Rockies Vs. Pirates: Pedro Alvarez Comes Alive As Bucs Win Series

Pedro Alvarez hit two homers and a double in the Pirates' split of a doubleheader against the Rockies Wednesday.

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Rockies Vs. Pirates Final Score: Pedro Alvarez, Charlie Morton Lead Pirates To 5-1 Win To Split Doubleheader

The Pirates split a doubleheader and took two of three from the Colorado Rockies with a 5-1 win in the late game Wednesday.

Pedro Alvarez homered in both games of the doubleheader, and also added a double in the second game, giving him four home runs and a .444 slugging percentage on the season. (His batting average remains just .156, so there’s still work to be done.) Garrett Jones also homered and had three hits for the Pirates. Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings, allowing his only run when Ramon Hernandez hit a solo blast in the seventh.

The Pirates got all their runs in the fifth, and they received help from Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who struggled with the sun on two key moments. After Alex Presley hit a leadoff double, Nate McLouth hit a routine fly ball that Gonzalez couldn’t handle, driving home Presley. Andrew McCutchen then knocked in McLouth when Gonzalez couldn’t see McCutchen’s shallow fly ball. That led to back-to-back homers from Jones and Alvarez, with Alvarez’s clanking off the foul pole in right.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies Recap: Pittsburgh Wastes Strong James McDonald Performance, Loses First Game Of Doubleheader 2-1

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. When he left the game, he had allowed one run on hit with eight strikeouts. The Pittsburgh offense and bullpen could not help McDonald out and the Pirates lost the first game of their doubleheader with the Colorado Rockies, 2-1.

Carlos Gonzales scored on a Jason Giambi sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and Eric Young Jr. also scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Colvin in the eighth inning. to give the Rockies all the runs they needed. The Pirates lone run was from a Pedro Alvarez solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.

The second game of the doubleheader is set to start shortly with the Pirates starting Charlie Morton who is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA to start the season. The Colorado Rockies will send Jhoulys Chacin to the mound, also with an 0-1 record with a 4.80 ERA.

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Rockies Vs. Pirates: James McDonald Loses No-Hitter In Seventh

Pirates pitcher James McDonald had a no-hitter going through six innings in the first game of a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, but he ultimately lost it on an infield single by Troy Tulowitzki in the seventh.

Through seven innings, McDonald has struck out eight and walked three, but the Pirates now trail 1-0. In the seventh, McDonald walked Carlos Gonzalez, and then Tulowitzki hit a ball that would have made a tough play for Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez ranged to his left to get it, but the ball bounced off his glove when he dove. Gonzalez later came home to score on a sacrifice fly by Jason Giambi. The Pirates offense, meanwhile, had been getting shut down as usual, this time by Juan Nicasio, so the Rockies are actually ahead despite McDonald’s inspired effort.

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Rockies Vs. Pirates: Jared Hughes Recalled Due To New Doubleheader Rule

The Pirates will play two against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday afternoon after their game on Monday was postponed.

After the series got off to a late start, the Pirates beat the Rockies 5-4 Tuesday night.

Wednesday’s first matchup, which begins at 12:35, features starting pitchers Juan Nicasio and James McDonald. The second, which will begin shortly after the first is over, pits Jhoulys Chacin and Charlie Morton.

Due to a new clause in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, both teams are allowed to bring up an extra player for certain doubleheaders. For the Pirates, that player will be reliever Jared Hughes. (I had expected it would be Danny Moskos, given Clint Hurdle’s preference for bunches of bullpen lefties, but it doesn’t matter much, and I prefer Hughes anyway.) Hughes will be sent back after Wednesday’s games.

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup for Game 1:

Alex Presley LF
Jose Tabata RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Neil Walker 2B
Casey McGehee 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Clint Barmes SS
Michael McKenry C
James McDonald P

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Rockies Vs. Pirates Recap: Pittsburgh Wins 5-4 With 8th Inning Rally

The Pittsburgh Pirates won the first game of their weather-delayed series with the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night in dramatic fashion at PNC Park. The game went back-and-forth over a late two-inning stretch, but the Bucs came out on top with a 5-4 win. Andrew McCutchen knocked in three and an eighth inning rally re-took the lead for Joel Hanrahan, who slammed the door in the ninth.

Kevin Correia had a solid start for Clint Hurdle, striking out four and issuing no walks in six innings. Correia gave up a two-run homer to Carlos Gonzalez in the first inning, but settled in from there to pitch five scoreless before handing it over to the bullpen. It appeared Gonzalez's first inning home run may hold up, but McCutchen came through with a two-run double in the seventh, after Jamie Moyer departed and Rex Brothers came on to start the inning.

The Bucs 3-2 lead would not last long, however, as Gonzalez struck again with another two-run homer. This time, CarGo took Tony Watson to center on a blast that put the Rox up 4-3. But Clint Barmes would answer in the first at-bat in the bottom of the eighth, smoking a Matt Belisle pitch to left to tie it up.

With the game tied, Pittsburgh would manufacture the game-winning run. Garrett Jones, hitting in the pitcher's spot, drew a walk after the Barmes homer. He moved to second on a sacrifice attempt by Alex Presley that put runners on first and second after a Belisle error. Nate McLouth would come on to run for Jones, and he would move to third on a McCutcheon fielder's choice when the Rockies took the force at second. Casey McGehee came through in the clutch, singling home McLouth with two outs for the winning run. Hanrahan worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the win, improving the Bucs to 4-3 at home.

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Rockies Vs. Pirates: Jamie Moyer, Kevin Correia To Pitch As Series Gets Off To Late Start

Monday’s game between the Rockies and Pirates was scheduled to be a matchup between 49-year-old Jamie Moyer and the Pirates’ Kevin Correia. Monday was a washout due to poor weather in Pittsburgh, and the game was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, but Tuesday’s game at 7:05 will feature Monday’s matchup, as Correia and the Pirates will face Moyer. That means you can indulge in all the jokes you like about how, after Monday’s postponement, Moyer is even older now that it’s Tuesday.

The griping about the Pirates’ horrible offense so far this year is already (justifiably) loud, but you can expect it to become deafening if the Pirates can’t get to Moyer. His fastball, never a great pitch, now averages just 78 MPH. He’s coming off a good start against the Padres, and he can still get by with some help from his defense. But he isn’t a good starting pitcher, he doesn’t look like a good starting pitcher, and he’s 49.

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Rockies Vs. Pirates: Monday's Game Postponed, Doubleheader Scheduled For Wednesday

Monday's game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Colorado Rockies has been postponed due to inclement weather in Pittsburgh. The game has already been rescheduled to be a part of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Its still up in the air whether or not Jamie Moyer will pitch for the Rockies on Tuesday or if the Rockies will use a different pitcher in his place. Tuesday's game against the Rockies is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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Rockies Vs. Pirates: Bucs To Face Jamie Moyer

The Pirates face the geriatric Jamie Moyer Monday night.

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