Five Run 8th Keys Bucs 6th Straight Loss

It was 2-2 when the 8th inning started. That was the good news. Then the bad news came. Tyler Yates allowed the first three runners to reach, with Carlos Beltran’s single breaking the 2-2 tie. Yates was lifted in favor of Sean Burnett, who threw gas on the fire. He gave up a three run dinger to Carlos Delgado and later an RBI single to Omir Santos. Ball game. Jonathon Niese had been brought up to take the place of Oliver Perez...

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Wellemeyer Dominant as Bucs Swoon Continues

Todd Wellemeyer allowed just four hits in seven innings to keep the Pirates offense at bay. On the other side of the ball, Ross Ohlendorf was done in by a four run fifth inning that included a solo homer from Jason LaRue leading off, a bunt single and two HBP. Prior to that outburst, it was a 1-1 contest. Ohlendorf was charged with all five St. Louis runs in six innings. Wellemeyer gave up a run scoring double to Nate McLouth and...

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Pujols Powers Cards Past Pirates

Albert Pujols went 4-4 including a solo homer in the first and a single leading off the Cardinals three run fourth inning to push St. Louis past Zach Duke and the Bucs. Duke didn’t have his best outing, but he was okay. He gave up four in 5-1/3. The big blow in the fourth was a two run triple from Chris Duncan. Mitchell Boggs started for St. Louis and ran up a high pitch count before being pulled after Nate McLouth’s...

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Beer Men Walk to Victory

The Brewers dominance over the Pirates continued as Ian Snell was unable to get the ball over. He walked five and gave up three doubles in five innings to allow Milwaukee to score five runs. He was pulled after walking the first two hitters in the sixth inning. Jesse Chavez relieved and threw 15 of his 22 pitches out of the strike zone. He was charged with one run during the three run sixth that blew open a 3-2 game. The Pirates were...

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Weeks Homer in the 9th Puts Brewers on Top

The Pirates bullpen faltered in the worst possible way. The bullpen blew a lead of two runs in the 8th only to watch the offense put one on the board in the bottom half. But that skinny margin heading into the 9th wasn’t enough as Matt Capps allowed a three run homer to Rickie Weeks that broke a 4-4 tie. Paul Maholm had allowed just one run through seven. After giving up a one out walk in the 8th he was pulled. One out...

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