Cueto Sharp as Reds Beat Bucs

The Pirates fell back to the .500 mark in losing a series to the Reds at home. Johnny Cueto was very solid, tossing eight shutout innings and striking out nine Pirates. The Buccos managed just four singles and a walk. Jeff Karstens was scuffling from the start. He was pitching from the stretch most of the day and needed 95 pitches to complete five innings. Cueto needed just 14 more tosses than that to pitch eight innings. The damage...

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Offense Rebounds, Bucs Over .500 Again

Faced with the prospect of falling below .500, the Pirates offense responded with 12 singles and a double. Four of those singles were accompanied by an HBP and a BB to bring home four runs in the first inning against Micah Owings. That outbust would stake the Pirates to a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Ross Ohlendorf did a nice job of pitching out of trouble. He retired the Reds in order just once in his six innings. Yet...

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Arroyo Runs Bucs Loss Streak to Four

The Pirates scoreless streak has reached 22 innings as former Pirate Bronson Arroyo threw 8 shut out innings to pick up his fourth win. He allowed just five singles and three walks while not allowing a runner past second base after the first inning. Joey Votto had two hits and the game’s first RBI. Brandon Phillips hit a solo homer in the 8th and added sac fly in the 9th to give Cincy some insurance. No complaints about...

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Gallardo Pitches, Hits Brewers Into Sweep

It was a Ruthian effort. Yovani Gallardo allowed zero runs and whiffed 11 in seven innings and hit a solo jack for the only run of the game. Ian Snell was the hard luck loser. He matched Gallardo’s zeroes through six innings before allowing the solo homer to the opposing pitcher. The Pirates didn’t have a base runner until Andy LaRoche doubled in the fifth. The Pirates put two runners on in the 7th courtesy of an error and...

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Another Blown Lead, Another Brewer Win

The Pirates gave Paul Maholm a 5-1 lead to work with. And for a while it looked like it might hold up. Maholm left the bases full of Beer Makers in the third and fourth innings. But the wheels came off in the fifth and sixth. After scoring twice in the fifth, Bill Hall led off the home half of the sixth with a solo homer to make it a one run game. One out later, Craig Counsell singled and Maholm was pulled in favor of Jesse Chavez. He...

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