Game 88 Recap: McKenry’s Blast Propels Bucs Past Cubs

The Pirates rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a one run deficit and knock off the Cubs. Josh Harrison’s single tied the game and Michael McKenry hit a three run homer to provide a secure lead. Pittsburgh came from behind on three different occasions. Aramis Ramirez commenced the scoring with a first inning solo homer off of James McDonald. The Cubs continued to nip at McDonald’s heels. They...

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Making Room For the Returning Players

Earlier today I posted a rundown of the injured players on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 40-man roster, noting the estimated returns.  Several players are expected to return shortly after the All-Star break, such as Pedro Alvarez, Joe Beimel, Ronny Cedeno, and Jose Tabata.  While typing up the article, I was thinking about the tough decisions that the Pirates will face to make room for these four players.  David Todd of Extra Innings...

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Game 86 Recap: Karstens Wins Again

Pittsburgh is four games over .500 this late in the year since 1992. I don’t care what happens the rest of the way. This is a triumph. This is better than I expected. Granted, my expectations were low. I thought a twelve game improvement versus 2010 would be a good bump up. It would be nice to think this team will contend this year. I don’t pretend to be optimistic that Pittsburgh will be playing meaningful contests come...

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Game 85 Recap: Maholm Moves Bucs 3 Games Over .500

Paul Maholm was solid again, but was almost done in by some unsteady defense. He went six and gave up just one earned run as Pittsburgh moved three games over the .500 mark. Maholm looked ragged early on. Houston used a pair of singles – one from Jeff Keppinger and one from Hunter Pence – plus a sac fly from Carlos Lee to take an early 1-0 lead in the first. Pittsburgh tied it in the second off of Astros starter Brett...

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Game 83 Recap: Nats Rally Late to Split Double Header

The Pirates offense and bullpen was unable to finish off a double header sweep of the Nationals. The home team rallied for a pair of runs in the eighth inning and the offense scored only three runs to ruin the 2011 debut of Brad Lincoln and salvage the split of the double header. The loss prevented the Pirates from moving three games above the .500 mark. Pittsburgh and Washington traded runs early on. In the second Jayson Werth walked...

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