Josh Harrison Has a Chance to Prove He Belongs

If there has been one player that has stood out in the last three games against Milwaukee, it’s been Josh Harrison.  The infield prospect has gone 4-for-11 in this series, with a double, a triple, and his first career home run, which came last night.  Harrison has a great opportunity to prove himself in the majors right now, with Pedro Alvarez optioned to AAA, and several other injuries thinning out the Pirates’ offense....

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Game 128 Recap: Seven Run Second Dooms Ohlendorf

Ross Ohlendorf was hit hard in his first start back from the Disabled List. Milwaukee was aided by an error from Ryan Doumit in a seven run fourth inning and got another solid effort against Pittsburgh from Marco Estrada. Ohlendorf stranded two in the first inning before running into serious trouble in the second. Milwaukee sent eleven men to the plate and scored seven times. Yuniesky Betancourt double to start the inning. Jerry...

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Game 127 Recap: Pirates Finally Beat the Brewers

The first game of tonight’s double header seemed like just another chapter in the depressing story that features the Milwaukee Brewers dominating the Pittsburgh Pirates at every turn.  Game two saw a role reversal.  In game one, the Brewers pulled away with six runs late in the game.  In game two, the Pirates entered the bottom of the seventh tied at 2-2.  They left the inning leading 9-2, and getting a standing ovation from the...

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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 119 Recap: Bucs Suffer Another Gut Punch Loss in Extras

Somewhere a baseball pundit will say or has said or will write or has written that good teams win this kind of game. If the Pirates are to stay in contention for a full season, this is the kind of game they will have to win. Nursing a 1-0 lead into the eighth, the Pirates let the game get away from them and lost in extra innings. Call me a pessimist, but I have officially given up hope for a post-season birth in 2011. There is still a...

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