Game 78 Recap: Presley Powers Bucs to Victory

Alex Presley hit his first Major League homer and drove in three runs. Kevin Correia continued to pick up wins on the road as Pittsburgh took the opener of the series in Toronto with a 7-6 win. Presley got things going in the third inning with a two run homer off of Jo-Jo Reyes that scored Ronny Cedeno. Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third to make it 2-1. Pittsburgh took control of the game with a six hit...

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Should the Pirates Make a Move?

At the beginning of this month, I talked about how the Pirates weren’t winning against good teams, and were just beating up on bad teams.  I mentioned that with a June schedule which included the Philadelphia Phillies (34-22 at the time), Arizona Diamondbacks (31-25), Cleveland Indians (33-20), Boston Red Sox (30-26), and Toronto Blue Jays (28-28), the Pirates were unlikely to escape the month of June with a winning record....

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Pirates winning games, not necessarily making progress

On June 8, 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates faced off against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park. Paul Maholm was on the hill for the Bucs. Zach Duke, who was making his first appearance against his former mates, would take the ball for the D-Backs. The Pirates scraped across a run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Andrew McCutchen. That 1-0 lead held up until the eighth, when Steven Drew lined a game-tying single through the...

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Game 74 Recap: Bucs Use Error to Move Back to .500

It wasn’t pretty. The offense relied heavily on an error by Orioles second baseman Blake Davis, who was making his Major League debut. Kevin Correia was nicked enough to not have a 1-2-3 inning, but danced out of enough trouble to last six frames. The 5-4 win puts the Pirates back at .500. The Pirates drew first blood off rookie starter Zach Britton. He gave up three straight singles to start the game. Jose Tabata led off with a...

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Game 69 Recap: Tomlin Quiets Pirate Bats

Josh Tomlin was sharp in limiting the Pirates to just one run. Pittsburgh’s four game winning streak was halted in the opening game of an interleague series in Cleveland. Kevin Correia was also good, but was undone by some oddness and a long ball. Cleveland scored once in the third and was aided by an error and a balk. Matt LaPorta’s liner was deflected by Ronny Cedeno toward Neil Walker. The throw from Walker to first...

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