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 was out. He was clearly out. He was called safe and the game ended. The blown call caused mayhem for both parties. Atlanta celebrated in right field like a man who was...

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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 hits. St. Louis committed three errors. The only Pirates to knock in a run both came...

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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 John Jay aboard after a triple and one out. With two out Lance Berkman double and scored on Freese’s blast. Pittsburgh put together four straight two...

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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 was backed by a two run triple from Andrew McCutchen. Combine that with losses by the Cardinals (thanks Brandon Phillips!) and the Brewers and you...

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Making Room For the Returning Players

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 typing up the article, I was thinking about the tough decisions that the Pirates will face to make room for these four players.  David Todd of Extra Innings...

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