Final: Astros 8, Pirates 2 WP: Bud Norris (5-6) LP: Charlie Morton (7-5) The Bucs were up 1-0 heading into the 6th inning, but then the Astros bats, helped along with some sloppy play, busted out for a 5-run 6th inning to put the game essentially out of reach. The Pirates could only manage 2
Final: Pirates 5, Astros 1 WP: Jeff Karstens (7-4) LP: Wandy Rodriguez (6-5) Seriously, what can be said about Jeff Karstens? I say that after every single start. The guy has literally been on a season long hot streak. He pitched 7+ innings today and gave up just 1 run, and that was on a
Final: Pirates 5, Astros 3 WP: Paul Maholm (5-9) LP: Brett Myers (3-8) SV: Joel Hanrahan (25) This one got really ugly early on as the Pirates made 3 errors in the 3rd inning as they fell down 3-1. However, the Pirates settled down to shut down the ‘Stros from then on and picked up
Final: Pirates 10, Nationals 2 WP: Kevin Correia (11-6) LP: Jason Marquis (7-3) This one was over pretty early. The Bucs got on the board quickly as an error and 4 singles helped them score 3 runs in the 1st inning. In the 2nd, they piled on another 5 runs, all by singles and doubles.
Final: Nationals 4, Pirates 3 WP: Ryan Mattheus (1-0) LP: Tony Watson (0-1) SV: Drew Storen (20) Brad Lincoln couldn’t have pitched much better than he did, but the Pirates’ bullpen was unable to hold on to the small lead given to them. In Lincoln’s spot start, he went 6 innings and gave up just
Final: Pirates 5, Nationals 3 WP: Jose Veras (2-2) LP: Sean Burnett (3-5) SV: Joel Hanrahan (24) James McDonald once again failed to go 7 innings, but he certainly was effective over 6 1/3 innings. He gave up 2 runs and struck out 7 batters before giving way to Jose Veras, who would pitch 1