D-Train Wild as Pittsburgh Beats Detroit (Again)

It has been an ugly descent into mediocrity for Dontrelle Willis. A player who used to play with such enthusiasm. I hope he can recover the form that he once had. In the meantime, the Pirates took advantage of his wildness (8 walks) to score six runs off him in 3-2/3 IP. It could’ve been much worse. D-Train got out of a third inning bases loaded none out jam. Robinzon Diaz drove home three with a first inning sac fly and a two...

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Duke's Arm, Sanchez' Slam Propel Pirates

Mark it down: Zach Duke will make the All-Star team this year. Duke won his seventh game against four defeats by going eight and allowing just three runs. The Pirates jumped on Tigers starter Armando Galarraga with four second inning runs. He was pulled in the third after giving up consecutive hits to start the inning. Nate Robertson got out of that jam unharmed. The same wasn’t true in the following frame when Freddy Sanchez...

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Porcello Beats Bucs with Arm, Bat

This was tough to swallow. A pitcher the Pirates passed on in favor of Daniel Moskos who is now 20 and a rookie in the Show not only beat the Pirates by allowing one run in seven innings, but also collected two hits and two RBIs. Oh, he hadn’t actually come to bat in who knows how long. That man is Rick Porcello Ian Snell might’ve deserved better. He went seven innings and gave up two runs, allowing 10 hits. The Pirates...

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Bucs Score Late and Earn Split

The Pirates had nothing going against Javier Vazquez. They’d managed a single run – a solo homer from Delwyn Young – and just one other hit in eight innings. Vazquez had whiffed 12. But when the 9th came, a new pitcher – Rafael Soriano – was on the hill. Andrew McCutchen singled and Adam LaRoche was given a free pass. Those runners eventually wound up at 2nd and 3rd. Andy LaRoche came through with a two...

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Karstens is the Hero in Relief

Jeff Karstens was yanked from the rotation favor of newly acquired Charlie Morton. Hamstring issues forced Morton from the game after just one inning. In stepped Karstens and he allowed just one run in 4-2/3 to earn the win. Pirate offense was once again scarce. Adam LaRoche drove in a run with a grounder in the third and another with an infield single in the seventh. Atlanta’s tallies came on same-inning doubles from Yunel...

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