Game 72 Recap: O’s Bust Morton Early

Charlie Morton struggled and didn’t make it for the third inning bell. Jake Arrieta lasted five innings to get his ninth win as the Orioles batted around in the first inning to support their starting pitcher. Morton started off poorly. The first four hitters reached base, with Adam Jones knocking in J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis followed by Derrek Lee knocking in Jones with a single. After a one out walk to Mark Reynolds, Felix...

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Game 71 Recap: Bucs Lose on Extra Inning Blast from Phelps

Cord Phelps hit a walk off three run homer off Tim Wood in the eleventh inning, concluding a game delayed by rain for nearly two hours and giving Cleveland a three game sweep. The Pirates scored twice in the first off of Justin Masterson and then not again. Jeff Karstens pitched well again, but has nothing to show for it. The first inning started off well. Xavier Paul tripled and scored on a Neil Walker single. Garrett Jones’...

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Two Promotions the Pirates Need to Make

The offense for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year has been, no pun intended, hit or miss.  The Pirates have scored one or fewer runs in six of their last ten games.  Not surprisingly, their record in those games has been 1-5, including two straight 5-1 losses to Cleveland.  The pitching has been great this year, but no pitching staff should be expected to pitch six 1-0 shutouts in a week and a half.  It’s not like the Pirates...

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Game 69 Recap: Tomlin Quiets Pirate Bats

Josh Tomlin was sharp in limiting the Pirates to just one run. Pittsburgh’s four game winning streak was halted in the opening game of an interleague series in Cleveland. Kevin Correia was also good, but was undone by some oddness and a long ball. Cleveland scored once in the third and was aided by an error and a balk. Matt LaPorta’s liner was deflected by Ronny Cedeno toward Neil Walker. The throw from Walker to first...

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Cedeno is Starting to Struggle Again

Last month I wrote about how all of the shortstops at the top levels were having success in the month of May.  Ronny Cedeno ended up with a .286/.368/.405 line, which combined with his great defensive play has given him some value as a starting shortstop.  Chase d’Arnaud hit for a .329/.357/.456 line in AAA.  Jordy Mercer hit for a .318/.372/.486 line in AA.  I talked about how both shortstop prospects were blocked from moving...

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