Pirates Notebook: No question where this team stands

A lot of the complaints I read from the Pirates players following the Nate McLouth trade expressed anger over the notion that the front office was giving up on them while they were just six and a half games out of first place. If there’s one point of evidence that can refute the line of thinking that says we had a shot with Nate McLouth on the team, then here it is: Player A: 6.64 ERA in 42 innings pitched Player B: 0.90 ERA in...

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Hampton Sends Bucs Back to Earth

The one game euphoria I had after Andrew McCutchen’s successful ML debut has been driven from my mind. Mike Hampton and Jeff Fulchino combined to limit the Pirates to six singles and one run. Hampton went seven, allowing five hits, the lone run and no walks. He whiffed five. The Astros went to work against Jeff Karstens and then Evan Meek in the sixth inning to bust open a two run game. Houston scored seven times in that six...

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Hampton Continues Pirates Offensive Woes

Mike Hampton gave up three hits and one run over seven dominant innings to give the Astros the series. The Pirates lone run came in the form of a Nate McLouth dinger leading off the bottom of the first inning. After that, the Pirates didn’t advance a runner past first base. Paul Maholm was the hard luck loser. He gave up both Houston runs on eight hits in seven innings. Unfortunately for Maholm, his last inning was the one that...

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Karstens Sharp as Bucs Win

Jeff Karstens looked good over seven innings, allowing just two runs and seven hits. He surrendered three singles, three doubles and a walk in needing just 87 pitches to get that deep. The Pirates jumped on Wandy Rodriguez immediately, utilizing a walk and four singles to plate three runs in the first. Eric Hinske had three hits, Jack Wilson had a pair of doubles, Robinzon Diaz drove in two and Freddy Sanchez collected two more hits...

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Pirates Notebook: A frustrating victory

Yesterday’s loss was a tough one. The Pirates were going up against one of the worst ranked starters in the National League: Brian Moehler, owner of an 8.31 ERA before the game. The Pirates managed just one run on seven hits against Moehler, who pitched a complete game. Fast forward to tonight. The Pirates were going up against the NL ERA leader and throwing their fifth starter on the mound. You would be lying if you thought the...

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