Game 112 Recap: 6 Run 7th Runs Streak to 9

San Diego used another grand slam and plenty of hits to pile up a Baker’s Dozen on Paul Maholm and the Pirates bullpen. Cory Luebke was money on the bump and at the dish. The Pirates have dropped nine straight. The Padres jumped out in front in the second. Orlando Hudson singled and one out later scored when Kyle Blanks tripled. Rob Johnson lifted a fly ball that scored Blanks from third. Hudson got it going again in the fourth....

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Game 111 Recap: Karstens Bombed as Streak Reaches 8

I didn’t think when this game began that I’d be researching the last time Jeff Karstens gave up nine earned runs in a game. I also didn’t think about how many Pirates hitters bounced into three double plays in a single game. But really, I should’ve known better. Karstens performance this year has been nothing short of exceptional. But it is also nothing short of unexpected. When Karstens moved into the rotation...

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Which Free Agents Could Get Draft Compensation?

One thing the Pittsburgh Pirates rarely see is draft pick compensation for their departing free agents.  For the most part, the Pirates never really have free agents that depart after the season.  They usually trade those players around the deadline for a guaranteed return, rather than holding on to the players in hopes of future draft picks, which is never a guarantee.  I’ve talked about the draft pick compensation system in...

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Game 103 Recap: McCutchen Powers Bucs

The Pirates pulled away late with a homer from Andrew McCutchen, beating Derek Lowe for the first time in his career against Pittsburgh. Clint Hurdle went to Joel Hanrahan with the tying run on first in the eighth inning as Pittsburgh prevented a third straight heart breaker with a 5-2 win. Atlanta drew first blood. Nate McLouth led off the home half of the first aginst Kevin Correia with a single. One out later, Freddie Freeman...

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Game 101 Recap: Braves Win on Blown Call at Home

They will be talking about this one for a long, long time. The game itself was long. The game featured many, many blown chances. Ultimately, the game ended on a blown call. Home plate umpire Jerry Meals called Julio Lugo safe on a tag play at home in the 19th inning. He was out. He was clearly out. He was called safe and the game ended. The blown call caused mayhem for both parties. Atlanta celebrated in right field like a man who was...

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