Game 63 Recap: McDonald Notches Fourth Win

James McDonald wasn’t always pretty. But he got the job done. The Mets scored only two runs against him, but they left a lot of men in on. The offense was able to push three runs across as the Pirates pulled within one game of .500. The Mets got things going in the first. Jose Reyes singled and was gunned down trying to steal second by Wyatt Toregas. Ruben Tejada walked and Carlos Beltran singled, moving Tejada to third. A...

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Game 60 Recap: .500!

Both teams blew chances. Both teams had the lead. But when it was over, Andrew McCutchen’s walk off homer in the 12th provided the last, final run and a Bucco victory. The win evened the Pirates record at 30-30. Former Pirate Zach Duke returned to PNC for the first time since being traded last off-season. He and Paul Maholm both pitched effectively. Maholm was sharper but was victimized again by poor run support and a blown save...

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Game 53 Recap: Harrison Keys Late Rally

The Pirates were held at bay by Mets starter R.A. Dickey through seven innings. James McDonald pitched well but exited trailing 1-0. The offense woke up in time to score five late runs in a 5-1 in New York. The Pirates had a couple of early chances to score but failed both times. Jose Tabata started the game with a double and moved up on a grounder from Josh Harrison in his first Major League at bat. But Andrew McCutchen whiffed and...

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Game 49 Recap: Correia Wins Seventh

Some things continued in this game. Kevin Correia continued to pitch well. The Pirates continued to have success on the road. The offense continued to struggle. Correia chucked it for 7-1/3 innings and gave up no runs. The Pirates picked up their 14th road win on the year. The offense managed just seven hits, but took advantage of two Chicago errors and six walks to push across four runs. After wasting a pair of hits in the first, the...

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Game 45 Recap: Pirates Extend Winning Streak to Four

Some late inning runs propelled the Pirates past the Detroit Tigers. The Pirates handed Max Scherzer his first loss of the season. Kevin Correia picked up his first home win on the year. After giving up a one out single in the first, Correia retired the next nine Detroit hitters. Then he hit a snag in the fourth. Three straight doubles from Andy Dirks, Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Scherzer seemed to be...

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