Pirates Notebook: The 2011 Core?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a nice situation right now in Altoona. Their top three hitting prospects (I’m not including McCutchen in that statement, just the minor league guys) are all playing for the same team. The other day I pointed out how Gorkys Hernandez has been much better since Jose Tabata returned from his injury. Gorkys is batting .381/.435/.476 in that short time period, with a hit in five out of six games. My theory...

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Pirates Notebook: Home field advantage

A lot of Pirates fans have to be worried after the recent sweep by the Colorado Rockies. The Pirates should have won two of those games, and could have easily won all three. Instead the Pirates extended their losing streak to four games, and sit at 31-38 on the season. I don’t see this as anything out of the ordinary. This season the Pirates are 17-12 at home, but a disappointing 14-26 on the road. It’s not uncommon for a...

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Rockies Sweep Bucs

It was the McCutchen-Sanchez show early on as Andrew McCutchen and Freddy Sanchez turned a combined four hits into three runs. McCutchen tripled and scored in the first on a Sanchez single. One inning later, it was a two run blast by Sanchez that plated McCutchen. All that damage was done against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa. Paul Maholm was unable to do much with that lead. Colorado tied the score with three runs in the bottom of...

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Late Dingers by Stones Turn the Tide

The Pirates held a nice 7-4 margin and needed just six outs. They got four outs, but allowed five runs in the process to lose the game. Andrew McCutchen’s bases loaded triple in the seventh gave the Pirates a 5-4 lead. Nyjer Morgan followed with a single to make it 6-4 and Brandon Moss drove in a run in the 8th for the Pirates final tally. But Colorado and Jim Tracy rallied. Chris Iannetta drilled a two out three run homer off...

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Bucs Offense Again Anemic

Jason Marquis came within one out of tossing a complete game. He was more than good enough through 8-2/3 to win, allowing only a solo dinger to Jack Wilson in the 7th before tiring and allowing two runs in the 9th. He gave way to Alan Embree to finish it. Ross Ohlendorf gave up all six of the Rockies runs. Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulowitzki each homered to support Marquis. Todd Helton had three hits an scored three times. Eric HInske...

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