Game 45 Recap: Pirates Extend Winning Streak to Four

Some late inning runs propelled the Pirates past the Detroit Tigers. The Pirates handed Max Scherzer his first loss of the season. Kevin Correia picked up his first home win on the year. After giving up a one out single in the first, Correia retired the next nine Detroit hitters. Then he hit a snag in the fourth. Three straight doubles from Andy Dirks, Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Scherzer seemed to be...

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Game 44 Recap: Karstens, Walker Lead Pirates to Win

Nice outing from Jeff Karstens. Nice offensive display from the Pirates. And a big crowd too. Make it three straight wins for the Pirates. Karstens limited the Tigers to three hits and no walks over six innings. He was perfect through four innings. He gave up a lead off homer to Ramon Santiago in the sixth that knotted the score at one. One out later Austin Jackson doubled. What looked like it might be the end worked out fine as...

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Game 43 Recap: McDonald Earns Win in Bucs Sweep

James McDonald chucked it well. The Pirates beat Johnny Cueto for a change. It added up to a two game sweep in Cincinnati. The Reds drew first blood. In the second inning the Pirates loaded the bases but were unable to cash in against Cueto. Jay Bruce led off the bottom of the second with a homer to give the Reds an early lead. They wouldn’t hold onto it. Pittsburgh put together a two out rally in the fifth to take the lead for...

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Game 42 Recap: Morton’s Shutout Ends Losing Streak

What a difference a year makes for Charlie Morton. He was an enigma last year. How could a guy with such good stuff be so bad? Well, he has turned it around this year. He tossed his second complete game of the season (and second against Cincinnati) and was credited with his second career shutout. What little offense there was came in spurts. The Pirates and Reds each collected two hits in the first inning. Neither was able to score....

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Game 41 Recap: Maholm Loses Another Tough One

I look forward to the day when I can write that Paul Maholm got plenty of offensive support. Today isn’t that day. The Pirates offense was once again woeful. Maholm was solid. Those two things once again equaled a Pirates loss – their sixth straight. The offense collected ten hits. That’s good. What isn’t good is leaving nine men on base and having three others erased on the base paths. It looked promising...

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Game 40 Recap: Bucs Don’t Overcome Rough Start, Get Swept

Kevin Correia gave up five hits and four runs in the first inning and the Pirates never recovered. Pittsburgh was held in check and without a hit until the fifth inning by Zach Greinke. A five run fifth pulled the Pirates to within a single tally. But the Beer Makers scored a trio of runs against the Pirates bullpen. It got ugly from the start. Correia yielded a single to the first two hitters (Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez) before...

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