Game 148 Recap: Loss 81 is Here

Before anything else, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the Pirates will need to win their final 14 games to avoid being below .500 for the 19th straight season. We all knew this day was coming. It doesn’t make it any easier, especially given that the Pirates allowed two ninth inning runs and lost a run due to a blown call by the third base ump Sam Holbrook. It didn’t start well as Jeff Karstens gave up...

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Game 147 Recap: Ciriaco Keys Comeback

Brad Lincoln and Kyle Lohse started in what became a see saw game. In the end, it wasn’t Albert Pujols who struck the deciding blow. Instead it was someone far less obvious – Pedro Ciriaco. The Cardinals jumped on Lincoln for a run in the first. Consecutive singles to start the game from Rafael Furcal and John Jay put runners on the corners, with a little help from Alex Presley, who mishandled Jay’s hit for an error....

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Game 143 Recap: McCutchen Hits Two Homers in Bucs Win

Brian Burres wasn’t all that sharp. J.A. Happ gave up two homers to Andrew McCutchen. It all came down to a wild play in the eighth in which Jason Jaramillo singled in the game winning run and started a double play. Burres gave up two dingers in the first. Carlos Lee homered with J.D. Martinez on board. Matt Downs followed Lee with a blast off the foul poul in left and Houston led 3-0. Pittsburgh got one run back immediately in...

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Game 142 Recap: Myers Holds Back Bucs

Brad Licoln and Brett Myers both pitched well. Houston got a pair off Licoln. The Pirates offense, as it has done far too often this year, failed to amount much of an attack. Myers gave up just one tally. Trouble for Lincoln began in the second. Carlos Lee led off with a single and then stole second. He moved to third when Brian Bogusevic singled. Jimmy Paredes hit into a force out, scoring Lee. Humberto Quintero doubled with two gone...

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Game 141 Recap: McDonald is Stellar like Monica Gellar

Maybe the Astros clubhouse was filled with the sounds of Milli Vanilli’s ‘Blame it on the Rain’ after this one ended. If the scoreboard operators in Pittsburgh are anything like most scoreboard operators, they were playing rain themed songs (‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’ by CCR, ‘Laughter in the Rain’ by Neil Sedaka, ‘Rain’ by the Beatles, ‘Rainin’ Men’ by the...

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