Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates are enjoying quality seasons midway through this year. With each team presenting a legitimate threat to make the playoffs in their respective leagues, the question is, which is most likely to achieve that goal?
Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings to end a personal three-game losing streak, and added an RBI single as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of two-run homers to back a solid outing by right-hander Charlie Morton, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the skidding Washington Nationals 6-5 Monday night.
If the Nationals feel like Wile E. Coyote did after getting smacked in the face by a frying pan following eight losses in their past 10 games, they should consider the resiliency of the Pirates.
PITTSBURGH — Tyler Moore knew what Clint Hurdle was thinking. With one out and first base open in the eighth inning of a one-run game, Moore fully expected the Pittsburgh Pirates’ manager to intentionally walk […]
A.J. Burnett allowed one run and struck out nine in seven shutout innings, and call-up Jordy Mercer hit a tiebreaker home run to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.
With a little time, Starling Marte and the Pirates could make waves throughout baseball.
The Nats were just swept in Philadelphia to bring their losing streak to four games, with just a four-game lead over Atlanta. But even if Washington found themselves in a standings free fall, with an 8.5-game lead over the next NL non-division leader, the Wild Card is almost a guaranteed contingency plan.
The Nationals are playing their eighth season in Washington, but this is the first summer in which they’ve been true players in baseball. And despite his recent downturn in performance, offseason acquisition Gio Gonzalez has been a major contributor to their 4 1/2 game division lead.
Andrew McCutchen homered twice, James McDonald took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out a career-high 11, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Thursday night.