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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Game 114 Recap: Morton Goes 8 to Snap Skid

A lot of things went well. The offense got some runs against Ryan Vogelsong, with four RBI coming with two out. Charlie Morton pitched well and avoided giving up a big hit. Plus he pitched deep, giving the weary bullpen a needed break. Pittsburgh came out with both fists flying against Vogelsong. Garrett Jones and Neil Walker hit back-to-back one out doubles to make it 1-0. With two gone, Ludwick singled in Walker to give the Pirates...

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Taking Another Look at the Pitching Staff

About a month ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the best starting pitching rotations in the league.  They were ranked 4th overall, thanks to an impressive stretch where they got at least six innings and two or fewer runs from each starter every time out.  I looked at how good the pitching staff actually was, and found that we could expect some regression going forward with pretty much every pitcher.  After looking at every...

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Game 109 Recap: Bucs Lose 1-0 to Cubs

Charlie Morton tossed seven scoreless innings. But he was matched by Matt Garza. Starlin Castro hit a solo homer off Chris Resop in the eighth and that was the only run of the game. Pittsburgh’s offense continued to be stagnant. They collected only four hits. Derrek Lee was hit by a pitch from Carlos Marmol to start the ninth he was stranded at second ax recently activated Ryan Doumit sniffed to end the game. Morton went seven...

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Game 104 Recap: Halladay Extends Pirates Hitting Woes

Much in the same way that Lloyd Bridges picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue in the movie ‘Airplane’, the Pirates picked the wrong day to try to score five or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since July 4 and July 5. Pittsburgh faced Roy Halladay and he allowed just one hit over seven shutout innings. The Phillies scored eight quick runs off of Charlie Morton to make it a laugher. With Milwaukee and...

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