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Game 109 Recap: Bucs Lose 1-0 to Cubs

Alvarez had two of the Pirates four hits.

Charlie Morton tossed seven scoreless innings. But he was matched by Matt Garza. Starlin Castro hit a solo homer off Chris Resop in the eighth and that was the only run of the game.

Pittsburgh’s offense continued to be stagnant. They collected only four hits. Derrek Lee was hit by a pitch from Carlos Marmol to start the ninth he was stranded at second ax recently activated Ryan Doumit sniffed to end the game.

Morton went seven and allowed five hits and two walks. Garza also tossed seven scoreless. He gave up four hits and walked two. He also struck out seven. Marmot got the save

The Good
Morton

Pedro Alvarez had two hits.

Buc pitchers combined to strike out double digits.

The Bad
The Pirates are below .500.

Umm, the offense.

The Rest
Shout out to my brother-in-law Steve and his MLBTV in HD.

This was Morton’s longest outing since June 4th. The seven strikeouts mark a season high.

Morton remains 2-2 against the Cubs. This was Garza’s first win and second appearance against Pittsburgh.

Castro had three hits. Again

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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