Game 154 Recap: Bucs Shutout on Two Hits

The Pirates were blanked by Ian Kennedy and J.J. Putz who combined on a two hit shutout. Justin Upton provided the only run of th game with a broken bat solo dinger that was reviewed by the umpiring crew to make sure that a fan hadn’t interfered with Alex Presley on the play. All that activity (and lack thereof from the Pittsburgh offense) was enough to make Jeff Karstens the loser. Kennedy picked up his 20th win on the year. He...

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Game 153 Recap: Lincoln, Bucs Blasted by Dodgers

That was ugly. No question. The Dodgers bombed Pirate pitching for 15 runs and 23 hits. Chad Billingsley cruised through five leisurely innings while Brad Lincoln didn’t get out of the second inning. Lincoln started off with a shaky first. Dee Gordon tripled to lead off. Jamey Carroll’s ground ball out scored him and the hope was that Lincoln would settle in. But Matt Kemp homered to make it 2-0. With two gone, James...

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Game 152 Recap: Lilly, Loney Topple Pirates

There have been a couple of consistencies in 2011. The offense has struggled. Combine that with the youth and injuries and we’ve seen a number of additions and subtractions to the roster. Matt Pagnozzi’s appearance made him the 52nd player to don the Bucco jersey in 2011. Ted Lilly allowed four hits and a run in seven innings to negate much of the Pirates run scoring chances. So, it was more of the same. James...

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Game 151 Recap: Bucs Fall to Kuroda

In Jeff Locke’s Major League debut, the Pirates were beaten on a one hit shutout. They got five more hits in his second start. But that wasn’t enough. Locke was lifted after three innings and James Loney poked a three run pinch hit homer as the Dodgers pulled away late. The Pirates threatened against Hiroki Kuroda a couple of times but never put much of an inning together. Neil Walker’s one out double in the first...

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Game 150 Recap: Ohlendorf Pitches, Powers Bucs to Win

Ross Ohlendorf made the case for the rotation in 2012 (there will be a lot to sort through Spring Training) with a fantastic seven inning effort. The Pirates batted around in a four run second with Ohlendorf poking his first homer and accounting for three of the tallies. It looked troublesome early on for Ohlendorf. Los Angeles was up 1-0 after their first two hitters came to the plate. Dee Gordon singled and swiped second. A ground...

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Game 149 Recap: Bats Quiet in 82nd Loss

  In the same way that Don Henley once wrote, “Nobody on the road. Nobody on the beach. I feel it in the air. The summer’s out of reach,” a .500 season is officially out of reach for the Pirates. Edwin Jackson beat the Pirates and Charlie Morton this afternoon. Pittsburgh scored just two times. In a microcosm of the entire season, the offense score just two runs, struck out ten times and didn’t draw a...

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