Game 48 Recap: Bucs Fall to Braves in Extras

The pitching was good. Again. The hitting was not. Again. Brooks Conrad hit a two run pinch hit homer in the eleventh inning to win it for Atlanta. The Pirates managed only two runs and were held without a hit over the final four frames. James McDonald was touched early. He gave up a double to Jordan Schafer to start the game. Alex Gonzalez and Chipper Jones followed with singles to make it 1-0. But McDonald got Brian McCann to pop...

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Pedro Ciriaco Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to recall shortstop Pedro Ciriaco, according to Jenifer Langosch.  It would be assumed that Ciriaco is getting recalled to replace someone going on the disabled list, and Langosch speculates that the someone in this case would be Pedro Alvarez. If it does end up being Alvarez, it would be likely that Brandon Wood would see extra playing time, filling in for Alvarez at third base.  Steve Pearce has also...

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Game 41 Recap: Maholm Loses Another Tough One

I look forward to the day when I can write that Paul Maholm got plenty of offensive support. Today isn’t that day. The Pirates offense was once again woeful. Maholm was solid. Those two things once again equaled a Pirates loss – their sixth straight. The offense collected ten hits. That’s good. What isn’t good is leaving nine men on base and having three others erased on the base paths. It looked promising...

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Game 40 Recap: Bucs Don’t Overcome Rough Start, Get Swept

Kevin Correia gave up five hits and four runs in the first inning and the Pirates never recovered. Pittsburgh was held in check and without a hit until the fifth inning by Zach Greinke. A five run fifth pulled the Pirates to within a single tally. But the Beer Makers scored a trio of runs against the Pirates bullpen. It got ugly from the start. Correia yielded a single to the first two hitters (Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez) before...

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Game 36 Recap: Dodgers Pound Buccos Back to .500

The Dodgers broke open a scoreless game with ten runs in the final four frames. Ted Lilly pitched six innings and kept the Pirates in check for the win. Through five innings Kevin Correia and Lilly matched each other. Combine the two offenses only sent one man past first base. That all changed in the sixth. With two outs Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles both reached on a single. Andre Ethier singled home Carroll. Matt Kemp delivered the...

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