Farewell (Again) to Craig Wilson and also to Bullington

He wasn’t hitting particularly well and it is hard to say whether the Pirates will get any value for him, but the Mariners have acquired Craig Wilson for a player to be named later. Actually, it isn’t tough to say: the Pirates will get nothing of value for Craiggers. The Mariners also cut Richie Sexson. In 217 at bats with Indy, Wilson had 10 homers and 27 RBI. He had nearly three times as many whiffs as walks and only had...

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Game 91: Maholm and McLouth Lead the Way

PNC Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Mike Mussina | Box Paul Maholm pitched eight strong innings and Nate McLouth’s two run dinger in the 7th broke a 2-2 tie. Bucs win! Maholm gave up just seven singles and walked one. He held the Yanks scoreless until two were out in the seventh. After that he went single-single-HBP-single and the Yanks tied it at two. The Bucs first two runs were driven home by Freddy Sanchez – RBI single and...

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Game #90: Van Benschoten and Bullpen Walk Nine

PNC Park | 7:05 | Van Benschoten vs. Brian Moehler | Box Just a day after the Pirates won despite walking 10 hitters, the Bucs lost after walking nine Astros batters. I’m dumbfounded by this. The Astros left 14 men on base, otherwise this could’ve been really ugly. John Vanbenschoten was lucky to escape the first inning. He got two outs, but then went HBP, BB, HR, 1B, 1B, 1B 1B before he got Brian Moehler to end the...

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Game #89: Rain, Walks Don't Deter Bucs

PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Brandon Backe | Box Neither rain nor walks can stop the Pirates. A lot of other things can. Three hours worth of rain delays (glad I didn’t stay up) and 10 walks issued by Pirate pitchers weren’t enough to prevent the Pirates from winning their second straight. It took an 8th inning rally to do it. The Astros got five hits and the aforementioned 10 walks. But, only scored three times and all of...

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Game #88: Bucs Bats Get Going

PNC Park | 7:05 | Dumatrait vs. Runelvys Hernandez | Box Not sure where to start with this one. Historical significance always catches my attention. So, how about this. Three different pitchers recorded their first ML hit and their first ML RBI in this game. I’m assuming that has never been topped and I’d be reasonably certain that it has never happened before. The three were tonight’s starters – Phil Dumatrait...

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