All posts tagged "Russell Martin"

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates’ Bullpen Pitches 12 Shutout Innings for Sweep of Brewers

    What a way to close out the Pirates’ most successful first half in four decades. The Pirates’ 2-1 win and home sweep of Milwaukee (32-48) featured 14 innings, five Brewers infielders, two chances for a walkoff walk and only one player left on the bench for either team. Helped by a two-hour...

  • Game Recaps
    Reds Use Four Homers to Beat Pirates 4-1

    Let’s not dwell too much on this one. The Cincinnati Reds hit four solo home runs, three of which would have flown out even in larger ballparks, plus Mike Leake and Co. frustrated the Pirates again by keeping them hitless with runners in scoring position. There are three games to go and...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Lose to Dodgers 5-3 in Extras: The 10 Big Moments

    What a fun baseball game, even if it did not turn out in the Pirates’ favor as the Bucs lost 5-3 in 11 innings. With so much happening, let’s boil this contest down to a series of moments: Moment 1: Brandon Cumpton walks off the field in the second inning having struck...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: 9 Best Perspectives on Cole’s Debut

    We all watched Gerrit Cole impress in his Major League debut Tuesday night. I wrote about it. You (hopefully) read it, and now it’s on to the next one. But before it is on to the next one, I wanted to compile the best insight about Cole becoming a part of the...

  • Game Recaps
    Cole, Alvarez Lead Pirates to Series-Opening Win

    Let’s cut to the chase — the Pirates played a great game in front of a mostly-full PNC Park and thumped the defending World Series champions and a two-time Cy Young Award winner. This game had a little bit of everything but the majority of the focus, and rightfully so, was on...

  • Analysis
    Gerrit Cole Does it Himself in Debut with Quality Start, Two RBI

    Gerrit Cole exits to an ovation. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Gerrit Cole steps into the box for his first Major League at-bat with the bases loaded. Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is 60 feet, 6 inches away. After two straight strikes, Cole lays off three pitches out of the zone. Then...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates’ Bats Jump on Samardzija to Support Burnett in 6-2 Victory

    Pirates starter A.J. Burnett took a shutout bid into the 9th inning and mound opponent Jeff Samardzija allowed a season-high eight hits to a lineup he usually dominates en route to a 6-2 Pittsburgh win on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Burnett became the first Pirates starter to pitch into the 8th inning this...

  • Game Recaps
    Francisco Liriano Pitches Seven Scoreless to Stop Pirates’ Slide

    Francisco Liriano was at his wildest, but the left-hander battled through jams with strikeouts and flyouts to pitch the Pirates to a 2-0 win Friday afternoon in Chicago. The left-hander struck out eight hitters and allowed only two hits en route to the second seven-inning shutout of the Cubs in the last...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Playoff Odds: Hovering Above 50 Percent

    Andrew McCutchen is projected to proved 3.6 wins above replacement for the rest of the season. (Photo by: David Hague) Let's escape from the forest and look at the trees. We are still four months away from the MLB Playoffs, but want to make sure to keep one eye on the postseason...

  • Analysis
    Has Russell Martin been the Best Free Agent Signing?

    You get the sense with this Pirates team that something is different. Russell Martin has been a vital part of the Pirates success so far in 2013. (Photo by: David Hague) Sure, Pittsburgh has been rattling off wins at a near-record pace and appears poised to battle with St. Louis and Cincinnati...

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