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Beaver County Times Jun 26, 2016
Pirates Stat Corner: Just call him Erik

Pirates Stat Corner: Just call him Erik "Trivia" Kratz

Erik Kratz made all kinds of history this past week, the Pirates got beat up by the San Francisco Giants and two Pirates outfielders are getting hits in bunches this season.
Beaver County Times Jun 20, 2016
Insider: Locke, Kratz help Pirates end Giants' 8-game winning streak, 1-0

Insider: Locke, Kratz help Pirates end Giants' 8-game winning streak, 1-0

Jeff Locke followed consecutive horrible starts with 6 2/3 scoreless innings, Erik Kratz hit his first home run since 2014 and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco 1-0 on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at PNC…
Beaver County Times Jun 20, 2016
Pirates lefty Locke improbably cools off red-hot Giants

Pirates lefty Locke improbably cools off red-hot Giants

Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke rebounded from back-to-back horrible starts in which he allowed 18 runs in 8 2/3 innings to shut out San Francisco for 6 2/3 innings in a 1-0 win at PNC Park, ending the Giants' eight-game winning…

Monday Mop-Up Duty: A season on the brink

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates are in a tough spot. On Sunday, Eric Kratz got the start behind home plate. Kartz’s presence meant Pirates were down to their newly-acquired, third-string catcher. Seventy-two hours earlier the 35-year-old journeyman was catching in Fresno, Calif. for Salt Lake City, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. He […]
Matheny lashes out at another replay decision

Matheny lashes out at another replay decision

PITTSBURGH • Cardinals cleanup hitter Stephen Piscotty was called out at home as he tried to advance in the third inning Sunday when the ball got away from Pirates catcher Eric Kratz, who threw to second to try to nab…
Beaver County Times Jun 12, 2016
Pirates catching situation a 1970s throwback

Pirates catching situation a 1970s throwback

Starting a third different catcher in three days didn't stop the Pirates' losing skid from reaching five games. Erik Kratz started in place of injured Chris Stewart, who started in place of injured Francisco Cervelli.
Pirates pre-game notes: Kratz familiarizing himself with pitching staff

Pirates pre-game notes: Kratz familiarizing himself with pitching staff

Like he does for most situations, manager Clint Hurdle had a turn of phrase to describe the process by which Erik Kratz is familiarizing himself with the Pirates pitching staff. Actually, he had two.

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