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 64 Recap: Mets Get to Correia Late

It was close into the late innings. Kevin Correia and Chris Capuano were both effective, with Correia retiring the first 14 Met hitters. It ended in a 7-0 laugher with Clint Hurdle watching from the clubhouse. The Mets first hit came in the fifth inning off the bat of Jason Bay. The Pirates put a runner on in each of the first five innings, but failed to put anyone on third. The game turned – and turned weird – in the...

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Game 61 Recap: Bucs Fail to Break .500

This one was a tough one to take. The Pirates were thisclose to busting through the glass ceiling. The offense sputtered and the bullpen faltered, pushing the Pirates one game below the even mark. Chris Young bopped a two run dinger in the eighth off of Chris Resop for the only runs of the game. Pitcher Micah Owings singled with one out to start the rally. The Pirates were unable to score against Josh Collmenter and the Arizona...

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Game 60 Recap: .500!

Both teams blew chances. Both teams had the lead. But when it was over, Andrew McCutchen’s walk off homer in the 12th provided the last, final run and a Bucco victory. The win evened the Pirates record at 30-30. Former Pirate Zach Duke returned to PNC for the first time since being traded last off-season. He and Paul Maholm both pitched effectively. Maholm was sharper but was victimized again by poor run support and a blown save...

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