Game 159 Recap: Willis Pitches, Hits Reds to Victory

There were a couple of failures in this one. James McDonald was looking for his tenth win on the year. The Pirates were on the cusp of a sweep. Neither happened as Dontrelle Willis pitched well and broke a tie with a two run double in the sxith. Cincinnati was on McDonald from the outset. Brandon Phillips walked to lead off the game. Joey Votto and Jay Bruce each singled to make it 1-0 Reds before the Pirates even batted. More of the...

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Game 156 Recap: Ohlendorf Rocked in Bucs Loss

Ross Ohlendorf was beaten badly. As Cincinnati based sports broadcaster Ken Broo might’ve said back in the day ‘He was pounded like a butcher pounds a piece of veal.’ Ohlendorf didn’t make it out of the third inning as Arizona quickly put the game away. The continuation of Ohlendorf’s lost season got going right away. Willie Bloomquist and Aaron Hill both singled to start the inning. Then they pulled off...

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Game 152 Recap: Lilly, Loney Topple Pirates

There have been a couple of consistencies in 2011. The offense has struggled. Combine that with the youth and injuries and we’ve seen a number of additions and subtractions to the roster. Matt Pagnozzi’s appearance made him the 52nd player to don the Bucco jersey in 2011. Ted Lilly allowed four hits and a run in seven innings to negate much of the Pirates run scoring chances. So, it was more of the same. James...

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Game 151 Recap: Bucs Fall to Kuroda

In Jeff Locke’s Major League debut, the Pirates were beaten on a one hit shutout. They got five more hits in his second start. But that wasn’t enough. Locke was lifted after three innings and James Loney poked a three run pinch hit homer as the Dodgers pulled away late. The Pirates threatened against Hiroki Kuroda a couple of times but never put much of an inning together. Neil Walker’s one out double in the first...

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Game 150 Recap: Ohlendorf Pitches, Powers Bucs to Win

Ross Ohlendorf made the case for the rotation in 2012 (there will be a lot to sort through Spring Training) with a fantastic seven inning effort. The Pirates batted around in a four run second with Ohlendorf poking his first homer and accounting for three of the tallies. It looked troublesome early on for Ohlendorf. Los Angeles was up 1-0 after their first two hitters came to the plate. Dee Gordon singled and swiped second. A ground...

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