Randy Linville

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    Game 63 Recap: McDonald Notches Fourth Win

    McDonald allowed two runs in six innings for the win. James McDonald wasn't always pretty. But he got the job done. The Mets scored only two runs against him, but they left a lot of men in on. The offense was able to push three runs across as the Pirates pulled within...

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    Game 62 Recap: Bucs Fall to Mets, Gee

    Morton didn't have his best stuff. Charlie Morton fell short of his electric performances of prior outings and Dillon Gee again limited the Pirates offense. New York ran away with this one, 8-1. The first inning was a sign of things to come. Justin Turner was hit by Morton with one out....

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    Game 61 Recap: Bucs Fail to Break .500

    Pittsburgh got seven scoreless innings out of Karstens. This one was a tough one to take. The Pirates were thisclose to busting through the glass ceiling. The offense sputtered and the bullpen faltered, pushing the Pirates one game below the even mark. Chris Young bopped a two run dinger in the eighth...

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    Game 60 Recap: .500!

    McCutchen's walk off homer wins it in the 12th Both teams blew chances. Both teams had the lead. But when it was over, Andrew McCutchen's walk off homer in the 12th provided the last, final run and a Bucco victory. The win evened the Pirates record at 30-30. Former Pirate Zach Duke...

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    Rest in Peace Jose Pagan

    The passing of Jose Pagan has been widely reported, though there have been few details. John Mehno reported that Pagan died from Alzheimer's Disease. I recently attended the 1971 Pirates reunion at Robert Morris University last month. The very first flyer I saw on the event six months ago had Pagan's name...

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    Game 59 Recap: Bucs Beat Snakes with 5 Run 8th

    A three run double from Overbay drove in the winning runs. The Pirates were handcuffed by Arizona starter Daniel Hudson. Once he was gone, the floodgates opened and the Pirates rallied for the win. Pittsburgh only managed three hits off Hudson in seven innings, yet somehow put a three spot on the...

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    Game 58 Recap: Halladay Bests Bucs

    McDonald could be anywhere from an average #2 starter to an average #3 starter. The Pirates were thisclose to evening their record at 29-29. But Roy Halladay did what an ace is supposed to do: he stopped the Phillies four game slide as Philadelphia salvaged the finale of the weekend series. The...

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    Game 57 Recap: Record Crowd Watches Bucs, Morton Win

    Overbay contributed three hits. I like it when regional teams travel well and help fill the stadium. Philadelphia fans came out strongly and helped put nearly 40,000 people in PNC park. But it was the Pirate fans who went home happy. Charlie Morton was once again effective and picked up sixth win...

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    Game 56 Recap: Bucs Overcome Phils in 12

    Tabata drove in both Pirate runs It took twelve innings. It was dominated by pitching. In the end, Pittsburgh prevailed 2-1 in a contest that saw only 21 baserunners combined between the two teams. Through five innings, each club had only one hit. The Phillies best chance to score was in the...

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    Game 54 Recap: Correia Wins His Eighth

    McCutchen started the 7th inning rally with a single. Through the first six frames, the Pirates had collected just three hits and trailed 2-0. But in the seventh the bats came alive against Chris Capuano. Pittsburgh batted around and collected seven hits (all singles) while posting five tallies to take control of...

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