Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles in August; Sanchez Working on Versatility

The Pirates have been struggling in the month of August. While their pitching has been impressive for most of the season, their team ERA ballooned to a 4.58 ERA this month as the club has posted just a 9-16 record. A.J. Burnett was the next Pittsburgh starter to struggle on the bump on Monday at PNC Park. After allowing four runs over 5.2 innings (shortened by the rain delay), the right-hander has now sported a 6.00 ERA this month...

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Top Pirates Minor League Pitching Performances: Week Ending 8/26

Below are the top ten pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really was. The formula for...

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McPherson And McPherson Lead Indians To The Win

Indianapolis Indians  8,  Columbus Clippers  6 (Box)   Yes, there are two of them, and both made big contributions to the Indianapolis Indians’ win at Victory Field tonight.  Kyle McPherson pitched 7 shut-out innings for the Indians, allowing the Columbus Clippers only 2 hits.  Then DH Dallas McPherson hit two home runs, including the walk-off homer to give the Indians the win. Kyle McPherson, in his first start since...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/25/12

Clay Holmes gets the start for State College tonight. In his last start, he gave up a career high five runs. West Virginia is three games out in their division, with nine games left on the season. Indianapolis won their division. The DSL season is over, with the last two games canceled due to weather. The GCL Pirates are tied for first place in their division with one game left and they have clinched a playoff spot. The DSL Pirates1...

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VandenHurk, Meek, And Wood Hold Chiefs To 3 Hits In Indians’ Win

Indianapolis Indians  2,  Syracuse Chiefs  1 (Box)   Another brilliant performance by Indians’ pitching boosted the Indians over the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY.  Starter Rick VandenHurk earned his 12th win for the Indians, and closer Tim Wood earned his 20th Save. The win gives the Indians a 3-1 win of this series against the Chiefs.  The Indians also won the series with the Chiefs at Victory Field at...

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