Game 144 Recap: Ohlendorf Pounded by Marlins

The news was mostly bad. There was a little good news. But it doesn’t temper the clobbering that the Pirates took. Omar Infante homered twice and knocked five runs. Logan Morrison had four hits and drove in three. Ross Ohlendorf was ineffective. Infante drove in a run in the first with a solo homer. He drove in another the following inning with a double. Pedro Ciriaco singled with two outs in the bottom of the second off Ricky...

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Game 139 Recap: Lee Slams Cubs in Ninth

Derrek Lee returned from the disabled list and knocked in five runs. The big blow was a grand slam of Carlos Marmol with two gone in the ninth. Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead in the first. Alex Presley doubled. He moved to third on a passed ball. Andrew McCutchen walked. Derrek Lee – fresh off the DL – singled him in. Unfortunately the rally died on the vine as Neil Walker’s ball into left field was turned into a double...

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Game 134 Recap: Rodriguez Dominant in Houston Victory

Ross Ohlendorf certainly wasn’t bad. But Wandy Rodriguez was lights out. He yielded an early lead to the Pirates but Houston chipped away and took the lead. Rodriguez whiffed a career best as Houston took the first game of the series. The Pirate bats were silent all game except for the fourth inning. And in that inning they went ‘boom’. Josh Harrison doubled to lead off the inning. Andrew McCutchen hit a two run...

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Projecting the 2012 Pirates Rotation

A lot of focus goes to offense, and particularly power, in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system.  However, if there’s anything we’ve learned over the last few years, it’s that pitching wins games.  You can have a good offense, but you can lose due to a lack of pitching.  Likewise, you don’t need the best offense if your pitching is strong.  We saw the latter this year.  The Pirates were winning and contending...

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Game 128 Recap: Seven Run Second Dooms Ohlendorf

Ross Ohlendorf was hit hard in his first start back from the Disabled List. Milwaukee was aided by an error from Ryan Doumit in a seven run fourth inning and got another solid effort against Pittsburgh from Marco Estrada. Ohlendorf stranded two in the first inning before running into serious trouble in the second. Milwaukee sent eleven men to the plate and scored seven times. Yuniesky Betancourt double to start the inning. Jerry...

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