Josh Harrison placed on DL with left thumb injury

 

Josh Harrison has been placed on the 15-day DL but is likely to be sidelined for at least 4 weeks with a thumb injury. Harrison was injured Sunday on a slide to second base. The Pirates have officially added Travis Ishikawa to the 25-man roster. Ishikawa will come off the bench tonight. Harrison is hitting .302 since May 1. 2015 Stats: .279 – 4 HR – 22 RBI

Gerrit Cole picks up MLB-leading 12th win

 

Gerrit Cole got touched for three early runs but the Pirates put up five runs in the fifth and Cole would later cruise his way to his MLB-leading 12th win of the season in the Pirates 5-3 victory over the Indians on Sunday afternoon Cole went 8 innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs, striking out 5 and walking 1 in the win. Cole retired the last 16 batters he faced. What makes Cole a such a special pitcher is how strong mentally he is. The three early runs he allowed never saw him get frustrated, the Pirates ace said afterwards. “I wasn’t getting frustrated because I felt that they were hitting some good pitches,” Cole said afterwards. “Sometimes that happens.” Cole said the Indian hitters weren’t chasing early on. They weren’t chasing pitches out of the strike zone, especially early,” Cole said. “We just stayed with the game planRead More »

Lock Down: Jeff Locke stifles Indians throwing eight shutout innings

 

Jeff Locke (5-4, 4.15 ERA) tossed eight shutout innings of two-hit ball, leading the Pirates to a 1-0 shutout win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday afternoon. The Pirates ended Cleveland’s five game winning streak as Locke allowed only two second inning singles by Yan Gomes and Giovanny Urshela. The left hander retired the last 19 batters he faced in one of the most dominant outings of his career. Locke on the afternoon went eight innings, allowing two Hits, 0 runs, while striking out six and walking none. Over his last five starts, Locke has allowed five earned runs as the Pirates have won four of five games during that span. 2015 Stats: 5-4, 4.15 ERA, 70 SO, 33 BB 1.50 WHIP

Neil Walker has big series in sweep of Tigers

 

 Neil Walker went 4-5 with a double, 3 RBI and had his second straight four-hit game for Pittsburgh in an 8-4 win over the Tigers. Walker went 10-for-17 in the series with seven RBI, raising his batting average from .257 to .278 in the process. Walker’s manager clearly see’s Walker’s breakout week as a welcomed development. “No one knows what gets Walk into these streaks — if we did, we would keep pushing the button,” Hurdle said. “But if you look at the back of his gum card, you will see that he keeps doing this.” 2015 Stats: .278 – 6 HR – 30 RBI

Gerrit Cole has second shortest outing of career in 5-2 loss to Reds

 

The Cincinnati Reds continue to be a thorn in Gerrit Cole’s side. Cole winless in his career vs the Reds, had the second shortest outing of his career tonight in the Pirates 5-2 loss. The Reds put up a 4-run first inning against Cole with two RBI doubles and Marlon Byrd hit a 2-run homer as the Pirates fell behind 4-0 for the second straight night. Cole lasted just 4.2 innings, allowing 8 hits and 5 runs. Cole exited the game in the fifth inning with the Pirates trailing 5-1 and threw 106 pitches on the night. Cole fell to 0-3 with a 5.53 ERA in his career vs the Reds. This season vs the Reds, Cole is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA. 2015 Stats: 11-3, 2.16 ERA, 102 SO, 25 BB, 1.13 WHIP

A.J. Burnett allowed career-high 14 hits in Friday’s loss but his will to keep Pirates in game impressed

 

A.J. Burnett allowed a career high 14 hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates winning streak came to an end Friday night with a 4-1 loss to Washington Nationals. Despite Burnett allowing 14 hits and 15 runners reaching base, he found a way to keep the Pirates in the game. The Pirates offense, though, was stagnant producing just 1 run, 6 hits and one extra-base hit. Burnett on the night went 6 2/3 innings, allowing 14 hits, 4 runs (3 ER), while striking out 7 and walking 1. He threw 98 pitches, His will to compete impressed his manager. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pitcher go into the seventh giving up double-digit hits like that and have the game still in hand,” Clint Hurdle said via Pirates.com. “It wasn’t his ‘A’ stuff. But his will to compete got things done and kept us in the ballgame.” The Nationals felt theyRead More »

Corey Hart had first 3-hit game since August 31, 2012

 

Corey Hart getting rare playing time as a DH, went 3-3 in the Pirates 3-2 win over the White Sox on Thursday night. It was Hart’s first three-hit game since August 31, 2012, a span of over 320 at-bats. Unfortunately for Hart it’s back to the bench for him as the Pirates return to NL play. 2015 Stats: .200 – 1 HR – 7 RBI

Gerrit Cole wins MLB-best 11th win

 

Gerrit Cole picked up his MLB-best 11th win of the season as the Pirates extended their winning streak to eight games on Thursday night with a 3-2 win over the White Sox. Cole allowed 3 hits and 2 runs over seven innings and appeared to be heading to a no decision until Gregory Polanco’s RBI groundout in the eighth, scoring Jung Ho Kang put the Pirates in the lead 3-2. Cole has won each of his last six starts. 2015 Stats: 11-2, 1.78 ERA, 97 SO, 22 BB, 1.07 WHIP

Pirates 3 – White Sox 2: Kang, McCutchen, Locke

 

TOP-3 POST-GAME PLAYER RUNDOWN   1. Jeff Locke continued the Pirates dominant starting pitching stretch, putting on one of his finest starts of the season. Locke struck out 8 and limited the White Sox to just 3 hits and 2 runs, earning his 4th win of the season. Locke threw 99 pitches, 60 for strikes, as he walked just 2 batters on the night. 2015 Stats: 4-3, 4.74 ERA   2. Jung Ho Kang hit a 2-run homer in the first inning, highlighting a 3-run first for the Pirates in their 3-2 win over the White Sox at US Cellular Field. Kang’s 2-run shot was his 4th home run of the season. Kang went 1-4 with HR, 2 RBI, R, in the win and has 4 RBIs in his last three games. 2015 Stats: .280 – 4 HR – 24 RBI   3. Andrew McCutchen went 2-4 with an RBI,Read More »

Josh Harrison’s 4-hit night bumps average up to .280

 

Josh Harrison extending his hitting streak to five games with a 4-hit night in the Pirates 11-0 win over the White Sox. Harrison went 4-4 with RBI, 3 runs scored and a walk. It was Harrison’s second 4-hit game in his last four games. Harrison is hitting .468 over his last seven games and has bumped his average up to .280 on the season. 2015 Stats: .280/.317/.397 – 4 HR – 21 RBI