Pirates Baseball: Poor command dooms Locke in loss to Miami
Six walks and no run support were a bad combination for Jeff Locke. The Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander had a career-high nine strikeouts, but shaky control cost him in a 2-0 loss yesterday to the Miami Marlins.
Pirates Baseball: Liriano pitches Bucs past Strasburg, Nats
Francisco Liriano knows what it feels like to pitch an entire game without allowing a hit. Good as he was last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander wasn’t about to allow his mind to start wandering in that direction too soon.
Pirates Baseball: Cole leads Bucs past Nats
Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole did all he could last night to get the Pirates through their first game without All-Star closer Jason Grilli. Cole pitched seven strong innings to end a personal three-game losing streak, and added an RBI single as the Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 5-1.
Pirates Baseball: Grilli injured as Bucs edge Nats
The Pittsburgh Pirates weren’t in the mood to celebrate after Andrew McCutchen hit two home runs in a 6-5 win over Washington. The victory, accomplished last night against the skidding Nationals, was meaningless in comparison to the ramifications that could come from a ninth-inning pitch thrown by All-Star closer Jason Grilli.
Pirates Baseball: Bucs salvage final game from Reds
Jeff Locke broke into a grin before taking any questions. “Happy to be back,” the left-hander said. No one’s happier than the Pittsburgh Pirates, who used their formula from a highly successful first half — great pitching, just enough scoring — to salvage the final game of their series with Cincinnati Reds yesterday.
Pirates Baseball: Cincy closing gap on Bucs with another win
Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs, and Shin-Soo Choo extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games on Saturday, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pirates Baseball: Phillips leads Reds past Bucs
Brandon Phillips had to move into the cleanup spot because of an injury on opening day. He’s swinging like he belongs there. The All-Star second baseman drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double last night, and Mike Leake got the better of left-hander Francisco Liriano for the third time this season, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that tightened the NL Central.
Pirates Baseball: Bucs says ‘it’s time to win’ as second half begins
The Pittsburgh Pirates are used to this part, the one where they spend the first half of the season stunning the baseball world with their play. Call it a byproduct of two decades of mediocrity.
Pirates Baseball: Gee shuts down Bucs as Mets avoid sweep
By the way he pitched, you never would have known that Dillon Gee’s feet hurt. The New York Mets right-hander developed blisters on the soles of his feet yesterday during an 87-degree afternoon. It was so warm that the dirt on the mound baked in the sun.
Pirates Baseball: Bucs edge Mets in 11 innings
Jordy Mercer knows the routine. He figured it was time he experienced it for himself. The Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman singled up the middle off Gonzalez Germen with two outs in the 11th inning to send teammate Andrew McCutchen sprinting home with the winning run in a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets last night.
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