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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Game 115 Recap: Bumgarner, Long Balls Lead SF to Win

Madison Bumgarner has pitched pretty well in 2011. His record doesn’t reflect it. He was on tonight and was rewarded with a win. James McDonald was solid, but the offense provided zilch. The winning streak was halted at one. San Francisco scored their runs quickly and with the aid of the extra base hit. In the fourth, Jeff Keppinger collected the first hit for the Giants. It was a double. He later scored on a double from Aubrey...

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Game 114 Recap: Morton Goes 8 to Snap Skid

A lot of things went well. The offense got some runs against Ryan Vogelsong, with four RBI coming with two out. Charlie Morton pitched well and avoided giving up a big hit. Plus he pitched deep, giving the weary bullpen a needed break. Pittsburgh came out with both fists flying against Vogelsong. Garrett Jones and Neil Walker hit back-to-back one out doubles to make it 1-0. With two gone, Ludwick singled in Walker to give the Pirates...

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Game 113 Recap: Padres Sweep, Losing Streak at 10

The fans keep coming and that is a very good thing. Unfortunately that is about all that is going well right now. The pitching is faltering. The offense continues to be in the running for the National League’s most anemic. Kevin Correia and the bullpen were hit for seven runs. The offense managed just three and none through the first seven innings. San Diego swept and the losing streak has reached ten games. Correia was reached...

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Game 112 Recap: 6 Run 7th Runs Streak to 9

San Diego used another grand slam and plenty of hits to pile up a Baker’s Dozen on Paul Maholm and the Pirates bullpen. Cory Luebke was money on the bump and at the dish. The Pirates have dropped nine straight. The Padres jumped out in front in the second. Orlando Hudson singled and one out later scored when Kyle Blanks tripled. Rob Johnson lifted a fly ball that scored Blanks from third. Hudson got it going again in the fourth....

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