Sanchez' 6 Hits Paces Offensive Outburst

Freddy Sanchez had six hits in six trips to the plate, knocked in three and scored four times to pace a season high 18 hit attack. Andy LaRoche and Jason Jaramillo each had three hits. Andy LaRoche drove in two runs and Nate McLouth contributed the go ahead RBI with a two run homer off of losing pitcher Neal Cotts. Neither starter was around long as both Paul Maholm (4 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) and Ryan Dempster (4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER) were used as BP...

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9th Inning Rally Puts Bucs on Top

The Pirates compiled 12 hits and just one run through the first seven innings off of Mark Buehrle. The game changed after he left. Octavio Dotel surrendered a solo homer to Eric Hinske in the 8th. The following inning, Bobby Jenks retired the first two hitters and then gave up a game tying homer to Jack Wilson. Nyjer Morgan followed with a double. Delwyn Young knocked him in with a single. Matt Capps struck out the side in the 9th to...

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ChiSox Shutout Bucs Again

For the second straight game the White Sox tossed a combined shutout at the Pirates. Tonight’s starter was Clayton Richard, who picked up his first win in 2009 and just the third of his career. He and three relievers held the Pirates to four singles, a double and three walks. Richard struck out eight in his six innings of work and the Pirates whiffed a total of 13 times. Ross Ohlendorf deserved better. He went 7-2/3 and allowed...

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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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