Game 61 Recap: Bucs Fail to Break .500

This one was a tough one to take. The Pirates were thisclose to busting through the glass ceiling. The offense sputtered and the bullpen faltered, pushing the Pirates one game below the even mark. Chris Young bopped a two run dinger in the eighth off of Chris Resop for the only runs of the game. Pitcher Micah Owings singled with one out to start the rally. The Pirates were unable to score against Josh Collmenter and the Arizona...

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Game 60 Recap: .500!

Both teams blew chances. Both teams had the lead. But when it was over, Andrew McCutchen’s walk off homer in the 12th provided the last, final run and a Bucco victory. The win evened the Pirates record at 30-30. Former Pirate Zach Duke returned to PNC for the first time since being traded last off-season. He and Paul Maholm both pitched effectively. Maholm was sharper but was victimized again by poor run support and a blown save...

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Game 59 Recap: Bucs Beat Snakes with 5 Run 8th

The Pirates were handcuffed by Arizona starter Daniel Hudson. Once he was gone, the floodgates opened and the Pirates rallied for the win. Pittsburgh only managed three hits off Hudson in seven innings, yet somehow put a three spot on the board. Pittsburgh was trailing 1-0 going into the second as Kelly Johnson hit a solo homer for Arizona in the first. But Pittsburgh wrestled away the lead. Andrew McCutchen walked and Lyle Overbay...

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Game 58 Recap: Halladay Bests Bucs

The Pirates were thisclose to evening their record at 29-29. But Roy Halladay did what an ace is supposed to do: he stopped the Phillies four game slide as Philadelphia salvaged the finale of the weekend series. The Pirates got to Halladay early and then not again while he was still on the mound. Xavier Paul singled to lead off the game. He scored on a two run bomb from Neil Walker. Unfortunately, Bucs hurler James McDonald...

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Game 57 Recap: Record Crowd Watches Bucs, Morton Win

I like it when regional teams travel well and help fill the stadium. Philadelphia fans came out strongly and helped put nearly 40,000 people in PNC park. But it was the Pirate fans who went home happy. Charlie Morton was once again effective and picked up sixth win on the year. The offense supported him with scores in four different innings to win 6-3. Morton gave up hits to the first two hitters – Jimmy Rollins and Placido...

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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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