Wild Win, Pirates Complete Sweep Of Brewers

Five game sweeps are a rarity in MLB, mostly because five game series hardly ever happen in the modern game, but it happened today when the Pittsburgh Pirates came back in the tenth inning to win 7-6 over the Milwaukee Brewers.  It was a back and forth game, and an exciting way to head into the four-day All-Star break.

Joe Musgrove made the start today and pitched well through the first seven innings.  He would give up a solo home run to Travis Shaw in the second and an RBI single to Tyler Saladino in the sixth.  Musgrove was roughed up in the eighth and with two outs gave up a three-run triple to Brett Phillips.  His final line was 7.2 innings pitched, allowing five runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and four walks.

The Pittsburgh offense got things started in the third when Core...

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Pirates Sweep Doubleheader, Beat Brewers 6-2

After beating the Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 2-1 earlier this afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field today in the second game of today’s doubleheader looking to win their fourth straight game against their N.L. Central division rivals.  And once again, the theme of the game was solid pitching and homeruns, as the Pirates beat the Brewers 6-2 to finish the doubleheader sweep.

Clay Holmes started for Pittsburgh and was solid, giving up four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings.  Tyler Glasnow, Michael Feliz, and Felipe Vazquez pitched out of the bullpen.  Feliz was charged with the two runs, while Vazquez earned his 23rd save of the season and second save of the day.

A solo homerun by Max Moroff in the third inning put the Bucs on the board, 1-0.  David ...

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Bullpen Shuts Door, Pirates Beat Brewers 2-1

After a strong pair of games against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburgh Pirates faced off against the N.L. Central division leaders in the first game of a doubleheader this afternoon.  Today, the suddenly hot Bucs got out to an early lead and held on for a 2-1 victory at PNC Park.

Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh, failing to earn a decision after pitching just 4.2 innings.  He gave up one run on seven hits, but was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning.  Richard Rodriguez, Edgar Santana, and Kyle Crick each pitched a scoreless inning, setting the table for Felipe Vazquez, who sat the Brewers down in the ninth to clinch the win.

The Pirates took the lead in the first inning, scoring the only two runs they would need on the day.  Back to back homeruns by Starling Marte and Gregory ...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Brewers 7-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates are wrapping up a difficult home stand and a disappointing first half of the season with a tough five game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.  But so far in their series against the N.L. Central division leaders, the Pirates have looked like the better team overall.  Tonight, they got a lead early and went on to beat the Brewers 7-3 at PNC Park.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh tonight, improving to 4-4 on the season after giving up three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings.  Edgar Santana and Kyle Crick each had scoreless outings in relief.

The Pirates scored three runs in the first inning to take control of the game early.  Gregory Polanco hit a sacrifice fly to score Corey Dickerson for the game’s first run.  Colin Moran’s single scored Starling Marte,...

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Taillon, Mercer Lead Pirates Past Brewers

Tonight, the Pittsburgh Pirates began a five-game series with the division leading Milwaukee Brewers.  Supposedly this is a big series for Pittsburgh in what this team could look like come the trade deadline at the end of the month.  Even with a sweep of Milwaukee the Pirates would be a game below .500, so in my opinion this team should be sellers and look towards the future.

Jameson Taillon looked very good on the mound tonight.  He would pitch six innings, allowing one run on four hits with a career high ten strikeouts, and two walks.  This is the type of outings that the Buccos need out of Taillon if he is the top of the rotation guy we are led to believe.

Jordy Mercer was a man on a mission tonight.  He would get the scoring started with an RBI single to left in the second inning...

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Pirates Take Series From Nationals

It was a beautiful day on the North Shore for a baseball game and at PNC Park that is exactly what you had as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals completed their three-game series today.  If you like pitching and defense then this was the game for you.  One swing of the bat was all that Pittsburgh needed as they defeated Washington today by the final of 2-0.

Trevor Williams started for the Pirates today and worked a total of five innings which saw him throw 81 pitches.  In that time, he gave up four hits, while walking and striking out three batters.  I would like to see a starter work deeper into the game so that the bullpen is rested for when it is needed, but it worked out today.  Gio Gonzalez pitched six innings for the Nationals and allowed two runs on six hits with f...

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Pirates Fall Flat In Loss To Nationals

Rain delayed the start of tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals and early on both offenses looked to be a bit off because of it.  Washington would strike first and never look back in a 5-1 defeat of Pittsburgh tonight.  The Nationals win also evened up this three-game series with the rubber match taking place tomorrow afternoon.

Joe Musgrove was back on the mound tonight after a stint on the DL for a finger laceration.  He worked his way out of a rocky first inning and looked good for the next three innings.  He would find trouble in the fifth when he gave up a two-run home run to Anthony Rendon.  Musgrove was lifted after pitching five innings, while giving up two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.  His counterpart, Jeremy Hellick...

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Polanco, Pirates Beat Nationals 6-3

After a terrible stretch of baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates earned a much-needed victory yesterday afternoon at PNC Park.  Tonight, their home stand continued against the Washington Nationals, a team who swept them earlier in the season.  But Gregory Polanco and the Bucs’ offense came out strong, and the Pirates held on for a 6-3 victory.

Polanco led the way tonight with two hits and four RBIs, while Corey Dickerson and David Freese each had a pair of hits as well.

Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh and delivered a solid start, exactly when this team needed it.  He gave up three runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings, benefitting from a nice surge of offensive support early in the game.

A two-run single by Polanco in the first inning put the Bucs on the board, and a double by Colin Moran ma...

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Pirates Snap Losing Skid, Avoid Sweep

One thing is for certain, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing a lot of bad baseball lately and everyone has taken notice.  They entered the day on the verge of being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies not only in this series, but the season series.  Today was a different story though as Pittsburgh looked like a complete team today on their way to a 4-1 victory.

Nick Kingham made the start today for the Pirates and worked a six solid innings.  He would allow one run on four hits with five strikeouts and just one walk.  He would also collect his first Major League hit in the fourth inning.  The lone run he gave up came on a solo home run by Nick Williams in the fourth inning.

Edgar Santana and Kyle Crick worked the seventh and eighth innings respectively...

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Phillies Win Sixth Straight, Beat Bucs 3-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of a victory as they took the field this afternoon at PNC Park.  They have been headed in the opposite direction as their opponent, having lost four straight games while the Philadelphia Phillies were looking for their sixth straight victory.  After falling behind early, the Phillies rallied for three runs in the seventh inning and went on to win by a 3-2 score.

This afternoon’s game featured an enticing matchup on the mound between Jake Arrieta and Jameson Taillon.  Arrieta earned his first win since May, giving up two runs on six hits in seven innings, while Taillon lost his seventh game of the year after giving up three runs on five hits in 6.2 innings.

The Pirates took the lead on Arrieta and Phillies early.  Colin Moran’s single in...

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