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Francisco Liriano looks to lead Pirates to sweep over Diamondbacks

Francisco Liriano looks to lead Pirates to sweep over Diamondbacks

Much as it was gratifying to see the Pirates win a game started by AJ Burnett last night, it’d be great to see them get a win this afternoon in a game started by Francisco Liriano. Liriano was a little uneven in his last start against the Cubs, but has on the whole been excellent […]
Game 18: Pirates 2 Diamondbacks 1

Game 18: Pirates 2 Diamondbacks 1

It’s nice to see this Pirate team start to win some baseball games in different ways. They came into this game having lost quite a few pitchers duels (almost all of them with AJ Burnett or Francisco Liriano on the mound — six of their eight losses have been started by those two, even though […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! 16 hours ago

Stealing one late

The Pirates were able to win the type of game they struggled with just a week or two ago – low-scoring, good starting pitching, nervous moments with the bullpen, etc. They weren’t getting the late breaks in, say, the Cincinnati series, but this time they did and now they’ve won four in a row. Stop me if you’ve […]
Game 16: Pirates 5 Cubs 4

Game 16: Pirates 5 Cubs 4

When the lineups were announced before this game and I saw Starling Marte on the bench with his hand problem and Andrew McCutchen out with a scheduled off day, I thought to myself, “Well, this is doable if Gregory Polanco does everything by himself.” As it turned out, he almost did, though he got a […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 23, 2015

Camo Comeback

When Jeff Locke issued a walk to Kris Bryant in the fifth to put the Cubs up 4-1 with the bases still loaded and only one out, it felt like it was pretty much time to throw in the towel on this one. Locke wasn’t having much of a game, the Pirate offense (missing three […]
Jeff Locke tries to get the Pirates a split with the Cubs

Jeff Locke tries to get the Pirates a split with the Cubs

It’s only been two games, but I’ve been quite impressed with the 2015 version of Jeff Locke. I don’t like to jump to too many conclusions based on just a couple of games, but Locke’s control looks vastly improved this year and his ground balls are way up. Obviously Locke’s control has varied pretty widely […]
Game 13: Pirates 4 Cubs 3

Game 13: Pirates 4 Cubs 3

Well, that was exhausting. With Mark Melancon “unavailable” last night (we’ll see where things go from there), it seemed like the Pirates were in great shape after Rob Scahill got the last out in the sixth inning for Vance Worley. Caminero in the seventh, Hughes in the eighth, Watson in the ninth with a 4-1 lead […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 22, 2015

A wintry win

It was another weird night at a mostly-deserted PNC Park on Wednesday, but through a mini-snowstorm and more rough moments for the bullpen, the Pirates were able to pull-out a much needed win. Yes, you read that right, a mini snowstorm. Oh the weather outside is weather. pic.twitter.com/wMfnPe6Zpp — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 23, 2015 […]
The next day

The next day

The long and short of it is this: last night was awful enough that it makes me not particularly want to care about the Pirates tonight, but the season is young enough that last night doesn’t have to matter. It would be nice if the Pirates somehow found a way to split this series with […]
Game 14: Cubs 9 Pirates 8

Game 14: Cubs 9 Pirates 8

The end of this game felt inevitable in the worst way possible. After a roller-coaster game that saw the Cubs with leads of 1-0 and 4-2, the Pirates with leads of 2-1, 5-4, and 8-5, and ties at 1-1 and 5-5, Mark Melancon stood on the mound with an 8-6 lead. Seeing what this dynamic […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 22, 2015

Shark attacked

Melancon’s cutter bottomed out at 86 mph tonight. Sat 87-88. That pitch averaged 91.6 mph last season — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 22, 2015 Hurdle says “no injury” related issues with Melancon. — David Manel (@DavidManel) April 22, 2015 Melancon said he is unaware of continued velocity decline — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 22, 2015 […]
Let’s try this again

Let’s try this again

Look, I’ll admit it: seeing Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant turn around 100 mph fastballs to create a late-game rally for the Chicago Cubs is disquieting. There is a voice in my head screaming, “RED ALERT! RED ALERT! I THOUGHT WE HAD MORE TIME BEFORE THE CUBS WERE READY!” right now. It’s early in the […]
Game 13: Cubs 5 Pirates 2

Game 13: Cubs 5 Pirates 2

In the first inning, it looked like the Pirates were going to get to Jake Arrieta. Josh Harrison hit a sharp ground ball up the middle that Starlin Castro made a really slick play on, then Gregory Polanco scorched a single to center, stole second, scored on Andrew McCutchen’s single, then McCutchen moved to third […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 21, 2015

A strange night

The Cubs took the opening game of this four game series in a very weird evening at PNC Park.  The game was delayed twice – first by rain, second by a foul ball that hit a woman in the head. The winning hit ended up being a little-league style home run. And by the time […]
This is the most anticipated Pirates/Cubs game in years

This is the most anticipated Pirates/Cubs game in years

Much of the 2014/2015 off-season was spent talking about the Cubs. They signed John Lester, poached Joe Maddon away from the Rays, they have a huge stable of minor league talent, they kept Kris Bryant in the minor leagues to save a season of service time despite having more money than Croesus, etc. etc. etc. […]
Game 12: Pirates 5 Brewers 2

Game 12: Pirates 5 Brewers 2

I suppose there are a lot of things that we could focus on with this win, but Gerrit Cole’s third inning is what sticks in my memory. Cole loaded up the bases in the first before escaping with a flyout, then gave up two runs in the second that immediately erased the Pirates’ early 2-0 […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 19, 2015

Brooms and a bruise

Now that was a darn good weekend. Three pretty convincing wins, more solid pitching, and some life from the offense. The Pirates seem to have righted the ship after that rough finish to the Detroit series. There’s also this: The #Brewers officially off to worst start in club history. Had never been 2-10. Were 3-9 in […]
Starling Marte shoulders the load, Cole looks to lead Pirates to sweep

Starling Marte shoulders the load, Cole looks to lead Pirates to sweep

There’s something particularly wonderful and gratifying about what’s happened at PNC Park the last two nights: the Pirates came into this series against the Brewers mired in a terrible offensive slump with an ugly record. The starting rotation got off to an excellent start, but there just weren’t many runs to go around. Two games in […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Apr 18, 2015

Saturday night Partay

Starling Marte came in to this series in a slump. It’s safe to say he’s no longer in a slump: Your browser does not support iframes. Marte and the Pirates broke out the bats for the second straight night for another big win over the struggling Brewers. He hit that big blast – his second […]
It’s time to string some wins together

It’s time to string some wins together

There were a lot of positives in last night’s game for the Pirates; with the offense mired in a pretty ugly funk, both Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte had multi-hit games to help spark the Pirates to score some runs against a pitcher that shut them down just a few days ago. Polanco had three […]

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