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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Bucs Come Through in Extras After Bullpen Blows it

Hey, it is four straight wins. So, not much to complain about. But, here goes… With Matt Capps unavailable due to much recent use (as reported by Dejan Kovacevic in his pre-game notes), Sean Burnett was called on to protect a one run lead in the 9th. It didn’t happen. Burnett stranded a runner at third in the 8th and then allowed a one run triple to Nick Johnson in the 9th. Johnson would score on a wild pitch two batters...

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Bucs Bullpen Outlasts Rain, Rockies

It wasn’t a pretty game. It was one of those that you’ll hear people associate with the grind of a long seasn. A nealry 2 hour long rain delay interrupted the Pirates – Rockies game that the Pirates won with three runs in the middle innings off the Colorado bullpen. The rain stopped a couple of ugly innings that Ian Snell and Aaron Cook tossed. Cook gave up four runs and retired five batters. Snell allowed three runs...

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Pirates Notebook: Seriously, extend Jack Wilson

I like Jack Wilson. I like his defense. I like his hustle. I like seeing him turn double plays (my favorite play in baseball). So you may think that when I say the Pirates should extend Wilson, as I did a few weeks ago, I’m not being objective. Well here is some objectivity. While Jack Wilson was out, Brian Bixler saw 26 plate appearances. In those plate appearances, Bixler struck ot 18 times. 18 times! His strikeout rate (.692)...

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Pirates demote Cruz, trade Andy Phillips

The Pirates demoted Luis Cruz from the 25-man roster to make room for Delwyn Young. I expected this move a few days ago, and as a result have already made the adjustment on the 25-man roster page. In a move to make room for Cruz, the Pirates traded Andy Phillips to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Michael Dubee. Dubee is a 23 year old right handed pitcher. His highest level is high A, where he posted a 4.37 ERA last year, with...

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