Pedro Alvarez’s Five-RBI Day Completes Series Split in Cincinnati
Jun21

Pedro Alvarez’s Five-RBI Day Completes Series Split in Cincinnati

Clint Hurdle is fond of saying that Pedro Alvarez can change the game with one swing of the bat, and I am fond of quoting Clint Hurdle saying that Pedro Alvarez can change the game with one swing of the bat. In the Pirates’ 5-3 win Thursday over the Cincinnati Reds, Alvarez changed the game three different times. Let’s break out those fancy bullet points: 3rd Inning: Alvarez steps in to face Homer Bailey with two runners...

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Jeff Locke Shines But Reds Win 2-1 in 13 Innings
Jun20

Jeff Locke Shines But Reds Win 2-1 in 13 Innings

Having secured its prey, the black snake squeezes it to death before eating it. The body is coiled around the prey, tightening until respiration stops and suffocation occurs. — Encyclopedia Britannica Jeff Locke is a black snake. You watched him on the mound Wednesday night in the Pirates’ 2-1 loss at Cincinnati. He pitched seven scoreless innings despite allowing runners into scoring position in three of the first four...

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Pirates Retaliate Against the Reds in the Best Way Possible With a 4-0 Win
Jun18

Pirates Retaliate Against the Reds in the Best Way Possible With a 4-0 Win

After Monday’s game — which saw Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman throw near Neil Walker’s head in the ninth inning — many Pirates fans were looking for retaliation. They got just that in the first inning when Charlie Morton hit Shin-Soo Choo right below the knee with his first pitch of the game. That led to a warning from the home plate umpire, and drew the ire of Mat Latos in the Reds’ dugout, but...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Strong Homestand Bumps Up Chances
Jun18

Pirates Playoff Odds: Strong Homestand Bumps Up Chances

This week’s odds report was delayed by one day because my laptop was driving the StruggleBus yesterday. It couldn’t boot up. But one reformatted hard drive later, Lappy and I are all good. It’s a fresh start. So let’s also use this chance as a fresh start for looking at the Pirates’ playoff odds. First, we will take a gander at the standings through June 17: National League Central St. Louis: 45-25...

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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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