Game 157 Recap: Ludwick’s Walk Off Single Brings Bucs to 70 Wins

It won’t be a .500 season. It likely won’t even be a 75 win season. But one milestone was cleared in this game – the Pirates won for the 70th time on the year for the first time since 2004. The early part of the game looked promising for starter Jeff Locke to pick up his first Major League win. Garrett Jones crushed a homer to deep center in the second off of Edinson Volquez with Ryan Doumit aboard. In the third...

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Game 156 Recap: Ohlendorf Rocked in Bucs Loss

Ross Ohlendorf was beaten badly. As Cincinnati based sports broadcaster Ken Broo might’ve said back in the day ‘He was pounded like a butcher pounds a piece of veal.’ Ohlendorf didn’t make it out of the third inning as Arizona quickly put the game away. The continuation of Ohlendorf’s lost season got going right away. Willie Bloomquist and Aaron Hill both singled to start the inning. Then they pulled off...

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Game 155 Recap: Bucs Hold on as Morton Wins 10th

Charlie Morton earned his tenth win by pitching six scoreless innings then watched the bullpen give up three runs and nearly blow it for him. Pedro Alvarez and Derrek Lee homered in support of Morton. Pittsburgh got on the board in the first inning against Daniel Hudson of Arizona. Alex Presley and Neil Walker each doubled to create one tally. Arizona almost came right back. With two outs and runners on the corners, Garrett Jones made...

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Game 154 Recap: Bucs Shutout on Two Hits

The Pirates were blanked by Ian Kennedy and J.J. Putz who combined on a two hit shutout. Justin Upton provided the only run of th game with a broken bat solo dinger that was reviewed by the umpiring crew to make sure that a fan hadn’t interfered with Alex Presley on the play. All that activity (and lack thereof from the Pittsburgh offense) was enough to make Jeff Karstens the loser. Kennedy picked up his 20th win on the year. He...

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Game 152 Recap: Lilly, Loney Topple Pirates

There have been a couple of consistencies in 2011. The offense has struggled. Combine that with the youth and injuries and we’ve seen a number of additions and subtractions to the roster. Matt Pagnozzi’s appearance made him the 52nd player to don the Bucco jersey in 2011. Ted Lilly allowed four hits and a run in seven innings to negate much of the Pirates run scoring chances. So, it was more of the same. James...

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