Pirates Sweep Royals, Win 8th Straight At Home

The home portion of the 2018 schedule is winding down for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but they are going out with a bang.  Pittsburgh entered the night having won their previous seven home games and had a chance to sweep their three-game series from the Kansas City Royals.  Walk off hits had been the story of the past two nights, but tonight it was all about the pitching on both sides.

Buccos starter Chris Archer would have his best night in a Pittsburgh uniform by pitching seven innings and allowing one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.  His counterpart Heath Fillmyer was dominate as well.  Fillmyer threw seven innings and gave up two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts.

Richard Rodriguez would enter the game for the Pirates in the eighth and strikeout two of the thr...

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The Pirates Walk It Off Again Over Royals

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing quality baseball in the month of September and that would continue tonight against the Kansas City Royals.  They would take a great pitching performance from Jameson Taillon and a walk off single from the fourth string catcher tonight to defeat Kansas City 2-1 in eleven innings.

Taillon would record a career high eleven strikeouts tonight during his seven innings on the mound to go with one walk and four hits.  He was replaced by Richard Rodriguez in the eighth who would strikeout three and walk one during the inning.  Felipe Vazquez would be tagged for a run in the ninth and record his fifth blown save on the season.  Edgar Santana pitched a scoreless tenth, before giving way to Kyle Crick in the eleventh.

There wasn’t much offense tonight from...

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Pirates Rally Late, Beat Royals 7-6

After playing spoiler over the weekend by taking two of three games against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home for a three game series at PNC Park against the Kansas City Royals.

A back and forth game tonight resulted in a 7-6 victory for the Pirates on the North Shore.

Joe Musgrove started for the Pirates tonight, battling his way through six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.  Rookie Brad Keller gave up four runs on ten hits in six innings for Kansas City.

The Royals took the lead in the third inning on a RBI double by Alex Gordon.  Pittsburgh tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a two out single by Corey Dickerson.

A two run double by Adam Frazier in the fourth inning made it 3-1 Pittsburgh, but the Royals scored four runs in ...

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Steelers Open Home Schedule With Loss To Chiefs

After a disappointing tie against the Cleveland Browns last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers took the field for the first time at Heinz Field this year looking to rebound and get back on track.  Unfortunately, the Steelers’ defense never really showed up, falling behind early and simply couldn’t stop Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense in a 42-37 loss.

Mahomes threw for 326 yards and six touchdowns against the Steelers defense.  Travis Kelce had 109 yards and two touchdowns and Sammy Watkins had 100 yards as well.

Ben Roethlisberger put up some big numbers for Pittsburgh today, which doesn’t always mean that the game went very well.  He threw for 452 yards and three touchdowns, including one to Jesse James and one to JuJu Smith-Schuster.  Antonio Brown had nine catches for 67 yar...

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Pirates Take Series From Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates may not be headed to the postseason this year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a say in who reaches the playoffs.  Today they would defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 and take two of the three games in this series.  Milwaukee is in a battle with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals for the division and I’m sure they weren’t expecting Pittsburgh to hand them two losses over the weekend.

The Pirates offense did all of the scoring through the first eight and a half innings.  Kevin Newman brought home the first run of the game in the second inning on a sac fly to center that scored Corey Dickerson.  Dickerson then drive home Josh Bell in the fourth with a single to left center...

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Nova, Pirates Silence Brewers Offense

With nothing much to play for other than attempting to finish the season over the .500 mark, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to play spoiler against the remaining contending teams on their schedule.  Tonight, they were able battle themselves through a stressful ninth inning to deliver a blow to the Milwaukee Brewers’ division title hopes with a 3-1 victory at Miller Park.

The Brewers, trailing by two runs entering the bottom of the ninth inning, put runners on first and second with no outs.  Felipe Vazquez then recorded a lineout, a flyout, and a strikeout to end the game.  After scoring in the first inning, the Brewers were unable to score in the final eight innings.

Ivan Nova started for the Pirates tonight, giving up one run on four hits in six innings.  Richard Rodriguez and K...

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Archer, Pirates Fall To Brewers 7-4

When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Chris Archer at the trade deadline in July, they were in the thick of the National League Wild Card race so they were looking or help to help them during crunch time this season.  But they were also looking ahead as Archer is controlled beyond this season.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Archer has struggled mightily since he put on a Pirates’ uniform, and that trend continued on Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Archer gave up four runs on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in five innings of work.  He fell to 4-8 on the season with the loss, and his ERA sits at 4.66.

The Pirates were able to score four runs on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to dig out of the hole they were left in the early and middle innings of the game.

Milwa...

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Pirates Avoid Sweep In Finale With Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals met today for the final time in 2018.  St. Louis had wrapped up the season series with a win on Monday and were trying to sweep this series from Pittsburgh.  The Pirates would finally get a good day of pitching to go along with just enough offense to pick up a 4-3 victory.

Jameson Taillon has been looking like the ace we all hoped he would become with the Buccos when they drafted him and today was no different.  He would pitch seven innings and allow two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.  The first of those runs came from Marcell Ozuna in the first when he hit an RBI single to left.  The second came in the eighth when Carson Kelly scored on a fielder’s choice.

Pittsburgh would tag Cardinals starter Daniel Poncedeleon

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Pirates Drop Series To Cardinals

After scoring seven runs in an 8-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates would manage five runs in a 11-5 loss tonight.  Both bullpens were hit hard, but the Pittsburgh pen was smacked the hardest.  The loss would also send the Pirates to a series loss with one game remaining.

St. Louis jumped on the board early when Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run home run in the first inning.  The Buccos would cut the lead in half during the fourth on a Corey Dickerson single to right center to score Josh Bell.  The Cardinals plated two more runs in the sixth.  Matt Carpenter would score on a wild pitch, something Pittsburgh leads the league in, and then Jose Martinez scored on a Paul DeJong sac fly.

Another St...

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Cardinals Score Four In Eighth, Beat Pirates 8-7

After a 5-0 home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road for a crucial N.L. Central series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals are in the heat of the wild card playoff race, and the Bucs would look nothing more than to play spoiler against their division rivals.

As has been the case many times over the years, tonight’s game between the Pirates and Cardinals went back and forth, but the Cardinals used a clutch three run homerun to edge the Bucs by an 8-7 score.

Trevor Williams and Adam Wainwright opposed one another on the mound tonight, and each battled his way through five innings of work.  Williams gave up four runs on six hits with six strikeouts, while Wainwright struck out three while giving up four runs on seven hits...

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