Category Game Recaps & Reactions

Steelers Deliver Blowout To Browns At Heinz Field

Since the Cleveland Browns came back into the NFL in 1999, they have played the role of little brother to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Each year Cleveland talks a big game, but in the end, it is business as usual for Pittsburgh and today was no different.  After there was much talk during the week that a win for the Browns would propel them to new heights, the Steelers dominated from beginning to end and captured a 38-7 victory to move to 5-0 on the season and maintain first place in the AFC North.

The opening drive of the game resulted in Pittsburgh getting into field goal range and taking a three-point lead on a Chris Boswell 35-yard field goal.  The defense went to work on the first Cleveland possession.  Baker Mayfield tossed an interception to Minkah Fitzpatrick that was returned 33-...

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Steelers Beat Eagles, Improve To 4-0

The Pittsburgh Steelers held off a desperate Philadelphia Eagles team by a 38-29 score on Sunday afternoon to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Pittsburgh built a commanding 31-14 lead in the third quarter before the Eagles battled their way back and had an opportunity to take the lead late in the fourth quarter.  But a missed field goal and then allowing a deep touchdown pass sealed Philly’s fate, as they fell to 1-3-1 on the year with the loss.

Rookie Chase Claypool scored his first of four touchdowns on the day in the first quarter to give the Steelers a 7-0 lead.  The Eagles responded later in the quarter on a 74 yard touchdown by Miles Sanders.  Claypool scored from 32 yards out to score Pittsburgh’s second touchdown to make it 14-7 after the first quarter.

Philly tied the g...

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Pirates End 2020 With Loss To Indians

The 2020 Major League Baseball season may have been shortened, but it felt extra-long at time for fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  It all came to an end today after Pittsburgh lost to the Cleveland Indians 8-6.  While there were some glimpses of hope, there is definitely work that needs to be done before anyone feels comfortable calling this team a contender any time soon.

JT Brubaker made the start for the Pirates today and pitched five innings.  During that time, he allowed five runs on seven hits to go with three strikeouts and two walks.  All five of those runs came via the home run.  A two-run homer by Carlos Santana in the third inning tied the game at two, while a three-run home run by Franmil Reyes in the sixth got Cleveland back to within a run.

The Buccos got the scoring s...

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Strong Second Half Carries Steelers To 3-0 Start

It was another beautiful day at Heinz Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Houston Texans in a week three NFL matchup.  Pittsburgh entered the game looking for a third straight win to start the 2020 season, while Houston was looking to avoid a 0-3 start.  This game was dubbed the “Watt Bowl”, as brothers TJ, Derek, and JJ were meeting up for the first time ever.

The Steelers marched down the field on their first possession of the game, but had to settle for a 33-yd field goal by Chris Boswell to take an early three-point lead.  The Texans quickly countered on their next possession as Deshaun Watson threw a 28-yd touchdown pass to Randal Cobb to take a four-point lead.  Early on it looked like Watson would be able to pick apart the Pittsburgh secondary.

The Texans took...

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Musgrove, Hayes Lead Pirates To 8-0 Victory

Joe Musgrove threw seven shutout innings and Ke’Bryan Hayes had five hits to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-0 lead over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.

After a horrible start to the season, Musgrove has finished up strong in 2020, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters in his seven innings, earning his first victory of the year and lowering his ERA to 3.86.

As for Hayes, he continues to impress in his short stint in the majors so far.  He went 5-5 with three runs scored on Saturday night, improving his average to .370 for the season.

Pittsburgh took the lead in the first inning on a RBI single by Colin Moran.  A solo homerun by Jose Osuna in the second made it 2-0, and a single by Josh Bell and a two run homerun by Bryan Reynolds put t...

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Pirates Lose Late Lead, Fall To Indians

Tonight, marked the final weekend of the 2020 Major League Baseball season.  While this year hasn’t gone well for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they had been playing better baseball coming into tonight.  That fact would carry over through the first eight innings of this game with the Cleveland Indians, but Cleveland would plate three ninth inning runs to cap off a 4-3 victory.

Mitch Keller started the game for Pittsburgh and had a no hitter going through five innings when he was pulled from the game.  He was pulled because of a high pitch count, which mostly came from walking eight batters and striking out three.  The one earned run he allowed tonight came with the bases loaded and Francisco Lindor scoring on a Carlos Santana double play.

Nik Turley kept the no hitter going in the sixth...

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Pirates Win Final Home Game, Beat Cubs 7-0

While it has been a disastrous season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they finished the home schedule on a high note – a 7-0 blowout victory over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh and was dominant on the mound this afternoon.  He gave up just two hits and three walks in seven innings of work.  He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a double off the wall by Anthony Rizzo.  Still, it was a tremendous way for Kuhl to finish off his 2020 campaign.

The Pirates used the long ball to take control of this baseball game.  A solo homerun in each of the first three innings put the Bucs in front.  Colin Moran’s solo homer in the first scored the game’s first run, followed by dingers from Bryan Reynolds and Adam Frazier.

A single by Frazier in the four...

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Pirates Down Cubs In Pitcher’s Duel

For the majority of the 2020 season the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation and bullpen have been on different wavelengths.  When the starting rotation is going well, the bullpen struggles and when the starting rotation struggles, the bullpen is going well.  Tonight, both performed well and led the way in a 2-1 Pittsburgh victory over the Chicago Cubs

The offense for both teams came early and then were silent for the remaining eight innings.  In the top of the first Anthony Rizzo hit a 406 ft. solo home run to right centerfield to give Chicago their only lead.  The Pirates quickly answered with two solo home runs of their own during the bottom half of the inning.  Adam Frazier led off the inning with a 379 ft. dinger to right field.  That was followed up by a 415 ft...

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Brault, Stallings Lead Pirates Over Cubs 3-2

Steven Brault was magnificent on the mound on Tuesday night, holding the Chicago Cubs to just two hits and three walks in his seven innings of work on the mound, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory at PNC Park.

Before the seventh inning, Brault had pitched 10 straight hitless innings dating back to his previous start.  Despite not registering a victory on Tuesday, he did lower his ERA to 3.38 for the season while keeping the dangerous Cubs’ offense in check all night.

Pittsburgh scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second.  Erik Gonzalez doubled on a line drive to right field, scoring Gregory Polanco.  A double by Adam Frazier in the fifth scored Polanco and the Bucs held a 2-0 lead.

The Bucs held the lead until the eighth inning, when the Cubs capital...

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Cubs Make Easy Work Of Pirates

Less than a week to go in the 2020 Major League Baseball regular season and it can’t come soon enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Tonight, they opened a four-game series at PNC Park with the Chicago Cubs, and it looks like Pittsburgh is just going through the motions.  They received a good start from JT Brubaker, but a lackluster offensive performance an ugly bullpen outing led to a 5-0 Chicago victory.

Brubaker pitched 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.  That kind of line is worthy of a W, but not when you pitch for the Pirates.  An infield single by Javier Baez brought in Kyle Schwarber for the game’s first run in the second inning.  In the fifth inning Jason Kipnis would score on a Victor Caratini double to shallow right centerfield...

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