Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte (6), Travis Snider (23) and Andrew McCutchen celebrate a baseball game win over the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Milwaukee. The Pirates won 5-2. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) by Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jason Grilli gets it. Really, he does. The angst. The dread. The perpetual waiting for it to all fall apart. The Pirates closer totally understands why Pittsburgh’s tormented, long-suffering fan base treats every victory with a mix of glee and trepidation.
Pirates’ Russell Martin (55) is congratulated by coach Dave Jauss after Astros shortstop Jake Elmore, and right fielder Jimmy Paredes collided as they tried to catch a pop fly by Martin with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning of a baseball game May 17. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Things are going so well for the Pittsburgh Pirates these days that opposing teams can’t even make routine catches.
ON A TEAR–Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte (6) is greeted by teammate Andrew McCutchen after hitting a leadoff solo home run off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez in the first inning May 5. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) — 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 the batter in front of him. Moore was hitting .158 and had struck out six times in the three-game series.