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Raise the Jolly Roger! 9 mins ago

Cardinals 6, Pirates 4

I’m pretty sure Pirate fans would have taken a split of two Jeff Locke vs Adam Wainwright matchups, and while that’s what happened over the past week, no one’s happy. That’s because the Pirates needed a win pretty badly in this one and had a chance to beat the Cardinal ace again, but again fell […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! 5 hours ago

September Call-Ups

Now that the Indianapolis season is complete, the Pirates finished expanding their roster with the following additions: Gregory Polanco - Obviously he was going to be called back up. His stint back in Indy didn’t get him out of his recent funk, though – he went 4 for 26. Still, I’ll gladly take his bat off […]

Welcome to tonight’s edition of the biggest game of the year

I really hate dwelling on bad losses while there’s still a playoff race. I mean, the last two days have sureyl both been deflating days to be a Pirate fan and the Pirates’ situation in said pennant race is awfully precarious because of how these two games have gone, but if the Pirates close this […]

Pirates announce full September call-up list

When the Pirates announced that Tony Sanchez and Stolmy Pimentel would join the team on Labor Day, it was understood that there would be a number of additional call-ups in the next 24 hours after Indianapolis’s season officially ended with yesterday’s game. They announced the rest of the call-ups today and while there were two […]

Cardinals 5, Pirates 4

Last week, the Pirates were finally managing to hold on for some series wins against their toughest NL Central….but these last two days, the infuriating blown leads and close, costly losses are back. Sigh. There’s no overstating the importance of this series. There’s a month left in the season, the Cardinals are in first place (tied […]

Game 137: Cardinals 5 Pirates 4

After Gerrit Cole allowed a single to Pete Kozma with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Greg Brown and John Wehner wondered aloud if it was odd that there was no one up in the Pirate bullpen. Cole had only thrown 85 pitches to that point and hadn’t encountered much resistance from […]

OK, so now THIS is the biggest series of the year

The late afternoon yesterday was not kind to the Pirates: in Pittsburgh, Chris Heisey hit his second home run of the afternoon (and only his seventh of the year!) to help the Reds steal a 3-2 win from the Pirates. In St. Louis, the Cardinals turned a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the eighth […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 31, 2014

Reds 3, Pirates 2

Just like the last time they faced him, the Pirates appeared to have Johnny Cueto on the ropes early in a game at PNC Park, but – again like last time – Cueto was able to grind out a win after the Bucs failed to add on. Things were looking swell when Josh Harrison homered […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 30, 2014

Pirates 3, Reds 2

The Pirates continued their run of series wins against teams they have previously struggled against this year – and continue to rise in the standings as a result. Their second straight low-scoring, one-run win over the Reds in front of a packed house wrapped up their first series win in four tries against Cinci this year […]

Vance Worley looks to assure Pirates of series win over Reds

The Pirates are in a funny position against the Reds this afternoon, because I think they’re clearly a better team than the Reds right now and am kind of half-hoping that they’ll sweep Cincinnati this weekend, but they’re clearly under a bit of added pressure today because Johnny Cueto is looming tomorrow afternoon. Vance Worley […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 30, 2014

Pirates 2, Reds 1

With all due respect to Edinson Volquez, who threw another tremendous game and continues to be a great story….this was the Josh Harrison show. There have been several Josh Harrison shows this year, but this one might have topped them all. Here’s all J-Hay did: Diving stop and throw for an out early in the […]

Game 133: Pirates 2 Reds 1

I thought that this game was going to be all about Edinson Volquez. His breaking ball looked as good tonight as it has at any point in 2014, and he had the Reds flailing like crazy at it. He took a no-hitter through six innings and into the seventh before Devin Mesoraco’s single spoiled the party. […]

The Pirates play the Reds as the season shortens

There’s no such thing as a small series or an unimportant game from here on out. The Giants, Braves, and Pirates have all been playing good baseball lately after all having summer swoons at various points in the last month or so, and suddenly it seems like the race for the National League wild cards could be […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 28, 2014

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Reds

Friday, 7:05 (ROOT): Mike Leake vs. Edinson Volquez Saturday, 4:05 (ROOT, FS1): Alfredo Simon vs. Vance Worley Sunday, 1:35 (ROOT): Johnny Cueto vs. Francisco Liriano The Pirates are coming off a week of great baseball and have a losing ballclub coming in to town, but they still have a lot of work to do. Entering […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 27, 2014

Pirates 3, Cardinals 1

As I said a few days ago (and will likely say again several times), the emotional swings of a playoff race can go in either direction very quickly. During the seven game losing streak, things look disastrous and it seemed like Collapse 3.0 was upon us. Now that the Bucs have responded by winning 5 […]

Game 133: Pirates 3 Cardinals 1

After two days of ugly bullpen work from the Pirates, this game was pretty much exactly what they needed. Ike Davis hit a looooooong home run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead and Andrew McCutchen hit a sac fly in the third after the Cardinals cut the […]

Jeff Locke looks to give the Pirates a series win over the Cardinals

If the Pirates beat the Cardinals today, they will have taken four out of six from the Cardinals and Brewers over the last six days. That’d be a pretty good result, and given the general state of the wild card race, if the Pirates can win series against contenders down the stretch, I think there’s […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Aug 27, 2014

Pirates 5, Cardinals 2

This game was following almost the exact same script as Monday’s loss for a while, but the Pirates were able to flip it in the end for a thrilling win. This feels like a big, big win – after dropping two straight tough ones and facing a very difficult matchup in the series finale, another […]

Game 132: Pirates 5 Cardinals 2

Despite my obvious devotion to Andy Van Slyke as a kid, the iconic early 1990s Pittsburgh Pirate memory for me has always been Barry Bonds’s walkoff home run off of Lee Smith. I’m sure that almost every Pirate fan that remember 1991 remembers that home run; Bonds crushes a ball to right center and throws […]

Another day, another big game for the Pirates

In order to maintain any hope of winning anything except for the second wild card, the Pirates need at least one and probably two wins in the last two games of this series at PNC Park against the Cardinals. They certainly weren’t outplayed by the Cards last night, but a loss is a loss at […]

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