Game 135 Recap: Bucs Bats Silenced by Rookie Sosa

Rookie Henry Sosa allowed just one run and two hits in six solid innings. The Astros put up six runs and sent ten men to the plate in a disastrous sixth inning against Charlie Mortona and Chris Leroux. It added up to another loss in Houston for the Pirates. Morton scuffled through the first three innings, allowing a run on base in each frame and allowing a runner to second with one out two times. But it was the Pirates who broke...

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Projecting the 2012 Pirates Rotation

A lot of focus goes to offense, and particularly power, in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system.  However, if there’s anything we’ve learned over the last few years, it’s that pitching wins games.  You can have a good offense, but you can lose due to a lack of pitching.  Likewise, you don’t need the best offense if your pitching is strong.  We saw the latter this year.  The Pirates were winning and contending...

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Game 130 Recap: Cards Rough Up Morton

Pittsburgh welcomed back a couple of players from the disabled list. But not much changed for the hitters as the offense didn’t do much against Edwin Jackson. Charlie Morton, trying to close out a great month, was hit hard by St. Louis as the Pirates dropped the opener of the series 8-4. St. Louis drew first blood. Allen Craig and Albert Pujols hit consecutive one out doubles in the first inning. Lance Berkman hit a two out...

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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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