Bench Clearing Brawl in Altoona

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Pirates Shopping Correia

According to Rob Biertempfel, Pirates beat writer for the Trib, via Twitter, the Pirates are actively shopping starting pitcher Kevin Correia.

The 31-year old righty has started 13 games for the Bucs this season, having an a K/9 of 3.3 and a 2.9 BB/9 and a 4.12 ERA. Correia performed worse. His 4.74 ERA was enough to put him on the disabled list with an “inury” towards the tail end of last season.

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Game 70: Pirates vs Tigers Live Chat

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Game 69: Pirates vs Tigers Live Chat

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Game 67: Pirates vs Twins Live Chat

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No Doubt About It

The Pirates lost four games in a row in Baltimore and Cleveland and casual fans dropped off the bandwagon. After winning the final two games to take the series in the mistake by the lake, the Bucs won the first game of a series against the Minnesota Twins to nearly reverse the damage.

In Cleveland, the Pirates plated nine runs in their final two games after being shut out in the premiere. The hot streak continued tonight as seven runs crossed home plate in the Pirates’ victory. Josh Harrison opened up the scoring in the first inning, hitting a “home run” off of left fielder Josh Willingham and the State Farm sign. His home run tonight was only a fraction of his three-for-five night which also included two more runs scored and two stolen bases.

Andrew McCutchen also swung a hot bat tonight, hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning, his 12th of the season, and hitting his 12th double in the eighth; McCutchen also singled, raising his batting average to .332, and walked, raising his on base average to .390. He stole a base as well. Clint Barmes raised his average to above the Mendoza line by singling twice and once doubling in four at bats. Pedro Alvarez hit twice in three at bats tonight, including a double.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Jose Tabata was 0-for-5 today, which included grounding out thrice.

Kevin Correia pitched well tonight, believe it or not. Going five and a third, Correia didn’t allow a run on four hits and a walk. Tony Watson finished the sixth inning for the Bucs, but Juan Cruz allowed a pair of runs in the seventh frame. Chris Resop, who has been this year’s Jose Veras, finished out the game for the Buccos, shutting out the Twins in the eighth and ninth innings on two walks and a walk.

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Game 65: Pirates vs Twins Live Chat

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Pedro Drives Bucs to Victory

Alex Presley homered in back-to-back games, but nobody cared.

Pedro Alvarez was the big story in Cleveland this weekend, overcoming recent talk that he should be sent back down to the minors, by hitting two home runs on Saturday and then two more on Sunday. His six RBIs on Sunday helped the Pirates take the rubber match over the city’s number one rival by a 9-5 score.

None of it would’ve happened without Asdrubal Cabrera, though.

Timely hitting put the Indians up 2-0 early, with both runs coming on two-out hits off lackluster starter Brad Lincoln.

Jason Kipnis made a heck of a play with the shift on for Garret Jones to force Andrew McCutchen at second base for the second out in the fourth inning. Casey McGhee worked the count in his at-bat and grounded to the shortstop Cabrera who airmailed his throw to first base into the front row.

Pedro Alvarez drove the next pitch over the right field fence to put the Buccos up 3-2.

It didn’t last long though. In the bottom of the inning: single, groundout, walk, double, runs, Cleveland leads 4-3, Lincoln exits.

The poor start was quickly forgotten when Alex Presley drove a 396-footer over the right field fence to tie it right back up in the top of the fifth.

That was followed by two walks and a double to load the bases for Casey McGhee. He once again grounded a routine ball to Cabrera… who once again screwed it up. Cabrera bobbled the ball for one error, allowing one run to score, then made a poor attempt to get the force out at second base, which allowed Cutch to score from second base on the errant throw.

Alvarez’s homer followed that to put the Bucs up 9-4. Four of the Pirates runs were unearned.
Pedro finished the day going 3-for-4 with two homers, a double, six RBIs, and two runs scored.

Lincoln finished the day having thrown 67 pitches in 3.1 innings to give up four earned runs and only striking out two. Most of his eight hits were hit hard. He’s bounced back and forth from rotation to bullpen so far and if his starts continue to look like this, the ping pong probably won’t stop anytime soon.

Tony Watson, Jared Hughes, Jason Grilli, and Joel Hanrahan finished out the game on the mound without much issue.

The Pirates have an off day tomorrow before the Minnesota Twins come into town for a three-game interleague series. The win keeps them above .500 at 34-31, and in second place, four games behind Cincinnati.

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Game 62: Pirates at Indians Live Chat

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Cole Promoted to Double-A

Gerrit Cole was promoted to double-a Altoona today.

Cole has been wonderful this season, going 5-1 in 13 starts with a 2.55 ERA. He struck out 69 batters while walking just 21, bringing his K/BB ratio to 3.29. In his 67 innings pitched, Cole has allowed just 53 batters to reach via a hit for a batting average against of .217. All of these statistics brought fans to vote him in to the Florida State League All-Star Game.

In his final single-A start, Cole tossed five scoreless innings, allowing three hits while walking two and striking out seven.

His first start in Altoona is expected to be on June 20th, next Wednesday. Make the trip. Altoona’s about two and a half hours away from downtown Pittsburgh, and you can get tickets here. There are going to be fireworks after the game.

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