Game 44 Recap: Karstens, Walker Lead Pirates to Win

Nice outing from Jeff Karstens. Nice offensive display from the Pirates. And a big crowd too. Make it three straight wins for the Pirates. Karstens limited the Tigers to three hits and no walks over six innings. He was perfect through four innings. He gave up a lead off homer to Ramon Santiago in the sixth that knotted the score at one. One out later Austin Jackson doubled. What looked like it might be the end worked out fine as...

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Who Creates Space For Brad Lincoln?

Remember back in the off-season when the Pittsburgh Pirates were starved for pitching help?  At one point in time, people were calling for the Pirates to add Armando Galarraga to the rotation, thinking he’d be an obvious upgrade.  Galarraga was recently waived, which means the Pirates could have a chance to claim him.  However, at this point, it would be impossible for Galarraga to crack the rotation. The rotation currently has...

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Game 39 Recap: Big Brewer 7th Sinks Bucs

Milwaukee scored five times in the seventh inning to bust open a close game. Chris Narveson benefited from the outburst. Jeff Karstens, who had departed with the club trailing only 2-1, took the loss. Prince Fielder and Brandon Boggs hit solo homers in the fourth inning in what had been a scoreless game. The Pirates were unable to get anything against Narveson until the fifth. Ronny Cedeno walked and was moved up by a sac bunt from...

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Game 35 Recap: Bucs Move Over .500!

Some clutch pitching and timely hitting mixed with some defense that was questioned to help the Pirates move one game over .500. Starter Jeff Karstens and four relievers combined to limit Los Angeles to just a single run. Jose Tabata’s sliding catch of a drive from Juan Uribe in the eighth tunred into an inning ending double play and some fireworks. The Pirates then connected on three doubles in the home half of the eighth to...

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Game 30 Recap: Friars Hit Three Homers to Beat Bucs

San Diego’s bats awoke somewhat. The Padres got three solo homers from players who had yet to homer in 2011 in beating Pittsburgh 6-5. The Pirates drew first blood off of Mat Latos. Andrew McCutchen drew a walk to lead off the game. Xavier Paul’s bunt went for a single. One out later, Neil Walker doubled them both in. Latos would not be scored on again and went six innings. He benefited from three double plays turned...

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