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 38 Recap: Gallardo Topples Bucs

Yovani Gallardo has the Pirates number. On the mound. At the plate. He’s a pain in the rear. Gallardo added a win, two hits, two runs and an RBI to his already impressive resume against the Pirates. The Pirates wasted an early chance against Gallardo. He gave up a single to Neil Walker and then walked Pedro Alvarez to commence the top of the second. But Lyle Overbay and Chris Snyder were retired without either runner advancing....

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Game 36 Recap: Dodgers Pound Buccos Back to .500

The Dodgers broke open a scoreless game with ten runs in the final four frames. Ted Lilly pitched six innings and kept the Pirates in check for the win. Through five innings Kevin Correia and Lilly matched each other. Combine the two offenses only sent one man past first base. That all changed in the sixth. With two outs Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles both reached on a single. Andre Ethier singled home Carroll. Matt Kemp delivered the...

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Should Jose Ascanio Be Added to the 25 Man Roster?

Jose Ascanio started tonight’s Indianapolis Indians game, making his final rehab appearance during his time on the 15-day disabled list.  A quick look at the 40-man roster page shows that Ascanio is out of options, which means that when he is eligible to return, he will have to go on the 25-man roster, or be designated for assignment. Ascanio started his rehab stint on April 11th.  By rule, rehab time for pitchers can last up to...

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The Second Best Bullpen in the Majors

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a similar situation to their 2009/2010 off-season, as it pertained to the bullpen.  They didn’t have an established closer, they only had one or two strong internal options, and they were looking to add a few players in the month of January to boost the pen.  Looking back at my preview of the bullpen in early January, we see the parallels, and the state the bullpen was in at the...

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