Team Effort Repels Houston

It was one of those games where nobody and nothing really stood out. Paul Maholm was good but not great in giving up four runs over seven innings. Those runs came in the form of a Hunter Pence dinger and a couple of RBI producing at bats from Carlos Lee. The Pirates scored three in the second and three more in the third to get the best of Roy Oswalt. Andrew McCutchen drove in a pair of runs. Andy LaRoche had two hits and scored...

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Hampton Sends Bucs Back to Earth

The one game euphoria I had after Andrew McCutchen’s successful ML debut has been driven from my mind. Mike Hampton and Jeff Fulchino combined to limit the Pirates to six singles and one run. Hampton went seven, allowing five hits, the lone run and no walks. He whiffed five. The Astros went to work against Jeff Karstens and then Evan Meek in the sixth inning to bust open a two run game. Houston scored seven times in that six...

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McCutchen Shines as Bucs Sweep Mets

Nate McLouth is gone. Long live Nate McLouth. Andrew McCutchen is up and off to a great start. He had two hits, an RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base as the Pirates offense used a bunch of singles to give Mike Pelfrey an early shower. McCutchen singled leading off the first, touching off a four run inning. The Pirates scored four more times in the fourth, forcing the Mets to their bullpen. Unfortunately, Bucs starter Ross...

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Duke Outduels Santana

That headline is a shocker. Dewey defeats Truman. Man bites dog. Things you don’t expect to see in print. But it happened. Zach Duke allowed 8 singles and one run in seven innings against NYM. He was touched in the fifth when the Mets put together two singles, a sac bunt and a sac fly. In the third, he was spared a run when Nate McLouth gunned down Jeremy Reed at the plate. Jason Jaramillo’s first career tater tied it in...

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Bucs Offense Busts Out Late

The Pirates scored five times in the 8th to overcome another shaky start from Ian Snell. The Pirates cobbled together five runs on a double, four singles, a walk and an error to take advantage of Pedro Feliciano and then J.J. Putz and finally Brian Stokes. They wasted the effort of the always game Livan Hernandez. He allowed three runs in 5-2/3, needing just a shade over 100 tosses to get that far. Snell allowed five runs in six...

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