Gomez Shines on Short Notice in Pirates Win

With James McDonald a last-minute scratch, it was up to Jeanmar Gomez to pitch on short notice Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners at PNC Park. Not only did Gomez pitch, but he pitched well as the Pirates beat the Mariners 4-1. Gomez allowed just two hits with five strikeouts and two walks in five innings of work before handing the ball to the bullpen to finish the job — which they did. Justin Wilson, Tony Watson, Jose...

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Pirates Notebook: Five Things We Have Learned About Pirates Hitters

It’s a three-word term you will hear often early in the season: small sample size. Carlos Gomez leads the NL in batting average? Small sample size. Chris Davis is second in the majors in OPS? Small sample size. B.J. Upton is last in the NL in on-base percentage? You get the point. But not all early-season statistics are unreliable noise. If you’re looking in the right places, you can find stats that are indicative of a...

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Bucs Blow Early Opportunity, Fall to Nats 6-2

Starling Marte started the bottom of the first inning by parking Gio Gonzalez’s first pitch in the stands. Jordy Mercer followed that with a double before Andrew McCutchen reached on an error and Gaby Sanchez walked to load the bases with nobody out. It appeared as if the Pirates had the Nationals’ number with one run already in and several more sure to come from the bases loaded, no outs situation, but that is not how...

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Nats’ Ninth Inning Rally Beats Pirates

Saturday was an odd day at PNC Park. For starters, the game was on national television (something that doesn’t happen often to the Pirates). This also happened.  Then the great bullpen debate of 2013 got off and running, and well, it did not end well for the Pirates. Starling Marte did a very Starling Marte thing and hit a two-run home run in the third inning to put the Pirates ahead 2-1, and then with the score tied in the...

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Status Quo for Burnett, Bullpen; Mercer Homers in Pirates Win

The moments that turned out to be the vital ones for the Pirates in Friday’s 3-1 win against the Washington Nationals pretty much summed up Pittsburgh’s season in a nutshell. With Neil Walker officially being placed on the disabled list, the team had to call Jordy Mercer up from Indianapolis on Friday afternoon just a few hours before the game. In the first month of the season seemingly whenever something would go wrong...

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Real Thing that Happened: Pirates win in Milwaukee

In what has almost become a trend, the Pirates used late-game heroics to win a game. What has not been a trend is Pittsburgh winning at Miller Park, which thanks to a four-run eighth inning they did on Wednesday with a 6-4 win against the Brewers. With the Pirates trailing 4-2, Travis Snider reached base on a broken-bat pinch hit single before Starling Marte smashed a ball over the fence in left-center field to tie the game. Jose...

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