Game 8 Recap: Tabata’s 14th Inning Double Wins it

It took more than a little while, but in the end I’m smiling. Jose Tabata knocked in Josh Rodriguez with two outs in the 14th inning to move the Pirates to 5-3. If you are keeping track, the club needs 77 wins for a season above .500. Rodriguez had walked with two outs off Franklin Morales – Colorado’s eighth pitcher of the game. Tabata followed with a high drive that bounced off the Clemente wall in right to score...

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Game 7 Recap: Rogers Wrecks Home Opener

Great weather (61 degrees). Nice crowd (second largest in PNC history). Home for the first time after a successful road trip to start the season. A fitting tribute to Chuck Tanner before the game. Everything went according to plan except someone silenced the bats. That someone was Esmil Rogers. Rogers came into the game with nine career starts and two career wins (one in relief and one as a starter). That lone win as a starter came...

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Game 6 Recap: Correia Sharp as Bucs Best Birds

This club is 4-2 and needs just 78 more wins to a season above .500. Early returns on Kevin Correia are beyond my expectations. The Pirates starter and winner on Opening Day made his second outstanding start of the year. Correia limited St. Louis to five hits and two walks in seven shutout innings to run his record to 2-0 and drop his ERA to 1.38. If there is a concern it is the lack of production. The Pirates collected five extra...

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Game 5 Recap: Cards Scratch Out One Run Win

There will be better days for Pedro Alvarez. There will be – and already have been in his short career – stellar days. This was not one of them. Alvarez whiffed three times and hit into a double play as the Pirates offense came up a run short. Everything started out well. Lyle Overbay launched his first homer as a Pirate in the first inning with Jose Tabata aboard. James McDonald allowed no hits through three innings. But...

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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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