Category Game Recaps & Reactions

Pirates Open Home Stand With Another Ugly Loss

The Philadelphia Phillies are a good baseball team and the Pittsburgh Pirates are a bad baseball team.  And what happens when a good team plays a bad team?  It’s usually an ugly game for the bad team.  Tonight, the Phillies destroyed the Pirates’ pitching on their way to a 17-5 blowout.

Trevor Williams started for the Bucs tonight and was completely ineffective.  He gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in 2.1 innings.  The bullpen was equally disappointing.  Other than Steven Brault, who pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, the rest of the bullpen was horrible.

The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI single by Colin Moran.  The Phillies responded in the top of the second inning on a two run double by Maikel Franco...

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Pirates Swept Out Of Los Angeles

No one can be more exited to leave Los Angeles than the Pittsburgh Pirates.  It has been a horrid three days for Pittsburgh and it was capped tonight by a 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, completing a three-game sweep.  While the final score was close, the Pirates had a terrible outing from their starter and one rough appearance by a member of the bullpen.

Clay Holmes made the start tonight for an injured Joe Musgrove.  Holmes had a very rocky first inning but escaped by only allowing one run.  After a scoreless second, he would allow three more runs in the third and was lifted from the game after collecting one out.  His final stat line read 2.1 innings pitched allowing four runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts...

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Pirates Have No Answer For Dodgers

One night after the Pittsburgh Pirates were on the wrong side of a 16 run defeat, they were on the wrong end of a slugfest tonight.  The Los Angeles Dodgers would smack a total of six home runs on their way to an 8-3 victory.  All eight of those runs came via the long ball as Pittsburgh pitchers didn’t miss many bats for the second straight night.

Ivan Nova took the brunt of much of the Los Angeles beatdown.  He became the first Pirates pitcher in their 131-year history to give up five or more home runs in a game.  Nova would last five innings allowing seven runs on nine hits, while walking two and striking out three.  Clearly, he was not at his best tonight, but the bullpen is so taxed at this point he had to go as long as possible.

As far as the Buccos offense goes, David Freese a...

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Dodgers Rout Bucs 17-1

After winning two consecutive series on the road against the New York Mets and San Diego Padres, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered Monday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers with momentum on their side.  Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse quickly on Monday, as the Dodgers handed the Bucs their worst loss of the season, a 17-1 rout.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh, giving up seven runs (five earned) on eighth hits in three innings of work.  Tanner Anderson gave up six runs (five earned) and Steven Brault gave up four runs in relief.  In fact, Edgar Santana, who pitched the eighth, was the only Bucs’ pitcher to not give up a run.  Yikes.

Alex Wood was solid for Los Angeles tonight, giving up one run on six hits...

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Pirates Offense Leads Way In 7-5 Victory

It is always a good thing when the offense is rolling and that is exactly what happened today for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-5 victory over the San Diego Padres.  The Pittsburgh bats picked up a below average performance from their starter and most of the bullpen this afternoon.  The win also gave the Pirates a second straight series win.

Corey Dickerson got things started in the second inning when he hit a solo home run to right field.  San Diego would answer in the bottom half of the inning when they collected two runs.  They would then pick up a third in the bottom of the third.  All three of the runs that scored reached base via the walk.  The Buccos got back on the board in the fourth on an Elias Diaz RBI double to left field.

Pittsburgh would take the lead for good in the fi...

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Pirates Can’t Complete Comeback, Padres Win 4-3

After a convincing victory on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates nearly completed a ninth inning comeback on Saturday.  But the rally came up just short in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Trailing 4-1 entering the ninth inning against Padres’ closer Brad Hand, the Pirates erupted for three straight extra base hits, making it a 4-3 game with no outs.  Elias Diaz led off with a double and scored on a double by Austin Meadows.  Gregory Polanco’s triple scored Meadows, cutting the lead to one run with no outs and a runner on third.

Two consecutive flyouts by Jordy Mercer and Jose Osuna should have scored Polanco from third, but Polanco opted not to tag.  Osuna’s fly ball forced the right fielder Hunter Renfroe to crash into the wall along the right field line, but...

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Pirates Open Series With Win Over Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates headed west to begin a three-game series with the San Diego Padres tonight.  In the midst of a nine-game road trip, Pittsburgh started the trip by taking two of three against the New York Mets and were looking to continue that success in California.  The Pirates jumped out to an early lead and used one big inning to collect a 6-3 victory to open the series.

Joe Musgrove made the start for the Buccos tonight and was solid for all seven innings he was on the bump.  At the end of the night he struck out five and walked two, and most importantly shut down the San Diego offense.

Pittsburgh would get things started in the first inning when Josh Bell scored on a passed ball.  Bell would then plate the first run of the third on a double to left...

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Pirates Rally In The Ninth, Beat Mets 5-3

Few teams have been worse than the New York Mets over the last month.  Their bullpen has been horrendous, they are depleted with injuries, and they have been terrible at Citi Field.  That trend continued tonight, as after playing a solid game through eight innings, they collapsed as the Pittsburgh Pirates scored four runs in the ninth inning to come away with a 5-3 victory.

Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up three runs on five hits in six innings.  Tyler Glasnow and Felipe Vazquez  pitched one and two scoreless innings in relief respectively.  Nova’s mount opponent, Zack Wheeler, was close to dominant, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out seven batters in seven innings of work.

The Mets did their damage in the third inning, scoring two runs with two out...

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Flores Defeats Pirates In Extras

There has been a lot of turmoil surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates as of late from fans and media.  A long losing streak at home tends to do that.  A long road trip was hopefully going to be a time for the players and coaches to reset and turn things around.  People were looking up after a win last night, and they were hoping a series win was in order tonight.  That all changed late in the game when the New York Mets pulled out a 4-3 win in ten innings.

Chad Kuhl got off to a rocky start tonight when he gave up two runs in the first inning.  That would come when Wilmer Flores hit a single to left center to score two runs.  Kuhl wasn’t helped by his defense either as Elias Diaz, two errors, and David Freese one error accounted for some blunders...

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Pirates Snap Skid, Beat Mets 6-4

Tonight’s matchup at Citi Field featured two teams struggling mightily.  The Pittsburgh Pirates were losers of five straight games, including a horrible series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park.  The New York Mets were losers of six straight entering play tonight.  Tonight, the Pirates jumped out to an early lead, nearly blew it in the seventh inning, but held on for a much-needed 6-4 victory.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh tonight and threw a very nice game.  He took a shutout into the seventh inning, but some bad luck and bad relief ruined what could have been a great stat line.  He ended up being charged with two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks in six innings.  Tyler Glasnow came to relieve him, pitched to two hitters, giving up a walk a...

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