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Pirates Beat Reds On Marte’s Homerun

After a disappointing series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the pressure was on the Pittsburgh Pirates to finish the regular season strong against the Cincinnati Reds this weekend at PNC Park. The Chicago Cubs trailed the Bucs by just two games in the race to host the Wild Card game, but two victories this weekend would guarantee a Wednesday night showdown on the North Shore.

The Reds and Pirates battled well into the night, and Starling Marte’s two-run homerun in the bottom of the 12th sent the home team to a 6-4 victory. With the win, the Pirates magic number to host the Wild Card game is down to just one.

Neither starter was all that impressive tonight. Francisco Liriano lasted just five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while Keyvius Sampson gave up four runs on three hit...

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Pirates Open Series With Win Over Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates began their final series against the N.L. West tonight, with a four games against the Colorado Rockies. Pittsburgh has played great baseball against the west division and will need to continue this trend if they hope to keep pace with the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.

The Pirates offense struck early and often throughout the night. They scored their first two runs of the night in the first on solo home runs by Starling Marte and Aramis Ramirez. Jordy Mercer would then drive in the third run of the night in the second with a double to left. Mercer would duplicate that feat in the fourth, along with a Gregory Polanco RBI single to right center.

A.J. Burnett made the start for the Buccos tonight and at times he was on target, but he did have control issues that ...

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Pirates Fall To Cubs In 12 Innings

Entering tonight’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates, one would figure it would be a long night for the home team. Jake Arrieta took the mound for the Cubs, and he has been better than just about everyone in Major League Baseball as of late. Tonight, the Bucs managed to scrap together a couple runs, but the Cubs rallied for a run late and hung on for a 3-2 victory in extra innings.

Arrieta gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits through eight innings. His mound opponent, A.J. Burnett, gave up two runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings. The 12 inning game consisted of 12 pitchers, including eight Pirates. Vance Worley was tagged with the loss after giving up the deciding run in the top of the 12th.

The Cubs took the lead on Burnett and Bucs in the sixth inning. Kris Bryant...

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Pirates Routed By Reds In Series Opener

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight’s game against the Cincinnati Reds playing solid baseball. Unfortunately, that came to an abrupt end at Great American Ballpark, as A.J. Burnett and the Bucs pitching staff were torched in a 15-5 blowout.

With the loss, the Pirates are now 2-8 against the Reds and just 17-25 against the N.L. Central division on the season. Burnett gave up eight runs (seven earned) on ten hits in just 4.1 innings. His ERA (3.06) has jumped almost a full run since the All Star Break.

The Reds took control almost immediately on a three run homerun by Marlon Byrd in the bottom of the first inning. They added a run in the third on a Jay Bruce sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Brandon Phillips put the Bucs in a 5-1 hole. It would only get worse for Pittsburgh.

The Pirate...

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Burnett Struggles In 9-3 Loss To Nationals

It has not been a great start to the second half of the season for AJ Burnett. In his two starts since the break, he has struggled with control and minimizing damage in innings. Tonight, it was more of the same for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ right hander, as he put his team in a whole early against the Washington Nationals, losing 9-3 at PNC Park.

Burnett gave up five runs on eleven hits in 5.2 innings of work, falling to 8-4 on the season. Deolis Guerra and Arquimedes Caminero each gave up two runs in relief for the Bucs on a tough evening on the North Shore.

The Nationals got on the board in the second inning on a wild pitch, allowing Ian Desmond to score. They added two runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Gio Gonzalez and Michael A. Taylor, and another run in the fifth on a run scoring ...

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Pirates Out-Slug Royals 10-7

After probably their worst series of the season in Milwaukee, the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their road trip tonight against the team with the best record in the American League, the Kansas City Royals. Leading up to this series, some baseball minds looked at this as a possible World Series preview, as two of the very best teams in the league were matching up for a three game series.

While the pitching staffs of these two teams are some of the best in the league, the offense dominated tonight’s game, as the Bucs out-hit the Royals in a wild game at Kauffman Stadium, 10-7.

Tonight’s game featured an enticing pitching matchup, but neither starter really lived up to the hype. Yordano Ventura was roughed up early and often, giving up six runs on ten hits in four innings, and A.J. Burnett

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McCutchen HR Gives Pirates 6-5 Epic Victory

Over the years and many games covering Pittsburgh Pirates baseball for Fans From The Stands, I can’t think of more than couple games that would top what happened tonight at PNC Park. This game at everything – a pitcher hitting a homerun, players getting ejected, a player with a multi homerun game, dramatic comebacks, a 7th inning and a 14th inning stretch, and, of course, a walkoff homerun. All in all, this was one of the greatest games in the history of PNC Park, and the end result was a 6-5 Pirates victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

In a game that last five hours and four minutes, the emotional roller coaster that the players, coaches, and fans alike experienced was unlike any other this season.

The Bucs fell behind early in more ways than one tonight...

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Burnett Sharp As Pirates Edge Padres 2-1

It was a special evening at PNC Park tonight. Not only were four Buccos – Andrew McCutchen, Gerrit Cole, A.J. Burnett, and Mark Melancon – named to the N.L. All Star team, but the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied from behind to walk off against the San Diego Padres on the North Shore.

In what has been self-declared as his final season in the big leagues, Burnett was named to the All Star team, and he certainly pitched like one of the league’s best against the Padres. The Bucco right hander gave up one run on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 7.2 innings, lowering his ERA to just 1.99 on the season. Tony Watson cleaned things up by getting the final out in the eighth, and Jared Hughes, although allowing two hits, pitched a scoreless ninth, picking up his second victory of th...

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Offense Supports Burnett In Victory

A.J. Burnett came into tonight’s game with an ERA of 2.01, but only had six wins to show for it. That is mainly due the lack of run support he has been receiving this year. Burnett would once again put up a quality outing, but the difference would be the offense bringing the lumber to put up a 9-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

The Pittsburgh Pirates would score those nine runs on twenty one hits. Down 1-0 in the top of the third, Pittsburgh put the game out of reach with five runs. Walker hit his first of two home runs, this one a two run shot, to get his team on the board. Andrew McCutchen then scored on ground out, which was followed up with a Gregory Polanco RBI single to right. Polanco then came around to score the final run of the inning on an error.

The Pirates scored their sixt...

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Phillips HR In 13th Leads Reds To Victory

This has not been a positive start to the home stand for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In all three games this week against the Cincinnati Reds, their starters have struggled, the defense has been sloppy, and the offense has squandered opportunities. Tonight, that was the case once again, capped off by a Brandon Phillips homerun in the 13th to give the Reds a 5-4 victory at PNC Park.

Tonight’s starters, A.J. Burnett and Anthony DeSclafani, battled their way through six innings only to earn a no decision. Burnett gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts, while DeSclafani gave up four runs (one earned) on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

The Reds took the lead early again tonight. Todd Frazier’s RBI single in the first inning scored Phillips to...

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