Pirates Home Runs Topple Rockies

It took three games, but finally the Pittsburgh Pirates offense came out of hibernation in a big 14-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the finale of their three-game series.  Pittsburgh would tally a total of four home runs today with three coming in the seventh inning.  Colorado battled back in the sixth, but the Pirates bullpen shut the door over the final three frames.

The Buccos offense got things rolling in the first inning when Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer to right center field.  Melky Cabrera then drove in Josh Bell with a double down the left field line.  The final run of the inning came when Cabrera scored on shallow single to right by Colin Moran.

Moran would strike again in the third with another RBI single, this one scoring Bell.  Starting pitcher Jordan Lyles w...

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Pitching Struggles Continue, Pirates Lose 9-3

After a successful road trip, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home hoping to ride a wave of momentum as they opened up a home stand against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.  Unfortunately, after a pair of disappointing performances, the Bucs will take the field Thursday afternoon looking to avoid a series sweep.

The Pirates’ pitching woes continued Tuesday evening, falling behind early and were never able to make a game of it, losing by a 9-3 score.

Montana DuRapau started for Pittsburgh and didn’t make it out of the first inning.  He recorded just two outs, giving up three runs on three hits with a walk.  Nick Kingham took over from there and didn’t fair well either.  He ate up four innings, giving up six runs on nine hits with four walks.  Clay Holmes and Michael Feliz c...

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Pirates Fall Flat In Opener With Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight, after a successful 7-4 road trip, to begin a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies.  Pittsburgh was looking to continue their quality play of late, but that would not be the case.  Lack of offense, a key error, and a less than stellar start from Chris Archer sent the Buccos to a 5-0 loss.

It is no secret that with injuries to Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams that Pittsburgh needs quality outings from their remaining starters if they hope to stay afloat this season.  Archer was supposed to be a key member of the rotation, but has yet to show that in 2019.  He would pitch five innings allowing four runs, three earned, giving up six hits to go along with three strikeouts and two walks.

Colorado collected their first run of the ...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Padres 6-4

Due to their inconsistent play on the field coupled with a string of injuries, one would have expected for the Pittsburgh Pirates most recent road trip to be extremely difficult.  That’s why they play the games.  The Pirates wrapped up a 7-4 road trip with a 6-4 victory over the San Diego Padres this afternoon at Petco Park.

The Pirates desperately needed a long start from Joe Musgrove, who provided a solid performance on the mound.  He won his third game of the season, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits in 6.1 innings of work.  Geoff Hartlieb and Francisco Liriano provided valuable innings in relief, and Felipe Vazquez earned his 13th save of the season by closing things down in the ninth inning.

Pittsburgh took control of the game in very first inning.  Josh Bell sing...

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Pirates Hit Four Homers, Defeat Padres 7-2

With injuries decimating their starting pitching and bullpen this season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had to get a little creative with how they used their arms tonight.  Pittsburgh would start a reliever and then use five more out of the bullpen to earn a 7-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.  While the pitching was very good, the Pirates offense came up big throughout the course of the game.

It would start in the second inning when Josh Bell and Bryan Reynolds hit back to back solo home runs.  Bell would then strike again in the third when he launched a three-run homer to give the Buccos a five-run lead.  Gregory Polanco would hit the final home run of the night in the fifth, when he hit a solo shot of his own.  Pittsburgh grabbed an insurance run in the ninth on a swinging bunt by Elia...

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Lyles, Pirates Hold Off Padres 5-3

After Trevor Williams left Thursday night’s game due to injury, Jordan Lyles took the mound on Friday looking to provide some stability for a Pittsburgh Pirates team that was desperate need of some bullpen relief.  That is exactly what he delivered on Friday, putting forth his best effort of the season as the Pirates beat the San Diego Padres by a 5-3 score.

Lyles held the Padres in check, giving up one run on five hits and one walk with twelve strikeouts in seven innings of work.  He improved his record to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.97 on the season.  Kyle Crick pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and, despite giving up a pair of runs in the ninth, Felipe Vazquez closed things down to secure the victory.

Franmil Reyes hit a solo homerun in the first inning to give the Padres an earl...

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Williams Injured In Loss To Padres

The 2019 edition of the Pittsburgh Pirates may be cursed.  This team has not been healthy since spring training and it seems like every week a new member joins the list of injured players.  That trend continued in the opening game of a four-game series with the San Diego PadresTrevor Williams left the game Thursday night with a right-side injury and Pittsburgh would go on to drop the game 4-3.

Williams would work his way out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning before allowing a solo home run to Franmil Reyes in the third.  After recording the second out of the fourth he would motion to the dugout for the Athletic Trainer and then promptly exit.  His final line was 3.2 innings pitched allowing one run on two hits with five strikeouts and one walk...

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Ugly Return For Archer, Pirates Lose 11-1

Chris Archer returned from the injured list this afternoon against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and had easily his worst of the season.  The result was an 11-1 loss for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the series finale.

Today was the last time the Bucs would face the Diamondbacks, which is the best news of the day.  Arizona has destroyed Pirates pitching this season, and today was no exception.  Archer lasted 3.2 innings, giving up seven runs (six earned) on four hits and four walks.  His record dropped to 1-3 and his ERA sits at 5.58 for the season.

Chris Stratton pitched four innings of relief, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out seven batters.

The Diamondbacks had 11 hits as a team, led by Jarrod Dyson’s two hits and two RBIs and Eduardo Escobar’s two hits and three RBIs...

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Pirates Top Diamondbacks 6-2

It took six games, but finally the Pittsburgh Pirates broke through against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night with a 6-2 victory.  Pittsburgh has lost some ugly games to Arizona this season, but with three home runs and a stellar night of pitching from Joe Musgrove, they were finally able to come out on top.

Starting pitching has been a huge issue for the Pirates these last two games.  While they were able to overcome it on Sunday, Monday’s game turned into a loss quickly because of it.  Musgrove made sure that did not happen tonight, as he went seven innings and allowed zero runs on one hit with five strikeouts and two walks.  The bullpen duo of Richard Rodriguez and Michael Feliz gave up two runs on three hits with four strikeouts to cover the final two innings of play.

Tho...

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Kingham Struggles, Pirates Lose 9-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ struggles against the Arizona Diamondbacks this season continued last night with a 9-3 loss in the first game of their three game series.

Nick Kingham took the mound for the Bucs last night and was completely ineffective during his short outing.  He fell to 1-1 on the season with the loss, giving up seven runs on ten hits in just four innings of work.  The bullpen, as a whole, gave up two runs on three hits in four innings, but the damage was already done and the game was out of reach.

The Pirates got off to a great start offensively, scoring two runs before Kingham even took the mound.  Josh Bell’s RBI single got them on the board at 1-0, and a single by Bryan Reynolds doubled the lead at 2-0.

The Diamondbacks responded, though, with two runs of their own in...

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