Charlie Morton shines with sixth straight strong start


Charlie Morton (7-3, 3.00 ERA) is emerging as the Pirates clear No. 3 starter going into the final month of the season. Morton shined again Sunday afternoon, allowing 7 hits and 1 run in 7 innings pitched, a Pirates 5-2 win as the Bucs moved into first place. Morton struck out 6 and walked just 2, improving to 7-3 on the season. Morton whose GB/FB ratio over his last six starts is 66 to 9, had 11 groundball outs in today’s outing. Morton is 4-0 in his last six starts, allowing 2 earned runs or less in all six starts.

Charlie Morton improves to 6-3 with fifth straight strong start


Charlie Morton (6-3, 3.14 ERA) played the role of the stopper tonight for the Pirates, allowing 5 hits and 1 run (0 ER) in 6 2/3 innings pitched. Morton walked 3 and struck out 2 in the Pirates 7-1 win. It marks the fifth straight strong start for Morton who has allowed 2 earned runs or less in five straight starts. During that span Morton has pitched 6 innings or more in all five starts.

Breaking down Charlie Morton’s performance to snap Pirates 10 game losing streak


By John Perrotto What’s the best way to stop a losing streak? How about by throwing a shutout? If the other team doesn’t score, you’re eventually going to score a run and win, even a team with as anemic of an offense as the Pirates. Charlie Morton gave the Pirates the pitching performance they desperately needed Monday night as he threw eight scoreless innings and combined with Jose Veras on a six-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory over the defending World Series champions Giants at San Francisco to mercifully end a 10-game losing streak. The skid represented one of the most demoralizing stretches since the Pirates’ streak of 18 consecutive losing seasons in 1993. During the 10 days in which the Pirates lost three games to Philadelphia, four to the Chicago Cubs and three to San Diego, they went from being 1 1/2 games back in the National League CentralRead More »

Morton’s electric stuff fading away


Morton has 6.19 ERA in June Pirates starter Charlie Morton (7-4) was roughed up tonight against the Baltimore Orioles in the Pirates 8-3 loss at PNC Park. The Pirates fell to 35-37 on the season and 15-19 at home. Morton for the third straight start, did not have his so called “electric stuff”, a saying that has followed the Pirates starter this season during his resurgence from a nightmare 2010 season. Morton was out of sync from the start, allowing 5 runs in the first inning. Overall, Morton allowed 8 hits and 7 runs in just 2 innings of work tonight, suffering his 4th loss of the season. In his last three starts, Morton has not lasted past the 5th inning. During that span, he has given up 26 hits and 17 runs. Morton has posted a 6.19 ERA in June and based on Clint Hurdles comments tonight, the PiratesRead More »

Morton, Hart playing their way out of a spot in the rotation for 2010


By John Perrotto When the dust had settled following the seven trades the Pirates made from June 3-July 30 that completely reshaped the roster, manager John Russell thought he was sure of one thing. “What I really like about these trades it that we have a very solid rotation now,” Russell said. “We’re strong from 1-5.” It turns out Russell was only three-fifths right in his assessment. Barring an unforeseen major off-season acquisition, only three rotation spots will be set when spring training begins in February. And those spots will belong to pitchers who have been in the rotation all season _ left-handers Zach Duke and Paul Maholm and right-hander Ross Ohlendorf. The two starters acquired in trades, right-handers Charlie Morton and Kevin Hart, have been major disappointments. Morton, picked up from Atlanta in the Nate McLouth trade, is 3-8 with a 5.35 ERA in 15 starts. Hart, acquired fromRead More »