Game 52 Recap: Gee Supported by 15 Hits in Mets Win

Dillon Gee was effective in seven solid innings. The Mets collected 15 hits and got the Pirates bullpen with four late runs to pull away with a 7-3 victory. The Pirates took an early lead in the second inning. Neil Walker singled and, after Walker was erased on a fielder’s choice from Lyle Overbay, Chris Snyder homered to make it 2-0. But Snyder’s defense allowed New York to tie it in the bottom of the second off of...

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Game 51 Recap: Dempster, Cubs Avoid Sweep

The game was delayed in excess of two hours by rain. Once it got going, Ryan Dempster survived a rough first inning to hold the Pirates offense down. Chicago scratched out three runs against Jeff Karstens as the Pirates failed to sweep. A win in this game would’ve left the Pirates just one game under .500. Dempster issued two out walks to Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker in the first inning. Lyle Overbay poked a double to right...

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Game 50 Recap: Maholm Tosses a Shutout

The Pirates offense woke up to support their longest tenured starting pitcher. The Pirates clobbered four homers and Maholm continued to pitch effectively in throwing a complete game three hit shutout. Randy Wells faced off against Maholm and through the first three frames, the clubs combined for just a single knock. That changed in the fourth inning. Andrew McCutchen singled and Neil Walker doubled him to third. After Lyle Overbay...

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Game 49 Recap: Correia Wins Seventh

Some things continued in this game. Kevin Correia continued to pitch well. The Pirates continued to have success on the road. The offense continued to struggle. Correia chucked it for 7-1/3 innings and gave up no runs. The Pirates picked up their 14th road win on the year. The offense managed just seven hits, but took advantage of two Chicago errors and six walks to push across four runs. After wasting a pair of hits in the first, the...

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Game 48 Recap: Bucs Fall to Braves in Extras

The pitching was good. Again. The hitting was not. Again. Brooks Conrad hit a two run pinch hit homer in the eleventh inning to win it for Atlanta. The Pirates managed only two runs and were held without a hit over the final four frames. James McDonald was touched early. He gave up a double to Jordan Schafer to start the game. Alex Gonzalez and Chipper Jones followed with singles to make it 1-0. But McDonald got Brian McCann to pop...

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Game 47 Recap: Pirates Shutout for Second Straight Game

A day off didn’t help the Pirates offense. For the second straight game the Pirates were beaten 2-0. This time the winning hurler was Jair Jurrjens of Atlanta. This time the victimized pitcher was Charlie Morton. Morton wasn’t as sharp as he has been. He had only a pair of 1-2-3 innings in his 7-1/3 innings of work. Atlanta pieced together single runs in the second and the third, but left men on third base in the fifth and...

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