Game 115 Recap: Bumgarner, Long Balls Lead SF to Win

Madison Bumgarner has pitched pretty well in 2011. His record doesn’t reflect it. He was on tonight and was rewarded with a win. James McDonald was solid, but the offense provided zilch. The winning streak was halted at one. San Francisco scored their runs quickly and with the aid of the extra base hit. In the fourth, Jeff Keppinger collected the first hit for the Giants. It was a double. He later scored on a double from Aubrey...

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Game 112 Recap: 6 Run 7th Runs Streak to 9

San Diego used another grand slam and plenty of hits to pile up a Baker’s Dozen on Paul Maholm and the Pirates bullpen. Cory Luebke was money on the bump and at the dish. The Pirates have dropped nine straight. The Padres jumped out in front in the second. Orlando Hudson singled and one out later scored when Kyle Blanks tripled. Rob Johnson lifted a fly ball that scored Blanks from third. Hudson got it going again in the fourth....

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Game 110 Recap: 3 Run 8th Pushes Losing Streak to 7

This was nothing short of a gut punch. The Pirates scraped together a six run fourth inning to take a two run lead only to watch the bullpen surrender three runs in the eighth. The result was the seventh straight loss for a club that is badly in need of answers as they slip – quickly – out of contention in the National League Central race. That early Chicago lead was built off James MCDonald on homers from Geovany Soto...

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Which Free Agents Could Get Draft Compensation?

One thing the Pittsburgh Pirates rarely see is draft pick compensation for their departing free agents.  For the most part, the Pirates never really have free agents that depart after the season.  They usually trade those players around the deadline for a guaranteed return, rather than holding on to the players in hopes of future draft picks, which is never a guarantee.  I’ve talked about the draft pick compensation system in...

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Game 106 Recap: Phils Mount Late Comeback, Sweep

The Pirates blew a late two run lead and succumbed in the tenth inning as Philadelphia swept a three game set. Raul Ibanez was the hitting star for the Phillies. He hit a pair of homers and knocked in the game winning run in the tenth with a double. Ibanez started the scoring with a solo jack off of Karstens in the second inning. Things stayed that way until the fifth inning when the lead changed hands three times in the space of nine...

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