Game #134: Braun's Dinger, Bush's Arm Power Brew Crew

PNC Park | 7:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Dave Bush | Box Ryan Braun clocked a three run dinger in the first inning and Dave Bush made it hold up as he allowed just a solo homer to Nate McLouth over 6-2/3. Tom Gorzelanny deserved better. He went seven and allowed just two hits after the first inning. He whiffed two and struck out four. The Pirates aren’t playing favorites. They let everyone beat them. Pre-Game Thoughts In his last four...

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Game #123: Marquis Bests Duke

PNC Park | 12:35 | Duke vs. Jason Marquis | Box Officially, I didn’t see a pitcher’s duel coming. Not after the Cubs offense has been hammering. With Zach Duke starting, I wasn’t hoping for much. Duke allowed just two runs over eight innings and deserved better. All he got in return was the loss thanks in part to Jason Marquis and thanks in part to a seventh inning in which the Cubs scored two runs by using two bunts...

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Game #132: Cubs Demolish Pirates Pen

PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Carlos Zambrano | Box It is tough to win any game win you surrender nine walks, which is what the Pirates did. Don’t know where to start with this one. Ian Snell was staked to a 3-0 lead, but couldn’t hold it. The Cubs wrestled away the lead in the fourth when Geovany Soto hit a bases loaded double that scored all three runners. The Pirates actually came back for a change and took the lead on a...

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Game #131: Cubs Blast Bucs

PNC Park | 7:05 | Karstens vs. Ted Lilly | Box Whatever magic Jeff Karstens and Jason Davis had in their first couple of starts appears to have left the building. Karstens allowed five runs in three innings and Davis who had a couple of nice starts before being demoted back to the bullpen allowed five runs in the fifth as the Cubs made quick work of the Pirates pitching. Ted Lilly allowed three runs in seven innings, with all the runs...

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Game #130: Bucs Blow Chance as Brewers Sweep

Miller Park | 2:05 | Maholm vs. C.C. Sabathia | Box The Pirates took Milwaukee to extra innings thanks to a pinch hit RBI single from Nate McLouth in the 9th of former Bucco hurler Salomon Torres. In the 12th, the Pirates loaded the bases with no one out, but couldn’t score as Guillermo Mota retired Brandon Moss, Chris Gomez and Luis Rivas without incident. The Brewers took that momentum and won it in the bottom of the 12th....

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