Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Third Base

There wasn’t any bigger disappointment in the Pittsburgh Pirates season in 2011 than what happened with Pedro Alvarez.  Alvarez, drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft, has been the center piece of this current rebuilding process.  Ever since he was drafted, he was seen as a guy who could potentially carry the lineup as a 30-40 home run per year power hitter.  He started showing his power at the end of the 2010 season,...

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Game 161 Recap: Fielder Hits Three Homers

Prince Fielder hit three homers and drove in five runs. Starters Ross Ohlendorf and Randy Wolf weren’t particularly effective. Each left the game before it was decided and wound up with a no decision. Fielder’s last homer was a two run shot that broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh. The small lead the Pirates built in the second quickly evaporated. The Pirates tally came when Matt Pagnozzi singled in Neil Walker who had doubled....

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Game 159 Recap: Willis Pitches, Hits Reds to Victory

There were a couple of failures in this one. James McDonald was looking for his tenth win on the year. The Pirates were on the cusp of a sweep. Neither happened as Dontrelle Willis pitched well and broke a tie with a two run double in the sxith. Cincinnati was on McDonald from the outset. Brandon Phillips walked to lead off the game. Joey Votto and Jay Bruce each singled to make it 1-0 Reds before the Pirates even batted. More of the...

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Game 158 Recap: Bucs Pile On Early, Hold On Late in Win

The Pirates scored four times in the first three innings agaisnt Travis Wood and then held on to the lead the rest of the way. The attack was balanced as eight different players were involved in the scoring. Brad Lincoln and the bullpen danced out of trouble all game. Cincinnati had the lead off man on base in seven of nine innings, but only went 1-10 with runners in scoring position. The Reds jumped out early. Brandon Phillips and...

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Game 156 Recap: Ohlendorf Rocked in Bucs Loss

Ross Ohlendorf was beaten badly. As Cincinnati based sports broadcaster Ken Broo might’ve said back in the day ‘He was pounded like a butcher pounds a piece of veal.’ Ohlendorf didn’t make it out of the third inning as Arizona quickly put the game away. The continuation of Ohlendorf’s lost season got going right away. Willie Bloomquist and Aaron Hill both singled to start the inning. Then they pulled off...

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