Gallardo Pitches, Hits Brewers Into Sweep

It was a Ruthian effort. Yovani Gallardo allowed zero runs and whiffed 11 in seven innings and hit a solo jack for the only run of the game. Ian Snell was the hard luck loser. He matched Gallardo’s zeroes through six innings before allowing the solo homer to the opposing pitcher. The Pirates didn’t have a base runner until Andy LaRoche doubled in the fifth. The Pirates put two runners on in the 7th courtesy of an error and...

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Giles Beats Pirates in 11

It went late out West. 11 innings and nearly 3:45 of baseball later, Brian Giles sharp liner down the right field line scored Chris Burke with the winning run. Kevin Correia and Ian Snell both went five innings and allowed three earned runs. Snell walked five and gave up five extra base hits. So, it could’ve been much worse. He snagged a liner up the box by Jody Gerut with the bases loaded and two gone in the fourth. The Pirates...

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Pirates Notebook: Extend Jack Wilson

I was going to write a post about the value of Jack Wilson before tonight’s game. That was before the horrible swings in his strikeout with the bases loaded in the 6th, his failure to lay down a bunt with no outs and Nyjer Morgan at first base in the 9th, and his misplay in the 10th that would have been a double play, and almost cost the Pirates the game. I thought about it, but decided that I’m not going to let one bad...

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Oooh that Snell

If you asked Pirates fans of their opinion of Ian Snell following the 2007 season, you would probably hear an “oooh”. If you asked the same question following the 2008 season, you’d get a response similar to a Lynard Snynard song lyric: “Oooh that smell”. Snell broke out in 2007 with a 3.76 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 208 innings pitched. Heading in to the 2008 season he was looked at as the ace of the Pirates staff, with hopes of...

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Pirates Notebook: How sweep it is

For some reason I like these 7-4 wins much better than the 10-0 versions. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing the Pirates treat opposing teams to a good blowout. However, when the Pirates win in blowout style, you get the feeling that part of that was due to the other team slumping on that particular day. In a game like we saw today, there’s the feeling that the Pirates could be legit, with the ability to hang with teams not...

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