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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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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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Bucs Snap Skid, Beat Reds 5-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates earned a much needed victory tonight over the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.  With some solid pitching a timely homerun, the Bucs snapped their four game losing streak with a 5-0 victory.

Jameson Taillon pitched a solid game for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up three runs and one walk in six innings of shutout baseball, while A.J. Schugel, Daniel Hudson, and Felipe Rivero each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

The Bucs and Reds were in a pitchers’ duel until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Starling Marte singled home John Jaso to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.  Jordan Luplow’s second career hit, and first MLB homerun, in the bottom of the eighth scored three runs to give the Bucs a 4-0 lead, and they would add another run later in that inning to go on to a ...

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Pirates Mauled By Cubs

College football season will be in full swing this weekend, and not a moment too soon.  It will give those of us who follow the Pittsburgh Pirates a chance to hit the reset button and follow our teams in the hopes of a championship.  I say this because in Pittsburgh baseball season is over.  If you weren’t sure before tonight, then the 17-3 beatdown by the Chicago Cubs had to be the assurance you were looking for.

Ivan Nova would last only three innings tonight and in that time, he would allow five runs, four earned, on five hits, to go with five strikeouts and one walk.  Nova has hit a wall and we see why the New York Yankees were willing to trade him last year.  Steven Brault, who has been great in AAA this year, lasted only one inning in relief and gave up four runs on four hits ...

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Pirates Lose To Cubs…..Again

The Pittsburgh Pirates are still playing baseball, though it doesn’t have much meaning at this point.  For the second night in a row their offense only managed one run, while the Chicago Cubs had a breakout inning to put the game away.  After the final out was recorded, Pittsburgh would be the losers of a 4-1 game.

Chad Kuhl pitched 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking three.  All three of those runs would come in the sixth inning.  The scoring started when Ben Zobrist hit a solo homer to deep right center.  Alex Avila would single home a run later in the inning.  The final run would come via a Jason Heyward sac fly.

Jake Arrieta would hold the Pirates in check for six innings, striking out four and walking two...

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Pirates Hold On For Series Win Over Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a three game road series with the Cincinnati Reds today and in the process, took two of three from Cincinnati.  That is no small feat, considering all of the struggles that Pittsburgh has had with the Reds this year.  Jameson Taillon was not at his best today, but the offense came through enough times to lead the way to a 5-2 victory.

Taillon would only last four innings today and give up two runs, one earned, on five hits, to go with four walks and four strikeouts.  A sac fly in the second by Scott Schebler scored Scooter Gennett to give Cincinnati a 1-0 lead.  Gennett would score Zack Cozart in the fifth inning for their only other run of the game.

The Buccos offense would finally strike in the fourth when John Jaso drove in two runs with a double to...

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Blown Lead Sends Pirates To 5th Straight Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight coming off an ugly 2-5 road trip.  Awaiting their return were the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pittsburgh and St. Louis have played each other back and forth all year and both teams are still in the mix for a division crown.  The Cardinals would overcome a four-run deficit to take game one of the four game series by the final of 11-7.

Jameson Taillon made the start for the Pirates and only made it through five innings.  He would allow four runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.  Taillon sure hasn’t looked much like the dominant pitcher he was at the beginning of the season and fatigue may be playing a part in that.  The Buccos would hold a one run lead when he left the game.

St. Louis would send Adam Wainwright to the ...

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Pirates Continue Slide Out Of Playoffs

Well folks I think it is time to pull the plug on the 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates and whatever remaining hope the fan base had at another playoff berth.  Pittsburgh dropped their third straight game after falling to the Milwaukee Brewers tonight by the final of 3-1.  The loss drops them another game down in the race for the division crown.

Ivan Nova was the starter for the Pirates tonight and he had a decent outing, with a few bad breaks.  Nova pitched six innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks.  The three walks were the most he has had in one game while playing with the Buccos.  The first run came on a fielder’s choice, after Josh Bell threw a ball over Jordy Mercer’s head trying to turn a double play, which loaded the bases.

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Kuhl, Pirates Beat Tigers 6-3

Tonight at PNC Park, Chad Kuhl and the Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up the team’s home stand with a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.  For Kuhl, he not only performed well on the mound, but also contributed offensively, leading the Bucs to a two-game series sweep of the Tigers.

Pittsburgh improved to 56-57 on the season with the victory, battling to keep pace with the rest of the crowded N.L. Central.  Kuhl improved to 5-7 with the win, while Felipe Rivero earned his 10th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

The Pirates broke the scoreless tie in the third inning on an RBI single by Starling Marte, scoring Jordy Mercer.  Andrew McCutchen’s solo homerun to lead off the fourth inning made it 2-0, and later in the inning, Kuhl came up with a huge two run single, scoring David Fr...

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Pirates Blank Reds, Avoid Sweep

It has been a struggle as of late for the Pittsburgh Pirates to find any kind of consistency from the offense.  After not holding a lead in the first two games of this three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh struck early and often tonight in a 6-0 victory over Cincinnati.  With the win, the Pirates avoided being swept by the bottom dwellers of the N.L. Central Division.

The Buccos got the ball rolling in the first inning.  A hit by Adam Frazier would bring in Starling Marte for the first run of the night.  Frazier would then come in to score on an Andrew McCutchen ground out.  McCutchen would bring home another RBI in the third with a single to right center field.  He would then cross the plate on a single to right by David Freese.

Chad Kuhl had possibly the best st...

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