Bucs Drop Another to Atlanta as Bullpen Blows One

Atlanta scored twice in the 7th when Yunel Escobar hit a bases loaded single. Those two tallied put the Braves up 4-3 and that’s how it stayed. Ross Ohlendorf pitched into the 7th, but was relieved by Sean Burnett after giving up a leadoff single. Two bunts (one for a single and one for a sacrifice) and one IBB later, Burnett was lifted for Jesse Chavez. Escobar delivered his knock before Chipper Jones hit into an inning ending...

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Pirates Notebook: Pittsburgh Moneyball

I’ve been studying trends on the make up of the Pirates this season, and so far there have been a few trends to emerge. After the Nate McLouth trade, I noticed the players we received fit the trends I had identified. Maybe it’s just a wild theory, but I have a feeling the Pirates are creating their own “Moneyball” system. People remember the book “Moneyball” mostly for the MLB draft portion of it....

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McCutchen Shines as Bucs Sweep Mets

Nate McLouth is gone. Long live Nate McLouth. Andrew McCutchen is up and off to a great start. He had two hits, an RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base as the Pirates offense used a bunch of singles to give Mike Pelfrey an early shower. McCutchen singled leading off the first, touching off a four run inning. The Pirates scored four more times in the fourth, forcing the Mets to their bullpen. Unfortunately, Bucs starter Ross...

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Moehler's Arm, Maysonet's Bat Squelch Pirates

What’s worse: Getting beaten down by a pitcher who hadn’t gone the distance in nine years or Giving up four hits to a player who had only three career knocks? Well, they both happened tonight in Pittsburgh. Brian Moehler tossed a complete game – his first since 8-8-00 to get his second win of the year. He entered the contest with an unsightly 8.31 ERA. And in his lone 2009 start against the Pirates he was ripped 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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