Game #105: Peavy Silences Bucco Bats

PNC Park | 1:35 | Maholm vs. Jake Peavy | Box Jake Peavy and Paul Maholm locked horns. They both pitched seven innings and gave up just one run. Peavy struck out ten. Maholm whiffed nine. The game was decided in the 8th with John Grabow on the mound. Scott Hairston delivered a tie breaking solo homer. Josh Bard who had singled in the Padres first run, added a solo homer off Grabow in the 9th. The Pirates lone run was an RBI from Adam...

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Game #104: Van Benschoten Rocked Again

PNC Park | 7:05 | Van Benschoten vs. Josh Banks | Box It is fitting that as the Pirates continue their slide into history for being mediocre that they continue to start a pitcher whose ERA is among the worst ever for players who have thrown as many innings. Was this John Van Benschoten’s last start for 2008? Forever? Who knows. He was a number pick. So, he’ll always be given a look even if past performances dictates that...

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Nady, Marte Shipped to Yanks

The Pirates have traded Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees for a package of four players. The Pirates get righty Ross Ohlendorf, righty George Kontos, lefty Phil Coke and right fielder Jose Tabata in return. Ohlendorf hasn’t been very impressive in a touch over 60 career ML innings of work. Kontos is a power pitcher, striking out nearly a batter per inning at AA. Coke made his AA debut this year at age 25. Tabata, by...

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Game #103: Bucs Blow Chances, Trade Nady & Marte

PNC Park | 7:05 | Duke vs. Cha Seung Baek | Box The real story of the game is that the Pirates traded Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte and pulled them from the field. More on that in another post. On the field, it wasn’t very pretty. The Pirates had three runners thrown out on the bases. They loaded the bases with no one out in the 8th when trailing by a pair and managed to score just one run. Zach Duke gave up five runs in six...

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Bair Unsuccessful in Peace Keeping Attempts

I live in Dayton. And while the Dayton Dragons are a Reds affiliate, I couldn’t resist noting that there was a huge brawl that involved two former Buccos. The Dragons were at home against the Peoria Chiefs when a big time brawl erupted. There were a couple of HBP and Dragons manager Donnie Scott and Chiefs interim manager Carmelo Martinez (former Pirate) started arguing toe-to-toe. Martinez gave Scott a forearm shove. As players...

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