Game #99: Bucs Offense Comes to Life in the 9th

Minute Maid Park | 8:05 | Van Benschoten vs. Runelvys Hernandez | Box The Pirates entered the 9th inning trailing 3-2. Against Runelvys Hernandez they had managed just two runs. They had amassed 12 hits, but only one went for extra bases. Then someone opened a crate of spinach and Popeye emerged. With one gone in the 9th, Jason Bay cracked a solo homer to tie the game. Extra innings perhaps? Nope. Xavier Nady singled and Adam LaRoche...

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Game #98: Rockies Pound Duke, Sweep Bucs

Coors Field | 3:05 | Duke vs. Aaron Cook | Box There are probably few things worse in baseball than having a team that has been entirely dependent upon its offense watch its offense go silent in what is traditionally one of the best hitters parks in the league. That is what has happened to the Pirates to open the second half of the season. The Rockies completed a sweep by getting to Zach Duke in the middle innings. The game started...

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Game #98: Pirates at Rockies

Coors Field | 3:05 | Duke vs. Aaron Cook | Box Pre-Game Thoughts All-Star pitcher Aaron Cook goes tonight. He has already set his career high in wins and has to be regarded as one of the few bright spots in a dismal year for Colorado. Cook got off blazing hot in 2008. He started 6-1 and has gone 5-5 since then. He has faced the Pirates five times – twice in a starting role. But, he has not faced them since 2006 when he suffered...

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Game #97: Rockies Rip Herrera

Coors Field | 9:05 | Herrera vs. Jorge De La Rosa | Box Yoslan Herrera failed to impress in his second start. He got five outs and gave up seven runs. Six of those seven runs scored after two were gone. I suppose that is a moral victory. The Pirates offense was somehow misplaced over the All-Star break. I know the offensive totals in Coors are down in recent years compared to when the Rockies first started playing there. But, the...

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Game #96: Three Rockie Homers Are Enough

Coors Field | 9:05 | Snell vs. Glendon Rusch | Box Colorado hit three homers – the last of which was a “circle the bases on a sprint” variety – to beat Ian Snell and the Pirates. Matt Holliday hit a two run homer in the first. Brad Hawpe hit a solo homer in the sixth to make it 4-2 after the Pirates had cut the Stones lead to one. Seth Smith hit a deep drive in the seventh off of Tyler Yates that took a weird...

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