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 hits. St. Louis committed three errors. The only Pirates to knock in a run both came...

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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 hoped for back in March. St. Louis used a five run fifth to beat up on Kevin Correia and the Pirates. They took the second game of the weekend set...

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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 John Jay aboard after a triple and one out. With two out Lance Berkman double and scored on Freese’s blast. Pittsburgh put together four straight two...

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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 first and it was gift wrapped. Chase D’Arnaud’s throwing error allowed Chris Heisey to reach second base. Edgar Renteria bunted him to...

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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 Walker followed with a ground rule double deep to left center. Andrew McCutchen’s grounder scored Harrison. That was it. The Reds...

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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 Milwaukee’s loss in Arizona. Starting pitcher Charlie Morton labored through the first inning, throwing 14 balls among his 32 total...

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