Reds Use Four Homers to Beat Pirates 4-1

Let’s not dwell too much on this one. The Cincinnati Reds hit four solo home runs, three of which would have flown out even in larger ballparks, plus Mike Leake and Co. frustrated the Pirates again by keeping them hitless with runners in scoring position. There are three games to go and all are very important if the Bucs do not want to fall further behind in the NL Central stampede. Homer No. 1 — Russell Martin gives...

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Pirates Beat Dodgers 6-3 on Alvarez’s Homer, Cole’s Deja Vu

Do not adjust your computer screen. Yes, that was Gerrit Cole making his second Major League start Sunday, even though you could have easily confused it for a replay of his debut. The phenom prospect threw the same number of fastballs, allowed the same number of hits and walks, kept the run total low, faced a former Cy Young Award winner, pitched to contact and exited in the middle of an inning to a standing ovation on his way to a...

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Pirates Lose to Dodgers 5-3 in Extras: The 10 Big Moments

What a fun baseball game, even if it did not turn out in the Pirates’ favor as the Bucs lost 5-3 in 11 innings. With so much happening, let’s boil this contest down to a series of moments: Moment 1: Brandon Cumpton walks off the field in the second inning having struck out five of his first six hitters. “I was shocked. I had no idea. I didn’t see it coming at all. I was blindsided,” Cumpton told the media...

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Pirates Notebook: Why Brandon Cumpton Over Andy Oliver?

Brandon Cumpton makes his Major League debut for the Pirates on Saturday afternoon facing the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park. If his promotion came as a surprise to Pittsburgh fans, it was even more surprising for Cumpton. “I was shocked. I had no idea,” Cumpton said Friday. “I didn’t see it coming at all. I was blindsided.” Cumpton told reporters he has had a “pretty consistent” season for...

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Pirates Locke Down and Shut Out Dodgers 3-0

Did you see this coming? Did you see Jeff Locke having the National League’s 5th-best ERA in mid-June? If you’re surprised, that’s because Locke’s performance sneaks up on you. The Pirates have needed nine starters to fill four spots because of injuries, poor pitching or in Gerrit Cole’s case, delaying a service time clock. Meanwhile, Locke stands on the mound every fifth day and personifies consistency....

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Pirates Notebook: Projecting Rotation with Burnett Out, Cumpton In

Let’s review the Pirates’ scheduled starting rotation following the news that Brandon Cumpton will take the place of injured A.J. Burnett. Dodgers Series Friday: Jeff Locke Saturday: Brandon Cumpton (MLB Debut) Sunday: Gerrit Cole Reds Series Monday: Francisco Liriano Tuesday: Charlie Morton Wednesday: Jeff Locke Thursday: To Be Announced Angels Series (not confirmed) Friday, June 21: Gerrit Cole Saturday, June 22:...

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