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Comeback bid falls short

Published on July 22, 2011 by in Game Recaps

Final: Cardinals 6, Pirates 4

WP: Chris Carpenter (6-7)
LP: Paul Maholm (6-10)
SV: Fernando Salas (18)

The Pirates spotted Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals 4 runs. When that happens, it makes things tough. The Bucs made a push, but fell short to drop the first game of what is, to date, the biggest series ever at PNC Park.

The Cardinals scored their 4 runs in the 1st inning thanks to a 2-run homer by Albert Pujols and another 2-run homer by David Freese.

The Bucs would cut the lead to 4-2 in the 2nd inning when Ronny Cedeno would single in Garrett Jones in his first AB since coming off the DL. Cedeno would then score on a 2-out RBI single by Paul Maholm. However, the inning would be cut short as McKenry was tagged out after being caught in a rundown between 2nd and 3rd after Cedeno scored.

Carpenter, though, would return the favor to Maholm and deliver an RBI single in the 3rd inning to give the Cards a 5-2 lead.

The Pirates roared back in the 6th inning when Garrett Jones hit a 2-run single following an Andrew McCutchen single and a Lyle Overbay double. Jones, however, was thrown out trying to stretch his single to a double and became the 2nd Pirate to be thrown out on the base paths, which would prove costly.

The Cardinals would add an insurance run in the 8th inning with a solo homer by Yadier Molina against Chris Resop. Jason Grilli also pitched a scoreless 9th inning in his debut as a Pirate.

Kevin Correia takes the hill tomorrow against Jaime Garcia as the Pirates look to even up the series in front of what will be another sell-out crowd.

 
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Game 96: Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Live Blog

Published on July 22, 2011 by in Live Blogs

 
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Pirates sign reliever Jason Grilli

That guy sounds pretty excited.

What makes Grilli cool is: (A) We found about about his signing from the above tweet…at 1 AM this morning, (B) he has the coolest Twitter name of anyone on the Pirates, and (C) he is having a pretty impressive season at AAA.

Grilli, 34, has a 1.94 ERA in 32 2/3 innings for AAA-Lehigh Valley (PHI). He has struck out 43 and walked 12. He played for Clint Hurdle in 2008 as a member of the Rockies, so Clint may have had something to do with this signing. In that year, Grilli posted a 2.93 ERA over 61 1/3 innings for Colorado. He’s played for 5 different teams over 8 Major League seasons and was the 4th overall pick in the 1997 Draft.

Grilli’s Minor League deal with the Phillies stated that a team could offer him a Major League deal and the Phillies would have to either match it, or release Grilli so he could sign with that club. That is what happened in here, so the Pirates are giving up nothing for him.

A move will have to be made to make room for Grilli on both the 25 and 40-man rosters. All signs seem to point to the Bucs optioning Chris Leroux and moving Evan Meek from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL, but nothing is official yet.

 
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Pirates option Pedro Ciriaco

Rob Biertempfel tweets that the Pirates will option seldom-used infielder Pedro Ciriaco to AAA-Indianapolis. This probably is just to open the doorway and make room for SS Ronny Cedeno to come off the disabled list in time for this weekend’s series against the Cardinals. Nothing has been made official yet about the corresponding, move, though.

Ciriaco played in just 7 games for the Pirates and accumulated just 6 at bats, in which he got no hits. I have no idea why he stayed on the roster as long as he did and to be honest, didn’t even realize he was still on the team until someone mentioned him during the Astros series.

 

 
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Game 95: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds Live Blog

Published on July 20, 2011 by in Live Blogs

 
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Pirates shut out Reds…again

Published on July 19, 2011 by in Game Recaps

Final: Pirates 1, Reds 0

WP: James McDonald (6-4)
LP: Mike Leake (8-5)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (28)

The Pirates’ offense was virtually non-existent in this one. Luckily for the us, though, the Reds’ offense was literally non-existent.

James McDonald was superb pitching 6 1/3 scoreless frames while racking up 7 strikeouts. He left in the 7th, though, in quite a jam that the bullpen would remarkably get out of. With the bases loaded, and one out, Joe Beimel came on in relief of McDonald to face pinch-hitter Jay Bruce. Beimel fell behind Bruce 2-0 but came back to strike him out swinging. 2 outs. Chris Resop would then come in to face Drew Stubbs, who weakly grounded out to 1st on the first pitch he would see.

Resop would then go on to pitch a 1-2-3 8th inning.

The Pirates’ l0ne run would come in the 1st inning as Josh Harrison would hit a 1-out single and would move to third on Neil Walker’s book-rule double. Andrew McCutchen would then drive in Harrison, and the deciding run on an RBI ground out to short.

The Pirates go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 12:35 as Jeff Karstens takes the hill against Johnny Cueto.

In other news tonight, Pedro Alvarez went 4 for 4 tonight for AAA-Indianapolis and is 9 for his last 12, including 2 homers. Hopefully this is a sign he is finally ready. Ronny Cedeno was 3 for 4 with a double. And Steve Pearce was 1 for 4 with a double. Cedeno and Pearce should be back with the club for this weekend’s series and having Pedro back (hitting) would be a nice treat as well.

 
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