Game 120 Recap: Doumit Power Pirates Over Birds

Ryan Doumit picked up the Pirates offense in a big way. He had four hits and hit a three run homer to support the efforts of James McDonald. Xavier Paul also dingered as Pittsburgh took a much needed win from St. Louis. The Pirates got the long ball bats going. Paul hit a solo dinger off Jake Westbrook leading off the bottom of the first. After an RBI double from Rafael Furcal in the third inning tied it up, Doumit cranked a three run...

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Game 119 Recap: Bucs Suffer Another Gut Punch Loss in Extras

Somewhere a baseball pundit will say or has said or will write or has written that good teams win this kind of game. If the Pirates are to stay in contention for a full season, this is the kind of game they will have to win. Nursing a 1-0 lead into the eighth, the Pirates let the game get away from them and lost in extra innings. Call me a pessimist, but I have officially given up hope for a post-season birth in 2011. There is still a...

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Game 118 Recap: Brewers Shutout Pirates

It was Marco Estrada. It might has well have been Bill Travers or Jerry Augustine or some random guy out of the stands. Estrada tossed five innings and four relievers each tossed one as the Pirates were shutout on three hits. Estrada was given a spot start in place of Chris Narveson. He made the most of it by allowing just one hit and no walks in his five innings. Milwaukee got all the offense it would need in the second when Yuniesky...

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Game 117 Recap: Greinke Mows Down Pirates

For the Pirates to have much of a chance to return to contention in 2011 they needed to start off strongly in this series with Milwaukee. Zach Greinke made sure that didn’t happen. Milwaukee caught some breaks to pile on a lead against Paul Maholm. In the second Casey McGehee singled and could have potentially been erased on a double play comebacker from Yuniesky Betancourt. But Maholm bobbled the batted ball off...

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Game 116 Recap: McCutchen Does Everything

Andrew McCutchen hit a tie breaking homer, scored four times and stole two bases. He almost solved the debt ceiling crisis, too. Not a bad day. He did so in support of Jeff Karstens who whiffed nine and collected his ninth win. Pittsburgh jumped on Jonathan Sanchez in the first inning. Andrew McCutchen walked and swiped second. With two gone, Ryan Ludwick’s soft single to center scored the first run of the game. San Francisco...

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