Pirates Notebook: Seriously, extend Jack Wilson

I like Jack Wilson. I like his defense. I like his hustle. I like seeing him turn double plays (my favorite play in baseball). So you may think that when I say the Pirates should extend Wilson, as I did a few weeks ago, I’m not being objective. Well here is some objectivity. While Jack Wilson was out, Brian Bixler saw 26 plate appearances. In those plate appearances, Bixler struck ot 18 times. 18 times! His strikeout rate (.692)...

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Five Run 8th Keys Bucs 6th Straight Loss

It was 2-2 when the 8th inning started. That was the good news. Then the bad news came. Tyler Yates allowed the first three runners to reach, with Carlos Beltran’s single breaking the 2-2 tie. Yates was lifted in favor of Sean Burnett, who threw gas on the fire. He gave up a three run dinger to Carlos Delgado and later an RBI single to Omir Santos. Ball game. Jonathon Niese had been brought up to take the place of Oliver Perez...

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Cueto Sharp as Reds Beat Bucs

The Pirates fell back to the .500 mark in losing a series to the Reds at home. Johnny Cueto was very solid, tossing eight shutout innings and striking out nine Pirates. The Buccos managed just four singles and a walk. Jeff Karstens was scuffling from the start. He was pitching from the stretch most of the day and needed 95 pitches to complete five innings. Cueto needed just 14 more tosses than that to pitch eight innings. The damage...

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Pirates Notebook: The Unraveling of the Pirates?

The last time the Pirates won a game in Milwaukee was almost two years ago, on May 3rd, 2007. Last year the Pirates were 1-14 against the Brewers. If there’s anything that the Pirates desperately need to continue their hot start to the season, it’s a win against Milwaukee. Jeff Karstens didn’t have his best stuff tonight, going five innings, and allowing five earned runs, thanks to three homers. The Brewers had a 5-2...

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Long Balls Doom Bucs

The Pirates took an early lead, fell behind quickly, tied it up late and lost it in regulation. The Bucco offense plated two in the first in support of Jeff Karstens. It might’ve been more, but Freddy Sanchez was thrown out at home on a single from Adam LaRoche. But, Karstens quickly allowed the Beer Makers to take the lead. Solo homers in the first (Ryan Braun) and third (Mike Cameron) formed the bread of a three run homer...

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