Game 34 Recap: Doumit’s Dinger Lifts Bucs Late

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 of chances to break the game open off J.A. Happ early on but failed to do much damage. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out in the first. Steve Pearce lofted a sac fly for one run but Doumit...

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Game 30 Recap: Friars Hit Three Homers to Beat Bucs

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 went for a single. One out later, Neil Walker doubled them both in. Latos would not be scored on again and went six innings. He benefited from three double plays turned...

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Lyle Overbay: 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. ┬áSo far this season, that is working out favorably for Jones. The left hander is batting for a .280/.393/.547 line on the season, with six homers in 75 at-bats. ┬áThat’s entirely fueled by his performance against right...

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Game 27 Recap: Iannetta’s Bomb Sinks Bucs

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. Andrew McCutchen drove a pitch from Jason Hammel over the fence for a quick 1-0 lead. But that would be the only run for the Pirates. Hammel would scatter five singles and two walks...

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Game 23 Recap: Ford’s Speed Costly to Bucs

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 solo homer off of San Francisco starter Matt Cain in the second inning. San Francisco tied it up using some old school playing. Aaron Rowand doubled and moved to third...

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