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 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 47 Recap: Pirates Shutout for Second Straight Game

A day off didn’t help the Pirates offense. For the second straight game the Pirates were beaten 2-0. This time the winning hurler was Jair Jurrjens of Atlanta. This time the victimized pitcher was Charlie Morton. Morton wasn’t as sharp as he has been. He had only a pair of 1-2-3 innings in his 7-1/3 innings of work. Atlanta pieced together single runs in the second and the third, but left men on third base in the fifth and...

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Who Creates Space For Brad Lincoln?

Remember back in the off-season when the Pittsburgh Pirates were starved for pitching help?  At one point in time, people were calling for the Pirates to add Armando Galarraga to the rotation, thinking he’d be an obvious upgrade.  Galarraga was recently waived, which means the Pirates could have a chance to claim him.  However, at this point, it would be impossible for Galarraga to crack the rotation. The rotation currently has...

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Game 42 Recap: Morton’s Shutout Ends Losing Streak

What a difference a year makes for Charlie Morton. He was an enigma last year. How could a guy with such good stuff be so bad? Well, he has turned it around this year. He tossed his second complete game of the season (and second against Cincinnati) and was credited with his second career shutout. What little offense there was came in spurts. The Pirates and Reds each collected two hits in the first inning. Neither was able to score....

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