4:36 AM EDT, Fri June 23, 2017
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Game 73: Kilroy was here

Story by Rob Biertempfel MILWAUKEE — The 3-2 pitch was low and well outside the zone, so Josh Bell dropped his bat and took a step toward first base. He stopped, dumbfounded, when he heard umpire Jerry Layne call strike three. It one was one of several inexplicable calls by Layne in the eighth inning …
Jun 21, 2017

Game 72: Hutchison, Glasnow rolling up Ks

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner MILWAUKEE — The news out of Miller Park the past two nights certainly was good for Pirates fans. There also were some noteworthy doings in Indianapolis. On Monday, Drew Hutchison — yes, that Drew Hutchison — racked up 10 strikeouts against Toledo. Last night, Tyler Glasnow — yes, …
Jun 20, 2017

Game 71: First wave of draft signings announced

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner MILWAUKEE — The Pirates signed nine draft picks, all former college players: C Jason Delay (fourth round, Vanderbilt), C Deon Stafford (fifth, St. Joseph’s), OF Jared Oliva (seventh, Arizona), LHP Blake Weiman (eighth, Kansas), OF Bligh Madris (ninth, Colorado Mesa), RHP Beau Sulser (10th, Dartmouth), INF Tristan Gray …
Jun 19, 2017

Game 70: A well-deserved breather for Rivero

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner MILWAUKEE — Felipe Rivero needed that day off he got yesterday. Each of Rivero’s three saves consisted of more than one inning’s work. On Saturday, he tossed 1.2 innings vs. the Cubs. On June 10 and 11, he worked 1.1 innings to close out games vs. the Marlins. …
Jun 18, 2017

Game 69: Out of sight, out of mind? Hurdle doesn’t risk Rivero temptation

By Chris Adamski NORTH SHORE – Clint Hurdle might have been kidding. But even if he wasn’t, could you blame him?   Speaking 2 ½ hours before Sunday’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs, Hurdle said that Felipe Rivero won’t be at PNC Park on Sunday because he was sent to Milwaukee a day early. …
Jun 17, 2017

Game 68: Polanco’s slump deepens

Story and video by Rob Biertempfel/Photos by Christopher Horner Gregory Polanco last night went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts, which lowered his batting average to .238 with a .651 OPS. He’s hit three homers, which puts him below Jordy Mercer (five) and John Jaso (four). He ranks 10th on the team with 14 RBI. …
Jun 16, 2017

Game 67: Three catchers on roster … for now

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner The Pirates plan to carry three catchers on their active roster through this weekend. Manager Clint Hurdle said keeping Elias Diaz and Jacob Stallings around provides insurance in case Francisco Cervelli encounters unexpected trouble after coming off the concussion DL. The fact that Diaz has been hitting well …
Jun 14, 2017

Game 66: And the draft slogged on …

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner As the Penguins paraded the Stanley Cup through the downtown streets — again — the Pirates today were in the midst of the final day of the MLB draft. Yeah, I know. Chills. — RHP Cody Bolton, the sixth-round pick (178th overall) out of Tracy High, has passed …
Jun 12, 2017

Game 64: Quick, to the Batmobile!

Story by Rob Biertempfel In their game notes today, the Colorado Rockies paid tribute to the late Adam West. The subheads of each item have a Batman theme. From the “To the Batcave” section … According to the Elias Sports Bureau, “Friday’s win was the 40th of the season for Colorado, which reached the 40-victory …
Jun 11, 2017

Game 63: Uncork for a Cause with Cole

Story by Rob Biertempfel Gerrit and Amy Cole’s 2017 Uncork for a Cause will be held from 7-9 tonight at Sienna Mercato (942 Penn Avenue). Proceeds will benefit Pirates Charities and The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. The even includes dinner, beer and wine (of course) and an auction. It also marks the release of Cole’s …
Jun 10, 2017

Game 62: Santana should help, but improved SP would be better

Story and video by Rob Biertempfel Reliever Edgar Santana will be called up today, according to a Tweet from his agency. In 23 games at Triple-A Indianapolis, he went 1-1 with five saves, a 1.93 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. He also averaged 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. What a incredible journey with this young …
Jun 9, 2017

Game 61: Who leaves rotation: Kuhl, Glasnow, Williams … or Cole?

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner One glaring omission from today’s game notes is the list of starting pitcher match-ups for the series against the Rockies. That series begins Monday, which is also the day Jameson Taillon would be in line to make his next appearance, whether it’s with the Pirates or a continuation …
Jun 7, 2017

Game 59: Flip Watson and Rivero? Maybe, but …

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner BALTIMORE — Tony Watson will not be the Pirates’ closer next season. He almost certainly won’t be their closer on Aug. 1. In fact, he might not be their closer anymore as soon as tonight’s game against the Orioles. Watson blew the save last night in spectacular fashion, …
Jun 4, 2017

Game 57: Mercer riding streak of multi-hit road games

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner NEW YORK — Jordy Mercer is quietly going on a bit of a tear. Mercer last night went 3 for 4, posting his sixth consecutive multi-hit game on the road. During that stretch, he is 14 for 26 (.538). Over his past 12 games (home and away), Mercer …
Jun 3, 2017

Game 56: Is Gerrit Cole pentaphobic?

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by  NEW YORK — What is it with Gerrit Cole and the fifth inning? In that inning this season, the right-hander has a 10.12 ERA , a .362 batting average against, a 1.154 OPS against and a .353 BAbip. On Friday, the Mets torched for five runs in the fifth. …