Game #9 vs. Chicago Cubs

PNC Park | 7:05 | Morris vs. Rich Hill | Box Cubs fans busted out the brooms. The Pirates staked Matt Morris to an early 3-1 lead, thanks in part to Rich Hill’s inability to find the plate. After the Jon Lieber relieved him, the Pirates were unable to score anymore. The Cubs took control of the game in the sixth inning. Morris started the inning by walking Kosuke Fukudome and then giving up a homer to Geovany Sosa. With the...

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Game #8 vs. Chicago Cubs

PNC Park | 7:05 | Duke vs. Ryan Dempster | Box The Pirates have had their share of wacky games this year. And this one fits right in. Closer turned starter Ryan Dempster held the Bucs in check with one hit through seven innings. But starter turned closer Kerry Wood gave up a solo homer to Jason Bay in the 9th to put the game into OT. In the 14th, Aramis Ramirez bopped a two run homer. But Adam LaRoche matched it. Ufnortunately, in the...

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A few random thoughts

Now that the Bucs have finished their first road trip and will begin the home portion of their schedule against the Cubs at 1:35PM this afternoon, I thought that I would give some of my thoughts about this edition of the Pirates Baseball Club. Pros: Patience at the plate – Since I have been watching the games on MLB.tv (and thanks for all of the feedback about the program, so far I like it) it seems to me that the Pirates are...

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Game #7 vs. Chicago Cubs

PNC Park | 1:35 | Gorzelanny vs. Ted Lilly | Box The Pirates have played some astonishingly ugly games this year. And this one fit right in there with them. The Bucs trailed early, came back and walked away the game in extra frames. Tom Gorzelanny couldn’t find the plate and was chased in the third. But, as Aaron pointed out in his post about the early themes of the season, the Bucs stayed competitive and fought their way back...

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Game #6 at Florida

Dolphin Stadium | 1:10 | Snell vs. Rick VandenHurk | Box The Bucs got another strong pitching performance. This one wasn’t marred by a grand slam or badly damaged by poor fielding. Ian Snell notched his first win of the season with six strong innings of work. He struck out ten and allowed two runs (one earned) while walking none and yielding just four hits. Nate McLouth and Xavier Nady continued their strong early season...

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