Game 145 Recap: Sanchez Spoils Locke’s Debut

Anibal Sanchez allowed just one hit in throwing a complete game shutout. Jeff Locke was decent in his first effort in The Show. He was scored on in only one inning, but that was all Sanchez would require. Florida got to Locke in the third inning. Emilio Bonifacio reached on an infield single to start the inning. Bryan Petersen walked. Omar Infante dropped a sac bunt to move both runners up one base. Gaby Sanchez walked to load the...

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Game 140 Recap: Cubs Salvage Last Game

Charlie Morton was wild and was unable to get out of the fifth inning. Randy Wells continued with his resurgence as the Cubs took the final game of the three game set 6-3. Alex Presley got it started in the first inning off Wells. He singled and stole second. He moved to third on a fly out from Andrew McCutchen. Derrek Lee delivered as he has since being acquired. He stroked a two out single to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. As a sign...

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Game 133 Recap: Karstens Roughed Up in Loss

The Pirates battled early. But the offense was shut down after the second inning. St. Louis got to Jeff Karstens and then Chris Resop out of the bullpen. The Cards got seven tallies to support Kyle Lohse in his quest for his 100th career win. Lohse got nicked in the first and then cut badly in the second. Jose Tabata led of the first with a single. Alex Presley walked. Andrew McCutchen singled to plate one. The rally was quickly...

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Game 130 Recap: Cards Rough Up Morton

Pittsburgh welcomed back a couple of players from the disabled list. But not much changed for the hitters as the offense didn’t do much against Edwin Jackson. Charlie Morton, trying to close out a great month, was hit hard by St. Louis as the Pirates dropped the opener of the series 8-4. St. Louis drew first blood. Allen Craig and Albert Pujols hit consecutive one out doubles in the first inning. Lance Berkman hit a two out...

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Game 119 Recap: Bucs Suffer Another Gut Punch Loss in Extras

Somewhere a baseball pundit will say or has said or will write or has written that good teams win this kind of game. If the Pirates are to stay in contention for a full season, this is the kind of game they will have to win. Nursing a 1-0 lead into the eighth, the Pirates let the game get away from them and lost in extra innings. Call me a pessimist, but I have officially given up hope for a post-season birth in 2011. There is still a...

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