Game 11: Marcum Handcuffs Bucs

If the Pirates are able to edge close to a .500 season (oh what sweet dream), we will look back on this game as one that got away. I’d like to say that this was a pitcher’s duel. The box score won’t say that it was. I’d also like to say that the Pirates won this one. The box score won’t say that, either. Instead, five innings of hitless baseball were chucked by Kevin Correia with only a loss to show for...

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Game 10 Recap: Lack of Control Costly

There have been a couple of warning signs about the Pirates early season success in pitching. A lack of strikeouts and a plethora of free passes would top the list when doing a quick breeze through the stats. Despite having the worst K/BB ratio of any staff in the NL, the team came into the game with the third best ERA in the league. Babip against the Pirates hurlers was .279. For the vaunted Phillies, it was .336. The debt collectors...

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Game 9: Wigginton Haunts Old Team in 8th

Ty Wigginton is the answer to a pretty good trivia question: Who is the player the Pirates acquired for Kris Benson while apparently passing on Ryan Howard? Pittsburgh also got Jose Bautista in that deal. Both players went on to much greater success while wearing other team’s laundry. It was Wigginton who beat up on his old team tonight. With the score knotted at three in the eighth, Wiggy batted with the bases loaded and two...

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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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