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 112 Recap: 6 Run 7th Runs Streak to 9

San Diego used another grand slam and plenty of hits to pile up a Baker’s Dozen on Paul Maholm and the Pirates bullpen. Cory Luebke was money on the bump and at the dish. The Pirates have dropped nine straight. The Padres jumped out in front in the second. Orlando Hudson singled and one out later scored when Kyle Blanks tripled. Rob Johnson lifted a fly ball that scored Blanks from third. Hudson got it going again in the fourth....

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One Year Ago Today: Pirates Bolster Bullpen

I’ve talked a few times the last few days about how the July 31st trade deadline doesn’t represent the final opportunity to add talent for the 2011 season.  I focused on the waiver trading period the other day, but what about waivers themselves?  That’s a way that the Pirates have plugged holes on their team in the past, and it could be an option this year if the right players become available.  As an example of how...

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Game 109 Recap: Bucs Lose 1-0 to Cubs

Charlie Morton tossed seven scoreless innings. But he was matched by Matt Garza. Starlin Castro hit a solo homer off Chris Resop in the eighth and that was the only run of the game. Pittsburgh’s offense continued to be stagnant. They collected only four hits. Derrek Lee was hit by a pitch from Carlos Marmol to start the ninth he was stranded at second ax recently activated Ryan Doumit sniffed to end the game. Morton went seven...

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Game 106 Recap: Phils Mount Late Comeback, Sweep

The Pirates blew a late two run lead and succumbed in the tenth inning as Philadelphia swept a three game set. Raul Ibanez was the hitting star for the Phillies. He hit a pair of homers and knocked in the game winning run in the tenth with a double. Ibanez started the scoring with a solo jack off of Karstens in the second inning. Things stayed that way until the fifth inning when the lead changed hands three times in the space of nine...

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