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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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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Game 71 Recap: Bucs Lose on Extra Inning Blast from Phelps

Cord Phelps hit a walk off three run homer off Tim Wood in the eleventh inning, concluding a game delayed by rain for nearly two hours and giving Cleveland a three game sweep. The Pirates scored twice in the first off of Justin Masterson and then not again. Jeff Karstens pitched well again, but has nothing to show for it. The first inning started off well. Xavier Paul tripled and scored on a Neil Walker single. Garrett Jones’...

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