Game 44 Recap: Karstens, Walker Lead Pirates to Win

Nice outing from Jeff Karstens. Nice offensive display from the Pirates. And a big crowd too. Make it three straight wins for the Pirates. Karstens limited the Tigers to three hits and no walks over six innings. He was perfect through four innings. He gave up a lead off homer to Ramon Santiago in the sixth that knotted the score at one. One out later Austin Jackson doubled. What looked like it might be the end worked out fine as...

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Game 40 Recap: Bucs Don’t Overcome Rough Start, Get Swept

Kevin Correia gave up five hits and four runs in the first inning and the Pirates never recovered. Pittsburgh was held in check and without a hit until the fifth inning by Zach Greinke. A five run fifth pulled the Pirates to within a single tally. But the Beer Makers scored a trio of runs against the Pirates bullpen. It got ugly from the start. Correia yielded a single to the first two hitters (Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez) before...

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Game 39 Recap: Big Brewer 7th Sinks Bucs

Milwaukee scored five times in the seventh inning to bust open a close game. Chris Narveson benefited from the outburst. Jeff Karstens, who had departed with the club trailing only 2-1, took the loss. Prince Fielder and Brandon Boggs hit solo homers in the fourth inning in what had been a scoreless game. The Pirates were unable to get anything against Narveson until the fifth. Ronny Cedeno walked and was moved up by a sac bunt from...

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Game 34 Recap: Doumit’s Dinger Lifts Bucs Late

The Pirates blew another late lead, but a three run homer from Ryan Doumit in the bottom of the eighth brought the Pirates back from the brink. James McDonald pitched very well. Instead of a win, he gets a no decision. The Pirates had a couple of chances to break the game open off J.A. Happ early on but failed to do much damage. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out in the first. Steve Pearce lofted a sac fly for one run but Doumit...

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Game 33 Recap: Morton Continues Electricity

Charlie Morton picked up his fourth win of 2011 by going 7-2/3 innings against Houston. The Pirates offense showed some signs of life with to multi-run outbursts. The fun started in the second when Lyle Overbay drilled a lead off homer against Bud Norris. Chris Snyder walked and Ronny Cedeno singled him to second. Norris sandwiched whiffs of Brandon Wood and Morton in there to get down as Andrew McCutchen stepped up. He delivered a...

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