Game 66 Recap: Karstens Lifts Bucs Up to .500

The Pirates moved back up to .500 with a nail biting, 1-0 victory over Houston. Jeff Karstens played the hero by tossing 6-2/3 innings of shutout baseball, dropping his ERA to less than 3.00. The offense was still problematic, but four relievers combined to keep Houston off the scoreboard. Bud Norris was also strong for Houston. The lone score came in the second. Neil Walker singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Garrett...

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Game 65 Recap: Bucs Get Maholm Enough Runs for a W

There was more mayhem on the basepaths. There was a continued lack of offense from the Pirates. Thankfully, Paul Maholm continued to pitch very well. He tossed seven shutout innings and the Pirates scored three times to win 3-1. The Pirates scored early against Mike Pelfrey. Jose Tabata, Xavier Paul and Neil Walker all singled, with Tabata scoring on Walker’s knock. But Paul was picked off second for the first out. Pelfrey...

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Game 64 Recap: Mets Get to Correia Late

It was close into the late innings. Kevin Correia and Chris Capuano were both effective, with Correia retiring the first 14 Met hitters. It ended in a 7-0 laugher with Clint Hurdle watching from the clubhouse. The Mets first hit came in the fifth inning off the bat of Jason Bay. The Pirates put a runner on in each of the first five innings, but failed to put anyone on third. The game turned – and turned weird – in the...

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Game 63 Recap: McDonald Notches Fourth Win

James McDonald wasn’t always pretty. But he got the job done. The Mets scored only two runs against him, but they left a lot of men in on. The offense was able to push three runs across as the Pirates pulled within one game of .500. The Mets got things going in the first. Jose Reyes singled and was gunned down trying to steal second by Wyatt Toregas. Ruben Tejada walked and Carlos Beltran singled, moving Tejada to third. A...

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Game 62 Recap: Bucs Fall to Mets, Gee

Charlie Morton fell short of his electric performances of prior outings and Dillon Gee again limited the Pirates offense. New York ran away with this one, 8-1. The first inning was a sign of things to come. Justin Turner was hit by Morton with one out. Carlos Beltran walked. Ronny Cedeno committed a rare gaffe on a bunt attempt from Daniel Murphy and all runners were safe. Angel Pagan’s grounder scored the first run of the game....

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Game 61 Recap: Bucs Fail to Break .500

This one was a tough one to take. The Pirates were thisclose to busting through the glass ceiling. The offense sputtered and the bullpen faltered, pushing the Pirates one game below the even mark. Chris Young bopped a two run dinger in the eighth off of Chris Resop for the only runs of the game. Pitcher Micah Owings singled with one out to start the rally. The Pirates were unable to score against Josh Collmenter and the Arizona...

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