Pirates Apparently Can’t Win Every Game, Lose 6-0 to Reds

Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto pitched eight one-hit innings and Cincinnati smacked two home runs to win the series opener over the Pirates 4-0 on Friday night at PNC Park. “You tip your cap to him. You hate to say those words, but he was really good tonight,” said Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. Jay Bruce broke the scoreless stalemate for the Reds (34-21) in the 4th inning, driving a high fastball from Wandy...

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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) by one game entering the series. Vinnie Richichi from 93.7 The Fan asked manager Clint Hurdle what was most encouraging about the first third of the season....

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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 run. Walker had been held at third base with no outs on Gaby Sanchez’s single to left the previous at-bat. “Obviously he...

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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 on or if it’s just random variance. Either way, the difference is a big reason for the Pirates’ 15 comeback wins (3rd in MLB behind...

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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 a couple of times. The Pirates utilized Homer Simpson’s rope-a-dope strategy on Anibal Sanchez in...

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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, or at least a mortgage. Mark Melancon (0.96 ERA, 1.74 FIP) has pitched the 10th-most innings in the NL, while Justin Wilson...

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