Game #54: Wellemeyer Whips Pirates

Busch Stadium | 8:15 | Duke vs. Todd Wellemeyer | Box Todd Wellemeyer was very impressive again tonight. He went seven innings and allowed just one run – a solo homer to Nate McLouth in the first inning. His bullpen nearly lost it. Jason Michaels drove home three with a bases clearing double with two gone in the 9th. But Ryan Franklin got McLouth to ground out to end it. If the Pirates can get an effort like this out of Zach...

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Game #53: Dumatrait is Magic

Great American BallPark | 7:10 | Duke vs. Aaron Harang | Box Late last year Phil Dumatrait got to start several games against the Reds. That didn’t go well and he was released. The Pirates picked him up and he has been a very pleasant surprise. Tonight he stifled his old team to a pair of infield hits in seven innings. He struck out nine. The Pirates offense was in full force, compiling eight extra base hits. Jason Bay and...

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Game #52: Gorzo Knocked Out in the First

Great American BallPark | 7:10 | Gorzelanny vs. Bronson Arroyo | Box Let’s play $20,000 Pyramid. Here are the clues: the Britney Spears/Jason Alexander wedding French resistance at the onset of WWII Tonight’s Reds/Pirates game The correct category: things that are over shortly after they begin. Tom Gorzelanny gave up six runs and retired two hitters before being yanked for Franquelis Osoria. Joey Votto and David Ross both...

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Game #51: Dunn's Bomb Dooms Bucs

Great American BallPark | 7:10 | Snell vs. Johnny Cueto | Box I can’t say that Ian Snell was cruising. But, he had held the Reds scoreless through four innings and was leading 3-0. He ran into a world of trouble in the fifth. After getting the punchless Corey Patterson to fly out, Snell walked the next three hitters. Brandon Phillips lifted a sac fly to plate one. Adam Dunn then drilled an absolute moon shot that was three rows...

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Game #50: Sun + Soriano + Bay = Win

PNC Park | 1:35 | Dumatrait vs. Jason Marquis | Box The Pirates and Cubs continue to play some strange ones. Consider: 1. The Cubs blew a 9th inning lead for the second straight game and lost in extras. 2. The Pirates won for the second straight day when Jason Bay delivered a run scoring single in extra frames. Prior to yesterday’s game, Bay had not driven home a run with a single all year. 3. Luis Rivas hit two homers in the...

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