Game 72: Reds 5 Pirates 4

What can you say about a blown 4-2 seventh inning lead that turns into game-winning Brandon Phillips homer in the 13th? The Pirates are 2-7 against the Reds. The Pirates are eight games behind the Cardinals. This sucks. Image credit: Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye. Which you should read if you haven’t. Maybe I’ll […]

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 […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 24: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks over the center field wall after Marlon Byrd #9 of the Cincinnati Reds hit a two run home run in the first inning during the game at PNC Park on June 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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 […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 18: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field on June 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

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, […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - jUNE 23:  Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 at PNC Park on June 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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 […]

at Nationals Park on June 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Game 68: Nationals 6 Pirates 0

With that out of the way, what else can I really say? Max Scherzer is excellent; he’s probably been the best pitcher in baseball over the last three years. Pretty much any time a team that strikes out like the Pirates runs into a pitcher that strikes hitters out like Scherzer, there’s a risk that something […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 14: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 14, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Scherzer is scary

As well as the Pirates have been playing lately, the offense hasn’t really looked right for the better part of the last two weeks. These are the Pirates’ run totals in their last 11 games: 0, 1, 2, 1, 4, 1, 11, 3, 3, 3, 1. That’s only 19 runs in the ten games in […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 18: Mark Melancon #35 of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chris Stewart #19 high five after their win over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 3-2.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Game 68: Pirates 3 White Sox 2

After playing out in front of the White Sox for most of this four-game series, the Pirates decided to finish the sweep with a different tactic: the late-game rally. They probably shouldn’t have needed a late-game rally in this one; they put runners on against Jeff Samardzija in the first, third, sixth, and seventh without […]

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 02: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the first inning during a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 2, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Gerrit Cole goes for eight against Jeff Samardzija

If you, like me, were a little concerned with the Pirates’ situation in late May, then it’s likely that the reason that you were concerned was that the Pirates that you envisioned in spring training were much more like the Pirates that are in front of you right now; a buzzsaw capable of stringing a […]

The late (or early, whatever) recap: Game 65: Pirates 3 White Sox 2

It looked early on like last night was going to be another laugher. Within the game’s first four hitters, Josh Harrison had doubled, Andrew McCutchen singled him in, and Jung Ho Kang homered to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead. The Pirates only had two more hits across the ensuing game. That didn’t matter, though, […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 12:  Jeff Locke #49 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during the game at PNC Park on June 12, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Impossible shutout streak, meet Jeff Locke

The Pirates take their crazy streak of shutout innings and incredible on the road tonight to continue their home-and-home with the White Sox. The Pirates’ last road trip went quite well, with a 7-3 run through San Diego, San Francisco, and Atlanta. Jeff Locke starts for the Bucs tonight and his last start against the […]