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Pirates winning games, not necessarily making progress

Pirates winning games, not necessarily making progress

On June 8, 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates faced off against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park. Paul Maholm was on the hill for the Bucs. Zach Duke, who was making his first appearance against his former mates, would take the ball for the D-Backs. The Pirates scraped across a run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Andrew McCutchen. That 1-0 lead held up until the eighth, when Steven Drew lined a game-tying single through the middle. The game remained knotted up after nine, and the two teams moved into extra innings. In the top of the 10th, Drew again brought home a run with a single to center. However, the Pirates bounced back in the bottom of the inning. McCutchen roped a one-out double down the right field line, and Neil Walker’s single plated McCutchen and tied the game. The game crept deeper into the night. McCutchen led off the bottom of the 12th inning, and worked the count full. On the 3-2 pitch, Diamondbacks reliever Zach Kroenke hung a slider. McCutchen lift...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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