Harang Handles Bucs Bats

Not much you can do on a day when just four runners reach base. Aaron Harang faced just thirty hitters, allowed three singles and an HBP in 108 pitches to notch a complete came shutout. The Pirates best chance to score came in the first inning when Nyjer Morgan’s blooper bounced off the glove of a diving Willy Taveras. Morgan was in safely with a sliding double. But he was stranded. The Reds wasted no time in getting to Ian...

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Maholm's Arm, Bucco Long Balls Best Reds

What a great sign it is to see Paul Maholm toss the ball so well. He was perfect into the fourth inning and allowed just three hits and one run over seven. Nate McLouth belted a two run homer in the first inning and also drove in a run in a two run fourth to ease the Pirates to a nice lead. Maholm did the rest. Ryan Doumit hit a grand slam and Adam LaRoche followed with a solo homer in the ninth to put the Pirates run total to 10....

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Carpenter Masterful as Cards Earn a Split

Chris Carpenter tossed 6-2/3 innings of no hit baseball to help St. Louis split the first four games of the 2009 season. Carpenter picked up his first win since 2006 for his effort.   The Pirates scratched out a run off of Carpenter thanks to a walk, two fielder’s choices and an error by Albert Pujols. It didn’t hold up. Ross Ohlendorf was very effective. He didn’t allow a run through six innings, having allowed...

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Duke Sharp as Bucs Solve Wellemeyer

It was not hard to imagine the Pirates getting beaten tonight. Todd Wellemeyer was 3-0 in five starts against Pittsburgh in 2008. Zach Duke has been underwhelming since his rookie campaign and he hadn’t beaten St. Louis since tossing a complete game eight hitter back on August 11, 2006. Naturally, Duke pitched solid ball for 6-1/3 innings, giving up three runs, but just one earned. St. Louis scored two runs with the help of two...

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Card Bats, Lohse's Arm Beat Back Bucs

Anyone with delusions of a perfect season can put them to rest. Kyle Lohse was solid in seven innings, giving up just five hits and three runs. Two of those runs came from a Freddy Sanchez homer. Ian Snell gave up at least one run in each of the innings that he worked. St. Louis tagged him for five extra base hits and four singles. One of those XBH was Yadier Molina’s first triple since 2005. Pirate batters managed just one...

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