Category Game Recaps & Reactions

Nova Exits With Injury, Pirates Lose 5-4

Tonight was Ivan Nova’s last start of the 2017 season.  An up and down season for Nova left in injury, as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ right hander left after just two innings of work after being hit on the hand while trying to bunt.  The Washington Nationals beat the Bucs in a close game tonight by a 4-2 score.

Tyler Glasnow relieved Nova, giving up one run on two hits and five walks in 3.2 innings.  Edwin Jackson started for Washington, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings.

Daniel Murphy’s RBI single in the first scored Wilmer Difo to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead.  Pittsburgh responded with two runs in the third.  Christopher Bostick’s RBI double scored Max Moroff to tie the game, and Starling Marte gave the Bucs a 2-1 lead with an RBI single.

After tying the game in t...

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Pirates Take Down Orioles 5-3

Tonight marked the final home game of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates and like they had done for most of the season at PNC Park, they closed it out with a win.  The 5-3 win tonight also gave them a series sweep over the Baltimore Orioles and a season split, since Baltimore won both games at Camden Yards earlier this year.

Pittsburgh jumped on the board early when Josh Bell hit a RBI single to left center to drive in Adam Frazier in the first.  The Orioles would counter in their half of the second with three runs of their own off of Pirates starter Chad KuhlChance Sisco would hit a RBI double to left center, J.J. Hardy brought in a run with a groundout, and Anthony Santander plated a run with a RBI double.

Those would be all the runs Kuhl would allow over his five innings of wor...

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McCutchen’s Big Night Leads Pirates Over Orioles

It’s been a tough year for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  And really, outside of a couple of months in the middle of the season, it’s been a difficult year for Andrew McCutchen.  Entering a season fresh off countless trade rumors, the star outfielder struggled out of the gate, hit his stride in June and July, and has been sluggish as the end of the season nears.

But tonight, McCutchen reminded us all just how much of an offensive force he can be, delivering two homeruns, including his first career grand slam, as the Pirates routed the Baltimore Orioles 10-1 at PNC Park.

McCutchen went 4-4 with two homeruns, a double, eight RBIs, and four runs scored.  His RBI double in the first scored Starling Marte to give the Pirates the early lead...

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Pirates Take Series From Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field at PNC Park for final time on a Sunday this season.  They were looking to win their series against the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that is still in the hunt for a playoff spot.  Pittsburgh would use a couple home runs to put St. Louis away to win the game 4-1.

The Cardinals would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run off of Jameson Taillon.  Taillon would pitch five innings today allowing one run on four hits to go with one walk and six strikeouts.  The Pirates would tie the game in their half of the third when Jose Osuna hit a sac fly to left that scored Chris Bostick.

The first of two longballs today for the Buccos would strike in the fifth inning when Starling Marte hit a two-run home run to left cent...

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Steelers Show How Flawed They Really Are

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a history of playing poorly against inferior opponents during the Mike Tomlin era.  That is why today’s game against the Chicago Bears had red flags all over it.  History repeated itself today, as Chicago took advantage of poor decisions by the Steelers to win in overtime 23-17 for their first win of the year.

The day started off on a sour note when all of the Steelers, except for Alejandro Villanueva, stayed in the tunnel for the National Anthem.  A muffed punt by Eli Rogers led the way to a three-yard touchdown run from Jordan Howard.  Pittsburgh was able to tie the game with 5:42 left in the second quarter when Ben Roethlisberger threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown.

That tie would be broken with :43 left in the half when Bears quarterbac...

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Pirates Score Eight In First, Beat Cardinals 11-6

Tonight’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates featured a matchup between two pitchers who have had significant success against each other in the past – Lance Lynn and Gerrit Cole.  Tonight, however, both pitchers struggled, and the Pirates jumped out to a huge early lead and went on to win 11-6 at PNC Park.

Lynn didn’t finish an inning tonight, giving up eight runs on six hits.  Cole earned his 12th win of the season in his final home start of the year, giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings.  This was a long game as most September games are, with the two teams combining to use a total of 14 pitchers.

The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the first on a two run homerun by Tommy Pham.  A two-run single by David Freese tied things up quickly in...

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Cardinals Rally Late, Beat Pirates 4-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off their final home stand of the 2017 season tonight in the first of three against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Bucs have a chance to play spoiler this weekend as the Cardinals are battling for a playoff spot here late in the season.  Unfortunately, after putting themselves in position to take the first game tonight, the Pirates fell apart late and lost 4-3.

Michael Wacha and Ivan Nova opposed each other on the mound tonight, and neither had an outstanding start, each lasting five innings.  Wacha gave up two runs on three hits, while Nova gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits.

The Cardinals scored the game’s first run on a single by Dexter Fowler, bringing Matt Carpenter home to make it a 1-0 advantage...

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Frazier Walks It Off Against Brewers

It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been struggling mightily lately and it has been noticed by the fan base.  With the losses piling up, the seats are emptier now more than ever at PNC Park.  Fans want to see wins and for the few at the game and watching at home, they would see that tonight.  Pittsburgh would earn a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers to avoid being swept, and snap a seven-game losing streak.

Milwaukee jumped out to a two-run lead with solo home runs from Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana in the second and third innings respectively.  Those would be the only runs that Pirates starter Steven Brault would allow tonight during his five innings of work.  Brault would give up four hits, to go along with three strikeouts and one walk.

The Buccos would tie th...

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Pirates Blanked By Brewers 1-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their seventh straight game tonight, falling to the Milwaukee Brewers by one run.  Pittsburgh has been awful for more than a month now, so seeing them lose is not surprising.  Attendance keeps dropping and you can’t blame the fans for not wanting to watch a team that appears to have no interest in being on the field.

The starting pitching was very good from both teams tonight.  Chase Anderson threw six innings, and allowed only five hits.  He would also strikeout eight batters.  The Pirates countered with Trevor Williams.  Williams would allow one run on three hits over five innings.  He would also strikeout six and walk two.  That lone run would come on a solo home run by Domingo Santana in the fourth inning.

Both bullpens did the job for their respec...

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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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