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Reds Beat Nova, Pirates 2-1

After skipping his last start in the rotation, the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the ball to Ivan Nova this afternoon in the second game of their three game weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.  Nova has struggled mightily since the All Star Break, and despite a vastly improved start tonight, the Bucs still dropped another game to their N.L. Central foes by a 2-1 score.

Nova pitched well tonight, giving up two runs on three hits in 6.1 innings, but he was outpitched by his mound opponent.  Sal Romano improved to 5-6 on the season, giving up five hits and striking out six in eight innings.

After a pitchers’ duel took the game into the seventh inning, the Reds scored a pair of runs which would be enough to lift the team to victory.  A solo homerun by Jesse ...

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Glasnow Continues To Struggle In Majors

Tyler Glasnow made his return to a big-league mound tonight after a successful stint in Indianapolis for much of the summer.  Reports were that he had better command of his pitches and was doing a better job of controlling the running.  We were all quickly reminded that there is a huge difference between pitching in the majors and the minors, and the Milwaukee Brewers pounced on that difference.  At the end of the night they picked up a series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates with an 8-2 victory tonight.

Glasnow would only last 2.2 innings and allowed five runs on four hits during that time.  He would strikeout three and walk six.  That stat line would balloon his ERA up to 7.89.  A few questionable calls by the home plate umpire didn’t help, and even led to Clint Hurdle being eject...

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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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Cardinals Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 7-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates did everything they could this weekend to help the St. Louis Cardinals gain ground in the N.L. Central Standings.  After two close losses on Friday and Saturday to their divisional foes, the Bucs were beaten easily this afternoon at Busch Stadium by a 7-0 score.  With the victory, the Cardinals completed a three game weekend sweep of the Pirates.

The Bucs fell to ten games under .500 with the loss and their starter, Ivan Nova, lost his 13th game of the year, giving up five runs on five hits in five innings.  Michael Wacha, the Cardinals’ starter, gave up five hits and struck out seven in eight innings.

Yadier Molina was the star of the day for St. Louis, contributing two hits and five RBIs on the day.  Andrew McCutchen had two hits for Pittsburgh, but there was...

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Pirates Have No Answers For Cubs

Tonight, marked the final time in 2017 that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs would do battle on the diamond.  With the series squared away at nine games apiece, a win tonight would give the winner bragging rights for the season.  After a quick downpour delayed the start, Chicago quickly got to work and never looked back in an 8-2 victory.

Jameson Taillon had another rough outing tonight.  He would only last 4.2 innings, allowing six runs on eleven hits to go with three strikeouts and one walk. I think it is time to shut Taillon down for the year.  He has not looked good lately and the mid-season cancer scare had to take it out of him both physically and mentally.

The Pittsburgh bullpen did alright tonight during their 4.1 innings.  Angel Sanchez gave up two runs on one hit duri...

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Cubs Spoil Cole’s Outing, Beat Bucs 1-0

Tonight, Gerrit Cole pitched one of the best games of his career.  Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Pirates offense couldn’t support him with even a single run.  The Chicago Cubs scored a run in the top of the ninth and went on to beat the Bucs 1-0 at PNC Park.

Cole was dominant tonight, giving up just two hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work.  His mound opponent, Jose Quintana, gave up six hits and a walk in six innings of work.

The Pirates’ best chance to score came in the bottom of the sixth, as Andrew McCutchen and David Freese led off with back to back singles.  But Jose Osuna grounded into a double play, and Sean Rodriguez grounded into a force out to end the inning quickly.

The Cubs scored the game’s lone run in the top of the ninth inning...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Cubs 12-0

It has been a very difficult stretch for the Pittsburgh Pirates as of late.  That is certainly what made today’s 12-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park feel that much better.  Chad Kuhl pitched seven shutout innings and the Pirates offense knocked around the Cubs bullpen on their way to a comfortable win in front of their home crowd.

Kuhl improved to 7-10 on the season, giving up four runs and two walks while striking out eight Cubs hitters in seven innings.  Jake Arrieta fell to 14-9, giving up three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the first on a majestic two run homerun by Josh Bell.  Kuhl got himself into trouble, though, in the top of the second, allowing the first pair of hitters on base while struggling with his control...

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Cubs Beat Pirates 6-1

After taking two of three from the Cincinnati Reds this weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their N.L. Central road trip against the first place Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Tonight, the Bucs missed plenty of scoring opportunities on offense and played sloppy defense on their way to a 6-1 loss to the Cubs.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through five innings against the high powered Chicago offense.  Williams was tagged with the loss tonight, giving up two runs on six hits.  His mound opponent, Mike Montgomery, pitched very well, giving up one run on six hits in seven innings of work.

An RBI single by Ian Happ in the bottom of the second inning scored Anthony Rizzo to get the Cubs on the board...

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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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Taillon Struggles Again, Pirates Lose 8-5

After a heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight looking to even the score in the second game of this four game series on the North Shore.  Unfortunately, the Dodgers jumped out to an early lead, and their high powered offense eventually outlasted the Pirates for an 8-5 victory.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh and once again struggled mightily throughout his outing.  He lasted just five innings, giving up five runs on five hits and five walks with just one strikeout.  His ERA now sits at 4.85 on the season.  Meanwhile, his mound opponent, Brock Stewart, had a difficult evening as well – two innings, five runs on four hits with four walks.

The Dodgers took the lead on Taillon and the Pirates in the top o...

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