Giants rout Pirates, advance

Oct 2, 2014

Giants rout Pirates, advance

Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing. A grand slam provided all that and more, silencing a revved-up crowd and propelling San Francisco into the meat of the playoffs. Streaking in May ...

Giants unfazed by do-or-die game

Sep 30, 2014

Giants unfazed by do-or-die game

The San Francisco Giants have proven themselves to be elimination experts. Just rewind two Octobers ago, when the Giants overcame six elimination games on the way to their second World Series championship in three years. No doubt this year will be different. San Francisco ...

Pirates clinch playoff berth

Sep 24, 2014

Pirates clinch playoff berth

Gerrit Cole was so focused on recording 17 consecutive outs, he didn’t glance at the out-of-town scoreboard. Cole insisted he didn’t know his win over Atlanta had clinched a playoff spot for Pittsburgh until he walked into the clubhouse and saw the lockers covered ...

Pirates keep hopes alive

Sep 22, 2014

Pirates keep hopes alive

Vance Worley is used to his body breaking down at this point in the season. An unexpected break allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander to regroup. He responded with his sharpest outing in two months to push the fading Milwaukee Brewers closer to an extended ...

Brewers stay in playoff chase

Sep 21, 2014

Brewers stay in playoff chase

Matt Garza provided the edge, even if it ended his night early. The Milwaukee Brewers took it from there, tightening the NL wild-card race with a contentious 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Garza was ejected in the fifth inning after hitting ...

Pirates blow game on bases

Jul 31, 2014

Pirates blow game on bases

Clint Hurdle says he and a pal often marvel over how there’s always something new to see at a baseball game. Too bad for Hurdle, what we watched Wednesday wrecked the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-5 loss. A timely, heads-up glance by reliever Jean ...

Giants erase six-run deficit, defeat Phillies in wild 13-inning game

May 6, 2014

Giants erase six-run deficit, defeat Phillies in wild 13-inning game

Jean Machi has been playing professional baseball in the United States since 2002 when he pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies’ team in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Yet the beefy right-handed reliever, now with the San Francisco Giants, had never been asked to bunt ...

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Pirates aim to end epic futility streak

by Dave Wiggins

It’s hard to feel sorry for Pittsburgh sports fans, given all the Super Bowls, Stanley Cups and World Series titles their pro teams have won over the years. Pittsburgh even calls itself “The City of Champions”. Still, though, you would have to be pretty ...