Game 96 Recap: Weak Bats, Shaky Defense Prove Costly

Cincinnati took advantage of two errors by Chase D’Arnaud and Johnny Cueto was effective again as the Reds managed to take the last game in a three game set. Jeff Karstens was on the losing side despite pitching well once again. The Reds scored their first run of the series in the first and it was gift wrapped. Chase D’Arnaud’s throwing error allowed Chris Heisey to reach second base. Edgar Renteria bunted him to...

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Game 95 Recap: McDonald, Bullpen Shutout Reds

The Pirates and Reds played another tight game. James McDonald and Mike Leake were both effective. The Pirates managed a single run. The Reds managed none. The Pirates remain in first place. I’m happy. The lone run of the game scored early. Josh Harrison singled with one out in the first. Neil Walker followed with a ground rule double deep to left center. Andrew McCutchen’s grounder scored Harrison. That was it. The Reds...

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Game 93 Recap: Bucs Lose Late Lead, Win in 11

It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t tidy. But the Pirates came out on top for another road win in Houston. The Pirates let a one run lead slip away in the eighth inning before posting a three-spot in the eleventh. Two seemingly perpetual thorns plagued the Kevin Correia early. Jeff Keppinger doubled and was singled in by Hunter Pence in the first inning. The Pirates got on top in the second. Lyle Overbay doubled and with two gone...

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Game 92 Recap: Astros Rally to Push Bucs Out of First

Pittsburgh rallied for three runs in the sixth inning. But aggressive base running and a costly error helped Houston score three times in the eighth to win it. In the process, the Pirates fell out of first place. The Astros drew first blood against Paul Maholm. Carlos Lee led off the second inning with a double. Jason Michaels singled him to third. A passed ball by Michael McKenry allowed Lee to score the first run of the game....

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Game 91 Recap: Bucs in First After Karstens Shutout

If there is a little extra bounce in the step of Pirates fans everywhere and a little extra swagger in the gaits of Bucco players, I don’t think anyone will hold it against us or them. The Pirates are in first place. It’s mid-July. Jeff Karstens threw a complete game shutout and was backed by a two run triple from Andrew McCutchen. Combine that with losses by the Cardinals (thanks Brandon Phillips!) and the Brewers and you...

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