Game 159 Recap: Willis Pitches, Hits Reds to Victory

There were a couple of failures in this one. James McDonald was looking for his tenth win on the year. The Pirates were on the cusp of a sweep. Neither happened as Dontrelle Willis pitched well and broke a tie with a two run double in the sxith. Cincinnati was on McDonald from the outset. Brandon Phillips walked to lead off the game. Joey Votto and Jay Bruce each singled to make it 1-0 Reds before the Pirates even batted. More of the...

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Game 155 Recap: Bucs Hold on as Morton Wins 10th

Charlie Morton earned his tenth win by pitching six scoreless innings then watched the bullpen give up three runs and nearly blow it for him. Pedro Alvarez and Derrek Lee homered in support of Morton. Pittsburgh got on the board in the first inning against Daniel Hudson of Arizona. Alex Presley and Neil Walker each doubled to create one tally. Arizona almost came right back. With two outs and runners on the corners, Garrett Jones made...

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Game 151 Recap: Bucs Fall to Kuroda

In Jeff Locke’s Major League debut, the Pirates were beaten on a one hit shutout. They got five more hits in his second start. But that wasn’t enough. Locke was lifted after three innings and James Loney poked a three run pinch hit homer as the Dodgers pulled away late. The Pirates threatened against Hiroki Kuroda a couple of times but never put much of an inning together. Neil Walker’s one out double in the first...

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Game 148 Recap: Loss 81 is Here

Before anything else, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the Pirates will need to win their final 14 games to avoid being below .500 for the 19th straight season. We all knew this day was coming. It doesn’t make it any easier, especially given that the Pirates allowed two ninth inning runs and lost a run due to a blown call by the third base ump Sam Holbrook. It didn’t start well as Jeff Karstens gave up...

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Game 144 Recap: Ohlendorf Pounded by Marlins

The news was mostly bad. There was a little good news. But it doesn’t temper the clobbering that the Pirates took. Omar Infante homered twice and knocked five runs. Logan Morrison had four hits and drove in three. Ross Ohlendorf was ineffective. Infante drove in a run in the first with a solo homer. He drove in another the following inning with a double. Pedro Ciriaco singled with two outs in the bottom of the second off Ricky...

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