All posts tagged "Matt Diaz"

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    Game 44 Recap: Karstens, Walker Lead Pirates to Win

    5 RBI from Walker put the Pirates on top. Nice outing from Jeff Karstens. Nice offensive display from the Pirates. And a big crowd too. Make it three straight wins for the Pirates. Karstens limited the Tigers to three hits and no walks over six innings. He was perfect through four innings....

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    Game 34 Recap: Doumit’s Dinger Lifts Bucs Late

    Hanrahan picked up his tenth save. The Pirates blew another late lead, but a three run homer from Ryan Doumit in the bottom of the eighth brought the Pirates back from the brink. James McDonald pitched very well. Instead of a win, he gets a no decision. The Pirates had a couple...

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    Game 30 Recap: Friars Hit Three Homers to Beat Bucs

    Beimel took the loss in relief. San Diego's bats awoke somewhat. The Padres got three solo homers from players who had yet to homer in 2011 in beating Pittsburgh 6-5. The Pirates drew first blood off of Mat Latos. Andrew McCutchen drew a walk to lead off the game. Xavier Paul's bunt...

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    Lyle Overbay: Platoon Candidate

    Overbay is a strong platoon candidate. Garrett Jones is doing his job. The Pittsburgh Pirates moved Jones to right field this year, and brought in Matt Diaz to platoon with Jones, utilizing the strength and favorable platoon splits for each player.  So far this season, that is working out favorably for Jones....

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    Game 27 Recap: Iannetta’s Bomb Sinks Bucs

    Maholm was roughed up in the second. It might be a good sign for Colorado that some of their slumping hitters contributed to a four run outburst in the second inning. What certainly isn't a good sign for the Pirates is that their offense continues to be anemic. The game started solidly....

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    Game 23 Recap: Ford’s Speed Costly to Bucs

    Hanrahan took the loss. Giants rookie came into the game with no Major League hits and two career runs. He didn't add any knocks. But he equaled his career total in runs with some daring baserunning which proved to be the difference in the game. Garrett Jones got things started with a...

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    Game 18 Recap: Bucs Shutout Again by Fish

    Morton's stuff wasn't quite electric tonigh. Ricky Nolasco and Edwin Mujica combined on a five hit shutout as the Pirates failed to score for the second time in a row. Charlie Morton was victimized by a bunch of two out hits. It was an ugly second inning. Morton got the first two...

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    Game 16 Recap: Bucs, Correia Manhandle Reds

    Correia was impressive again in picking up the victory. I will readily admit that I didn't see this coming. The Pirates won easily and took three of four from the Reds in Cincinnati. Tonight's game was a good mix of outstanding pitching and a team effort on offense. It all added up...

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    Game 11: Marcum Handcuffs Bucs

    A rough sixth inning caused Correia's first loss on the year. If the Pirates are able to edge close to a .500 season (oh what sweet dream), we will look back on this game as one that got away. I'd like to say that this was a pitcher's duel. The box score...

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    Game 9: Wigginton Haunts Old Team in 8th

    Doumit had a big day but it wasn't enough. Ty Wigginton is the answer to a pretty good trivia question: Who is the player the Pirates acquired for Kris Benson while apparently passing on Ryan Howard? Pittsburgh also got Jose Bautista in that deal. Both players went on to much greater success...

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