Game 71 Recap: Bucs Lose on Extra Inning Blast from Phelps

Cord Phelps hit a walk off three run homer off Tim Wood in the eleventh inning, concluding a game delayed by rain for nearly two hours and giving Cleveland a three game sweep. The Pirates scored twice in the first off of Justin Masterson and then not again. Jeff Karstens pitched well again, but has nothing to show for it. The first inning started off well. Xavier Paul tripled and scored on a Neil Walker single. Garrett Jones’...

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Game 70 Recap: Carrasco Keeps Bucco Bats Quiet

Carlos Carrasco retired 15 of the first 16 hitters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning. Guess who started for the Pirates? That’s right, the poster boy for poor run support, Paul Maholm. As he has all season, Maholm pitched well enough to win a typical game. But there has been nothing typical about the Pirates offense this season. The Indians broke out to an early 2-0 lead. Grady Sizemore walked to start...

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Game 69 Recap: Tomlin Quiets Pirate Bats

Josh Tomlin was sharp in limiting the Pirates to just one run. Pittsburgh’s four game winning streak was halted in the opening game of an interleague series in Cleveland. Kevin Correia was also good, but was undone by some oddness and a long ball. Cleveland scored once in the third and was aided by an error and a balk. Matt LaPorta’s liner was deflected by Ronny Cedeno toward Neil Walker. The throw from Walker to first...

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Game 68 Recap: Bucs Sweep Astros

The Pirates took advantage of limited scoring opportunities as Garrett Jones three run homer helped propel the Pirates to a series sweep in Houston. The win puts the Pirates two games over .500. Jones’ dinger came in the first on a two strike, two out pitch from rookie Jordan Lyles. It scored Jose Tabata and Andrew McCutchen. Houston wiggled back to tie the game. In the fourth Brett Wallace walked and Matt Downs doubled to start...

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Game 67 Recap: Bucs Move Above .500 with 7 Run Outburst

Pittsburgh scored five late runs to surge ahead of the struggling Houston Astros, winning 7-3 and moving to one game over .500 this late in the season since 1999. The Pirates and Astros traded one run innings and stranded many runners early in the game. Pittsbrugh struck in the top of the first off of J.A. Happ. Andrew McCutchen walked and he was tripled home by Neil Walker. Houston went to work with two outs in the bottom of the...

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Game 66 Recap: Karstens Lifts Bucs Up to .500

The Pirates moved back up to .500 with a nail biting, 1-0 victory over Houston. Jeff Karstens played the hero by tossing 6-2/3 innings of shutout baseball, dropping his ERA to less than 3.00. The offense was still problematic, but four relievers combined to keep Houston off the scoreboard. Bud Norris was also strong for Houston. The lone score came in the second. Neil Walker singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Garrett...

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