Links/Musings 4-4-11

Photo from AP

Pirates

It wasn’t pretty but the Pirates pulled out a come-from-behind victory Sunday against the Cubs at Wrigley. The Buccos had 16 hits, all of which were singles, and Matt Garza made them look silly at times, ringing up 12 batters in his Cubs debut, a career high. Ross Ohlendorf cruised through the early innings, but was starting to get shelled late. However, he did just enough to keep the Bucs in the game. In the 9th inning, down 4-3, Garrett Jones led off with a walk, and Neil Walker followed with a single. After a sac bunt by Lyle Overbay, Pedro Alvarez came to the plate. I’d like to say he blasted a homer off of Carlos Marmol, however a little infield hit scored the tying run. The throw pulled Carlos Pena off the bag, and while he was recuperating, Walker headed for home and beat the throw giving the Pirates the lead. Joel Hanrahan shut the door on Chicago, and the Pirates locked up the 5-4 victory.

Worth noting that with this series win, the Pirates only need to win three more on the road to match their total from last year. They are also just 15 wins away from tying their mark for road victories in 2010.

More Coverage

Pirates pull out 5-4 against Cubs (PG)

Pirates strike out 12 times but rally to beat Cubs (Trib)

Penguins

The Pens continued their venture in the south with the season winding down on Saturday, beating the Florida Panthers 4-2. With a playoff spot locked up, the real issue with the team going forward is whether Sidney Crosby will be ready anytime soon. I can’t see this team going far without him. The Penguins are full of very good role players, but they need the guy like Crosby to set them up.

Pittsburgh Power

Know it’s a few days late, but the Consol Energy Center experienced a blackout (like that?) as the Power struggled mightily on offense against the Tulsa Talons Saturday night losing 45-22. I’ve always been a fan of the Arena Football League so I’m sure I’ll be posting more about them here.

Turnovers cost Power in loss to Talons (PG)

Ohio Bobcat Baseball

Tough weekend for Ohio baseball who lost two of three games to the Central Michigan Chippewas in Athens this weekend. Their record now stands at 14-13 with a 2-4 mark in MAC play. (All links from OhioBobcats.com)

Friday: Late surge gives CMU a 9-3 win

Saturday: Bobcats hang on for 6-5 win over Chippewas

Sunday: Sabol, Chippewas blank Bobcats

Just mere days until I will be heading back to Pittsburgh for opening weekend at PNC Park. Keep it here for all the fun that will ensue.

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About suhlmann12
journalism student at Ohio University. Huge fan of Pittsburgh sports teams

2 Responses to Links/Musings 4-4-11

  1. Virginia says:

    Is it too early to think the Pirates have a shot at contending this year? They are in a competitive division, but anything can happen – just look at the Reds last year.
    -Virginia
    http://southernnbelle.mlblogs.com

    • suhlmann12 says:

      Eh it is a little early to say that. They started out 7-5 and ended up 57-105 in 2010. I think they’ll be better this year but they are still a couple years away from being a playoff team. Thanks for reading!

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