Game 56 Recap: Bucs Overcome Phils in 12

It took twelve innings. It was dominated by pitching. In the end, Pittsburgh prevailed 2-1 in a contest that saw only 21 baserunners combined between the two teams. Through five innings, each club had only one hit. The Phillies best chance to score was in the first. Jimmy Rollins singled and stole second. With two outs, Ryan Howard was plunked. But Jeff Karstens induced an inning ending fielder’s choice grounder from Shane...

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Game 55 Recap: Bucs Blow Early Seven Run Lead

The Pirates offense took up where they left off. After scoring nine late runs the previous day, the offense put seven on the board in the first three innings. This time it was the Mets turn for a late inning comeback. The result was a 9-8 loss for the Pirates. Mike Pelfrey was hit hard out of the shoot. Xavier Paul, Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen all singled, wtih Paul scoring on McCutchen’s single. Neil Walker contributed...

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Game 54 Recap: Correia Wins His Eighth

Through the first six frames, the Pirates had collected just three hits and trailed 2-0. But in the seventh the bats came alive against Chris Capuano. Pittsburgh batted around and collected seven hits (all singles) while posting five tallies to take control of the game. The Mets took the lead in the fourth off of Kevin Correia. Three singles loaded the bases with two outs. Ruben Tejada delivered the clutch two out knock, scoring...

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Game 53 Recap: Harrison Keys Late Rally

The Pirates were held at bay by Mets starter R.A. Dickey through seven innings. James McDonald pitched well but exited trailing 1-0. The offense woke up in time to score five late runs in a 5-1 in New York. The Pirates had a couple of early chances to score but failed both times. Jose Tabata started the game with a double and moved up on a grounder from Josh Harrison in his first Major League at bat. But Andrew McCutchen whiffed and...

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Game 52 Recap: Gee Supported by 15 Hits in Mets Win

Dillon Gee was effective in seven solid innings. The Mets collected 15 hits and got the Pirates bullpen with four late runs to pull away with a 7-3 victory. The Pirates took an early lead in the second inning. Neil Walker singled and, after Walker was erased on a fielder’s choice from Lyle Overbay, Chris Snyder homered to make it 2-0. But Snyder’s defense allowed New York to tie it in the bottom of the second off of...

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Game 51 Recap: Dempster, Cubs Avoid Sweep

The game was delayed in excess of two hours by rain. Once it got going, Ryan Dempster survived a rough first inning to hold the Pirates offense down. Chicago scratched out three runs against Jeff Karstens as the Pirates failed to sweep. A win in this game would’ve left the Pirates just one game under .500. Dempster issued two out walks to Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker in the first inning. Lyle Overbay poked a double to right...

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