• Pirates Notebook: Brewers Swipe Seven Bases

    The Milwaukee Brewers were running on the Pirates on Tuesday, and there was nothing the team was able to do about it. Pittsburgh allowed their division rivals to swipe seven bases in the loss, three in the seventh inning alone. That seventh inning resulted in two runs from the Bucco bullpen, which gave...

  • Pirates Notebook: Correia, Bullpen Blank Cubs

    After a three hour-plus rain delay in Chicago on late Monday night, the Pirates were looking for a solid pitching performance before having to fly back to Pittsburgh for the quick turnaround on Tuesday. The club got just that as Kevin Correia held the Cubs to just two hits and the bullpen was...

  • Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Seeking Consistency Moving Forward

    Pedro Alvarez has had four multi-homer games this season, and his two long ball performance showed off his impressive power at Wrigley Field on Sunday. When Alvarez is locked in at the plate, the third baseman drives the ball out of the ballpark. Literally. Both Alvarez’s home runs — No. 28 and...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bucs Snap Skid; Is McDonald’s Spot Safe?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field in Chicago on Saturday afternoon just one game over .500 and three games back of St. Louis for the second spot in the Wild Card race. Looking to snap their seven-game skid and turn things around, the club needed the offense to spark and the pitching...

  • Pirates Notebook: Should McDonald Skip A Start in the Rotation?

    The second half of the season for James McDonald continues to be a struggle. McDonald has had just two solid starts for the Pirates since the All-Star break. Those outings were a two-hit, six-inning shutout against the Cardinals on August 17th, and a two-hit, seven-inning shutout against St. Louis once again on...

  • Pirates Notebook: Losing Streak Reaches Five; Karstens, Walker Feel Good After Sim Game

    The Pittsburgh Pirates streak extended to five games after losing their second straight in Cincinnati on Tuesday. After falling in extra-innings on Monday night, the Pirates were able to put up double-digits in hits (11), but still struggled on the offensive side of the ball, plating just three runs as the Reds scored...

  • Pirates Notebook: Missed Opportunities Hurt Bucs in Extras

    After getting swept from Chicago over the weekend in Pittsburgh, Manager Clint Hurdle was repetitive with what needed to be done to get the Pirates out of their rough stretch. “Everything is in front of us,” Hurdle said on Sunday after the loss. “We need to win games. You don’t need more...

  • Pirates Notebook: Evolution of Jeff Locke; Reinforcements on the Horizon

    The Jeff Locke on the mound this September compared to this time last year is a different pitcher. With more experience not only at the Major League level, but also at the Triple-A level as well, Locke is more confident this season.  The left-hander incorporated a new turn in his delivery during spring training, and...

  • Pirates Notebook: McDonald Showing Progress; Rotation Set for Cincinnati

    It’s been a frustrating second half of the season for James McDonald. But there have been signs that the right-hander is bouncing back to his first half form. McDonald had to battle on Saturday at PNC Park against Chicago. The only clean inning he threw was the first. But he was able...

  • Pirates Notebook: Worst Game Of the Season; Walker Takes First Swings in Cage

    After the Pirates lost 12-2 to Chicago on Friday, Manager Clint Hurdle summed up the game by being honest. It stunk. “Our worst game of the season,” Hurdle said. “We stunk tonight. There’s always a sense of pride that you take out on the field, to play your best every night that you...

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