Hague’s Grand Slam Boosts Indians; Tabata On Rehab

Indianapolis Indians  9,  Toledo Mud Hens  8 [ box ] 1B Matt Hague’s grand slam capped a 7-run 2nd inning for the Indians, but the Mud Hens had a big inning in the 4th, and the Indians had to regain and then hold the lead to get the win tonight at Victory Field.  Both teams had one big inning (the 2nd for the Indians, the 4th for the Hens) in which they batted around.  The Indians scored those 7 runs in their big inning, but two...

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Tony Watson Optioned to AAA, Brad Lincoln Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned left handed reliever Tony Watson to AAA and have recalled right handed pitcher Brad Lincoln, the team announced today.  The move is a bit of a surprise, as it leaves the Pirates with one left hander.  Watson was also pitching well, with a 2.73 ERA in 26.1 innings, along with a 23:12 K/BB ratio. Lincoln last pitched in Indianapolis on July 31st.  He allowed six runs in three innings.  However, he...

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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 108 Recap: Cubs Hit Six Homers in Rout

The final score was closer than the game was. The Cubs hit six homers and collected 21 hits in an 11-6 pasting of the Pirates. The Buccos have dropped five straight. Kevin Correia was bombed. The offense showed some signs of life with three homers. It wasn’t nearly enough. Correia was pulled after getting no one out in the third inning. He gave up a first inning run. Pittsburgh took the lead back off Randy Wells in the bottom of...

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Game 106 Recap: Phils Mount Late Comeback, Sweep

The Pirates blew a late two run lead and succumbed in the tenth inning as Philadelphia swept a three game set. Raul Ibanez was the hitting star for the Phillies. He hit a pair of homers and knocked in the game winning run in the tenth with a double. Ibanez started the scoring with a solo jack off of Karstens in the second inning. Things stayed that way until the fifth inning when the lead changed hands three times in the space of nine...

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