Category Game Recaps & Reactions

Brewers Hand Pirates Sixth Straight Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in an absolute freefall to end the 2017 season.  They can’t score runs, they make base-running mistakes, mental errors, and the defense is as unreliable as the offense is unproductive.  The latest team to take advantage of the Pirates inferiority was the Milwaukee Brewers, who shut out the Bucs 3-0 at PNC Park tonight.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up two runs on six hits through five innings in a losing effort.  His mound opponent, Brent Suter, bewildered the Pirates, giving up just five hits in five innings of work.

Ryan Braun broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth with a solo homerun, his 17th of the season, to left center field.  Neil Walker’s RBI single in the sixth and Travis Shaw’s single in the eighth made it 3...

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Pirates Finish Road Trip 1-8

It appears that the Pittsburgh Pirates have zoned out on what is left of the 2017 season.  For proof of that look no further than their being swept by the Cincinnati Reds.  Cincinnati has dominated Pittsburgh all season, so while the loss is not a surprise, it just shows that this Pirates team has no heart to finish the remainder of the season on a high note.

Gerrit Cole pitched well through the first five innings today, but hit a wall in the sixth.  Cole would give up four runs on three hits, with six strikeouts and four walks.  Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett would each hit two run homers to send Cole to the showers.  Daniel Hudson would finish off the inning, but not before he allowed a RBI triple to Tucker Barnhart.

Jack Leathersich would pitch the seventh inning, striking out ...

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Steelers Improve To 2-0, Beat Vikings 26-9

After a less than stellar opening week against the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers looked to improve in their home opener against the Minnesota Vikings at Heinz Field.  This afternoon, the Steelers’ defense was stifling against Minnesota and Ben Roethlisberger and the offense wore down the opposing defense on their way to a 26-9 victory.

The Vikings received a heavy dose of Le’Veon Bell this afternoon, as the Steelers running back had 87 yards on 27 carries.  Antonio Brown was held in check for the majority of the afternoon, tallying five catches for 62 yards.  Roethlisberger, after getting off to a bit of a slow start, finished with 243 yards and two touchdowns.

The Steelers had control of this game all afternoon, even when the score was relatively close.  Martavis Bryan...

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Reds Beat Nova, Pirates 2-1

After skipping his last start in the rotation, the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the ball to Ivan Nova this afternoon in the second game of their three game weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.  Nova has struggled mightily since the All Star Break, and despite a vastly improved start tonight, the Bucs still dropped another game to their N.L. Central foes by a 2-1 score.

Nova pitched well tonight, giving up two runs on three hits in 6.1 innings, but he was outpitched by his mound opponent.  Sal Romano improved to 5-6 on the season, giving up five hits and striking out six in eight innings.

After a pitchers’ duel took the game into the seventh inning, the Reds scored a pair of runs which would be enough to lift the team to victory.  A solo homerun by Jesse ...

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Kuhl Struggles, Pirates Lose 4-2

While the thrill of a playoff race has been out of the minds of Pittsburgh Pirates fans for weeks now, the month of September does present an opportunity to see what this team can do in future years with the talent they have now.  Chad Kuhl, who has vastly improved from this time last year, took the mound against the Cincinnati Reds, looking to finish strong with his final few starts in 2017.

Unfortunately, and uncharacteristically, Kuhl fell victim to the long ball, as the Reds hit four homeruns on their way to a 4-2 victory at Great American Ballpark.

Kuhl fell to 7-11 on the season, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks in 4.2 innings.  He was forced into long counts early, as he ended up throwing 101 pitches in under five innings of work.  His mound opponent, Homer Baile...

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Glasnow Continues To Struggle In Majors

Tyler Glasnow made his return to a big-league mound tonight after a successful stint in Indianapolis for much of the summer.  Reports were that he had better command of his pitches and was doing a better job of controlling the running.  We were all quickly reminded that there is a huge difference between pitching in the majors and the minors, and the Milwaukee Brewers pounced on that difference.  At the end of the night they picked up a series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates with an 8-2 victory tonight.

Glasnow would only last 2.2 innings and allowed five runs on four hits during that time.  He would strikeout three and walk six.  That stat line would balloon his ERA up to 7.89.  A few questionable calls by the home plate umpire didn’t help, and even led to Clint Hurdle being eject...

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Brewers Beat Cole, Pirates 5-2

Gerrit Cole took the mound tonight for the Pittsburgh Pirates looking for another solid start on the road. Unfortunately, he ran into some trouble in the early innings, and the Bucs couldn’t muster a comeback as they fell 5-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers tonight at Miller Park.

Cole battled his way through six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits with ten strikeouts and two walks.  His mound opponent, Brent Suter, gave up two runs on three hits in three innings in a spot start for Milwaukee.

A solo homerun by Eric Thames in the bottom of the second inning put the Brewers in front 1-0.  Jordy Mercer’s groundout in the third tied the game and an RBI single by Jordan Luplow later in the inning gave the Bucs a 2-1 advantage.

The Brewers tagged Cole for four runs in the third inning. 

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Brault, Pirates Blank Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers on a five-game losing streak and struggling in all aspects of the game.  Steven Brault looked to be the stop gap for Pittsburgh and he would have help from his offense in a 7-0 win over Milwaukee.  If the Pirates want finish this season strong, more nights like this would go a long way.

Brault would go on to have the best start of his short Major League career.  He would throw six innings allowing one hit, while striking out six and walking one.  The biggest stat was not allowing a single run.  Brault would even do it with the bat going 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored.  He definitely did it all tonight in leading the charge to victory.

The Buccos would get the offense going immediately in the first in...

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Steelers Open Season With Win Over Browns

Expectations are very high for the Pittsburgh Steelers coming into the 2017 NFL season.  The journey for a seventh Super Bowl title would begin on the road against the division rival Cleveland Browns.  Most would have expected Pittsburgh to win this game easily, but teams are usually still finding themselves early in the year and anything can happen when AFC North teams play each other.

The Steelers would force a quick three and out and then jump on the scoreboard when Anthony Chickillo recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.  Cleveland would tie the game with :22 left in the first quarter on a DeShone Kizer 1yd TD run.  The game would remain tied until :45 remaining in the half.  That is when Ben Roethlisberger would throw his first of two touchdown passes to Jesse James.

Zane Gonz...

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Cardinals Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 7-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates did everything they could this weekend to help the St. Louis Cardinals gain ground in the N.L. Central Standings.  After two close losses on Friday and Saturday to their divisional foes, the Bucs were beaten easily this afternoon at Busch Stadium by a 7-0 score.  With the victory, the Cardinals completed a three game weekend sweep of the Pirates.

The Bucs fell to ten games under .500 with the loss and their starter, Ivan Nova, lost his 13th game of the year, giving up five runs on five hits in five innings.  Michael Wacha, the Cardinals’ starter, gave up five hits and struck out seven in eight innings.

Yadier Molina was the star of the day for St. Louis, contributing two hits and five RBIs on the day.  Andrew McCutchen had two hits for Pittsburgh, but there was...

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