Game 83 Recap: Nats Rally Late to Split Double Header

The Pirates offense and bullpen was unable to finish off a double header sweep of the Nationals. The home team rallied for a pair of runs in the eighth inning and the offense scored only three runs to ruin the 2011 debut of Brad Lincoln and salvage the split of the double header. The loss prevented the Pirates from moving three games above the .500 mark. Pittsburgh and Washington traded runs early on. In the second Jayson Werth walked...

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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 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 76: Bucs Move 2 Games Over .500 Behind Karstens

It was the biggest crowd in PNC history. Though the Pirates won, many in attendance didn’t go home happy because they are part of Red Sox Nation. For the second straight day, the Pirates played a close one and came out on top. They are now two games over .500 once again. Boston started the scoring without the benefit of a hit. Dustin Pedroia drew a rare walk off of Jeff Karstens. He stole second and moved to third when Michael...

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Pirates winning games, not necessarily making progress

On June 8, 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates faced off against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park. Paul Maholm was on the hill for the Bucs. Zach Duke, who was making his first appearance against his former mates, would take the ball for the D-Backs. The Pirates scraped across a run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Andrew McCutchen. That 1-0 lead held up until the eighth, when Steven Drew lined a game-tying single through the...

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