Pirates Game 4 Recap: Carpenter shuts down offense

The Pirates lost to the Cardinals today, evening the series at 2-2. While any loss is disappointing, this one had some encouraging aspects, and some good moments. Ross Ohlendorf had a strong outing, going six innings and allowing seven hits, one walk, and two earned runs. He was helped by some solid defense, such as a great running catch by Nyjer Morgan, and a double play by Brandon Moss, with the second out coming from a throw out at...

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Game 3: Duke has strong game

To say the start by Zach Duke tonight wasn’t encouraging would be a lie. I’m not going to throw cold water on this win by going over Duke’s inconsistent history, including a 2008 season where he allowed just six runs in 18.2 innings in his first three games, only to finish the season with a 4.82 ERA. OK, that was just a splash of cold water. The Pirates looked strong all around tonight. I say that with most of my...

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Duke Sharp as Bucs Solve Wellemeyer

It was not hard to imagine the Pirates getting beaten tonight. Todd Wellemeyer was 3-0 in five starts against Pittsburgh in 2008. Zach Duke has been underwhelming since his rookie campaign and he hadn’t beaten St. Louis since tossing a complete game eight hitter back on August 11, 2006. Naturally, Duke pitched solid ball for 6-1/3 innings, giving up three runs, but just one earned. St. Louis scored two runs with the help of two...

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Bucs Win Opener on Wilson's Late Game Heroics

Call this one a game of the unexpected I didn’t expect it to be 42 degrees with 17 mph winds in St. Louis on Opening Day. I didn’t expect Adam LaRoche to collect a two hit game until at least six weeks into the season. I didn’t expect Nyjer Morgan to reach the three hit plateau for the fifth time in his career. I didn’t expect Jack Wilson to be back as Buccos SS this year. Yet, there he was delivering a...

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2009 Pirates Preview: To trade or not to trade?

Last year the Pirates made two major trades, dealing outfielders Jason Bay and Xavier Nady, plus left handed reliever Damaso Marte, in an attempt to give the farm system a quick boost in the rebuilding process. In return for those deals, the Pirates received eight players. Those eight players include starting third baseman Andy LaRoche, starting right fielder Brandon Moss, number four and five starters Ross Ohlendorf and Jeff...

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