Pirates

Ninth inning dooms Pirates

PITTSBURGH - A strike away from ending his team's longest losing streak in two years, Pittsburgh Pirates closer Tony Watson tried to get St. Louis pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter to chase a fastball up and away.Instead, Watson's fastball went right down the middle. Whatever chance the Pirates might ...

Bucs dip into minors for help

PITTSBURGH - The Pirates called up more reinforcements from the minor leagues on Tuesday.Manager Clint Hurdle gained three pitchers and a middle infielder with the promotions from Class AAA Indianapolis.Two of the pitchers - Tyler Glasnow and Drew Hutchison - have major league experience. ...

Pitching gets crushed for second straight day

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Adam Wainwright is still in search of his best stuff. His bat made sure his best wasn't necessary.The St. Louis ace drove in three runs and survived five occasionally bumpy innings to pick up his first victory since mid-July as the Cardinals drummed the ...

Pirates’ tomorrows fading fast

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - There's always tomorrow, but the supply of tomorrows keeps getting smaller for the Pirates.They lost 12-6 to the St. Louis Cardinals Monday afternoon, just one of many numbers that didn't go their way. Consider:n They've lost seven consecutive games, ...

Bucs running out of time as losing skid continues

By John PerrottoThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - The Milwaukee Brewers won't be going to the postseason and they spent the weekend trying to keep the Pittsburgh Pirates from getting there.Domingo Santana had his first career two-home run game, Jonathan Villar hit his first grand slam and Chris ...

Bucs running out of time as losing skid continues

By John PerrottoThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH - The Milwaukee Brewers won't be going to the postseason and they spent the weekend trying to keep the Pittsburgh Pirates from getting there.Domingo Santana had his first career two-home run game, Jonathan Villar hit his first grand slam and Chris ...

Wild card teams are struggling in final month

By John Hartsockjhartsock@altoonamirror.comThe Major League Baseball season is a marathon, but the teams that prevail down the season's stretch to reach the playoffs must often ultimately win a sprint.Implementing the second wild-card playoff berth in both leagues a few years back has given ...

Inconsistent Pirates swept

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - The Pirates' up and down season has reached a point which perfectly reflects the team's inconsistency.They're 67-67 after Sunday's 10-0 loss to Milwaukee completed a stunning weekend sweep by the Brewers.Win a game, lose a game. Win a couple, lose a ...

Losing streak at 5 for Pirates

The Associated PressPITTSBURGH - Struggling rookie Jose Arcia had three hits, including a tiebreaking single in Milwaukee's four-run eighth inning, and the Brewers beat Pittsburgh 7-4 on Saturday night to extend the Pirates' losing streak to five games.Arcia grounded a bases-loaded single into ...

Hurdle loves those reunions

By John MehnoFor the MirrorPITTSBURGH - The Pirates threw a party Saturday night.The team welcomed back members of the 1971 World Series championship team for a 45th reunion.Last year, the 1960 champions came back for a 55th reunion.These anniversary gatherings are fine with manager Clint ...

Pirates’ roster bolstered

PITTSBURGH - September has arrived, and so have the Pirates' roster reinforcements.The Pirates added five players Friday in advance of their homestand-opening game against the Milwaukee Brewers.Actually, there's a different twist this year. The Pirates made a number of paper moves last week, ...

Bucs’ gamble backfires

PITTSBURGH - Given a choice, Josh Harrison is always going to choose to be aggressive. Always.So when the pickoff throw whizzed by Harrison as he stood on first base in the eighth inning with the Pittsburgh Pirates trailing by a run on Friday night, Harrison took off. When he rounded second, he ...

Pirates swept by Cubs

The Associated PressCHICAGO - Kris Bryant hit his 36th homer and made three solid plays at third base, helping Jason Hammel and the Chicago Cubs top the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Wednesday night for a three-game series sweep.Addison Russell had two RBIs and an outstanding sliding catch as ...

Hendricks tough on Pirates

The Associated PressCHICAGO - Kyle Hendricks threw seven dominant innings to lower the majors' best ERA to 2.09 and Anthony Rizzo homered to lead the Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Tuesday night for Chicago's 21st victory in August.Hendricks (13-7) allowed three hits and has given up ...

Even on DL, Cole can play catch

The Associated PressCHICAGO - Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole expressed confidence he'll return this season after returning to the team and playing catch Tuesday.Cole was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday and traveled to Los Angeles for a second opinion with a specialist, who ...

Cole ends up on DL

CHICAGO - The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed ace Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.Cole pitched five shaky innings in a 5-4 loss to Houston on Wednesday, and then let the team know he experienced some discomfort during the outing. He had a 6.08 ERA in five ...

Pirates lose in extra innings

CHICAGO - Miguel Montero hit a game-ending RBI single in the 13th inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a wild 8-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo set the stage for Montero's clutch swing with consecutive RBI singles against ...

Bucs head to Chicago off 3-game sweep

By Colin FlyThe Associated PressMILWAUKEE - The Pittsburgh Pirates are red hot heading to Chicago. But their postseason aspirations could hinge on medical examinations off the field over the coming days.Ivan Nova threw six sharp innings before leaving early because of a hurting left hamstring ...

Cole’s elbow checkup not good this time of year

PITTSBURGH - Gerrit Cole is in California, having his right elbow examined, which means the Pirates are likely to hit September with exactly zero of their original starting pitchers in the rotation.Francisco Liriano and Jon Niese have been traded, and Jeff Locke and Juan Nicasio have been ...

Bucs rally from large deficit to beat Brewers

MILWAUKEE - Pinch-hitter Gregory Polanco had a tiebreaking three-run double and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied from four runs down to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-6, on Saturday night.Polanco doubled off reliever Blaine Boyer (1-3) with one-out in the sixth, giving the Pirates a 9-6 lead that ...