Game 81 Recap: Bucs Lose a Close One Late

The Pirates reached the half way mark in the season at one game over .500. That’s great news. The bad news is that they lost a winnable game and let another solid effort from a starter go unrewarded. The Nationals scratched out a run in the ninth to take the opener of the series 2-1. Washington was aided by two former Pirates – Tom Gorzelanny and Matt Stairs. Both teams threatened in the first. But neither scored. Chase...

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Game 80 Recap: Karstens Continues to Impress

Jeff Karstens was efficient and effective over seven innings and the Pirates used a balanced, powerful (seven extra base hits) attack to beat the Blue Jays 6-2 in the rubber game of the inter-league matchup. Pittsburgh jumped out early on Brett Cecil, who was making his first start since April. Alex Presley tripled leading off the game and then scored on a ground ball out from Andrew McCutchen. Cecil wouldn’t allow another hit...

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Game 78 Recap: Presley Powers Bucs to Victory

Alex Presley hit his first Major League homer and drove in three runs. Kevin Correia continued to pick up wins on the road as Pittsburgh took the opener of the series in Toronto with a 7-6 win. Presley got things going in the third inning with a two run homer off of Jo-Jo Reyes that scored Ronny Cedeno. Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third to make it 2-1. Pittsburgh took control of the game with a six hit...

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Game 77 Recap: Errors Cost Bucs Shot at Sweep

Andrew Miller and the Red Sox bullpen held the Pirates offense to five singles and two runs. The Pirates were betrayed by some spotty defense and some walks. Three unearned runs were scored on four errors. Three of the four Boston runs were scored by players who had drawn a free pass. Boston avoided a sweep by taking the final game 4-2. The errors started in the fourth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled to start the inning against James...

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Game 75 Recap: Pitching Staff Bends, Doesn’t Break in 3-1 Win

If you’re looking for signs of life from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and wondering if this team is a true contender, tonight would be a great game to make your case.  The Pirates took on the Boston Red Sox, owners of the best record in the American League, and won 3-1 on a great team effort.  The pitching staff struggled at times, but came up with the big outs each time.  The offense didn’t capitalize on all of the major...

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