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Game 76: Pirates 5 Tigers 4

Game 76: Pirates 5 Tigers 4

Somehow, a game that Gerrit Cole left in the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead turned into a story about Deolis Guerra and Gorkys Hernandez. Actually, “somehow” is the wrong word because we know exactly how it happened: a two-run JD Martinez home run off of Tony Watson in the seventh inning. Regardless, on to […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! 11 hours ago

At long last

It took them a loooong while to do it this season, and it certainly took a loooong while tonight, but the Pirates finally managed to win an extra inning game on the road. Aside from the lack of sleep that comes as a result, wins like that feel pretty great, and this was no exception. […]

Cole v. Verlander

I think I speak for almost every Pirate fan when I say that I know that there were a lot of little things that went into Gerrit Cole’s ugly start against the Reds that weren’t necessarily his fault but that life would seem much sunnier if he turned in an Eff You Gerrit Cole start […]

Tigers face tall task in slowing down the red-hot Pittsburgh Pirates

Despite a recent skid, the Pirates have been one of baseball's hottest teams over the past month. Entering play on Monday evening, the Pittsburgh Pirates' 42-33 record was the fourth-best in baseball. They would be tied or leading three of the six divisions in the game, and no more than 2 1/2 games back in the AL Central or AL West. Instead, the Pirates have the misfortune of sharing a division with the St. Louis Cardinals, who are nine (!) games ahead of the Bucs with a 51-24 record. The nine-game deficit matches a season-high for Pittsburgh, but is not indicative of how they have played...
Recapping a weekend: when progress feels like treading water and treading water is drowning

Recapping a weekend: when progress feels like treading water and treading water is drowning

Sorry for the lack of WHYGAVS this weekend: I spent the weekend out in the mountains and then when I got back on Sunday, I was far too exhausted to do much of anything other than sit around. Taking the weekend as a whole instead of breaking down into three individual one-game units makes for […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Jun 28, 2015

Job not finished

The Pirates have done a much better job (compared to past years) at completing sweeps this season, but they couldn’t quite get it done this time around and had to settle for 2 of 3 against the Braves. 2 of 3 is normally pretty good, but at home, against a sub-.500 team, when you had […]
Braves Journal Jun 28, 2015

Braves 2, Pirates 1 (by coop)

The Braves did not lose all six games of this road trip. Today they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1. Big Dawg Alex Wood was dominant. He had to be. Wood went 7.1 shutout innings. He allowed five hits, hit one Pirate, walked none and struck out eight. Offensively, the Braves EXPLODED for two runs. After […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Jun 28, 2015

Roster moves: Gorkys, Lombardozzi, Tabata, Volstad

#pirates have DFA’d Jose Tabata Chris Volstad also packing his things. Gorkys Hernandez on his way here. One other move coming. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) June 28, 2015 #pirates have called up Lombardozzi and Gorkys Hernandez. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) June 28, 2015 So it’s Hernandez and Lombardozzi up, while Tabata and Volstad go down. […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Jun 28, 2015

Cutch gets mad, Bucs get win

It was an eventful (and rainy) day at the ballpark on Saturday. The headline was Andrew McCutchen being hit by yet another high and tight pitch, knocking him out of the game and prompting some noteworthy comments: “Maybe I need to go drop-kick a pitcher.” Pirates win, but Cutch smarting after another HBP: http://t.co/3v7aNfEbWy pic.twitter.com/Yv9vMQjHn4 […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Jun 26, 2015

Jordy Mercer walks it off

This feels good after last night (and most of the last week): Your browser does not support iframes. This is how the celebration is done. #Walkoff #RaiseIt pic.twitter.com/gtMGzIMYsW — #VotePirates (@Pirates) June 27, 2015  
Raise the Jolly Roger! Jun 26, 2015

About as annoying as a loss can get

Let’s run down the list of reasons why: It ended well after midnight The Pirates blew a lead – which they took on a really fun A.J. Burnett hit. They blew that lead by serving up yet another fastball to Todd Frazier. They barely missed a walk-off homer in extras three times – two deep […]

AJ Burnett looks to give Pirates a series win over the Reds

It was exactly one week ago that we were all giddy that the Pirates had finally winnowed their NL Central deficit down to four games. The Pirates have lost five of six since then, and are now seven games behind the Cardinals. The grand effect of these losses is that much of the ground they […]
Game 71: Reds 5 Pirates 2

Game 71: Reds 5 Pirates 2

Sorry for the late recap, I’m having some computer issues at the moment.  The long and short of this game is that it turned on a sequence of six pitches that flipped the first inning from a scoreless inning into a 4-0 Reds lead, and once that happened the game was pretty much done. The […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Jun 24, 2015

A bad matchup

The Reds are not very good this year. Mike Leake is a fairly average pitcher. But for some reason, they seem to have the Pirates’ (and Gerrit Cole‘s) number. Pirates now 2-6 against the Reds, 0-3 in Cole/Leake matchups — Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) June 25, 2015 That’s pretty rough. Much has been made of the […]
It’s Gerrit Cole night

It’s Gerrit Cole night

There’s little to say on nights when Gerrit Cole takes the mound other than that it’s a night that Gerrit Cole is taking the mound and thus it’s worth your while to watch him pitch. The Reds are a mess right now, and the Pirates could use the wins. Mike Leake starts for the Reds, […]
Redleg Nation Jun 24, 2015

Reds at Pirates – June 24, 2015

The Cincinnati Reds (32-37) take the field in game #2 of a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (40-30). Gerrit Cole and Mike Leake are facing each other for the 3rd time already this season. The Reds have emerged victorious in each of their previous 2015 games against Cole, which is no small feat …
Game 70: Pirates 7 Reds 6

Game 70: Pirates 7 Reds 6

If I had to venture a guess, I’d assume that teams that score seven runs in an inning have a pretty good winning percentage throughout the history of baseball. I could leave the recap there, since that’s about all the substance I have to offer due to my focus being mostly on my softball league’s […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Jun 23, 2015

A mess, but a win

For a while, the Pirates looked to be continuing their weekend of misery in Washington as they returned to PNC Park on Tuesday. Jeff Locke didn’t get through five innings and put the Bucs behind 4-0. They couldn’t get any hits in the first couple innings against a guy that was not only making his big league […]
Redleg Nation Jun 23, 2015

Final R H E Pittsburgh Pirates (40-30) 7 7 2 Cincinnati Reds (32-37) 6 14 1 W: Scahill (2-3) L: Villarreal (0-2) FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score The Good –Jay Bruce had a nice night tonight. Two hits, including a home run. Toward the end

Final R H E Pittsburgh Pirates (40-30) 7 7 2 Cincinnati Reds (32-37) 6 14 1 W: Scahill (2-3) L: Villarreal (0-2) FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score The Good –Jay Bruce had a nice night tonight. Two hits, including a home run. Toward the end of April, when Bruce’s numbers did not measure up, I made a …

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