Game 159 Recap: Willis Pitches, Hits Reds to Victory

There were a couple of failures in this one. James McDonald was looking for his tenth win on the year. The Pirates were on the cusp of a sweep. Neither happened as Dontrelle Willis pitched well and broke a tie with a two run double in the sxith. Cincinnati was on McDonald from the outset. Brandon Phillips walked to lead off the game. Joey Votto and Jay Bruce each singled to make it 1-0 Reds before the Pirates even batted. More of the...

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Game 152 Recap: Lilly, Loney Topple Pirates

There have been a couple of consistencies in 2011. The offense has struggled. Combine that with the youth and injuries and we’ve seen a number of additions and subtractions to the roster. Matt Pagnozzi’s appearance made him the 52nd player to don the Bucco jersey in 2011. Ted Lilly allowed four hits and a run in seven innings to negate much of the Pirates run scoring chances. So, it was more of the same. James...

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Game 146 Recap: Marlins Sweep Behind Vazquez

James McDonald’s attempt to win his tenth game evaporated in a four run fifth inning. Javier Vazquez didn’t allow a run in six innings as the Fish swept the Buccos. The Pirates stranded three in the second inning when McDonald struck out with the bases loaded. Florida put runners on second and third in the fourth inning, but failed to score. The fireworks happened in the fifth. Vazquez walked to lead off the inning. Two...

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Game 141 Recap: McDonald is Stellar like Monica Gellar

Maybe the Astros clubhouse was filled with the sounds of Milli Vanilli’s ‘Blame it on the Rain’ after this one ended. If the scoreboard operators in Pittsburgh are anything like most scoreboard operators, they were playing rain themed songs (‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’ by CCR, ‘Laughter in the Rain’ by Neil Sedaka, ‘Rain’ by the Beatles, ‘Rainin’ Men’ by the...

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Game 136 Recap: Happ Blanks Bucs for Seven

Pittsburgh collected only four hits all game. Houston didn’t do much against James McDonald. But they got enough to make a winner of J.A. Happ. McDonald pitched out of a bases loaded no out jam in the second inning. Brian Boguseveic, Jimmy Paredes and Angel Sanchez each singled to fill ‘em up. But McDonald go Humberto Quintero to pop out. He whiffed Happ and Jordan Schafer grounded out to end the inning. No such good...

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