Game 118 Recap: Brewers Shutout Pirates

It was Marco Estrada. It might has well have been Bill Travers or Jerry Augustine or some random guy out of the stands. Estrada tossed five innings and four relievers each tossed one as the Pirates were shutout on three hits. Estrada was given a spot start in place of Chris Narveson. He made the most of it by allowing just one hit and no walks in his five innings. Milwaukee got all the offense it would need in the second when Yuniesky...

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Game 113 Recap: Padres Sweep, Losing Streak at 10

The fans keep coming and that is a very good thing. Unfortunately that is about all that is going well right now. The pitching is faltering. The offense continues to be in the running for the National League’s most anemic. Kevin Correia and the bullpen were hit for seven runs. The offense managed just three and none through the first seven innings. San Diego swept and the losing streak has reached ten games. Correia was reached...

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Taking Another Look at the Pitching Staff

About a month ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the best starting pitching rotations in the league.  They were ranked 4th overall, thanks to an impressive stretch where they got at least six innings and two or fewer runs from each starter every time out.  I looked at how good the pitching staff actually was, and found that we could expect some regression going forward with pretty much every pitcher.  After looking at every...

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Game 108 Recap: Cubs Hit Six Homers in Rout

The final score was closer than the game was. The Cubs hit six homers and collected 21 hits in an 11-6 pasting of the Pirates. The Buccos have dropped five straight. Kevin Correia was bombed. The offense showed some signs of life with three homers. It wasn’t nearly enough. Correia was pulled after getting no one out in the third inning. He gave up a first inning run. Pittsburgh took the lead back off Randy Wells in the bottom of...

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Game 103 Recap: McCutchen Powers Bucs

The Pirates pulled away late with a homer from Andrew McCutchen, beating Derek Lowe for the first time in his career against Pittsburgh. Clint Hurdle went to Joel Hanrahan with the tying run on first in the eighth inning as Pittsburgh prevented a third straight heart breaker with a 5-2 win. Atlanta drew first blood. Nate McLouth led off the home half of the first aginst Kevin Correia with a single. One out later, Freddie Freeman...

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