Game 30 Recap: Friars Hit Three Homers to Beat Bucs

San Diego’s bats awoke somewhat. The Padres got three solo homers from players who had yet to homer in 2011 in beating Pittsburgh 6-5. The Pirates drew first blood off of Mat Latos. Andrew McCutchen drew a walk to lead off the game. Xavier Paul’s bunt went for a single. One out later, Neil Walker doubled them both in. Latos would not be scored on again and went six innings. He benefited from three double plays turned...

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Game 29 Recap: Early Runs Aid McDonald’s Strong Effort

The Cincinnati Reds have been plagued by giving up first inning runs. Tonight their former ace, Aaron Harang now pitching for San Diego, was troubled by the same problem. Harang gave up a pair of two run bombs in the first inning as the Padres fell into an early hole from which they couldn’t escape. The two worst offenses in the National League did battle. With those early runs, the Pirates got all the scoring they would need....

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Game 28 Recap: Morton Wins His 3rd, Bucs Take Series

Everyone who reads this blog likely knows that Charlie Morton only won three games in 2010. He already has three wins and he and his electric stuff will hopefully have little resistance to notching double digit wins. In unrelated news, the Pirates put together two large scoring outbursts to aid Morton. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez was in trouble from the get-go. The Pirates stranded two runners in the first inning. The Pirates broke...

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Game 27 Recap: Iannetta’s Bomb Sinks Bucs

It might be a good sign for Colorado that some of their slumping hitters contributed to a four run outburst in the second inning. What certainly isn’t a good sign for the Pirates is that their offense continues to be anemic. The game started solidly. Andrew McCutchen drove a pitch from Jason Hammel over the fence for a quick 1-0 lead. But that would be the only run for the Pirates. Hammel would scatter five singles and two walks...

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Game 26 Recap: Correia Tosses Gem in Denver

It was snowing off and on in Colorado last night. That just doesn’t seem right this late in April. It didn’t stop Kevin Correia from pitching well and the Pirates as a team from holding the Stones scoreless. Correia was pulled with two outs in the seventh after allowing a single to Seth Smith. Jose Veras got the last out in the seventh. Chris Resop struck out the side in the eighth and Joel Hanrahan needed four batters to...

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Game 25 Recap: Um, Uh, Vogelsong?

I’m dumbfounded. Flabbergasted. I don’t have anything even remotely witty or comical to say. No one liners. No sarcastic remark. All I know is Ryan Vogelsong – yes, that Ryan Vogelsong – handcuffed the Pirates on four hits and two walks in picking up his first win since before anyone outside of Illinois had heard of Barack Obama. It hopeful from the onset. Pittsburgh scored one in the first. Lyle Overbay walked...

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