Category Game Recaps & Reactions

Steelers Top Bengals 29-14

The Pittsburgh Steelers were back at Heinz Field today to host their division rival, the Cincinnati Bengals.  This has been a hard-hitting series over the past couple of years, and most felt that is how it would be today.  These teams would go back and forth throughout the first half until Pittsburgh kicked two field goals prior to halftime.  They would add to that lead during the second half on their way to their fifth victory of the season.

Pittsburgh would take the opening drive down the field and cap it off with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown.  Brown would have one of his least productive days of the year with four catches for 65 yards.  Cincinnati would answer when Andy Dalton connected with a six-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at seven.

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Bell, Steelers Beat Chiefs 19-13

Coming off one of the more disappointing performances in recent memory, the Pittsburgh Steelers hit the field on Sunday for their toughest opponent of the season thus far.  The Kansas City Chiefs entered play with a perfect 5-0 record, and the Steelers were looking to rebound off an embarrassing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.

On Sunday, the Steelers got back to what makes them potentially one of the best teams in the NFL, utilizing the run to set up play action, and they outlasted a late Chiefs comeback to hold on for a 19-13 victory.

Le’Veon Bell dominated this game, just as he did in the Steelers’ playoff victory at Arrowhead Stadium last year.  Bell rushed for 179 yards on 32 carries and one touchdown.  Ben Roethlisberger, while still not as sharp as we are accustome...

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Roethlisberger Career Worst 5 INT’s vs. Jaguars

During this past offseason Ben Roethlisberger had mentioned how he thought about retirement.  Fans were hoping he had one more year left in him to quarterback what looked like a very explosive offense.  Even the holdout of Le’Veon Bell during training camp could not dampen the spirt of fans for the upcoming season.

After last week’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, it appeared that the Pittsburgh Steelers had finally found the right blend of offense and defense to make a serious run at a seventh Super Bowl title, even with the temper tantrum of Antonio Brown.  That all changed today after another lackluster performance from that so called explosive offense.  This is not the first time that the offense has looked bad, as they had trouble moving the ball for most of the season.


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Pirates Close Season With Win Over Nationals

Today marked the final time that the Pittsburgh Pirates would take the field in 2017.  They will head into the offseason with many questions after a 11-8 victory over the Washington Nationals.  It was a game that took over four hours to play, had a slew of pitching changes, and saw everyone get some playing time.  Washington was doing it to get players rest for the postseason, while Pittsburgh did it to get everyone in the stat column.

The Pirates would score five of their eleven runs in the first inning.  Jordan Luplow would be hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the first run of the game.  Max Moroff then came through with a double to clear the bases.  Finally, Jacob Stallings hit a RBI single to left center for the fifth run of the inning...

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Bell, Steelers Beat Ravens 26-9

After a disappointing performance last week against the Chicago Bears, the Pittsburgh Steelers took the field today for an early season matchup against the division rival Baltimore Ravens.  Although the start to his season has been rather sluggish, Le’Veon Bell dominated this game throughout, leading the Steelers to a 26-9 victory.

Bell had 35 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns which kept the Ravens defense on the field for the majority of the afternoon. Ben Roethlisberger completed 18 of 30 passes for 216 yards and one touchdown.  Martavis Bryant had 3 catches for 48 yards and JuJu Smith-Schuster had three receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Pittsburgh controlled the game from the start, but had to settle for field goals of 30 and 49 yards by Chris Boswell which pushed the ...

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Pirates Rally Late To Defeat Nationals

The 2017 season is coming to an end for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any drama left in the season.  Pittsburgh struggled to get anything going offensively for most of the night, but found a spark in the ninth inning.  A great start from Jameson Taillon, along with a solid outing from the bullpen, ensured that the ninth inning rally would be enough for a 4-1 victory.

Taillon was solid in his final outing of the year.  He would throw seven innings and allow one run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk.  That lone run came around in the second inning on a Ryan Zimmerman RBI single.  Taillon would be backed by a scoreless eighth inning from George Kontos and ninth from Felipe Rivero.  Rivero would pick up his 21st save of the year in the process...

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Strasburg, Nats Beat Bucs 6-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates faced one of the best pitchers in the league tonight.  Stephen Strasburg was dominant tonight, and his offense did enough for the Washington Nationals to coast to an easy 6-0 victory in the second game of the four game weekend series.

Strasburg bewildered the Pirates hitters, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters in 7.2 innings of work.  Gerrit Cole started for Pittsburgh, battling his way through 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Ryan Zimmerman was the hitting star of the day for Washington, and he got things started in the bottom of the first with an RBI double to score Anthony Rendon.  Daniel Murphy’s RBi single in the sixth scored Trea Turner and also chased Cole from the game...

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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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