Category Game Recaps & Reactions

Steelers Hold On For 24-17 Victory Over Chargers

Winning on the road in the NFL is difficult, doing it with a third string quarterback is unheard of. That was the challenge facing the Pittsburgh Steelers when they hit the road to play the Los Angeles Chargers in a Sunday night matchup. Devlin Hodges made his first career start tonight and moved the offense to pick up a 24-17 Pittsburgh victory.

The Steelers defense got the scoring started in the first quarter when rookie Devin Bush recovered a fumble and returned in nine yards for a touchdown. Six minutes later James Conner scored his first touchdown of the night with a twelve-yard touchdown run to put Pittsburgh up by two touchdowns.

The second quarter was more of the same...

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Steelers Lose Rudolph, Fall to Ravens

Despite beating the Cincinnati Bengals last week on Monday Night Football, the Pittsburgh Steelers faced a virtual must-win game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field this afternoon. And for already the second time this season, they lost their starting quarterback, losing a nail-biter to their division rivals in overtime.

The Steelers fell to 1-4 on the season after the loss, and while they are just two games out of the division lead, by losing their first two quarterbacks just five games into the year, one would have to believe things look awfully bleak for this team going forward.

Mason Rudolph was injured in the third quarter, falling unresponsive after getting sandwiched between two Ravens defenders...

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Steelers Roll Over Bengals For First Win

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals met at Heinz Field Monday night in a battle between two teams looking for their first win of the season.  Primetime games are usually filled with good teams in compelling matchups, but this one just featured two winless teams who happened to be longtime rivals.

Cincinnati got things started halfway through the first quarter on a 28yd FG by Randy Bullock.  This would be the only points the Bengals scored on the night as Pittsburgh’s defense kept them in check.  The Steelers defense accounted for seven sacks, one fumble recovery, and one interception.  This is the kind of defensive pressure this team needs in order to balance a young quarterback on the offensive side.

From the second quarter on it was all Pittsburgh.  Mason Rudolph gave t...

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Pirates Close Season With 3-1 Loss To Reds

It was an emotional day at PNC Park.  Steve Blass was stepping into retirement, Clint Hurdle was relieved of his duties, and oh yeah, the Pittsburgh Pirates were playing their final game of the season.  Unfortunately for the Bucs, they ended the season with a whimper, falling 3-1 to the Cincinnati Reds.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh, giving up two runs on five hits in seven innings.  He fell to 7-9 on the season, despite pitching a solid game.  The offense, unfortunately, didn’t provide much support on a day that the team really needed to win.

The Reds took the lead in the top of the second on a solo homerun by Aristides Aquino.  Brian O’Grady’s solo homerun in the fifth inning put them in front 2-0.  A sacrifice fly by Jose Osuna in the bottom of the sixth cut the lea...

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Pirates Fall To Reds 4-2 In Twelve

After an hour and five-minute rain delay, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds continued their three-game series at PNC Park on Saturday night. It was a night to celebrate the career of former Pittsburgh pitcher and current broadcaster Steve Blass.  However, in the end Cincinnati had the final celebration with an extra innings victory.

Tucker Barnhart got the scoring started in this game with a 364 ft. solo home run to right field in the second inning.  The Pirates tied the game in the second when Jose Osuna scored on a past ball.  Later in the inning Steven Baron hit an RBI double to bring home Kevin Kramer.  The Reds tied the game in the fourth when Jose Iglesias plated Phillip Ervin with a single to shallow left center.

James Marvel had his best start since being called up fro...

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Newman Homers Twice, Pirates Beat Reds 6-5

Kevin Newman hit two homeruns, including a two run walk off in the ninth, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of their final series of the season last night.

The Pirates’ shortstop has had a great rookie campaign, and is finishing up strong with a huge performance in the final Friday night of the regular season at PNC Park.

In his final start of the season, Steven Brault gave up four runs on four hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts in five innings.  Brault has had an up and down season, and whether it is as a starter or a reliever, one would have to believe he will find a roster spot on the team next season.

The Reds scored a pair of runs in the first inning and then Phillip Ervin singled home two more runs in the fifth inning, increasing the lead to ...

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Pirates Finish Off Sweep Of Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs met for the final time in 2019 tonight.  The end result was a 9-5 victory and series sweep for Pittsburgh.  The Pirates led for all nine innings and got one final good start from Joe Musgrove.

Musgrove worked six innings tonight and allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.  Those three runs came in the sixth inning.  The first two came on an Ian Happ double to right field.  Happ then came in to score on a Jonathan Lucroy groundout to the pitcher.

The Buccos got off to a hot start against Chicago starter Jose Quintana.  In the first inning Pablo Reyes brought home Melky Cabrera and Jose Osuna with a triple to left center field.  Two more runs would score in the third on an Osuna double to right...

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Pirates Win, Cubs Eliminated From Playoff Contention

Dario Agrazal and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night at PNC Park, officially eliminating them from playoff contention with a 4-2 win on the north shore.

Agrazal pitched well, self-proclaimed his best start of the season, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings of work.  Francisco Liriano and Michael Feliz each pitched a scoreless inning, setting the table for Keone Kela, who earned his first save of the season.

The Cubs did take the early lead on a RBI single by Ian Happ in the second inning, scoring Willson Contreras.  The Pirates responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Erik Gonzalez’s RBI double tied the game, and a single by Jake Elmore put them in front, 2-1.

Happ homered in the seventh to tie the game, but the Pirates ...

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Seven Run Seventh Lifts Pirates Over Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs began their final series of the 2019 season tonight at PNC Park.  Chicago has dominated Pittsburgh over the course of this season, and blew out the Pirates in a three game sweep a little over a week ago.  With the Cubs in the hunt for the final Wild Card spot in the National League, the Buccos have a chance to play spoiler these next three days.

Mitch Keller made a decent start tonight, especially considering his overall body of work.  Keller would pitch five innings and allow one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.  That lone run came in the fourth inning when Nico Hoerner hit an RBI double into the right center field gap to bring around Jason Heyward.

Pittsburgh would finally see its offense come to life in the seventh inning...

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Steelers Lose Again, Fall To 0-3

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the San Francisco 49ers today by a 24-20 score, falling to 0-3 on the season.

The game could not have started worse for the 49ers, who committed four turnovers in the first half.  But the Steelers couldn’t take advantage, scoring just six points in the first half off those giveaways.  San Francisco was able to move the ball up and down the field on the Pittsburgh defense, but fumbles and interceptions halted each drive.  The first half, consisting of 49ers’ mistakes and Steelers’ wasted opportunities, ended with the road team leading by a 6-3 score.

Scoring certainly opened up in the second half, as both offenses started clicking in the third quarter.  Jeff Wilson’s one yard touchdown run gave the 49ers a 10-6 lead, but Mason Rudolph connected wi...

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