Game 149 Recap: Bats Quiet in 82nd Loss

  In the same way that Don Henley once wrote, “Nobody on the road. Nobody on the beach. I feel it in the air. The summer’s out of reach,” a .500 season is officially out of reach for the Pirates. Edwin Jackson beat the Pirates and Charlie Morton this afternoon. Pittsburgh scored just two times. In a microcosm of the entire season, the offense score just two runs, struck out ten times and didn’t draw a...

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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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Game 147 Recap: Ciriaco Keys Comeback

Brad Lincoln and Kyle Lohse started in what became a see saw game. In the end, it wasn’t Albert Pujols who struck the deciding blow. Instead it was someone far less obvious – Pedro Ciriaco. The Cardinals jumped on Lincoln for a run in the first. Consecutive singles to start the game from Rafael Furcal and John Jay put runners on the corners, with a little help from Alex Presley, who mishandled Jay’s hit for an error....

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Game 144 Recap: Ohlendorf Pounded by Marlins

The news was mostly bad. There was a little good news. But it doesn’t temper the clobbering that the Pirates took. Omar Infante homered twice and knocked five runs. Logan Morrison had four hits and drove in three. Ross Ohlendorf was ineffective. Infante drove in a run in the first with a solo homer. He drove in another the following inning with a double. Pedro Ciriaco singled with two outs in the bottom of the second off Ricky...

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Game 143 Recap: McCutchen Hits Two Homers in Bucs Win

Brian Burres wasn’t all that sharp. J.A. Happ gave up two homers to Andrew McCutchen. It all came down to a wild play in the eighth in which Jason Jaramillo singled in the game winning run and started a double play. Burres gave up two dingers in the first. Carlos Lee homered with J.D. Martinez on board. Matt Downs followed Lee with a blast off the foul poul in left and Houston led 3-0. Pittsburgh got one run back immediately in...

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