Game 66 Recap: Karstens Lifts Bucs Up to .500

The Pirates moved back up to .500 with a nail biting, 1-0 victory over Houston. Jeff Karstens played the hero by tossing 6-2/3 innings of shutout baseball, dropping his ERA to less than 3.00. The offense was still problematic, but four relievers combined to keep Houston off the scoreboard. Bud Norris was also strong for Houston. The lone score came in the second. Neil Walker singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Garrett...

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Game 61 Recap: Bucs Fail to Break .500

This one was a tough one to take. The Pirates were thisclose to busting through the glass ceiling. The offense sputtered and the bullpen faltered, pushing the Pirates one game below the even mark. Chris Young bopped a two run dinger in the eighth off of Chris Resop for the only runs of the game. Pitcher Micah Owings singled with one out to start the rally. The Pirates were unable to score against Josh Collmenter and the Arizona...

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Game 56 Recap: Bucs Overcome Phils in 12

It took twelve innings. It was dominated by pitching. In the end, Pittsburgh prevailed 2-1 in a contest that saw only 21 baserunners combined between the two teams. Through five innings, each club had only one hit. The Phillies best chance to score was in the first. Jimmy Rollins singled and stole second. With two outs, Ryan Howard was plunked. But Jeff Karstens induced an inning ending fielder’s choice grounder from Shane...

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Game 51 Recap: Dempster, Cubs Avoid Sweep

The game was delayed in excess of two hours by rain. Once it got going, Ryan Dempster survived a rough first inning to hold the Pirates offense down. Chicago scratched out three runs against Jeff Karstens as the Pirates failed to sweep. A win in this game would’ve left the Pirates just one game under .500. Dempster issued two out walks to Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker in the first inning. Lyle Overbay poked a double to right...

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Game 48 Recap: Bucs Fall to Braves in Extras

The pitching was good. Again. The hitting was not. Again. Brooks Conrad hit a two run pinch hit homer in the eleventh inning to win it for Atlanta. The Pirates managed only two runs and were held without a hit over the final four frames. James McDonald was touched early. He gave up a double to Jordan Schafer to start the game. Alex Gonzalez and Chipper Jones followed with singles to make it 1-0. But McDonald got Brian McCann to pop...

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