Game 114 Recap: Morton Goes 8 to Snap Skid

A lot of things went well. The offense got some runs against Ryan Vogelsong, with four RBI coming with two out. Charlie Morton pitched well and avoided giving up a big hit. Plus he pitched deep, giving the weary bullpen a needed break. Pittsburgh came out with both fists flying against Vogelsong. Garrett Jones and Neil Walker hit back-to-back one out doubles to make it 1-0. With two gone, Ludwick singled in Walker to give the Pirates...

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One Year Ago: Alvarez Provides Hope For the Future?

One year ago today the Pittsburgh Pirates were 39-71.  Yet Pirates fans were all buzzing about this moment from the night before.  When Pedro Alvarez launched the walk off shot that gave the Pittsburgh Pirates an 8-7 win against the Colorado Rockies, it provided hope in the middle of a hopeless season. Ever since he was drafted, Alvarez has been hailed as the future of the Pirates’ franchise.  The Pirates have some talented...

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Game 113 Recap: Padres Sweep, Losing Streak at 10

The fans keep coming and that is a very good thing. Unfortunately that is about all that is going well right now. The pitching is faltering. The offense continues to be in the running for the National League’s most anemic. Kevin Correia and the bullpen were hit for seven runs. The offense managed just three and none through the first seven innings. San Diego swept and the losing streak has reached ten games. Correia was reached...

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Pedro Alvarez is a Bust

Pedro Alvarez is a bust!  He’s lazy.  He has a horrible work ethic.  His numbers have been awful in his early career.  There’s no way he can ever bounce back  from what we’ve seen in his first 522 at-bats.  His horrible game yesterday was the sole reason the Pirates lost by 10 runs.  His 6-for-16 performance in the previous four games can be ignored.  Send him to AAA!  No, send him to AA!  Actually, he...

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Game 111 Recap: Karstens Bombed as Streak Reaches 8

I didn’t think when this game began that I’d be researching the last time Jeff Karstens gave up nine earned runs in a game. I also didn’t think about how many Pirates hitters bounced into three double plays in a single game. But really, I should’ve known better. Karstens performance this year has been nothing short of exceptional. But it is also nothing short of unexpected. When Karstens moved into the rotation...

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