All posts tagged "Michael Crotta"

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    Should Jose Ascanio Be Added to the 25 Man Roster?

    Ascanio could return to the 25-man roster this week. Jose Ascanio started tonight's Indianapolis Indians game, making his final rehab appearance during his time on the 15-day disabled list.  A quick look at the 40-man roster page shows that Ascanio is out of options, which means that when he is eligible to...

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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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    The Second Best Bullpen in the Majors

    The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a similar situation to their 2009/2010 off-season, as it pertained to the bullpen.  They didn't have an established closer, they only had one or two strong internal options, and they were looking to add a few players in the month of January to boost the...

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    Game 28 Recap: Morton Wins His 3rd, Bucs Take Series

    Morton pitched into the sixth to get his third win. Everyone who reads this blog likely knows that Charlie Morton only won three games in 2010. He already has three wins and he and his electric stuff will hopefully have little resistance to notching double digit wins. In unrelated news, the Pirates...

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    Game 19 Recap: Fish Pound McDonald

    Alvarez hit his first homer of the season. A game whose scoring started with so much promise - Pedro Alvarez' first homer of the year - quickly turned into a disaster. Scott Cousins hit a grand slam in the second inning and Brett Hayes hit a three run bomb in the next...

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    Game 17 Recap: Josh Johnson is an Ace

    Maholm didn't make it out of the fourth inning. Marlins starter Josh Johnson faced one batter over the minimum in seven shutout innings. He gave up two singles and a walk and got two double plays behind him. The Marlins managed to piece together two big innings, collecting seven of their nine...

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    Game 14 Recap: Hernandez’ Slam Dooms Bucs

    McDonald didn't make it out of the fifth inning Ramon Hernandez highlighted a seven run fifth inning with a grand slam as Cincinnati returned the beating by winning 11-2. The pitch Hernandez drove over the fence was the last toss from Pirates starter James McDonald. The Reds drew first blood as Jonny...

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    Pitch f/x: Comparing the Strike Zones for Pirates, Opponents

    Crotta fell victim to a small zone on Sunday There was quite a bit of discussion regarding the role of umpiring in the Pirates’ 6-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon. In particular, attention was focused on Mike Crotta’s relief outing in the seventh inning of that game. Crotta walked...

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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 10 Recap: Lack of Control Costly

    Two 1st inning walks from McDonald helped put the Pirates in an early four run hole. There have been a couple of warning signs about the Pirates early season success in pitching. A lack of strikeouts and a plethora of free passes would top the list when doing a quick breeze through...

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