Jordy Mercer's first career grand slam capped a five-run sixth inning that started with two errors by Milwaukee third baseman Jonathan Villar, and the Pirates held on for a 5-3 win on Friday.
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Lineup: Pirates (64-61) at Brewers (56-71)
- 1. Josh Harrison, 2B (R)
- 2. Josh Bell, 1B (S)
- 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF (R)
- 4. Gregory Polanco, RF (L)
- 5. Starling Marte, LF (R)
- 6. David Freese, 3B (R)
- 7. Francisco Cervelli, C (R)
- 8. Jordy Mercer, SS (R)
- 9. Ryan Vogelsong, RHP Daily lineups
Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and a pair of RBI singles, including the tiebreaker in the 10th inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates stopped a nine-game skid at Miller Park, beating the Brewers 3-2.
How does Matt Joyce rank in intangibles?
Joyce isn't an everyday player for the Pirates, but he's performed well enough to land on one of our lists. In which category is Joyce ranked? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)
Ralph Kiner excelled on a struggling squad
In 1947, his second year in the majors, Kiner tied for the major league lead in home runs (51), led the majors in slugging (.639) and led the National League in OPS (1.055), trailing only Ted Williams in the majors. Meanwhile, the Pirates finished an NL-worst 62-92. Great players on bad teams
Is Cervelli MLB's top defensive catcher?
Francisco Cervelli doesn't have a cannon for an arm, but he's above average when it comes to pitch-framing and game-calling. Does Keith Law rank him No. 1 with the glove? Best fielding/throwing tools (Insider)
Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer and Carlos Correa got two hits and scored twice, leading Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Wednesday.
Ray Searage working magic on Ivan Nova?
It would appear that way as Nova is now 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in four starts with the Pirates, but David Schoenfield isn't ready to jump to any conclusions yet. Five things we learned Tuesday
Ivan Nova fitting in fine with Pirates
Following Tuesday's complete-game effort, Nova is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in four starts with Pittsburgh. The last Pirates pitcher to go 3-0 or better with an ERA that low over his first four starts with the team was Zach Duke in 2005, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Also from Elias, the last Pirates pitcher to throw a complete game within his first four starts with the team was Kevin Correia in 2011.
Pirates get things going in a hurry
The first six batters got hits in the Pirates' four-run first inning Tuesday night. It was the first time in almost 41 years that the Pirates got hits from their first six batters in a game, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Pittsburgh's first eight batters got hits in a game vs. the Braves on Aug. 26, 1975.
Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage talks to Buster Olney about his methods for getting the most out of pitchers, Gerrit Cole's recent struggles and much more.
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
The latest Ray Searage pitching project for the Pirates is Ivan Nova and he just tossed a six-hit, 98-pitch complete game to beat the Astros. The Pirates need to roll off a 10 wins in 12 games kind of stretch here and getting better results from the rotation is the key.
Ivan Nova took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter while Gregory Polanco hit two home runs to lead the Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Astros on Tuesday.
Powerful Polanco strikes twice
Gregory Polanco had his second career multi-home run game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, driving a 371-foot shot to left field in the third inning and 401-foot blast to center in the fifth.
Is Jung Ho Kang's injury a concern?
Kang injured his left shoulder sliding into second base against the Marlins on Friday. He's expected to miss 2-4 weeks, which puts him on track to return somewhere in the heart of September. Until then, David Freese is a respectable replacement at third, Jerry Crasnick writes. Injury questions for contenders
Astros, Pirates meet at opposing junction
With Monday's win in the series between the two teams, the Astros have now won their last four games after losing four in a row. For the Pirates, their current streak is the exact opposite.
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
In the first game of a critical series for both teams, Doug Fister outdueled Jameson Taillon as the Astros beat the Pirates. Taillon made one mistake as Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run home run and Alex Bregman added an insurance run with a HR in the ninth. By the way, after that 1-for-32 start, Bregman is hitting .312/.365/.558.
Doug Fister pitched seven scoreless innings, Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and the Houston Astros beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Monday night.
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed infielder David Freese to a two-year extension on Monday.
Bucs beef up standing in rankings
In ranking the Pirates this week, our voters focused on their four straight wins entering the weekend rather than their sweep at the hands of the Marlins. Even without Mark Melancon, the bullpen remains a strength for Pittsburgh. Week 20 Power Rankings
Christian Yelich homered in the first inning, Miami added a pair of unearned runs and the Marlins rallied past the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Highly touted right-hander Jameson Taillon had some setbacks on his road to the bigs, but he's here now and pitching well. Eno Sarris breaks down his pitch repertoire and sees continued success.
Bucs' bats sunk by Marlins
The Pirates' 3-4-5 hitters -- Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco and David Freese -- combined to go 0-for-12 with nine strikeouts on Saturday. The only other game in the last seven seasons in which a team's starting 3-4-5 hitters went hitless with at least nine combined K's took place earlier this season (White Sox vs. Rays on April 17), the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
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