Vogelsong, Giants Hold Pirates to Only Three Hits in 4-0 Loss
Aug25

Vogelsong, Giants Hold Pirates to Only Three Hits in 4-0 Loss

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pirates went more than two months between games in which they were held scoreless and recorded three hits or fewer. On this Sunday afternoon, it was the Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong who shut down the Bucs in a 4-0 San Francisco victory. The last time? Matt Cain pitched into the 7th as the Giants beat the Pirates 10-0 in Pittsburgh on June 13. Once and again for a below-average Pittsburgh offense....

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Liriano’s Rough First Inning Can’t Be Overcome in 6-3 Pirates Loss
Aug25

Liriano’s Rough First Inning Can’t Be Overcome in 6-3 Pirates Loss

SAN FRANCISCO — Nothing went right for the Pirates in their 6-3 road loss to the San Francisco Giants, not even the good parts. Pittsburgh’s best starting pitcher this season, Francisco Liriano, was far from his sharpest. He allowed four runs in the first inning and could only pitch four frames. An offense that collected 20 hits the last two nights against the Giants could manage only three against starter Tim Lincecum....

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Clint Barmes’ Three-Run Homer Supports Morton in 3-1 Pirates Win
Aug24

Clint Barmes’ Three-Run Homer Supports Morton in 3-1 Pirates Win

SAN FRANCISCO — Pirates fans are used to seeing Clint Barmes picking it at shortstop. Now he’s kicking it. The right-handed batter has made a mechanical adjustment to his swing, kicking up his left leg as the pitch approaches. The result? Better hitting, shown by Barmes swatting a three-run home run San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. It was the only extra-base hit Bumgarner allowed over his eight strong innings...

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Pirates Notebook: How Justin Wilson and First-Year Relievers Face Long Season
Aug20

Pirates Notebook: How Justin Wilson and First-Year Relievers Face Long Season

SAN DIEGO — If you’re trying to pinpoint why the Pirates’ bullpen continues to be one of baseball’s best, Justin Wilson has shown you. As the Pittsburgh reliever who has thrown the most innings, Wilson leads all National League rookies in ERA (1.97) and batting average against (.183). But one year ago today when Wilson made his Major League debut at Petco Park, he was merely at the start of his transition from...

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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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