A.J. Burnett and Pirates Offense Bounce Back Strong for 8-1 Victory
Aug21

A.J. Burnett and Pirates Offense Bounce Back Strong for 8-1 Victory

SAN DIEGO — The one-two punch of Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett turned around the Pirates’ bad-luck losses by leading the charge on back-to-back wins. “Obviously you’re not gonna punch out 13 like [Liriano],” Burnett said. “At the same time you want to go out, keep your team in it and keep it rolling.” The two staff aces each delivered a seven-inning pitching gem, and Burnett gave up just...

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Liriano Dominates, Alvarez Scores Himself Twice in 3-1 Pirates Win
Aug20

Liriano Dominates, Alvarez Scores Himself Twice in 3-1 Pirates Win

SAN DIEGO — Once again, Franky said to Pirates fans: Relax. Coming off the team’s two rough losses, starting pitcher Francisco Liriano sliced up the San Diego Padres for a season-high 13 strikeouts overĀ seven shutout innings to pave the Pirates’ way to a 3-1 road-trip-opening victory. “I’ve been getting a lot of swing-and-misses right now,” Liriano said about the start that followed his...

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Pirates Lose 4-2 in 16 Innings as Offense Flounders
Aug18

Pirates Lose 4-2 in 16 Innings as Offense Flounders

Kris Johnson was the man who least deserved to be charged with the loss and make the final out of the Pirates’ 16-inning home defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his Major League debut, the left-hander pitched five scoreless innings of relief and allowed only one baserunner into scoring position over those frames. But the rookie gave up a walk and line-drive single in the 16th, then Arizona’s Adam Eaton knocked an...

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Pirates Beat Arizona 6-2 to Expand Playoff Cushion, Match 2011 Win Total
Aug16

Pirates Beat Arizona 6-2 to Expand Playoff Cushion, Match 2011 Win Total

Gerrit Cole’s quality start and the Pirates lineup’s nine hits provided an important 6-2 series-opening win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The victory was Pittsburgh’s 72nd of the season, matching the win total of the 2011 Pirates that collapsed over the season’s final two months. These Pirates are not the 2011 Pirates, even though panicky fans cling to the team (which went from first place in July to 90 total...

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Pirates Notebook: Neil Walker Has Been a Hit in August
Aug15

Pirates Notebook: Neil Walker Has Been a Hit in August

While the Pirates’ overall offense is slowly accelerating this month (11th in the NL in runs, 6th in OPS), Neil Walker has shifted gears entirely. Pittsburgh’s second baseman has been one of the league’s most productive players in August, hittingĀ .362 with an .893 OPS. Only Arizona’s hot-hitting Aaron Hill (.391 BA, 1.146 OPS) is performing better than Walker this month among NL second basemen. Walker has built...

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