Pirates Notebook: Jose Tabata Earning His Place in the Lineup
Sep22

Pirates Notebook: Jose Tabata Earning His Place in the Lineup

While Starling Marte made his return to the starting lineup earlier in this 11-game homestand, Jose Tabata has still received the majority of starts in left field and as the lineup’s leadoff man. For the record, Marte is healthy and missed Friday’s game because his wife birthed their child Smerling Marte. But beyond that, why keep starting Tabata? “We’re keeping Jose in there because he’s hot. Marte’s good to...

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Burnett, Martin Lead Pirates to 4-2 Win over Reds
Sep22

Burnett, Martin Lead Pirates to 4-2 Win over Reds

For the first couple innings of Saturday night’s game, it looked as though the Cincinnati Reds had properly shifted the momentum of their win Friday into the next day’s game. Brandon Phillips scored on a RBI single by Ryan Ludwick in the first, and Zack Cozart homered leading off the second for a two-run lead at the expense of Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. “That’s kind of the only pitch that I ran back the middle. He put a good...

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Pirates Notebook: ‘Nobody’s Trying to Hit Nobody’
Sep21

Pirates Notebook: ‘Nobody’s Trying to Hit Nobody’

Andrew McCutchen stepped into the batter’s box leading off the bottom of the eighth inning last night, as the Pirates led the Reds 5-2. On a 2-2 pitch, reliever Sam LeCure ran a fastball inside and hit McCutchen on the shoulder. LeCure was warned by home plate umpire Mark Carlson, and manager Clint Hurdle emerged from the dugout to argue the issue of intent on LeCure’s behalf to hit McCutchen. “I don’t understand a...

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Looking at the Trends of Andrew McCutchen Getting Hit by the Reds
Sep21

Looking at the Trends of Andrew McCutchen Getting Hit by the Reds

Last night the Cincinnati Reds hit Andrew McCutchen for the fourth time this season. This time it was Sam LeCure, and it happened in the eighth inning. After the game, Dusty Baker denied that the hit by pitch was intentional. David Manel of Bucs Dugout has the full quote here. It’s not a surprise that Baker would deny it. If it was intentional, he’d never admit that. But let’s look at some of the trends to see if...

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Reds Stun Pirates in 6-5 Comeback Victory
Sep21

Reds Stun Pirates in 6-5 Comeback Victory

It’s difficult to put into words what happened at PNC Park Friday night. Long story short, the Pirates held a 5-2 lead heading into the ninth inning and lost 6-5 after 10 innings. With two outs in the top of the ninth and a man on second base, Jordy Mercer fielded a ground ball off the bat of Todd Frazier. Mercer fielded low, and threw it into the stands which gave Ryan Ludwick two bases to advance home and make the score 5-3....

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