Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Central

Watson blows lead, Cards rough up Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — 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 ...

GROUNDHOG DAY?

PITTSBURGH — Chad Kuhl could tell early he was off. The proof was out there in the open as the Pittsburgh Pirates rookie spent two innings against St. Louis on Monday watching his pitches miss the strike zone completely or get sent to the outer reaches of PNC Park. “Just one of those ...

6 the wrong way; Brewers sweep Bucs after 10-0 rout

PITTSBURGH — 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 Carter connected for his 32nd ...

Arcia helps Brewers beat Bucs

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Struggling rookie Orlando 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 ...

Bucs blanked by Brewers

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 ...

Pirates leave the Windy City being swept

CHICAGO — On most days, Kris Bryant’s three solid plays at third base would have covered the defensive highlights for the Chicago Cubs. This time, Bryant had to settle for a perfect view of Addison Russell’s sliding grab in the seventh inning. “I had a front-row seat and that was ...

Hendricks dominates as Cubs shut out Pirates

CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks began the season as the Cubs’ No. 5 starter. He’s on pace to finish it as the major league’s ERA leader and — if manager Joe Maddon has his way — potentially with an even bigger trophy. Hendricks threw seven dominant innings to lower the majors’ ...

Unlucky 13 for Pirates

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 ...

Pirates running hot …

MILWAUKEE — 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 and the Pirates hit three ...

Pirates rally back to defeat 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 ...