• Game 117 Recap: Greinke Mows Down Pirates

    For the Pirates to have much of a chance to return to contention in 2011 they needed to start off strongly in this series with Milwaukee. Zach Greinke made sure that didn’t happen. Milwaukee caught some breaks to pile on a lead against Paul Maholm. In the second Casey McGehee singled and...

  • Game 116 Recap: McCutchen Does Everything

    Andrew McCutchen hit a tie breaking homer, scored four times and stole two bases. He almost solved the debt ceiling crisis, too. Not a bad day. He did so in support of Jeff Karstens who whiffed nine and collected his ninth win. Pittsburgh jumped on Jonathan Sanchez in the first inning. Andrew...

  • Game 115 Recap: Bumgarner, Long Balls Lead SF to Win

    Madison Bumgarner has pitched pretty well in 2011. His record doesn’t reflect it. He was on tonight and was rewarded with a win. James McDonald was solid, but the offense provided zilch. The winning streak was halted at one. San Francisco scored their runs quickly and with the aid of the extra...

  • Game 114 Recap: Morton Goes 8 to Snap Skid

    A lot of things went well. The offense got some runs against Ryan Vogelsong, with four RBI coming with two out. Charlie Morton pitched well and avoided giving up a big hit. Plus he pitched deep, giving the weary bullpen a needed break. Pittsburgh came out with both fists flying against Vogelsong....

  • Game 113 Recap: Padres Sweep, Losing Streak at 10

    The fans keep coming and that is a very good thing. Unfortunately that is about all that is going well right now. The pitching is faltering. The offense continues to be in the running for the National League’s most anemic. Kevin Correia and the bullpen were hit for seven runs. The offense...

  • Game 112 Recap: 6 Run 7th Runs Streak to 9

    San Diego used another grand slam and plenty of hits to pile up a Baker’s Dozen on Paul Maholm and the Pirates bullpen. Cory Luebke was money on the bump and at the dish. The Pirates have dropped nine straight. The Padres jumped out in front in the second. Orlando Hudson singled...

  • Game 111 Recap: Karstens Bombed as Streak Reaches 8

    I didn’t think when this game began that I’d be researching the last time Jeff Karstens gave up nine earned runs in a game. I also didn’t think about how many Pirates hitters bounced into three double plays in a single game. But really, I should’ve known better. Karstens performance this year...

  • Game 110 Recap: 3 Run 8th Pushes Losing Streak to 7

    This was nothing short of a gut punch. The Pirates scraped together a six run fourth inning to take a two run lead only to watch the bullpen surrender three runs in the eighth. The result was the seventh straight loss for a club that is badly in need of answers as...

  • Game 109 Recap: Bucs Lose 1-0 to Cubs

    Charlie Morton tossed seven scoreless innings. But he was matched by Matt Garza. Starlin Castro hit a solo homer off Chris Resop in the eighth and that was the only run of the game. Pittsburgh’s offense continued to be stagnant. They collected only four hits. Derrek Lee was hit by a pitch...

  • Game 108 Recap: Cubs Hit Six Homers in Rout

    The final score was closer than the game was. The Cubs hit six homers and collected 21 hits in an 11-6 pasting of the Pirates. The Buccos have dropped five straight. Kevin Correia was bombed. The offense showed some signs of life with three homers. It wasn’t nearly enough. Correia was pulled...