Pitching Staff a Victim of Playstation Numbers

Watching Jose Veras closing out the ninth inning in yesterday’s game gave me an all too familiar feeling.  It was the same feeling I got at times when Matt Capps was on the mound.  It was the same feeling that I got when Mike Williams was the closer for the Pirates.  Jose Mesa, Salomon Torres, and more recently, Octavio Dotel have all brought this feeling.  That feeling is that you’re watching someone walking on a high...

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Game 67 Recap: Bucs Move Above .500 with 7 Run Outburst

Pittsburgh scored five late runs to surge ahead of the struggling Houston Astros, winning 7-3 and moving to one game over .500 this late in the season since 1999. The Pirates and Astros traded one run innings and stranded many runners early in the game. Pittsbrugh struck in the top of the first off of J.A. Happ. Andrew McCutchen walked and he was tripled home by Neil Walker. Houston went to work with two outs in the bottom of the...

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Game 62 Recap: Bucs Fall to Mets, Gee

Charlie Morton fell short of his electric performances of prior outings and Dillon Gee again limited the Pirates offense. New York ran away with this one, 8-1. The first inning was a sign of things to come. Justin Turner was hit by Morton with one out. Carlos Beltran walked. Ronny Cedeno committed a rare gaffe on a bunt attempt from Daniel Murphy and all runners were safe. Angel Pagan’s grounder scored the first run of the game....

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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 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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