not come without a cost, though,...

  • Walker’s Homer Breaks Stalemate, Pirates Beat Tigers 1-0

    Before we get to the game’s pivotal moment, I should praise the work of Clint Hurdle to counteract my usual desire to bury him. Eyebrows were raised when Hurdle removed Jeanmar Gomez with 73 pitches. Gomez had retired the last eight Detroit Tigers hitters, and looked primed to keep working through the...

  • Pirates Notebook: Pitchers Working on Historic Run of Run Prevention

    One moment in particular struck me about the Pirates’ 5-4 win in Milwaukee on Sunday. If Wandy Rodriguez had been able to retire Norichika Aoki or Jean Segura or Ryan Braun in the 5th inning, the Bucs would have exited Miller Park having given up only five total runs in the three-game series. You can...

  • Pirates Beat Brewers 5-2 with Four Homers, Another Locke-Down

    Forgive me for the obvious pun, I couldn’t resist. The Pirates took a bite out of Mike Fiers early and often by hitting three home runs, more than enough for Jeff Locke and the bullpen to finish off a 5-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Miller Park. Powering up against Fiers (and later...

  • Pirates Attack Edwin Jackson Early In 4-2 Win, Sweep Cubs

    Only Mother Nature could stop the Pirates’ offensive barrage on Edwin Jackson. In the first two innings, the Bucs smacked six hits and brought in four runs on the opposing starting pitcher, en route to a 4-2 Thursday afternoon victory and sweep over the Chicago Cubs. While Jackson struck out six batters,...

  • Francisco Liriano Digs Up A Gem In 1-0 Pirates Win

    Slider. Changeup. Slider. Slider. Slider. Slider. Slider. Changeup. Changeup. Slider. Changeup. Slider. Slider. Slider. Changeup. Slider. Slider. Fastball! Slider. Those were the pitches Francisco Liriano threw to get Cubs batters to swing and miss en route to nine strikeouts in the Pirates’ 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Liriano gave...

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