Game 128 Recap: Seven Run Second Dooms Ohlendorf

Ross Ohlendorf was hit hard in his first start back from the Disabled List. Milwaukee was aided by an error from Ryan Doumit in a seven run fourth inning and got another solid effort against Pittsburgh from Marco Estrada. Ohlendorf stranded two in the first inning before running into serious trouble in the second. Milwaukee sent eleven men to the plate and scored seven times. Yuniesky Betancourt double to start the inning. Jerry...

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Where Are They Now: 2004 Hickory Crawdads

In 2004 the Hickory Crawdads were the low-A ball club of the Pittsburgh Pirates, right in the middle of their ten year affiliation with the team. They were two years removed from a South Atlantic League championship and coming off an 82-54 season. The team was typical of the Pirates teams of the day, a little on the old side with no teenagers and just four twenty year olds, all of them pitchers. They were managed by former major...

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One Year Ago Today: Garrett Jones Debuts

A year ago today the Pittsburgh Pirates were fresh off their trade that sent left fielder Nyjer Morgan to the Washington Nationals, with Lastings Milledge coming back to the Pirates.  Due to Milledge being injured at the time, and the Nate McLouth trade one month earlier, the Pirates only had Brandon Moss and Andrew McCutchen as their outfielders.  That prompted the call up of a minor league free agent who was having some...

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One Year Ago Today: Morgan/Milledge Trade

One year ago today the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan in exchange for Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett.  The deal was first rumored four days earlier, when Ed Price reported that the Pirates and Nationals had been in talks over a Morgan/Milledge swap, and that the Pirates wanted Craig Stammen included in the deal.  Following the rumor, a debate started over what was better: talent or a good...

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Revisiting the Nate McLouth trade

I understand why the Nate McLouth trade incensed many Pirate fans. McLouth was a quality player and a fan favorite. He was one of my favorites, too. But once we get past the emotional reaction, we see that the trade of McLouth, along with the subsequent acquisition of Lastings Milledge, did not exactly hurt the Pirates.

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