Game 42 Recap: Morton’s Shutout Ends Losing Streak

What a difference a year makes for Charlie Morton. He was an enigma last year. How could a guy with such good stuff be so bad? Well, he has turned it around this year. He tossed his second complete game of the season (and second against Cincinnati) and was credited with his second career shutout. What little offense there was came in spurts. The Pirates and Reds each collected two hits in the first inning. Neither was able to score....

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Game 39 Recap: Big Brewer 7th Sinks Bucs

Milwaukee scored five times in the seventh inning to bust open a close game. Chris Narveson benefited from the outburst. Jeff Karstens, who had departed with the club trailing only 2-1, took the loss. Prince Fielder and Brandon Boggs hit solo homers in the fourth inning in what had been a scoreless game. The Pirates were unable to get anything against Narveson until the fifth. Ronny Cedeno walked and was moved up by a sac bunt from...

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Game 38 Recap: Gallardo Topples Bucs

Yovani Gallardo has the Pirates number. On the mound. At the plate. He’s a pain in the rear. Gallardo added a win, two hits, two runs and an RBI to his already impressive resume against the Pirates. The Pirates wasted an early chance against Gallardo. He gave up a single to Neil Walker and then walked Pedro Alvarez to commence the top of the second. But Lyle Overbay and Chris Snyder were retired without either runner advancing....

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Game 37 Recap: Kuroda Dominates Bucs

I officially feel bad for Paul Maholm. He can’t catch a break. The Pirates offense was unable to do anything against Hiroki Kuroda. The game was scoreless through five. But Maholm surrendered two runs in the sixth and that was enough. Kuroda didn’t allow a base hit until Brandon Wood’s one out single in the fifth. Maholm matched him with goose eggs until that fateful sixth inning. He started the inning by walking...

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Game 28 Recap: Morton Wins His 3rd, Bucs Take Series

Everyone who reads this blog likely knows that Charlie Morton only won three games in 2010. He already has three wins and he and his electric stuff will hopefully have little resistance to notching double digit wins. In unrelated news, the Pirates put together two large scoring outbursts to aid Morton. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez was in trouble from the get-go. The Pirates stranded two runners in the first inning. The Pirates broke...

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