Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs, and Shin-Soo Choo extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games on Saturday, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that revolved around an early rain delay.
Brandon Phillips drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double on Friday night, and Mike Leake got the better of left-hander Francisco Liriano for the third time this season, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that tightened the NL Central.
Pirates president Frank Coonelly joined The Fan Morning Show on Friday to discuss the start of the second half of the season, which begins tonight in Cincinnati.
(AP) — The Cincinnati Reds appear to have the right pitcher in the right ballpark as they start their final road trip of the year.
Flailing and running on fumes as they desperately try to stay in the wild-card race, the visiting Pirates’ last stand could start Friday night against the Houston Astros.
(AP) — James McDonald’s struggles cost him a spot in the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation. Their collective issues may be costing them a trip to the postseason, and the Milwaukee Brewers are surely thrilled to take advantage of that.
(AP) — Milwaukee (74-72) and Pittsburgh (74-72) are both 2 1/2 games back of St. Louis for the NL’s second wild-card spot, but have taken different paths to get to this position.
(AP) — Finishing with a losing record for a 20th straight season seemed unthinkable for the Pittsburgh Pirates just over a month ago, but heading into the final two weeks of 2012, it is suddenly a distinct possibility.
(AP) — Despite a season-worst losing streak, the Pittsburgh Pirates still aren’t out of the hunt for the playoffs.
A.J. Burnett hopes to continue his recent success against Cincinnati and help the visiting Pirates avoid a season-high sixth consecutive loss and three-game sweep at the hands of the NL Central-leading Reds on Wednesday night.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Another win over a fading pursuer has Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips thinking about a really big number. Phillips homered and drove in a pair of runs Tuesday night, and Mike Leake pitched seven innings and scored off a dash home on a wild pitch, setting up a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that moved Cincinnati another step closer to the NL Central title.
(AP) — Though the team they’re chasing for the NL’s second wild-card spot keeps faltering, the Pittsburgh Pirates have failed at nearly every turn to take advantage.
(AP) — The third-place Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t likely to catch the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds, and could soon find themselves out of playoff contention entirely.
PITTSBURGH (AP) Kevin Correia pitched six solid innings as a fill-in starter and Alex Presley, a late addition to the lineup, had two hits and scored three runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros 6-3 on Wednesday night.
(AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates managed to stop their latest skid at four, but if they want to have any shot at reaching the postseason for the first time in 20 years, they need to take advantage of their next four games as well.