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Game 128: Pirates 8 Brewers 3

When Jeff Locke took the mound in the bottom of the first, walked Jonathan Lucroy, and served up a two-run homer to Ryan Braun on a silver platter,  I got a sinking feeling in my stomach. I’m sure I wasn’t alone on that front; we’ve all seen that movie before. Locke’s control looked awfully iffy […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! 12 hours ago

Pirates 8, Brewers 3

That was a shockingly pleasant start to a crucial, essentially must-win series at the House of Horrors…especially after quickly falling behind 2-0 in the first inning. The Pirates rebounded, swung the bats, took advantage of Milwaukee mistakes, and managed to pitch (and defend) around eight walks. The Pirates entered this game six back of the […]

This is it

The Pirates are a game behind the Braves, 2 1/2 games behind the Giants, 4 1/2 games behind the Cardinals, and six behind the Brewers. That means that their playoff chances are small and their shot at winning the NL Central is on life support. Really, the only way that they have any chance at […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 20, 2014

Pirates 3, Braves 2

As Greg Brown said… “How good does that feel?” Pretty good, Greg. The Pirates won for the first time in a week and did so in comeback, walkoff fashion. It certainly wasn’t the prettiest win, as the Braves helped quite a bit with a crucial error to set up the winning run and a wild […]

Game 127: Pirates 3 Braves 2

Once you’ve lost seven games in a row, you can’t win them all back at once. The only thing you can do on the eighth day is to ensure that you don’t lose an eighth game in a row. It’s a baby-step, for sure, but it’s a necessary baby step. I don’t know if the Pirates […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 19, 2014

Pirates take the #IceBucketChallenge

The Pirates have lost seven in a row and pretty much anything I could write here would be depressing…so…let’s watch them dump ice water on themselves instead! You no doubt know about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now – it’s sweeping the internet and raising a ton of money, which is awesome. Several Pirates […]

Game 126: Braves 11 Pirates 3

So … that happened. Image: jenny downing, Flickr
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 19, 2014

Braves 11, Pirates 3

Andrew McCutchen was back. Jordy Mercer was back. The lineup looked good. The pitching matchup seemed good. Things started off better than Monday, with a good first by Francisco Liriano. So for an inning, things were looking up. Then Liriano couldn’t put away pitcher Aaron Harang with two strikes, two outs, and a man on […]

Andrew McCutchen returns

Both yesterday and today, I thought about writing a post that sums up my frustrations with this Pirate team at the moment, talking about why the Pirates falling apart this year seems more frustrating to me than the epic, painful, disastrous collapses of 2011 and 2012 (note: more frustrating, not “worse” or “more painful” or […]

Game 125: Braves 7 Pirates 3

The most important Pirate game of the year was over before it even started. Jason Heyward hit the first pitch out of the park. Andrelton Simmons hit the sixth pitch out of the park. Chris Johnson singled in a third run on the 15th pitch. Gerald Laird singled in a fourth run on the 24th […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 18, 2014

Braves 7, Pirates 3

I think there was a reasonable amount of hope that returning to PNC Park, playing a slightly less fearsome Braves team, and a somewhat favorable pitching matchup would spark the Pirates a little bit. A couple pitches in to the game, that hope was gone. Two thunderous Braves homers started things off, and then an […]

Clint Hurdle throws up hands in frustration, starts Pedro Alvarez at first base

Ike Davis has not been a particularly great acquisition for the Pirates this year. I guess he’s provided the Pirates some Garrett-Jones-level production for slightly less money than Garrett Jones would’ve cost, but Garrett-Jones-level production these days is about replacement level, which is squarely where Davis sits in his few months with the Pirates. You […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 17, 2014

Nats 6, Pirates 5

What a crushing weekend for the Pirates. Three one-run losses, two walk off losses, two blown-leads by their best relievers, a season-long losing streak (longest since 2012), and a lot of ground lost in the various playoff races. This game was a wild one, and wasn’t exactly well-played by either side at several points. Edinson […]

Game 124: Nationals 6 Pirates 5

Look, I don’t know what to say other than that this game was beyond exasperating. The Pirates scored two runs in the top of the sixth, but after they did that they still managed to score zero runs after loading the bases with nobody out. The umpires didn’t help, as Ike Davis took a pitch […]

Slipping away

It is really hard to watch the Pirates’ season potentially slip away due to a pitching staff that has been obviously deficient since Day 0 of the 2014 season. It was clear in spring training that their starting pitching depth was suspect, and it’s been clear since May that the bullpen is not nearly good […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 17, 2014

Nats 4, Pirates 3

This was definitely one of the more brutal Pirate losses of the season. They looked to be on track to end a three game skid with a really nice road performance against what might be the best team in the NL. Instead, it all came crashing down late and now they’re stuck on a four game […]

Neil Walker back out of the lineup, Pirates hope Jeff Locke can help stem pitching woes

One day after Neil Walker’s second start in the month of August for a back injury that’s kept him inactive for two weeks but not on the disabled list, Walker is out of the lineup again tonight. I’m honestly speechless; the Pirates have had a pretty bad habit of keeping short rosters due to injured-but-not-disabled players […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 15, 2014

Nats 5, Pirates 4

The Pirates dropped their third in a row on the road as they couldn’t dig out of a large early hole that Charlie Morton dug. Morton has been trending downward lately – in the second half, he’s gone from probably the Pirates’ most reliable starter to possibly their least reliable right now. Morton was in […]

Neil Walker returns as the Pirates head to DC

After hurting his back sometime after the Pirates’ game against the Diamondbacks on August 1st, Neil Walker finally returns to the starting lineup tonight in the cleanup spot as the Pirates take on the Nationals in an important series for the overall National League playoff picture. Walker’s return isn’t the only news, either; Jordy Mercer […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 14, 2014

Bucs acquire John Axford

People have been (rightfully) clamoring for the Pirates to address their bullpen for a while now, and this is…well, something. After Thursday’s loss, the Bucs acquired veteran reliever John Axford from Cleveland. through waivers (not a trade – simply a claim). You’ll likely remember Axford from his days with the Brewers, and a short stint […]

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