Pirates Notebook: Which side was the ump on?

A lot has been made this series about the favorable strike zone for the Milwaukee Brewers in their series sweep against the Pirates. Adam LaRoche made those concerns public with this quote in the PPG: “Go talk to the home plate umpire,” Pirates first baseman Adam LaRoche said of Marty Foster, whom players felt gave far more favorable calls to Gallardo than Ian Snell, who walked four and struck out five. “He seemed to...

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Pirates Notebook: An objective look at the hot start

The 11-7 start to the season, complete with a sweep of the Florida Marlins, and a 2-1 series win against the San Diego Padres, had a lot of Pirates fans with high hopes for the 2009 season. The last two games against the Brewers have put those hopes in a free fall. A question that needs to be asked is: was the 11-7 start legit? The Pirates split a four series against the Cardinals to start the year. The same result came in a shortened...

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Long Balls Doom Bucs

The Pirates took an early lead, fell behind quickly, tied it up late and lost it in regulation. The Bucco offense plated two in the first in support of Jeff Karstens. It might’ve been more, but Freddy Sanchez was thrown out at home on a single from Adam LaRoche. But, Karstens quickly allowed the Beer Makers to take the lead. Solo homers in the first (Ryan Braun) and third (Mike Cameron) formed the bread of a three run homer...

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Bucs Sweep Marlins

The Pirates have taken the Marlins for three straight games. The offense was powered by the LaRoche brothers. Adam had four hits and three doubles and Andy drove in two runs. Paul Maholm retired the first nine Marlin clubbers before struggling through innings 4-6 by giving up four runs and eight hits. The bullpen combined four pitches to toss three shutout innings. Maholm departed after six with the score tied at four. But newcomer...

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Pirates Notebook: How sweep it is

For some reason I like these 7-4 wins much better than the 10-0 versions. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing the Pirates treat opposing teams to a good blowout. However, when the Pirates win in blowout style, you get the feeling that part of that was due to the other team slumping on that particular day. In a game like we saw today, there’s the feeling that the Pirates could be legit, with the ability to hang with teams not...

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