Nick Kingham turned a rough beginning into a quality start, allowing three runs in the first but nothing more as he completed six innings in his third Major League outing. But veteran left-hander Clayton Richard breezed through the Pirates' typically patient lineup and the Padres' bullpen shut down the Bucs' late rally in San Diego's 6-2 win at PNC Park.
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The Pirates are preparing to welcome back a pair of key players from the disabled list over the next week in Josh Harrison and Joe Musgrove.
San Diego native Trevor Williams will make his first start against his hometown Padres today at PNC Park. Williams is coming off his best outing of the season: seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts against the White Sox on Tuesday. Jordan Lyles will start for the Padres at 1:35 p.m. ET.
The news became real to Austin Meadows on Thursday night, when he received a text message from Kimera Bartee. The Pirates' first-base coach told Meadows that the time had come, that he was coming to Pittsburgh to help a first-place team continue to win games.
The Pirates threatened to come back against the Padres in each of the last four innings but fell short, snapping their three-game winning streak with a 3-2 loss at PNC Park. Pittsburgh finished with two hits in 15 at-bats with runners in scoring position and left a season-high-tying 13 men on base.
Nova gets ball stuck in glove, throws it for out
Pirates fans will get their first glimpse of Austin Meadows once he is officially called up on Friday and Jonathan Mayo lets them know what to expect.
Who do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.
Starling Marte headed to the 10-day disabled list on Friday (retroactive to May 16) with a right oblique strain. In a corresponding move, the Pirates recalled Austin Meadows, the club's No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline.
Pirates shortstop prospect Ji-Hwan Bae has left the United States and returned to South Korea to cooperate with a police investigation regarding an ex-girlfriend's claims of domestic violence.
Pittsburgh keeps finding ways to win. A fielding error would prove to be the difference in the Pirates' 5-4 victory over the Padres at PNC Park on Thursday. Corey Dickerson and Sean Rodriguez added RBI doubles to help the Bucs win their third straight, and eighth of their last nine games. Steven Brault and Felipe Vazquez led a bullpen effort that tossed 4 2/3 scoreless to snuff out any potential Padres rallies.
Young Pirates fan makes fantastic foul catch
With one-fourth of the 2018 season in the books, the National League has been equal parts wide open and upside down. And that's particularly true in the NL Central. This looks like both a fun division and a good one.
Josh Bell drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and the Pirates, playing without their star center fielder and catcher, held on for a 3-2 win over the White Sox at PNC Park on Wednesday. Sean Rodriguez and Elias Diaz stepped in for starters Starling Marte and Francisco Cervelli, and they produced, combining to drive in two and score two of the Bucs' three runs.
Adam Frazier's home run sparked a four-run first inning, and Josh Bell had four RBIs for the Pirates. Trevor Williams continued his strong start to the season with seven innings to lead Pittsburgh to its Major League-leading seventh shutout of the season. Reynaldo Lopez lasted just two-plus innings, allowing six runs in his shortest start for the White Sox.
The Pirates are pulling George Kontos out of the eighth inning after the setup man's shaky start to the season. For now, they'll go with a bullpen-by-committee approach to set up closer Felipe Vazquez.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
If the Pirates remain in contention all summer, will they look to add to the roster before the Trade Deadline? Beat reporter Adam Berry answers this question and others in the latest Inbox.
MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
The Pirates' season-high winning streak came to an end after five games as the Giants collected all the offense they needed in the top of the sixth en route to a 5-0 win on Sunday at PNC Park.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.
The Pirates participated in the Honorary Bat Girl program along with the rest of Major League Baseball on Sunday by honoring national candidate Dana Gorajewski and local candidate Jocelyn Blystone in a pregame on-field ceremony.
Elias Diaz sat in front of his locker on Saturday afternoon and pointed to a box behind him. Inside lay a customized catcher's chest protector with "DIAZ" written on top and splashes of pink everywhere. Whether he plays for the Pirates on Sunday afternoon doesn't matter. He'll wear that gear whether he's behind the plate or just standing in the dugout. Why? Because Sunday is Mother's Day, and Ana Isabel Soto has earned that much and more.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
Former Pirates reliever Tony Watson wound up plunking his old friend, Jordy Mercer, driving in the go-ahead run in the Pirates' 6-5 win over the Giants at PNC Park. It was Pittsburgh fifth straight win.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.
The Pirates' unexpected early-season success continued as Starling Marte, Jose Osuna, Josh Bell and Max Moroff each homered to lead an 11-2 win over the Giants and Andrew McCutchen, who was greeted with a rousing ovation and tributes in his first game at PNC Park in a San Francisco uniform. Overcoming an early injury to Jameson Taillon, the young Pittsburgh pitching staff, which McCutchen had praised earlier Friday night, was scored upon in only one inning.
Thursday night and Friday morning brought nothing out of the ordinary for Andrew McCutchen. He ate at The Oven Pizza Co. in Wexford. He slept at home, in Pittsburgh's northern suburbs, with his wife, Maria, and his son, Steel. He took Steel to a doctor's appointment for shots. "He was a big guy," McCutchen said. "He didn't cry."
Cervelli gives Bucs fans time to honor Cutch
Pirates fan snags foul ball with cup of beer