Game 138 Recap: Burres Stifles Cubs

Brian Burres’ outing was an unexpected and welcomed surprise. Summoned from the minors and pushed into the rotation for Jeff Karstens, Burres allowed just a solo homer to Carlos Pena and the bullpen was perfect as the Pirates took the opener in Wrigley. Josh Harrison and Alex Presley bolstered the offense with some base path wizardry, helping the Pirates eek out three runs against Ryan Dempster. Pena’s homer kick started...

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Game 131 Recap: Berkman’s Blast is the Difference

The Pirates failed to hold onto a couple of leads as St. Louis captured the second game of the series. Lance Berkman hit a two run blast off Jose Veras in the eighth to give the Cards their first lead of the game at 5-4. And that was how it stayed. Pittsburgh didn damage to St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook from the opening bell. Jose Tabata walked. Alex Presley doubled him to third. Andrew McCutchen and Ryan Doumit followed with RBI...

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Game 129 Recap: Bucs Toss Combined Shutout Against Brewers

Pittsburgh earned a split of the four game set with Milwaukee as four pitchers combined on a shutout. The Pirates only managed four safeties, but pushed across two runs to beat Shaun Marcum. Aaron Thompson threw 4-1/3 scoreless innings in his Major League Debut. The good stuff started in the first. Jose Tabata doubled leading off the inning. He was bunted to second by Josh Harrison. Andrew McCutchen’s fly ball scored him with...

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Game 125 Recap: Hanrahan Blows Ninth Inning Lead

The Pirates and Reds played through a pair of rain delays. In the end, it was delayed gratification for Pirate fans as Joel Hanrahan gave up two runs in the ninth to blow a rare save opportunity. Pittsburgh jumped out early. Jose Tabata singled to start it off against Mike Leake. Andrew McCutchen poked a two run dinger to left to put the Pirates up 2-0. Leake would get to work, retiring 14 of the next 15 Pirate hitters. That gave the...

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Game 121 Recap: Jones Delivers Walk Off Homer

Garrett Jones continued his hot August with two hits including a walk off homer in the bottom of the eleventh. Jones came into the game hitting .327 with three homers thus far on the month. Pittsburgh surrendered a run in the ninth but Neil Walker tied it in the bottom of the ninth with a solo jack, pushing the game to extra frames. This was the first time in August the Pirates won back-to-back games. Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens...

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