Three years ago, John Jaso thought a series of concussions might end his baseball career before he was ready. On Sunday night, after an 11-8 win in the Pirates’ season finale, Jaso said he was ready to call it a career on his terms.
The Nationals and Pirates closed out the 2017 regular season with an 11-8 Pittsburgh victory on Sunday afternoon in Washington.
For all that went wrong this year, for all that he could control and more that he could not, Jameson Taillon finished strong. He held the Nationals to one run on four hits and struck out five over seven innings Saturday night, ending a trying year on a high note in the Pirates’ 4-1 victory.
The Pirates managed just one hit through the first eight innings Saturday before erupting for four runs in the ninth to steal a 4-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday night at Nationals Park.
Andrew McCutchen was scratched from the Pirates’ starting lineup about an hour and a half before the first pitch of their second-to-last game of the season on Saturday night at Nationals Park.
The Pirates spent some valuable time away from the ballpark on Friday, when a group of players and coaches visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Max Scherzer will start against the Pirates on Saturday night at Nationals Park, making one last appearance before the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile and potentially one final case for himself in the NL Cy Young Award race.
The Pirates started the season with one version of Chad Kuhl in their rotation, and they’ll end it with another. Pittsburgh believes Kuhl’s change of identity also transformed him into a better pitcher.
The Nationals and Pirates entered this series ranked first and second, respectively, in September bullpen ERAs. And yet on Thursday night, the Bucs struck for two in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game before Alejandro De Aza singled home the game-winning run in the bottom half for a 5-4 Nats walk-off […]
Thinking ahead about the Pirates’ starting rotation in 2018, manager Clint Hurdle listed the group from top to bottom. The club believes Gerrit Cole will be the ace, joined atop the rotation by Ivan Nova and Jameson Taillon.
Before barreling head first into October and what they hope to be an extended run through the postseason, the Nationals have one final tuneup: a four-game series against the Pirates that begins on Thursday night at Nationals Park.
Pedro Alvarez returned to PNC Park for the first time on Tuesday with the Orioles, but he did not play. In Wednesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Pirates, Alvarez started at first base and hit cleanup, logging two singles in four at-bats with a run scored.