Game 19 Recap: Fish Pound McDonald

A game whose scoring started with so much promise – Pedro Alvarez’ first homer of the year – quickly turned into a disaster. Scott Cousins hit a grand slam in the second inning and Brett Hayes hit a three run bomb in the next inning as Florida clobbered James McDonald and the Pirates. Alvarez’ tater came with two down in the second off Chris Volstad. The led didn’t last long. McDonald loaded the bases in...

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Game 18 Recap: Bucs Shutout Again by Fish

Ricky Nolasco and Edwin Mujica combined on a five hit shutout as the Pirates failed to score for the second time in a row. Charlie Morton was victimized by a bunch of two out hits. It was an ugly second inning. Morton got the first two batters but gave up consecutive singles to John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio. He walked Nolasco and then gave up a two run single to Chris Coghlan. Omar Infante’s single into left was misplayed by...

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Game 17 Recap: Josh Johnson is an Ace

Marlins starter Josh Johnson faced one batter over the minimum in seven shutout innings. He gave up two singles and a walk and got two double plays behind him. The Marlins managed to piece together two big innings, collecting seven of their nine hits during those frames. The first hiccup was in the second. And it started with two outs. Mike Stanton was hit by Paul Maholm. Three straight singles from John Buck, Emilio Bonifacio and...

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Game 16 Recap: Bucs, Correia Manhandle Reds

I will readily admit that I didn’t see this coming. The Pirates won easily and took three of four from the Reds in Cincinnati. Tonight’s game was a good mix of outstanding pitching and a team effort on offense. It all added up to an easy peasy win. Just as in yesterday’s game, the Reds starter – in tonight’s game it was Travis Wood – ran into trouble in the first inning. A walk to Jose Tabata and...

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Game 15 Recap: Bucs Win See-Saw Battle

Reds starter Edinson Volquez continued his first inning troubles. Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata started the game with consecutive home runs. Lyle Overbay walked and Neil Walker doubled. Volquez whiffed Pedro Alvarez before walking Garrett Jones. Chris Snyder walked to force in a run and Ronny Cedeno’s deep fly ball made it 4-0. Cincinnati got one back in the second when Jonny Gomes homered off of Jeff Karstens. Three straight...

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Game 14 Recap: Hernandez’ Slam Dooms Bucs

Ramon Hernandez highlighted a seven run fifth inning with a grand slam as Cincinnati returned the beating by winning 11-2. The pitch Hernandez drove over the fence was the last toss from Pirates starter James McDonald. The Reds drew first blood as Jonny Gomes hit a solo homer off McDonald in the second. Joey Votto’s two out RBI single in the third plated Drew Stubbs, who had doubled, and made it 2-0. Pittsburgh tied it up in the...

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