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Game 1 Recap: McCutchen and Walker Power Pirates to Win

Game 1 Recap: McCutchen and Walker Power Pirates to Win

Walker had a big day at the plate, leading the Pirates to a 6-3 win.

If there is one trend the Pittsburgh Pirates have had over the years, it's that they haven't capitalized when the opposing pitcher is on the ropes.  Today, with the Chicago Cubs leading 2-0, and Ryan Dempster struggling in the fifth inning, that wasn't the case.

Ryan Doumit started off the inning with a single, and moved to second when Garrett Jones grounded out to third.  Ronny Cedeno fought back from a 1-2 count to walk, putting runners at first and second with one out.  A nice sacrifice bunt by Kevin Correia put both runners in scoring position, and a Jose Tabata walk set the table for Neil Walker.

Walker connected on a hard hit ball in the top of the fourth inning, with a liner to right-center field that was ...

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