Floyd, White Sox Shutout Bucs

Where has all the offense gone? After averaging 11 hits per game during the five game winning streak, the Pirates offense has managed just seven safeties in the last two games – both losses. Tonight it was Gavin Floyd’s turn to keep the Pirates down. He allowed two singles and two walks while throwing 8 shutout innings. Bobby Jenks tossed a perfect 9th to seal it. Zach Duke deserved better. He gave up five singles and a...

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Bucs Bullpen Returns the Favor

Coming into the game, the Washington bullpen was much maligned – a league worst ERA with 14 loses and a league low six saves. Tonight it was the Pirates turn to lose a game late. Coming into the fifth inning, the Pirates had been held hitless and were trailing 3-0. Not only were they held hitless through four, but they were being held down by a dude making his MLB Debut – Craig Stammen, who went to the University of...

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Wild Pitch Leads to Fifth Straight W

A wild pitch tied the game last night. Tonight it untied it. Joel Hanrahan uncorked a wild one with two outs and the bases juiced, allowing Freddy Sanchez to scamper home with the go ahead notch. John Lannan scattered seven hits in seven innings to hold the suddenly potent Pirates offense to just one run. Paul Maholm labored a bit (114 pitches in six innings while retiring the side in order just once), but allowed just one run as...

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Bucs Come Through in Extras After Bullpen Blows it

Hey, it is four straight wins. So, not much to complain about. But, here goes… With Matt Capps unavailable due to much recent use (as reported by Dejan Kovacevic in his pre-game notes), Sean Burnett was called on to protect a one run lead in the 9th. It didn’t happen. Burnett stranded a runner at third in the 8th and then allowed a one run triple to Nick Johnson in the 9th. Johnson would score on a wild pitch two batters...

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Offense Keeps Rolling as Bucs Score in Double Digits Again

The Pirates piled up 12 runs on 12 hits, four walks, two HBP and four Nationals errors to take the first game in Washington. Craig Monroe got the Pirates going with a three run jack in the third of Nats starter Ross Detwiler. But Pirates hurler Ross Ohlendorf hit some trouble in the fifth. Nick Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman each hit homers in a five run inning. The Pirates offense countered with five in the visitors half of the sixth to...

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