Game 124 Recap: Bucs Score Late to Win

Neil Walker collected three of the Pirates ten singles and drove in a pair. Pittsburgh pulled ahead with two runs in the bottom of the seventh off of Aroldis Chapman to win 5-3. The Reds jumped in front first. Charlie Morton gave up a single to Brandon Phillips to start the game. He moved to second on a Freddie Lewis ground ball out and Joey Votto singled him home. Morton continued to battle each inning. After a Drew Stubbs single in...

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Game 123 Recap: Bucs Drop See Saw Contest

The Pirates battled back from deficits all night to tie the score in the eighth, with good chances to push ahead. They were unable to take the lead in the eighth, with two runners getting thrown out at the plate. In the ninth, Joel Hanrahan had a very rare poor outing and Cincinnati scored three times to win 11-8. Neither Pittsburgh starter Kevin Correia or Reds hurler Homer Bailey were around to get a decision. After three scoreless...

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Game 122 Recap: Craig Hits Two Homers in Cards Victory

Allen Craig homered twice as part of a four hit, three RBI evening. Kyle Lohse got out of trouble in the first and crusied to a win. Paul Maholm got in trouble in the first and the Pirates never recovered. Maholm got in trouble off the starting blocks. Rafael Furcal led off the game with a single. Craig followed with a two run dinger into the Notch. Albert Pujols singled and Matt Holliday walked, prompting a visit from Ray Searage....

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Game 121 Recap: Jones Delivers Walk Off Homer

Garrett Jones continued his hot August with two hits including a walk off homer in the bottom of the eleventh. Jones came into the game hitting .327 with three homers thus far on the month. Pittsburgh surrendered a run in the ninth but Neil Walker tied it in the bottom of the ninth with a solo jack, pushing the game to extra frames. This was the first time in August the Pirates won back-to-back games. Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens...

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Game 120 Recap: Doumit Power Pirates Over Birds

Ryan Doumit picked up the Pirates offense in a big way. He had four hits and hit a three run homer to support the efforts of James McDonald. Xavier Paul also dingered as Pittsburgh took a much needed win from St. Louis. The Pirates got the long ball bats going. Paul hit a solo dinger off Jake Westbrook leading off the bottom of the first. After an RBI double from Rafael Furcal in the third inning tied it up, Doumit cranked a three run...

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Game 119 Recap: Bucs Suffer Another Gut Punch Loss in Extras

Somewhere a baseball pundit will say or has said or will write or has written that good teams win this kind of game. If the Pirates are to stay in contention for a full season, this is the kind of game they will have to win. Nursing a 1-0 lead into the eighth, the Pirates let the game get away from them and lost in extra innings. Call me a pessimist, but I have officially given up hope for a post-season birth in 2011. There is still a...

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