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 84 Recap: Bucs Offense Shows Up

The Pirates put a solid effort on all fronts – hitting, pitching, and fielding. The offense banged out 16 hits and scored ten times. Kevin Correia was sharp again in earning his eleventh win. The defense committed no errors. More, please! Pittsburgh pounced on Nationals and starter Jason Marquis for eight runs in the first two innings. Alex Presley started the game with a single. Chase D’Arnaud reached on an error by...

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Reverse Trade Values: Carlos Beltran, Carlos Pena

The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently sitting at 41-39 on July 1st, a record that no one would have expected at the start of the season.  The record has some questioning whether the Pirates should be buyers at the trade deadline this year.  While I’ve remained cautious about labeling the Pirates as contenders, it’s hard to argue with the facts: -They just finished a month of June where they went 16-11, while winning against...

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Game 80 Recap: Karstens Continues to Impress

Jeff Karstens was efficient and effective over seven innings and the Pirates used a balanced, powerful (seven extra base hits) attack to beat the Blue Jays 6-2 in the rubber game of the inter-league matchup. Pittsburgh jumped out early on Brett Cecil, who was making his first start since April. Alex Presley tripled leading off the game and then scored on a ground ball out from Andrew McCutchen. Cecil wouldn’t allow another hit...

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Game 79 Recap: Bucs Falter in Support of Maholm (Again)

If the Pirates manage just four singles and one run, it must mean Paul Maholm started. Brandon Morrow outdueled Maholm and whiffed ten pirates on the way to a 2-1 win. Afer setting down the first ten Pirates he faced, Morrow was scored upon first. Neil Walker walked starting off the fifth. Lyle Overbay singled. Walker attempted to score on a grounder from Matt Diaz but was out at home. Ronny Cedeno’s single scored Overbay. That...

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