Game 4 Recap: Bucs Bunch Runs and Hold On

79 wins and counting to reach a season above .500 for the first time since before I even began dating my wife of 16 years. I don’t blame her for the dry spell. Though sometimes I wonder in secret. Kyle Lohse entered the game with a 5-1 career mark against the Pirates. He was in control through five, having allowed just two hits and one runner to second base. But the sixth inning saw Pittsburgh collect three of their eight hits...

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Game 3 Recap: This Time, Pirates Steal Late Lead

Yesterday, things were looking good for the Pittsburgh Pirates heading in to the 8th inning.  They had a 3-0 lead with their star relievers, Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan, in line to close out the last two innings.  That never happened, as Meek struggled, and the Pirates gave up five runs in the inning.  That brought on Carlos Marmol, who mowed down the Pirates’ in the ninth inning for the save. Today, the Pirates came in to the...

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Game 2 Recap: Bullpen Blows A Late Lead

Things were looking good for the Pittsburgh Pirates today through seven innings.  Paul Maholm was cruising along with an excellent start, one day after Kevin Correia gave the Pirates a great start of his own.  The offense came through with a few runs, thanks to RBIs by Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez, and a solo home run by Garrett Jones.  However, things fell apart in the eighth inning, with the Pirates trying to close out a 3-0 lead....

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Game 1 Recap: McCutchen and Walker Power Pirates to Win

If there is one trend the Pittsburgh Pirates have had over the years, it’s that they haven’t capitalized when the opposing pitcher is on the ropes.  Today, with the Chicago Cubs leading 2-0, and Ryan Dempster struggling in the fifth inning, that wasn’t the case. Ryan Doumit started off the inning with a single, and moved to second when Garrett Jones grounded out to third.  Ronny Cedeno fought back from a 1-2 count to...

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