Game 37 Recap: Kuroda Dominates Bucs

I officially feel bad for Paul Maholm. He can’t catch a break. The Pirates offense was unable to do anything against Hiroki Kuroda. The game was scoreless through five. But Maholm surrendered two runs in the sixth and that was enough. Kuroda didn’t allow a base hit until Brandon Wood’s one out single in the fifth. Maholm matched him with goose eggs until that fateful sixth inning. He started the inning by walking...

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Game 36 Recap: Dodgers Pound Buccos Back to .500

The Dodgers broke open a scoreless game with ten runs in the final four frames. Ted Lilly pitched six innings and kept the Pirates in check for the win. Through five innings Kevin Correia and Lilly matched each other. Combine the two offenses only sent one man past first base. That all changed in the sixth. With two outs Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles both reached on a single. Andre Ethier singled home Carroll. Matt Kemp delivered the...

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Game 35 Recap: Bucs Move Over .500!

Some clutch pitching and timely hitting mixed with some defense that was questioned to help the Pirates move one game over .500. Starter Jeff Karstens and four relievers combined to limit Los Angeles to just a single run. Jose Tabata’s sliding catch of a drive from Juan Uribe in the eighth tunred into an inning ending double play and some fireworks. The Pirates then connected on three doubles in the home half of the eighth to...

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Game 34 Recap: Doumit’s Dinger Lifts Bucs Late

The Pirates blew another late lead, but a three run homer from Ryan Doumit in the bottom of the eighth brought the Pirates back from the brink. James McDonald pitched very well. Instead of a win, he gets a no decision. The Pirates had a couple of chances to break the game open off J.A. Happ early on but failed to do much damage. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out in the first. Steve Pearce lofted a sac fly for one run but Doumit...

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Game 33 Recap: Morton Continues Electricity

Charlie Morton picked up his fourth win of 2011 by going 7-2/3 innings against Houston. The Pirates offense showed some signs of life with to multi-run outbursts. The fun started in the second when Lyle Overbay drilled a lead off homer against Bud Norris. Chris Snyder walked and Ronny Cedeno singled him to second. Norris sandwiched whiffs of Brandon Wood and Morton in there to get down as Andrew McCutchen stepped up. He delivered a...

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Game 32 Recap: Bucs Bullpen Blows One for Maholm

The Pirates were six outs from being 16-16. They were six outs from nailing down a win for Paul Maholm. Chris Resop had a rare poor outing and took the loss. Houston got on the board first. Jason Bourgeois singled leading off the game. He stole second and then moved to third on a single from Michael Bourn. Hunter Pence lofted a sac fly to bring Bourgeois home. But Maholm settled in after that. He retired ten straight Houston hitters...

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