Game 120 Recap: Doumit Power Pirates Over Birds

Ryan Doumit picked up the Pirates offense in a big way. He had four hits and hit a three run homer to support the efforts of James McDonald. Xavier Paul also dingered as Pittsburgh took a much needed win from St. Louis. The Pirates got the long ball bats going. Paul hit a solo dinger off Jake Westbrook leading off the bottom of the first. After an RBI double from Rafael Furcal in the third inning tied it up, Doumit cranked a three run...

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Game 115 Recap: Bumgarner, Long Balls Lead SF to Win

Madison Bumgarner has pitched pretty well in 2011. His record doesn’t reflect it. He was on tonight and was rewarded with a win. James McDonald was solid, but the offense provided zilch. The winning streak was halted at one. San Francisco scored their runs quickly and with the aid of the extra base hit. In the fourth, Jeff Keppinger collected the first hit for the Giants. It was a double. He later scored on a double from Aubrey...

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Game 113 Recap: Padres Sweep, Losing Streak at 10

The fans keep coming and that is a very good thing. Unfortunately that is about all that is going well right now. The pitching is faltering. The offense continues to be in the running for the National League’s most anemic. Kevin Correia and the bullpen were hit for seven runs. The offense managed just three and none through the first seven innings. San Diego swept and the losing streak has reached ten games. Correia was reached...

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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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Game 110 Recap: 3 Run 8th Pushes Losing Streak to 7

This was nothing short of a gut punch. The Pirates scraped together a six run fourth inning to take a two run lead only to watch the bullpen surrender three runs in the eighth. The result was the seventh straight loss for a club that is badly in need of answers as they slip – quickly – out of contention in the National League Central race. That early Chicago lead was built off James MCDonald on homers from Geovany Soto...

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