Pirates Notebook: Pirates See Record Drop to .500

On July 28th after sweeping the Houston Astros on the road, the Pirates were sitting at a season-high 16 game over .500 and just two games behind the National League Central leading Cincinnati Reds. However, since then, the club has taken a nose dive. After being defeated 3-1 to Milwaukee on Wednesday at PNC Park, the Pirates saw themselves drop to 74-74 on the season. Not since June 2nd had the Bucs been sitting at .500 (26-26)....

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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 the Brewers the eventual 6-0 win at PNC Park. “It’s happened all season long,” catcher Rod Barajas said on the stolen...

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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 able to close it down in the 3-0 shutout. Correia tossed arguably his best start of the season. The right-hander held the Cubs to just two hits...

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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 No. 29 on the season — sailed out of the stadium and landed on Waveland Avenue in Chicago. It was part of his 2-for-5 day,...

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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 to hold the club in the game, while making solid defensive plays. The Pirates were able to put it all together and end their losing streak by beating...

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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 August 28th. In McDonald’s other 10 starts, the right-hander has allowed 48 runs over 48.0 frames, good for a 9.00 ERA....

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