All posts tagged "Xavier Paul"

  • Game Recaps
    Game 102 Recap: Braves Win 2-1 in Ten

    What has been somewhat of a fairy tale season has all the makings of a tragic ending should the Pirates remain unable to score runs. This isn’t 1968, but it seems like it whenever the Pirates take the field. The most recent pitcher to channel Bob Gibson was Jair Jurrjens. He allowed...

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    Game 101 Recap: Braves Win on Blown Call at Home

    They will be talking about this one for a long, long time. The game itself was long. The game featured many, many blown chances. Ultimately, the game ended on a blown call. Home plate umpire Jerry Meals called Julio Lugo safe on a tag play at home in the 19th inning. He...

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    Game 99 Recap: Bucs Squeak Out a Win in Extras

    Former Reds pitcher and long time broadcaster Joe Nuxhall would occasionally describe a rather poorly played game by saying ‘There isn’t a woman in the world uglier than that game.’ The Ol’ Lefthander likely would’ve busted out that phrase had he been on hand for today’s proceedings. The Pirates managed only seven...

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    Game 97 Recap: Four Run First Lifts Birds

    St. Louis hit a pair of two run homers in the first inning and held on to win the opener of the weekend series 6-4. Paul Maholm was touched by both Albert Pujols and David Freese in the first. Two Pirate rallies were stunted by base running errors. Pujols’ dinger came with...

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    Game 91 Recap: Bucs in First After Karstens Shutout

    If there is a little extra bounce in the step of Pirates fans everywhere and a little extra swagger in the gaits of Bucco players, I don’t think anyone will hold it against us or them. The Pirates are in first place. It’s mid-July. Jeff Karstens threw a complete game shutout and...

  • Analysis
    Making Room For the Returning Players

    Alvarez is set to return after the All-Star break. Earlier today I posted a rundown of the injured players on the Pittsburgh Pirates' 40-man roster, noting the estimated returns.  Several players are expected to return shortly after the All-Star break, such as Pedro Alvarez, Joe Beimel, Ronny Cedeno, and Jose Tabata.  While...

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    Game 72 Recap: O’s Bust Morton Early

    Charlie Morton struggled and didn’t make it for the third inning bell. Jake Arrieta lasted five innings to get his ninth win as the Orioles batted around in the first inning to support their starting pitcher. Morton started off poorly. The first four hitters reached base, with Adam Jones knocking in J.J....

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    Game 71 Recap: Bucs Lose on Extra Inning Blast from Phelps

    Cord Phelps hit a walk off three run homer off Tim Wood in the eleventh inning, concluding a game delayed by rain for nearly two hours and giving Cleveland a three game sweep. The Pirates scored twice in the first off of Justin Masterson and then not again. Jeff Karstens pitched well...

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    Game 70 Recap: Carrasco Keeps Bucco Bats Quiet

    Carlos Carrasco retired 15 of the first 16 hitters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning. Guess who started for the Pirates? That’s right, the poster boy for poor run support, Paul Maholm. As he has all season, Maholm pitched well enough to win a typical game. But...

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    Game 69 Recap: Tomlin Quiets Pirate Bats

    Josh Tomlin was sharp in limiting the Pirates to just one run. Pittsburgh’s four game winning streak was halted in the opening game of an interleague series in Cleveland. Kevin Correia was also good, but was undone by some oddness and a long ball. Cleveland scored once in the third and was...

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