Randy Linville

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    Game 105 Recap: Bucs Beaten By Lee

    James McDonald was uneven in losing his first start since June. Cliff Lee reachd double digits in whiffs and pitched into the eighth inning on a night when Hunter Pence made his Philadelphia debut. Pittsburgh lost 7-4 and lost groung to Cincinnati, St. Louis and Milwaukee. Philadelphia played long ball early against...

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    Game 104 Recap: Halladay Extends Pirates Hitting Woes

    Much in the same way that Lloyd Bridges picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue in the movie ‘Airplane’, the Pirates picked the wrong day to try to score five or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since July 4 and July 5. Pittsburgh faced Roy Halladay and...

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    Game 103 Recap: McCutchen Powers Bucs

    The Pirates pulled away late with a homer from Andrew McCutchen, beating Derek Lowe for the first time in his career against Pittsburgh. Clint Hurdle went to Joel Hanrahan with the tying run on first in the eighth inning as Pittsburgh prevented a third straight heart breaker with a 5-2 win. Atlanta...

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    Game 102 Recap: Braves Win 2-1 in Ten

    What has been somewhat of a fairy tale season has all the makings of a tragic ending should the Pirates remain unable to score runs. This isn’t 1968, but it seems like it whenever the Pirates take the field. The most recent pitcher to channel Bob Gibson was Jair Jurrjens. He allowed...

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    Game 101 Recap: Braves Win on Blown Call at Home

    They will be talking about this one for a long, long time. The game itself was long. The game featured many, many blown chances. Ultimately, the game ended on a blown call. Home plate umpire Jerry Meals called Julio Lugo safe on a tag play at home in the 19th inning. He...

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    Game 100 Recap: McDonald K’s a Bunch in Pirates Win

    The Pirates made good use of limited scoring opportunities and James McDonald was blazing as the pitchers held Atlanta to a single run. The Pirates remain in first by percentage points over the Cardinals and picked up a game on the Braves in the Wild Card standings. Really impressive win on national...

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    Game 99 Recap: Bucs Squeak Out a Win in Extras

    Former Reds pitcher and long time broadcaster Joe Nuxhall would occasionally describe a rather poorly played game by saying ‘There isn’t a woman in the world uglier than that game.’ The Ol’ Lefthander likely would’ve busted out that phrase had he been on hand for today’s proceedings. The Pirates managed only seven...

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    Game 98 Recap: Cards Pounce in Fifth

    I’d like to think the offense will get better. I’d like to think the Pirates can stay in it. A game like this – plus 18 years of futility – are draining the optimism from me. Yet the Bucs are one game out of first and that’s really more than I could’ve...

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    Game 97 Recap: Four Run First Lifts Birds

    St. Louis hit a pair of two run homers in the first inning and held on to win the opener of the weekend series 6-4. Paul Maholm was touched by both Albert Pujols and David Freese in the first. Two Pirate rallies were stunted by base running errors. Pujols’ dinger came with...

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    Game 96 Recap: Weak Bats, Shaky Defense Prove Costly

    Cincinnati took advantage of two errors by Chase D’Arnaud and Johnny Cueto was effective again as the Reds managed to take the last game in a three game set. Jeff Karstens was on the losing side despite pitching well once again. The Reds scored their first run of the series in the...

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