• 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...

  • Game 95 Recap: McDonald, Bullpen Shutout Reds

    The Pirates and Reds played another tight game. James McDonald and Mike Leake were both effective. The Pirates managed a single run. The Reds managed none. The Pirates remain in first place. I’m happy. The lone run of the game scored early. Josh Harrison singled with one out in the first. Neil...

  • Game 94 Recap: Bucs Alone in First Place After Defeating the Reds

    Chase d’Arnaud led the Pirates to their 50th win of the season with sparkling defense and aggressive baserunning, and four Pirates pitchers combined to shut out the Reds by a score of 2-0. The Pirates now sit alone atop the National League Central, a half-game ahead of the Brewers and Cardinals after...

  • Game 93 Recap: Bucs Lose Late Lead, Win in 11

    It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t tidy. But the Pirates came out on top for another road win in Houston. The Pirates let a one run lead slip away in the eighth inning before posting a three-spot in the eleventh. Two seemingly perpetual thorns plagued the Kevin Correia early. Jeff Keppinger doubled and...

  • Game 92 Recap: Astros Rally to Push Bucs Out of First

    Pittsburgh rallied for three runs in the sixth inning. But aggressive base running and a costly error helped Houston score three times in the eighth to win it. In the process, the Pirates fell out of first place. The Astros drew first blood against Paul Maholm. Carlos Lee led off the second...

  • Game 91 Recap: Bucs in First After Karstens Shutout

    If there is a little extra bounce in the step of Pirates fans everywhere and a little extra swagger in the gaits of Bucco players, I don’t think anyone will hold it against us or them. The Pirates are in first place. It’s mid-July. Jeff Karstens threw a complete game shutout and...

  • Game 90 Recap: Maholm, McCutchen Lead Bucs Into Break

    Paul Maholm pitched into the eighth and allowed just one run while Andrew McCutchen paced the offense with a three run homer and a total of five runs driven in. The Pirates cruise into the All-Star break with a 47-43 record. Ramon Ortiz scuffled all day and it started in the first...

  • Game 89 Recap: Correia’s Home Woes Continue

    Kevin Correia suffered his worst outing of the year and the Pirates offense was held in check by Ryan Dempster and the Cubs bullpen. Correia got in trouble from the opening bell. He walked Kosuke Fukudome and gave up a double to Starlin Castro. After getting two outs, he yielded a run...

  • Game 88 Recap: McKenry’s Blast Propels Bucs Past Cubs

    The Pirates rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a one run deficit and knock off the Cubs. Josh Harrison’s single tied the game and Michael McKenry hit a three run homer to provide a secure lead. Pittsburgh came from behind on three different occasions. Aramis Ramirez...

  • Game 87 Recap: Pirates Lose Game Three to Astros

    The good times came to a screeching halt in the sixth inning. Charlie Morton had held Houston at bay through the first five innings. But a fielding miscue kick-started a five run outburst as Houston won a laugher 8-2. Bud Norris started for Houston and was shaky all game. Norris would manage...

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