Game #95: Iannetta's Broken Bat Homer Wins It

Coors Field | 9:05 | Maholm vs. Ubaldo Jimenez | Box Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta stroked a two run broken bat homer that broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning as the Rockies came back after falling behind 3-0. Ubaldo Jimenez struggled with his command. In the third, the Pirates plated all three of their runs with Jimenez a bit on the wild side. The inning featured just two Pirate hits. But one HBP, two walks and a wild pitch, plus...

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Former Pirate Player, Coach Dave Ricketts Dies

Dave Ricketts has died of renal failure. He is mostly remembered as a longtime Cardinal coach and catching instructor. He spent his last season as a player – 1970 – as a Pirate. His first gig as a coach was also with the Bucs, starting immediately after his playing career ended. Ricketts joined the Pirates after the 1969 season as part of the trade that saw Dave Giusti come to the steel city in exchange for Carl Taylor....

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Game #94: Cards Beat Bucs Pen

PNC Park | 1:35 | Snell vs. Joel Pineiro | Box Yesterday the Pirates scored a bunch of late runs to pull back into the game and eventually win it. Today the Cards scored a bunch of late runs to break the contest wide open. Neither starter lasted very long. Ian Snell’s woes continued with five innings and four runs. He did strike out six. Joel Pineiro gave up six runs in 5-2/3. The Pirates put up three in the fifth to tie it...

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Game #93: Bucs Comeback Twice Late

PNC Park | 7:05 | Herrera vs. Todd Wellemeyer | Box Yoslan Herrera joins the list of Pirate hurlers who do not appear ready for prime time. He was creamed for six runs in 4-1/3. The rest of the bullpen was nicked pretty good and the Pirates found themselves down 10-4 going into the bottom of the 8th. Then the Pirates pulled a rabbit out. Jason Bay hit a two run homer in the 8th – his second homer of the day. In the 9th, Nate...

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Game #92: Lohse Handcuffs Bucs

PNC Park | 7:05 | Duke vs. Kyle Lohse | Box Kyle Lohse had the Pirates number again. He tossed seven shutout innings and allowed just six hits and one walk. Jaime Garcia made his ML debut in relief and pitched two scoreless innings. The Cardinals big inning came in the fourth. Yadier Molina poked a two run double and Rick Ankiel drilled a two run homer. Ryan Ludwick hit a solo homer and Ankiel added an RBI single later in the game....

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