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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Rehabbers Boost Indians Over Bats

Indianapolis Indians  5,  Louisville Bats  4 [ box ] For the second night in a row, the Indianapolis Indians came from behind to beat the Bats at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, KY.  In fact, the Tribe had to catch up to the Bats twice in this game, as they out-hit the Bats, 11- 6.  Four rehabbing Pirates’ players played key roles — CF Alex Presley, RF Jose Tabata, and SS Chase d’Arnaud all contributed to the...

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Derrek Lee to the DL, Josh Harrison Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed first baseman Derrek Lee on the 15-day disabled list with a bone fracture in his left wrist, and have recalled infielder Josh Harrison.  Lee’s move is retroactive to August 10th, which means he can return no earlier than August 25th.  In just five games with the Pirates, Lee had a .278 average and hit two homers, both coming in his first game with the team.  Harrison returns to the majors after...

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