Five Run 8th Keys Bucs 6th Straight Loss

It was 2-2 when the 8th inning started. That was the good news. Then the bad news came. Tyler Yates allowed the first three runners to reach, with Carlos Beltran’s single breaking the 2-2 tie. Yates was lifted in favor of Sean Burnett, who threw gas on the fire. He gave up a three run dinger to Carlos Delgado and later an RBI single to Omir Santos. Ball game. Jonathon Niese had been brought up to take the place of Oliver Perez...

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Carpenter Masterful as Cards Earn a Split

Chris Carpenter tossed 6-2/3 innings of no hit baseball to help St. Louis split the first four games of the 2009 season. Carpenter picked up his first win since 2006 for his effort.   The Pirates scratched out a run off of Carpenter thanks to a walk, two fielder’s choices and an error by Albert Pujols. It didn’t hold up. Ross Ohlendorf was very effective. He didn’t allow a run through six innings, having allowed...

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Card Bats, Lohse's Arm Beat Back Bucs

Anyone with delusions of a perfect season can put them to rest. Kyle Lohse was solid in seven innings, giving up just five hits and three runs. Two of those runs came from a Freddy Sanchez homer. Ian Snell gave up at least one run in each of the innings that he worked. St. Louis tagged him for five extra base hits and four singles. One of those XBH was Yadier Molina’s first triple since 2005. Pirate batters managed just one...

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McLouth Wins Gold Glove, But Should He Have?

I am certainly not going to claim advance SABRmetric knowledge on defensive statistics. However, I do know two things:   1. Nate McLouth has been awarded a Gold Glove for 2008. 2. There were some questions among the baseball thinkers earlier this year that Nate’s defense wasn’t as good as the raw numbers (as in errors committed) would lead one to believe.   Is this another case of the voting non-public having...

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