Pirates Come Back, Blow Lead, Drop Series To Padres

The key to any successful baseball season is winning series from teams who on paper are inferior to yours.  That did not happen this weekend for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After winning game one of this four game series Thursday, they would drop the next three to the San Diego Padres, a team that currently sits eight games under .500.

Pittsburgh would jump out to a one run lead in the third when Francisco Cervelli hit a sac fly to center field to score Trevor Williams.  That lead would not hold up since San Diego would take a one run lead in the fourth on a two-run homer from Christian Villanueva.  The Padres then put up two more runs in the fifth to increase that lead to three.  Freddy Galvis would score on a ground out, which was followed by A.J. Ellis scoring on a sacrifice bunt.

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Padres Beat Kingham, Pirates 6-2

Nick Kingham made the third start of his career tonight at PNC Park against the San Diego Padres.  After an incredible debut, he came back to earth a bit in his second start, and tonight, the Padres got to him early and went on to a 6-2 victory.

Kingham gave up three runs in the first inning and even though he settled down afterwards, the damage was done and the Pirates couldn’t make a comeback.  Nick gave up three runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts in six innings of work.  Tyler Glasnow gave up a run on three hits in two innings, and George Kontos gave up a run on two hits.

A two run double by Jose Pirela in the top of the first plated the first pair of runs for San Diego, and another double by Christian Villanueva made it 3-0...

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Lack Of Key Hits Sends Pirates To Defeat

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been on quite the roll lately and most of that is due to their offense.  Tonight, would be the first time in awhile that the offense could not muster that one clutch hit to put the team in the lead for good.  The San Diego Padres would take advantage of that and go on to win 3-2, to even this four-game series at one game apiece.

Pittsburgh would jump out to an early lead in the first inning when Josh Bell hit an RBI double to left field to score Adam Frazier.  They would then double that lead in the third on a Corey Dickerson single to left center field.  That would be the final run they scored on the night.  They would have chances though, as they would leave a total of 13 men on base.

Ivan Nova worked six innings tonight and allowed three runs, two earned...

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Pirates Come From Behind Twice, Beat Padres 5-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to find ways to win baseball games.  Tonight, they opened up a four game series with the San Diego Padres at PNC Park.  The two teams traded blows back and forth throughout, but the Bucs scored the game’s winning run in the bottom of the seventh and the bullpen shut the door in the final two innings to secure a 5-4 victory.

The Pirates are now nine games over .500 (26-17) and have won eight of their last nine games to climb to first place in the N.L. Central.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh and struggled his way through 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  Steven Brault pitched 2.1 innings, while Edgar Santana earned his second consecutive victory.  Felipe Vazquez tallied his 9th save of the season with a one-two-three ninth inning.

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Pirates Complete Season Sweep Of White Sox

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox met up today for the fourth and final time this season.  Pittsburgh had taken the previous three games, but it was expected that Chicago would put up a fight.  The White Sox did just that, but the Pirates got just enough offense to complete the season sweep with a 3-2 victory.

Chicago would jump out to an early lead on a Leury Garcia solo home run in the second inning.  That lead was quickly erased by the Buccos when Sean Rodriguez brought home two runs with a double to left field.  The White Sox would go on to tie the game in the fifth when Yolmer Sanchez hit a solo homer to deep right field.  Josh Bell would come off the bench for Pittsburgh in the seventh and drive the game winning run home with a single to left center field.

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Pirates Blank White Sox 7-0

Last week, it took a pair of dramatic offensive comebacks for the Pittsburgh Pirates to beat the Chicago White Sox.  In game one of their two game series at PNC Park, the Pirates took control of the game early and went on for a comfortable 7-0 victory.

A solo homerun by Adam Frazier to lead off the bottom of the first got the scoring started for Pittsburgh.  Josh Bell’s two run double scored Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte, and Colin Moran doubled home Bell to make it 4-0 after the first inning.

A triple by Sean Rodriguez in the bottom of the second scored Polanco, and Bell doubled for the second time in as many innings to score Rodriguez, which put the game well out of reach.

Polanco added insult to injury in the sixth with a RBI double to score Frazier, making it 7-0, which would ...

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Pirates Winning Streak Snapped By Giants

All good things must come to an end and that was the case this Mother’s Day for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After winning their previous five games, they would lose the finale of this three-game series with the San Francisco Giants today 5-0.  One bad inning of pitching, along with an offense that could not muster that one key hit was the reason for the defeat.

Ivan Nova would work 5.2 innings today and was cruising for the first five.  In the sixth though he had a rough go of it that resulted in four runs being charged to him.  Gorky’s Hernandez got things started with a solo home run to left centerfield.  Brandon Crawford was able to plate a run with a double to left centerfield.  Nova would leave with two runners on base and did not walk a batter, while striking out two.

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Pirates Win Fifth Straight, Beat Giants 6-5

After an extensive rain delay, the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates took the field at PNC Park for the second game of their three game weekend series.  While Friday’s game was a lopsided victory for Pittsburgh, tonight’s matchup was much more competitive.  It was a back and forth game throughout the evening, but the Pirates scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a hit-by-pitch to beat the Giants 6-5 for their fifth straight win.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through six innings of work.  He gave up three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and four walks.

The Pirates took the lead in the first inning.  After Gregory Polanco drew a walk and Starling Marte singled, Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the game’...

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Four Home Runs Lift Pirates Over Giants

The storyline coming into this weekend series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants was the return of Andrew McCutchen to PNC Park.  McCutchen was a key member of three straight playoff appearances from 2013-15, but all good things must come to an end.  Many thought Pittsburgh would be in turmoil this season, but so far, they have been playing good baseball and that continued tonight in an 11-2 victory.

The Pirates were able to get out of the gate fast tonight with a Starling Marte two run home run in the bottom of the first inning.  That would be key after Jameson Taillon left the game after the third inning with a finger laceration.  Hopefully Taillon does not miss much time, because when he is on top of his game he is by far the best pitcher on the staff.

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Pirates Rally In 9th To Defeat White Sox

Looking at the standings before this series started, it appeared that the Pittsburgh Pirates would have an easy time picking up two wins over the Chicago White Sox.  Last night they had to overcome a four-run deficit to gain the win, while today it would take a four run ninth inning rally to cap the 6-5 victory and complete the sweep of the series.

Chicago would once again jump out to a four-run lead today, though it would take four innings to gain that lead.  Tim Anderson came through with a two-run homer to deep left in the second inning.  In the fourth inning it would be another two-run shot, this time from Daniel Palka.  All four of these runs would be charged to Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams.

Williams would only go five innings today, allowing four runs on seven hits to go wi...

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