Game 16 Recap: Bucs, Correia Manhandle Reds

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 to an easy peasy win. Just as in yesterday’s game, the Reds starter – in tonight’s game it was Travis Wood – ran into trouble in the first inning. A walk to Jose Tabata and...

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Game 15 Recap: Bucs Win See-Saw Battle

Reds starter Edinson Volquez continued his first inning troubles. Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata started the game with consecutive home runs. Lyle Overbay walked and Neil Walker doubled. Volquez whiffed Pedro Alvarez before walking Garrett Jones. Chris Snyder walked to force in a run and Ronny Cedeno’s deep fly ball made it 4-0. Cincinnati got one back in the second when Jonny Gomes homered off of Jeff Karstens. Three straight...

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Game 14 Recap: Hernandez’ Slam Dooms Bucs

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 Gomes hit a solo homer off McDonald in the second. Joey Votto’s two out RBI single in the third plated Drew Stubbs, who had doubled, and made it 2-0. Pittsburgh tied it up in the...

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Game 13 Recap: Morton Goes the Distance in Bucs Win

The Toothpick Factory resembled the Lumber Company of old. The Pirates jumped on former Bucco Bronson Arroyo with both feet. Arroyo scattered twelve outs among nine hits and two walks. The Pirates got to him for five tallies. On the flip side, Charlie Morton equaled his 2010 win total with a complete game and was just one out away from tossing a shutout. Both teams had opportunities in the first inning. The Pirates stranded Jose...

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Game 10 Recap: Lack of Control Costly

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 the stats. Despite having the worst K/BB ratio of any staff in the NL, the team came into the game with the third best ERA in the league. Babip against the Pirates hurlers was .279. For the vaunted Phillies, it was .336. The debt collectors...

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