Harper’s Walkoff Homer Lifts Nationals 9-7 over Pirates
Jul25

Harper’s Walkoff Homer Lifts Nationals 9-7 over Pirates

Thursday’s sweep attempt of the Washington Nationals was one of the wildest games of the season. The Nationals (49-53) walked off winners 9-7 on Bryce Harper’s two-run homer, but that was a mere punctuation on the craziness before. From Mike Winters’ erratic strike zone to the Pirates’ (60-40) three-error blunder-splosion, to the ejections of both managers, to Josh Harrison’s big home run, to the...

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Locke, Pirates Eke Out 3-2 Win Over Reds to Avoid Sweep
Jul21

Locke, Pirates Eke Out 3-2 Win Over Reds to Avoid Sweep

Jeff Locke does not suck. I wrote two months ago that Locke would not continue to dominate as he dominated the early part of the season. What he has done in those two months surprised me: he kept pitching to prevent runs. Locke’s winning performance in the Pirates’ 3-2 Sunday victory in Cincinnati was indicative of the type of pitcher he is becoming. His control remains rough as he walked 4 of 22 batters and allowed his...

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Jordy Mercer Breaks Slide with Walkoff Single in 3-2 Win Over Mets
Jul13

Jordy Mercer Breaks Slide with Walkoff Single in 3-2 Win Over Mets

Jordy Mercer was struggling at the plate through July when he came up in the 11th inning with two runners on. The Pirates’ now-second baseman stepped in 4-for-31 over the month with no extra-base hits. No time like walkoff time to stop a skid in front of 39,036 fans, PNC Park’s largest crowd since Opening Day. Mercer knew that Andrew McCutchen would score from second base if his hit found outfield grass, and he grounded a...

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Pirates Notebook: When Will the Bucs Play the Best 25?
Jul09

Pirates Notebook: When Will the Bucs Play the Best 25?

The Pirates look to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid a third straight series loss Tuesday night as they face the Oakland Athletics. Manager Clint Hurdle appears to be fielding his optimal lineup as second baseman Neil Walker was placed on the disabled list right before the game. Brandon Inge is not in the starting lineup after starting two straight games at second base. The veteran infielder has the Major League’s...

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Pirates’ Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball’s Best Team
Jul04

Pirates’ Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball’s Best Team

It’s Saturday in Pittsburgh, a hot but tolerable 76-degree evening with a late sunset. Tonight, a full PNC Park will watch Dan Fox beat Rickie Weeks at baseball. Dan Fox is 45 years old, tall but hardly wiry, bald and framed by Oakley glasses. His former internet baseball column was named after physicist Erwin Schrödinger and his Xbox gamertag is inspired by a work of John Milton. Rickie Weeks is 30, shorter than average height...

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