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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Liriano Cruises, Pirates Bats Spark 5-0 Win
Jul11

Liriano Cruises, Pirates Bats Spark 5-0 Win

The Pirates collected 12 hits, including five with runners in scoring position, to break free of an offensive slump. Meanwhile Francisco Liriano pitched seven shutout innings and recorded his fourth-straight victory in a 5-0 win over the Oakland Athletics. That is what we call a double-barrel lead, since the Bucs were stellar on both sides Wednesday night for the first-ever franchise win over the A’s in 12 tries. The offense and...

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Pirates Playoff Odds Fall to 86 Percent After Two Series Losses
Jul08

Pirates Playoff Odds Fall to 86 Percent After Two Series Losses

Even though a 2-4 week is not a precursor to¬†COLLAPSE 3.0: THE COLLAPSENING, every loss affects the Pirates’ chances of making the playoffs. With the team projected to win 91 games, every additional win or loss has a distinct effect on the playoff odds. The Pirates have a 86% chance to make the playoffs, a drop of five percentage points from last week. On this day last year, the team had a 36% chance of reaching the postseason....

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Cubs Break Through in Extra Innings to Win Series
Jul08

Cubs Break Through in Extra Innings to Win Series

There are a lot of people you could blame for the Pirates losing Sunday: Brandon Inge for going 0-for-4 and fouling up an easy double play turn Garrett Jones for going 0-for-5, leaving four runners on base and making hiccups at first base Russell Martin for going 0-for-3 and committing his season’s first error in the 11th Manager Clint Hurdle for letting the game slip away without using All-Star Jason Grilli or five infielders...

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Pirates Offense Goes Flat Again in 4-1 Loss to Cubs
Jul06

Pirates Offense Goes Flat Again in 4-1 Loss to Cubs

Pedro Alvarez hit a home run for the Pirates, his 22nd of the year, but Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs for the Cubs, his 11th and 12th, to raise the “W” flag in Chicago 4-1. The goal for Charlie Morton is to give up as few hard-hits as possible. In his successful 2011 season, Morton had the lowest home run rate for any pitcher in the NL: 6 home runs in 172 innings. Those two home runs allowed to Soriano, widely known as...

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