Found July 15, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
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 The Pirates looked foolish both at the plate and in the field today, as they fell to the Brewers and dropped their first series in a month. Yovani Gallardo absolutely dominated, cooling down the Bucco bats for the first time in a quite a while. He did it by striking out a startling 14 batters in seven innings (the bullpen added three more K’s). It was ugly; the Pirates tied a season high with the 17 K’s on the day, and ended up striking out in double digits in all three game this weekend. The one Pirate starter that didn’t strike out was Andrew McCutchen, who had your usual ho-hum game. All he did was hit another impressive opposite field homer–his fourth game in a row with a bomb and 21st HR of the year–and pick two more hits, bringing his average up to a league leading .371. Unfortunately, Pirates not named McCutchen only tallied two hits on the day, so his solo homer was all they ended up with. A.J. Burnett looked sharp and pitched well for five innings, then ran into trouble in...
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