Game 141 Recap: McDonald is Stellar like Monica Gellar

Maybe the Astros clubhouse was filled with the sounds of Milli Vanilli’s ‘Blame it on the Rain’ after this one ended. If the scoreboard operators in Pittsburgh are anything like most scoreboard operators, they were playing rain themed songs (‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’ by CCR, ‘Laughter in the Rain’ by Neil Sedaka, ‘Rain’ by the Beatles, ‘Rainin’ Men’ by the...

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Game 139 Recap: Lee Slams Cubs in Ninth

Derrek Lee returned from the disabled list and knocked in five runs. The big blow was a grand slam of Carlos Marmol with two gone in the ninth. Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead in the first. Alex Presley doubled. He moved to third on a passed ball. Andrew McCutchen walked. Derrek Lee – fresh off the DL – singled him in. Unfortunately the rally died on the vine as Neil Walker’s ball into left field was turned into a double...

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Game 138 Recap: Burres Stifles Cubs

Brian Burres’ outing was an unexpected and welcomed surprise. Summoned from the minors and pushed into the rotation for Jeff Karstens, Burres allowed just a solo homer to Carlos Pena and the bullpen was perfect as the Pirates took the opener in Wrigley. Josh Harrison and Alex Presley bolstered the offense with some base path wizardry, helping the Pirates eek out three runs against Ryan Dempster. Pena’s homer kick started...

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Game 125 Recap: Hanrahan Blows Ninth Inning Lead

The Pirates and Reds played through a pair of rain delays. In the end, it was delayed gratification for Pirate fans as Joel Hanrahan gave up two runs in the ninth to blow a rare save opportunity. Pittsburgh jumped out early. Jose Tabata singled to start it off against Mike Leake. Andrew McCutchen poked a two run dinger to left to put the Pirates up 2-0. Leake would get to work, retiring 14 of the next 15 Pirate hitters. That gave the...

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Game 124 Recap: Bucs Score Late to Win

Neil Walker collected three of the Pirates ten singles and drove in a pair. Pittsburgh pulled ahead with two runs in the bottom of the seventh off of Aroldis Chapman to win 5-3. The Reds jumped in front first. Charlie Morton gave up a single to Brandon Phillips to start the game. He moved to second on a Freddie Lewis ground ball out and Joey Votto singled him home. Morton continued to battle each inning. After a Drew Stubbs single in...

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