Snider mops up in Pirates’ 11-4 loss to Reds
At the end of a long and otherwise unsuccessful night, Travis Snider gave the Pirates something to smile about.
Pittsburgh’s reserve outfielder made his first major league mound appearance in ninth inning mop-up duty, allowing two runs, but striking out 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto on a 2-2 changeup to end the inning in the Pirates’ 11-4 loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
McCutchen homers as Pirates beat Marlins
Boosted by a torrid stretch at the plate, the Pittsburgh Pirates have returned to .500 again. Judging by the hitting and pitching they got on Saturday, they could have a winning record soon.
Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and Jody Mercer also went deep, leading the Pirates to an 8-6 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Polanco helps Pirates beat Marlins, 8-6
Gregory Polanco broke a tie in the 13th inning with his first major league homer, and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame a ninth-inning meltdown to beat the Miami Marlins 8-6 Friday night.
Polanco, playing in his fourth big league game, went 5 for 7, scored three times and made a run-saving catch in right field.
McCutchen stays hot; Pirates top Cubs, 4-0
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has coined a phrase for where star center fielder Andrew McCutchen is at the moment.
“(He’s) McHot,” Hurdle said.
For once, it might be an understatement.
The reigning National League MVP had two doubles and two RBIs to lift the Pirates to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night. McCutchen is batting .428 (18 of 42) this month, with 15 of his hits going for extra bases.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Pirates’ Polanco is a picture-perfect prospect
On Tuesday evening there moved on Twitter a captivating photograph from deep within the bowels of PNC Park — yes, even beautiful structures such as Pittsburgh’s gem of a stadium have inner passages that can be called nothing less than bowels — the kind of photograph that belongs in the Hall of Fame of Baseball Photographs, if there was one.
Polanco makes highly anticipated debut; Pirates fall to Cubs
Anthony Rizzo homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 Tuesday night, spoiling Gregory Polanco’s much-anticipated debut.
Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Francisco Liriano, who left in the fourth with discomfort on his right side.
COLUMN: Pittsburgh makes right move with prospect
It’s about time the Pittsburgh Pirates called up highly touted rookie Gregory Polanco.
The Pirates left 10 baserunners stranded Sunday in dropping a 1-0 heartbreaker to the Milwaukee Brewers after making five errors the previous day in a 9-3 setback to the same ballclub. The Pirates desperately need another big bat in the lineup and Polanco would seem to be that “bat.”
Pirates call up prized OF Polanco
Gregory Polanco is headed to the majors.
The Pittsburgh Pirates called up their coveted outfield prospect late Monday night after placing second baseman Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list.
McCutchen homers; Pirates top Cubs, 6-2
Andrew McCutchen made a “minor” adjustment in the batter’s box a couple weeks ago hoping to give him a fraction of a second longer to see what’s coming.
Consider the experiment a success.
Gallardo outduels Locke in Brewers 1-0 victory
Yovani Gallardo was pitching so well he just needed one run to get a win. His catcher got him all the support he needed, with some help from an eager fan.
Gallardo pitched seven crisp innings, Jonathan Lucroy doubled and scored on Aramis Ramirez’s groundout, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Sunday.
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