A week ago, Pirates fans might have thought they'd get a chance to see Cody Bellinger hit and Yu Darvish pitch on Tuesday for the Dodgers. Instead, Bellinger is still nursing a sprained right ankle and Darvish is on the disabled list.
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After 11 back-and-forth innings, Yasiel Puig hammered the second pitch thrown in the 12th inning, watched it fly and flipped his bat into foul territory. Puig's shot -- projected to travel 412 feet by Statcast -- off reliever Dovydas Neverauskas landed in the bullpens beyond the center-field fence and sent the Dodgers to a 6-5 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.
The Pirates knew their pitching staff would be short-handed heading into Monday night's series opener against the Dodgers. But it would have been hard to imagine the night ending as it did, with starter Jameson Taillon throwing in the bullpen in case they rallied in the 12th inning.
The Chad Kuhl everybody knows is a polite, friendly 24-year-old who was born and raised in Delaware. That's not who he is on the mound, according to teammate Trevor Williams.
About a month and a half ago, Josh Bell said he had a conversation with David Freese that sparked perhaps the best offensive stretch of Bell's young career.
A crowd of Little Leaguers experienced memories of a lifetime as they watched the Pirates defeat the Cardinals in the first MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport.
Francisco Mejia and Bobby Bradley helped bring Akron's five-game losing streak to an end as the duo combined for five extra-base hits, five runs and six RBIs in a 13-5 victory against Harrisburg.
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The Pirates left the inaugural MLB Little League Classic late Sunday night with a 6-3 win over the Cardinals, a ton of memories and a special place in a historic event for Major League Baseball.
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The Pirates and Cardinals spent most of Sunday afternoon serving as honored guests and humbled fans, taking in all the sights and sounds the Little League World Series has to offer. But while the day was dedicated to Little Leaguers, the big leaguers took center stage Sunday night as the Bucs beat the Cards, 6-3, in the inaugural MLB Little League Classic at historic Bowman Field.
During his rise to stardom, baseball fans across the country came to know Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen as simply "Cutch." When McCutchen runs out to center field at Bowman Field on Sunday for the MLB Little League Classic, he'll still be "Cutch" -- and his jersey will say the same.
From the moment the Pirates stepped off the bus and made their way toward the Little League World Series fields, manager Clint Hurdle said, "It was almost just like fireworks." How so? "Things kept happening," Hurdle said. "Things that made you smile, things that made you happy you were here."
Cards and Bucs shake hands a la LLWS
The Pirates and Cardinals landed in Williamsport, Pa., and visited with Little Leaguers before their game at Bowman Field.
Though it culminated with the handshake line that formed on the field after the Pirates' 6-3 win over the Cardinals in an incredibly intimate setting, this was a daylong outreach effort that went even better than expected.
On Sunday afternoon, little boys in green and teal uniforms stood side-by-side with grown men in black big league jerseys outside of the home dugout at Volunteer Stadium. They were in awe of each other. There were high-fives and hugs. Fancy handshakes and lots of pats on the back. And there was hope.
Jacob Stallings found out Saturday morning the Pirates would need a 26th man on Sunday night. Less than 24 hours later, he was on his way to the Little League World Series and, eventually, historic Bowman Field for MLB's first Little League Classic.
For veteran umpire Gerry Davis, umpiring a game at the Little League World Series on Sunday brought him back to the beginning of his 35-season career.
Clint Hurdle has never been to the Little League World Series, but he has some history in Williamsport, Pa.
The anticipation of watching the inaugural MLB Little League Classic is building, but few realize how much work went into preparing the field for tonight's game on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET. Since March 1, a grounds crew team has been stationed in Williamsport, Pa., to make historic Bowman Field ready to host the Cardinals and Pirates.
Max Moroff has a specific destination in mind when the Pirates visit Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport on Sunday afternoon.
Williamsport, Pa., has long represented one of the best things about baseball, and so the month of August in that small town has never been short on festivity.
Both Chad Kuhl and Michael Wacha picked up where they left off after a nearly two-hour rain delay early Saturday afternoon. While Wacha struggled on the other side of the break, Kuhl seemingly only got stronger. Kuhl pitched five strong innings and the Bucs beat up on Wacha in the second, rolling to a 6-4 win at PNC Park.
The Pirates put the Triple-A shuttle into motion and shuffled their bullpen again Saturday afternoon. Down went left-hander Steven Brault, and up came right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas.
The Cardinals have stormed into the thick of the National League Central race on the strength of their lineup, and they needed every last bit of it Friday night. The Cards' bullpen nearly let an eight-run lead slip away but withstood a furious Pirates rally to give St. Louis an 11-10 win over Pittsburgh at PNC Park.
David Freese figured the ball wouldn't get out. But as he ran down the first-base line after launching Seung Hwan Oh's fastball to deep center field, the ball kept carrying toward the wall in front of the Cardinals' bullpen. It landed just shy, in the glove of Tommy Pham, for a sacrifice fly that pulled the Pirates within a run.
The Pirates swapped out one left-handed long reliever for another on Friday, calling up Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis and placing veteran Wade LeBlanc on the disabled list due to a left quad strain.
Twice over the past month, the Pirates scratched and clawed their way back to .500, pulling themselves into the National League Central race, only to lose their grip. It happened after July 21, when they held a winning record for the first time since early April before losing eight of their next 10 games. And it may be happening now.
After four innings Thursday night at PNC Park, the Cardinals trailed by three runs. Then came the rain and the runs. The Cards rallied for two runs before 72-minute rain delay, scored three more in the seventh inning and added four more in the ninth, sailing to an 11-7 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.