Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pirates Edition

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    Pirates Call Up Two Future Stars Before 2014 Season

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    The Pirates called up their two young studs from AAA ball. The first being RF Gregory Polanco, who was widely thought to be the best prospect in the country. The 6'4, 22 year old has tremendous fielding and baserunning skills. He's got the speed to play the perfect compliment to both Andrew McCutchen and Starlin Marte in the outfield. The second player brought up is also a 22 year old, stands 6'5, and is a hard throwing RP. Jameson Taillon was brought up immediately to replace Edison Volquez as the 4th man up in the Pirates rotation. The team expects a lot from both of these young players, and fans of the Pirates should get to know these two names very well.
     
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    April Game and Series Recaps

    Opening Series - Cubs @ Pirates (Pirates 2-1)
    • Game 1: Gerrit Cole got the start here on opening day and faced Cubs ace, Jeff Samardzija. The Pirates took an early lead, but eventually let it slip away. Cole got worked early and often falling behind multiple counts. He would be pulled in the 6th after giving up 3 ER's, in part due to a Andrew McCutchen fielding era. The Cubs would go onto win game 1 and take Opening Day, 3-2.
    • Game 2: Franciscio Liriano would open day two and take on Travis Wood. Liriano had much more success than Cole had in game 1. The Pirates ace would go 7.1 innings and allowed his offense to do the rest. The bullpen was able to back him up late in the game as closer Jason Grilli would come in in the 9th to close the game out. Pirates took this one, 2-1.
    • Game 3: Wandy Rodriguez picked up where Liriano left off in game 2. Rodriguez allowed only 1 hit, through 8 innings of play, with 7 K's. The Pirates weren't much better offensively, as they only managed 4 hits all game. But the big one came in the bottom of the 9th when Andrew McCutchen stepped to the plate. He took the first pitch, an inside fastball, deep to left center field. It was a walk off homer, as well as the Pirates first homer of the year. The Bucs took game 3, and the series, 1-0.
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    Second Series - Pirates @ Brewers (2-1 Brewers)
    • Game 1: We got our first look at 22 year old Jameson Taillon in this ball game. And even though the P's would go onto drop the game, Taillon was very impressive. He showed strong command and went right after the Brewers talented lineup. Taillon went 7 innings and only allowed 2 hits. The bullpen would end up losing control, however; and the Brewers won this one 3-2.
    • Game 2: The Brewers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead here in the 3rd inning off of Scooter Gennett's three-run homer. He bombed one off of Pirates starter Brandon Cumpton, and the Pirates would be playing catchup all day because of it. They jumped within 1 of the lead after Pedro Alvarez' three-run blast, but the Brewers would end up having too much offense. Brewers took game 2, 6-4.
    • Game 3: Gerrit Cole would get his second start of the season in game 3, and would avenge his Opening Day loss to the Cubs. Cole came out firing, and ended up earning Player of the Game honors. Jason Grilli would come in to earn his 2nd save on the early season, and the Pirates avoided the sweep winning 2-1.
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    Third Series - Pirates @ Cubs (Sweep, 3-0 Pirates)
    • Game 1: Francisco Liriano got his second start of the season in Game 1 of this series, and he performed just as well as his first start. Liriano would pitch 7 scoreless innings en route to a 2-0 Pirates victory.
    • Game 2: Game two of the series was tightly contested throughout, but once again it was the pitching of the Pirates that was able to outduel the Cubs. The Cubbies only managed 3 hits in this one and once again failed to find any offense whatsoever. Andrew McCutched put the nail in the coffin in the 8th inning with a two run blast, which gave the P's the win, 3-0.
    • Game 3: Jameson Taillon, remember this name. This kid came out firing in only his 2nd start of his MLB career. He pitched 6.2 innings, striking out 10 Cubs batters before he had to be relieved in the bottom of the 6th. The Bucs would score in the 9th inning on a Starling Marte RBI, and Jason Grilli (5 games, 5 saves) would come in to close the Cub out once again and earn the Pirates their first sweep on 2014. Pirates won 3-2.
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    Fourth Series - Brewers @ Pirates (3-1 Brewers)
    • Game 1: Ace, Gerrit Cole, got the start here and had his worse performance to date. The Brewers earned 3 early runs and forced Cole out of the game in the 5th inning. The Brewers would tack on 2 more runs on the day and win by the score of 5-2.
    • Game 2: Francisco Liriano looked very good early on in this game. He only gave up 1 run through his 7 innings of pitching. In fact, both pitching staffs looked great in this ball game. Both ball clubs had to go very deep into their bullpen as this game went 2 full games, 18 innings. The Pirates would lose in heartbreaking fashion 2-1, after Scooter Gennett went yard.
    • Game 3: Another closely contested matchup here, and another heart breaker for the Pirates. The would drop their third straight to the Brewers in this series, 2-1, and go into game 4 desperately needing a win to avoid the sweep.
    • Game 4: Youngster Jameson Taillon once again showed some of his best stuff as he continued to impress. He went 6 innings of play, allowed only 4 hits, stuck out 9 batters, and allowed 0 earned runs. The play of this game, however; belonged to 3B Pedro Alvarez as he blasted a 3-run HR in the 6th inning and busted the game wide open. The Brewers would fail to ever put a rally together and the Bucs avoided the sweep once again, winning 5-2.
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    Fifth Series - Cardinals @ Pirates (2-1 Pirates)
    • Game 1: The Pirates got wrecked in the 3rd inning of this ball game and were never able to catchup. Brandon Cumpton had a terrible second outing of the season, 6 ER's, which saw him give up back to back homeruns. He got pulled in the 3rd and the Pirates played much better afterwards. They stranded the bases loaded twice in the game and that killed any chance they had. Cards took the opening game of the series, 7-2.
    • Game 2: A much more exciting game here in game 2 of the series. The Pirates looked as though they were going to pull away early with a bases loaded situation, but the Cardinals held tough and only allowed 1 early run. It was 1-0 for most of the game, until Cardinals big man Matt Holliday stepped to the plate and knocked out a 2 run HR in the 6th. The Pirates would eventually tie things up in the 8th when Jordy Mercer came home from 2nd on a Kendrys Morales RBI. We went to the 9th tied. Bottom 9, 2 outs, Andrew McCutchen at the plate. WALKOFF! Pirates took game 2, 3-2.
    • Game 3: The rubber match of this series would be all Pirates, thanks to a 2nd inning grand slam by Russell Martin. The Cards were never really able to recover from that and the Pirates went on to win 6-2.
    Sixth Series - Pirates @ Reds (2-1 Reds)
    • Game 1: Both aces got the start here for their respective clubs, and Reds SP Mat Latos would win the battle. He went deep into this game and managed to turn away batter after batter. Pirates hitters never could get a bead on him. Gerrit Cole got pulled early in the game and the Pirates bats just never got going. Reds took the first one, 2-1.
    • Game 2: Francisco Liriano came into this game as arguable the best Pirates pitcher to date. The Reds quickly made him look like the worst. He got rocked for back-to-back HR's that opened this game wide up. Red would cruise in this one, 7-2.
    • Game 3: The Pirates were in must-win mode here, as they did not want to get swept against a division foe. Their bullpen, unlike in game 2, would do an outstanding job going deep into this game as it went a full 13 innings. Jordy Mercer came in to score in the top of the inning, and Jason Grilli held strong on the mound in the bottom to give the Pirates a big 3-2 win.
     
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    Pirates Looking to Bolster SP Rotation

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    The Pirates could definitely use another sure fire arm in their starting rotation. SP Brandon Cumpton may soon be delegated to triple-A after his horrible performance against the Cardinals. Aside from that, their GM has a rooting interest in another young SP from another ball club. It's not outside the realm of possibility that they try and make a trade for said "rooting interest". If they can't get that done, maybe they try and make a trade elsewhere. If not, their only other option would be to bring up either Edison Volquez or Vince "The Vanimal" Worley.
     
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    Pirates Make Big Trade With Rays

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays reached an agreement that sent RF Gregory Polanco and 1B Kendrys Morales to Tampa, in exchange for; RF Wil Myers and 1B James Loney. The Pirates had struggled mightily at the plate in the month of April, and Polanco failed to ever break .100. In Myers, they get a guy who has homered 3 times already and drove in 25 RBI's. They traded speed and fielding ability for a better bat. And while Morales may be a better 1B than Loney, the new Pirates owner admitted to having a bias towards him as a former Rays fan. That part of the deal has already seemed to pay off. In his first plate appearance as a Pittsburgh Pirate, James Loney went to straightaway deep center in PNC Park and delivered a 2 run homer. A great way to start his career in the Steel City. Since joining the team, the duo have helped the Pirates to break the .200 batting average mark for the first time all season. A trend the fans in Pittsburgh could definitely get use to seeing.
     
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