Game 110 Recap: 3 Run 8th Pushes Losing Streak to 7

This was nothing short of a gut punch. The Pirates scraped together a six run fourth inning to take a two run lead only to watch the bullpen surrender three runs in the eighth. The result was the seventh straight loss for a club that is badly in need of answers as they slip – quickly – out of contention in the National League Central race. That early Chicago lead was built off James MCDonald on homers from Geovany Soto...

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Game 100 Recap: McDonald K’s a Bunch in Pirates Win

The Pirates made good use of limited scoring opportunities and James McDonald was blazing as the pitchers held Atlanta to a single run. The Pirates remain in first by percentage points over the Cardinals and picked up a game on the Braves in the Wild Card standings. Really impressive win on national television with the Pirates running aggressively and pitching well. After the game was delayed over two hours by rain, Atlanta starter...

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Game 95 Recap: McDonald, Bullpen Shutout Reds

The Pirates and Reds played another tight game. James McDonald and Mike Leake were both effective. The Pirates managed a single run. The Reds managed none. The Pirates remain in first place. I’m happy. The lone run of the game scored early. Josh Harrison singled with one out in the first. Neil Walker followed with a ground rule double deep to left center. Andrew McCutchen’s grounder scored Harrison. That was it. The Reds...

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Game 90 Recap: Maholm, McCutchen Lead Bucs Into Break

Paul Maholm pitched into the eighth and allowed just one run while Andrew McCutchen paced the offense with a three run homer and a total of five runs driven in. The Pirates cruise into the All-Star break with a 47-43 record. Ramon Ortiz scuffled all day and it started in the first inning. Alex Presley singled and went to third on a double from Neil Walker. McCutchen’s first RBI came in the form of a sac fly and it was 1-0...

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Game 88 Recap: McKenry’s Blast Propels Bucs Past Cubs

The Pirates rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a one run deficit and knock off the Cubs. Josh Harrison’s single tied the game and Michael McKenry hit a three run homer to provide a secure lead. Pittsburgh came from behind on three different occasions. Aramis Ramirez commenced the scoring with a first inning solo homer off of James McDonald. The Cubs continued to nip at McDonald’s heels. They...

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