Game 157 Recap: Ludwick’s Walk Off Single Brings Bucs to 70 Wins

It won’t be a .500 season. It likely won’t even be a 75 win season. But one milestone was cleared in this game – the Pirates won for the 70th time on the year for the first time since 2004. The early part of the game looked promising for starter Jeff Locke to pick up his first Major League win. Garrett Jones crushed a homer to deep center in the second off of Edinson Volquez with Ryan Doumit aboard. In the third...

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Game 156 Recap: Ohlendorf Rocked in Bucs Loss

Ross Ohlendorf was beaten badly. As Cincinnati based sports broadcaster Ken Broo might’ve said back in the day ‘He was pounded like a butcher pounds a piece of veal.’ Ohlendorf didn’t make it out of the third inning as Arizona quickly put the game away. The continuation of Ohlendorf’s lost season got going right away. Willie Bloomquist and Aaron Hill both singled to start the inning. Then they pulled off...

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Game 151 Recap: Bucs Fall to Kuroda

In Jeff Locke’s Major League debut, the Pirates were beaten on a one hit shutout. They got five more hits in his second start. But that wasn’t enough. Locke was lifted after three innings and James Loney poked a three run pinch hit homer as the Dodgers pulled away late. The Pirates threatened against Hiroki Kuroda a couple of times but never put much of an inning together. Neil Walker’s one out double in the first...

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Game 148 Recap: Loss 81 is Here

Before anything else, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the Pirates will need to win their final 14 games to avoid being below .500 for the 19th straight season. We all knew this day was coming. It doesn’t make it any easier, especially given that the Pirates allowed two ninth inning runs and lost a run due to a blown call by the third base ump Sam Holbrook. It didn’t start well as Jeff Karstens gave up...

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The Future of the Bullpen Looks Good

One of the strengths to the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates has been their bullpen.  The bullpen has combined for a 3.43 ERA this year, which ranks 10th in the majors, and sixth in the National League.  The Pirates are anchored by one of the best closers in the game, Joel Hanrahan.  They’ve got two capable set up men in Chris Resop and Jose Veras.  Both have put up dominant strikeout numbers this year, and have held down the late...

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