MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Lucroy was out of the lineup Saturday, as Milwaukee general manager David Stearns made progress toward a trade. Ryan Braun was a late scratch with continued tightness in his right side. But this was a Pirates-Brewers game at Miller Park, and those almost always end the same way.
Unheralded Hernan Perez took Braun's place in the three-hole and delivered three hits and three RBIs in a 5-3 win over the Pirates at Miller Park. Perez and Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered, and Nieuwenhuis made a pair of highlight-reel throws from right field to help the the Brewers improve to 102-56 against the Pirates since the start of the 2007 season, including a remarkable 63-17 in Milwaukee. The Brewers have won each of the teams' last eight matchups here.
MILWAUKEE -- Three and a half years ago, the Pirates traded their All-Star closer for a group of young players that included a promising middle reliever named Mark Melancon.
Melancon developed into a three-time All-Star and became one of the game's most dependable closers in Pittsburgh. Hoping to repeat the cycle that spun from Joel Hanrahan to Melancon, the Pirates sent their three-time All-Star closer to the Nationals on Saturday in exchange for hard-throwing lefty setup man Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn.
MILWAUKEE -- One reason the Pirates felt comfortable trading their former closer, Mark Melancon, on Saturday: They like their new closer quite a bit, too.
Left-hander Tony Watson will take over the ninth inning for the Pirates, manager Clint Hurdle said, after they traded Melancon to the Nationals for reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn. Neftali Feliz will assume Watson's setup duties in the eighth inning, and the newly acquired Rivero will pitch the seventh.
MILWAUKEE -- Chris Carter hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Junior Guerra did most of the rest, treating fans and a slew of rival scouts to 8 2/3 terrific innings in the Brewers' 3-1 win over the Pirates on Friday at Miller Park.
With the seats behind home plate dotted with scouts from teams seeking starting pitching before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline -- and facing one of those teams in the Pirates -- the 31-year-old rookie flirted with the Brewers' first complete game in more than a year before settling for his seventh victory. Guerra scattered four hits, struck out five and retired 21 of 22 batters in one stretch. He came within two outs of the Brewers' first shutout in nearly two years, and within one out of the team's first complete game since Taylor Jungmann went the distance last July 11.
MILWAUKEE -- After two starts, it's unclear how Steven Brault fits into the Pirates' rotation the rest of the season. But Brault quickly learned how he fits in at the Major League level.
"What I've learned is my stuff plays as long as I'm hitting my spots," Brault said after putting together a quality start in a 3-1 loss to the Brewers on Friday night. "That's just how it's going to be forever."
MILWAUKEE -- Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was helped off the field after taking a pitch off his right foot during the eighth inning of Pittsburgh's 3-1 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park on Friday night.
Cervelli was behind the plate while reliever Juan Nicasio was pitching to Scooter Gennett. Nicasio's 1-2 slider nicked Gennett's pant leg and appeared to hit the instep of Cervelli's right foot or ankle.
MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Vogelsong's pain in the neck may have been a blessing in disguise.
Vogelsong was eligible to return from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday, but he left his July 20 rehab start after four innings due to neck stiffness -- an inconveniently timed injury caused by hotel beds, long flights and an aggressive swing or two.
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates' deep and talented farm system is well-represented on MLBPipeline.com's latest Top 100 Prospects list.
Pittsburgh placed six prospects on MLBPipeline.com's midseason list, second to only Houston's seven, and totaled more Prospect Points (383) than any other organization. It's a testament to the high-end potential of the Pirates' best prospects -- several of whom made their big league debut in the first half -- but also the depth of the Bucs' player development system.
PITTSBURGH -- Gerrit Cole didn't think he had a chance after one inning, then he didn't bother to check his pitch count again until the eighth Wednesday night. Positioned behind Cole at second base, Josh Harrison didn't peek at the PNC Park scoreboard until the ninth.
"I looked up, and I think I saw 82," Harrison said. "I'm like, 'Aw, we're good!'"
Center fielder slugs 166th career dinger in 3-for-5, 4-RBI night
By Sarah K. Spencer
PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen's 166th home run came off the bat at 100 mph per Statcast™, traveling 417 feet from home plate on its way to dead-center field -- and Pirates history.
In the eighth inning, McCutchen's three-run homer off David Rollins rounded out Pittsburgh's 10-1 win against Seattle on Wednesday. It was McCutchen's 15th home run of the season, and it tied him with Dave Parker for fifth-most in Pirates history.
Sarah K. Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Pirates fan flips over a railing to bring in souvenir
By Chris Landers |
On Wednesday afternoon, Logan Morrison looked into the eyes of the Dodger Stadium barricade and declared, "You will not keep me from making this catch." He dove, he flipped, he tumbled -- but in the end, he held on to the ball.
Just a few hours later and a couple thousand miles away, one Pirates fan was so moved by Morrison's example that he refused to let some pesky railing come between him and a souvenir. Armed with a glove and a complete disregard for his own health, he leapt.
Bucs 'cautiously optimistic' about Glasnow's recovery
Stewart, Vogelsong, Kuhl also taking steps in rehab
By Sarah K. Spencer
PITTSBURGH -- Four days after Pirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow exited his second Major League start with discomfort in his throwing arm, head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said he envisions the right-hander being able to pick up a baseball in the coming days.
Glasnow did not undergo an MRI or any kind of scan, but he did experience inflammation in the shoulder. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, which means he would be eligible to be activated on Aug. 8.
PITTSBURGH -- Francisco Liriano unexpectedly found more success at the plate -- against Felix Hernandez, no less -- than on the mound Tuesday night at PNC Park.
Liriano struggled to follow up on his strong 13-strikeout, no-walk performance in the Pirates' 7-4 loss to the Mariners. He allowed seven runs on eight hits and four walks in only 3 1/3 innings, losing his 10th game and seeing his ERA climb up to 5.38.
William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Pirates, Taylor Hooton Foundation promote healthy lifestyle
Event hosted as part of the National PLAY Campaign
By Sarah K. Spencer
PITTSBURGH -- Major League players working out or needing medical attention usually keep the Pirates' athletic training staff busy. But on Wednesday, a few dozen rowdy kids at PNC Park kept them occupied when they joined forces with the Taylor Hooton Foundation to educate youth about staying healthy and active.
"Grab a ball and go to center field. Go be [Andrew] McCutchen," strength and conditioning coach Ricky White told a subgroup as the kids particpated in agility and baseball drills.
PITTSBURGH -- Felix Hernandez dug Seattle into an early hole, but the Mariners climbed out of it with a pair of big innings and some gritty relief work, holding on to beat the Pirates, 7-4, on Tuesday night at PNC Park.
"We're certainly looking for crisper, sharper stuff than Felix showed tonight early in the game," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "But to his credit, he hung in there. He gave us a chance, kept it right there and our offense was really the story of the game tonight. That and some really good relief pitching late."
PITTSBURGH -- Pirates catcher Eric Fryer rejoined the club at PNC Park on Tuesday after being activated from the paternity list following the birth of twins.
Fryer left the team Friday night after the first game of the Bucs' weekend series against the Phillies and got home in time to see his wife, Allison, give birth to daughter Abigail (at 10:37 a.m.) and son Hayden (at 10:47 a.m.) on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
PITTSBURGH -- Rookie Adam Frazier couldn't have picked a better time to knock his first Major League home run that nearly reached the Allegheny River. His pinch-hit solo shot to the top of the right-field bleachers broke a tie in the bottom of the seventh inning, leading the Pirates to a 5-4 series win over the Phillies on Sunday at PNC Park.
"I figured [right-hander Edubray Ramos] was coming back with a fastball after just missing with two off-speed pitches," Fraizer said. "I got my hands to it and got the barrel out in front."
PITTSBURGH -- The shoulder discomfort that ended Tyler Glasnow's PNC Park debut has landed the Pirates' top prospect on the disabled list.
The Pirates announced Sunday morning that Glasnow was placed on the 15-day DL after he had been pulled from his second Major League start while facing his third hitter of the fourth inning on Saturday.
During the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Phillies on Sunday, one dad who really knew what he was doing added a new installment to the collection. Elias Diaz slapped a foul over the first-base dugout, setting up this textbook display of how to do things well.
Pirates shake off shaky Glasnow, erupt vs. Phillies
By Sarah K. Spencer and Chris Adamski
PITTSBURGH -- With two hit batsmen, three walks and five stolen bases allowed in three-plus innings, it's safe to say Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow struggled in his home debut. The Bucs' offense compensated, erupting for a five-run fifth inning and holding on to beat the Phillies, 7-4, on Saturday.