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Wandy Rodriguez Dominates in 6-2 Victory over Astros

Final: Pirates 6, Astros 2

WP: Wandy Rodriguez (10-13, 3.71 ERA)
LP: Jordan Lyles (3-11, 5.55 ERA)

Wandy Rodriguez cruised through seven scoreless innings against his former team and the Pirates got big time production from Brock Holt and Andrew McCutchen to end their four game skid. Rodriguez struck out seven while walking just one. That’s back to back shut out performances by the left hander.

Brock Holt sparked the Pirates’ offense by going 4 for 5 with a double out of the lead off spot. Andrew McCutchen played an equally large role by driving in three runs with a 4 for 4 night to regain the lead for the batting title.

The rest of the Pirates offense went just 2 for 25, but that was more than what was needed to take this game with ease.

I haven’t seen much of Holt, but what I have seen of him, I like. He is spraying balls all over the field and is getting on base, which no other previous Pirates’ lead off hitter this season has been able to do. When Neil Walker returns from his injury, I would not mind seeing what Holt looks like at shortstop for a couple of games.

Hopefully we’re seeing the start of Andrew McCutchen firing on all cylinders. He hit everything hard tonight and him being MVP-caliber again would really help this team down the stretch.

Travis Snider was pulled from the game after experiencing discomfort in his right hamstring while running the bases in the first inning.

 
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Checking in / Live Chat

If you haven’t already noticed, it’s been quite a while since I’ve updated anything on the site. I figured I would at least let you all know why.

I’m getting married on Aug 25th, and it has been pretty hectic times at NSN Headquarters. After the wedding, I’ll be out of the country for a while with the honeymoon, but will get back to blogging after Labor Day.

For the time being, use the window below for live game chats for all the games between now and then and Let’s go Bucs!

 
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Game 116 Live Chat: Pirates vs Dodgers

 
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Game 115 Live Chat: Pirates vs Dodgers

 
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Game 111 Live Chat: Pirates vs Diamondbacks

Published on August 9, 2012 by in Live Blogs

 
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Neil Walker powers way past Diamondbacks

Final: Pirates 7, Diamondbacks 6

WP: Kevin Correia (9-6, 4.49 ERA)
LP: Ian Kennedy (10-9, 4.34 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (33, 2.68 ERA)

Neil Walker had a monster game at the plate with a three-run homer in the first inning, followed by a two-run double in the fifth. Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer both added solo homers as well, with Mercer’s being his first of his career.

Kevin Correia did enough to win the game, which is pretty much what he’s done the past few months as he racked up his seventh straight win. He gave up four runs (three earned) over six innings. He struck out five and walked three.

Joel Hanrahan was as sharp as he’s been all season as the bullpen bent, but didn’t break. Hanrahan struck out the side in order for his 33rd save on 13 pitches.

Neil Walker has found his power swing. After hitting seven homers in July, he has now hit two in his first six games this month. His OPS is now a season-high .811, which is the third highest among ML second basemen.

Travis Snider went 2 for 4 and is hitting .360/.393/.400 since being traded to the Pirates from Toronto. He’s still looking for his first homer as a Bucco, though.

Kevin Correia picked up his fourth win since the All-Star Break. That is one more win than the Astros have since the All-Star Break. That’s pretty awesome.

The Brewers did their first ever cool thing today by finishing a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates have gained three games on the Reds in the last four games and now sit just 2 1/2 games back of first place.

 
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