Pirates Notebook: You Learn Something New Every Start
Sep16

Pirates Notebook: You Learn Something New Every Start

The lasting image of Gerrit Cole’s first major league start wasn’t when he drove in a run, but a pitch he threw to the first batter he faced. With two strikes and Gregor Blanco at bat, Cole reared back and delivered a fastball with the high heat Pirates fans had been waiting for ever since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2011. Blanco swung right through it, and Cole owned his first career strikeout. It’s now been...

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Byrd, Tabata Homer to Lead Bucs Over Cubs, 2-1
Sep14

Byrd, Tabata Homer to Lead Bucs Over Cubs, 2-1

Five innings into Saturday’s contest, the Pirates couldn’t seem to solve Chicago starter Scott Baker. After six, the Pirates still hadn’t solved him. But Jose Tabata hit a solo home run in the sixth off Baker to tie the game, and Marlon Byrd went deep to right-center field off reliever James Russell in the seventh to put Pittsburgh on top, 2-1. The score held, as Tony Watson pitched a perfect eighth inning while Mark...

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Pirates Notebook: Morton Not as Electric against Left-handed Batters
Sep14

Pirates Notebook: Morton Not as Electric against Left-handed Batters

Charlie Morton’s return from Tommy John surgery in June has without a doubt been a shot in the arm of the Pirates’ rotation, a group that has seen every single one of its starters from Opening Day spend time off the mound due to injury. Since he made his first start of the season June 13 against the San Francisco Giants, Morton has been one of the most consistent starters for the Pirates. In a recent six-game stretch,...

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Pirates Make History, But Lose 5-4 to Cubs
Sep14

Pirates Make History, But Lose 5-4 to Cubs

Despite hitting back-to-back-to-back solo home runs for the first time in Pittsburgh in 58 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost 5-4 to the Chicago Cubs Friday night. The three consecutive home runs at home was the first occurrence of such a feat since July 6, 1955, and the first time it happened at PNC Park. Pittsburgh (85-62) took a one-run lead in the sixth inning which was immediately erased in the top of the seventh when Jason...

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Pirates Notebook: Command and Confidence
Sep13

Pirates Notebook: Command and Confidence

The month of August was a challenging one for Jeff Locke, to say the least. He finished winless in the month, and with a 8.02 ERA. In fact, the entire second half of 2013 had been the polar opposite for the Pirates’ lefty after he earned an All-Star nod in the season’s first half. Thursday, Locke looked like that pitcher once again when he pitched through seven innings for the first time in a long time, and allowed just...

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