The 38-year old is in his final big league season and while everyone was hoping for the best, there was no way of knowing just how good Burnett would be this season. Well, he's been great. Burnett has been a big part of the Pirates terrific pitching staff as he is 7-3 with a 2.05 ERA through 16 starts.
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July 1 – Pirates hit three homers in one inning
The Pirates offense came to life in the eighth inning of their July 1 game against the Tigers. In the explosive eighth, Neil Walker, Starling Marte and Pedro Alvarez all hit solo homers.
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June 13 – Cole becomes first pitching to reach 10 wins
Gerrit Cole's talent has been known for a long time, but the 2015 season may be the one where the 24-year old truly turned into an ace. Cole was the first pitcher to reach 10 wins and is 11-3 with a 2.20 ERA through 16 starts.
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April 30 – McCutchen's 1,000th career hit
Andrew McCutchen may not have played it up, but 1,000 hits is a big deal. McCutchen recorded his milestone hit in a victory over the Cubs earlier this season. “It just means I've been blessed enough to play long enough to get it,” McCutchen told Pirates.com after the hit.
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June 24 – Corey Hart's injury
The Pirates signed Corey Hart in the offseason hoping for another bat off the bench, but it hasn't exactly worked out so far. Hart has had a hard time finding at-bats and hasn't been the force some envisioned. Hart's struggles came to a head on June 24 when he was placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder impingement.
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June 21 – Max Scherzer's no-hitter
June 21 was a great day for Max Scherzer, but unfortunately for the Pirates they will always be linked to that day, as well. Scherzer's no-hitter came against the Pirates and although it could have happened to anyone, it is the Pirates that will be on the wrong end of those highlights.
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May 10 – Pirates turn 4-5-4 triple play
When Neil Walker caught a line drive up the middle the Pirates converted the opportunity into the first 4-5-4 triple play in Major League History. Jung-ho Kang almost forgot to throw the ball back to Walker for the third out, but eventually he did and history was made.
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June 17 – Francisco Cervelli ties scoreless record
Francisco Cervelli tied a 112-year old Pirates record as he caught 56 consecutive scoreless innings.