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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Game 104 Recap: Halladay Extends Pirates Hitting Woes

Much in the same way that Lloyd Bridges picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue in the movie ‘Airplane’, the Pirates picked the wrong day to try to score five or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since July 4 and July 5. Pittsburgh faced Roy Halladay and he allowed just one hit over seven shutout innings. The Phillies scored eight quick runs off of Charlie Morton to make it a laugher. With Milwaukee and...

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