All posts tagged "Joel Hanrahan"

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    Game 35 Recap: Bucs Move Over .500!

    Veras picked up the win in relief. 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...

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    Game 34 Recap: Doumit’s Dinger Lifts Bucs Late

    Hanrahan picked up his tenth save. The Pirates blew another late lead, but a three run homer from Ryan Doumit in the bottom of the eighth brought the Pirates back from the brink. James McDonald pitched very well. Instead of a win, he gets a no decision. The Pirates had a couple...

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    The Second Best Bullpen in the Majors

    The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a similar situation to their 2009/2010 off-season, as it pertained to the bullpen.  They didn't have an established closer, they only had one or two strong internal options, and they were looking to add a few players in the month of January to boost the...

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    Game 29 Recap: Early Runs Aid McDonald’s Strong Effort

    A first inning tater from Jones set the tone. The Cincinnati Reds have been plagued by giving up first inning runs. Tonight their former ace, Aaron Harang now pitching for San Diego, was troubled by the same problem. Harang gave up a pair of two run bombs in the first inning as...

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    Game 28 Recap: Morton Wins His 3rd, Bucs Take Series

    Morton pitched into the sixth to get his third win. Everyone who reads this blog likely knows that Charlie Morton only won three games in 2010. He already has three wins and he and his electric stuff will hopefully have little resistance to notching double digit wins. In unrelated news, the Pirates...

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    Game 26 Recap: Correia Tosses Gem in Denver

    Correia dropped his ERA below 3.00. It was snowing off and on in Colorado last night. That just doesn't seem right this late in April. It didn't stop Kevin Correia from pitching well and the Pirates as a team from holding the Stones scoreless. Correia was pulled with two outs in the...

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    Game 24 Recap: McDonald Gets Going

    McDonald picked up his first W on the season. James McDonald tossed six plus innings of shutout baseball and the Pirates offense got just enough as the Pirates blanked San Francisco 2-0. It wasn't all that pretty, but McDonald was effective. San Francisco had at least one runner on base in every...

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    Game 22 Recap: Pirates put good Wood to Nationals

    Maholm picked up his first win in 2011 The Pirates fell behind early before catching up during contest interrupted some showers. Paul Maholm overall looked good. The Nationals came out swinging against Maholm. Ian Desmond singled and Jayson Werth doubled with one out in the first. Adam LaRoche damaged his old team...

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    Game 15 Recap: Bucs Win See-Saw Battle

    McCutchen paced the Pirates offensive attack. Reds starter Edinson Volquez continued his first inning troubles. Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata started the game with consecutive home runs. Lyle Overbay walked and Neil Walker doubled. Volquez whiffed Pedro Alvarez before walking Garrett Jones. Chris Snyder walked to force in a run and Ronny...

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    Game 12 Recap: Brewers Continue Mastery Over Buccos

    Maholm got no support and suffered the loss. Beer is stronger than steel. Milwaukee owns Pittsburgh. Randy Wolf was dominant. Paul Maholm deserved better. The Bucco batters who let down the team again. Milwaukee started early against Maholm. A single and a walk put two men on with Prince Fielder up. In...

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