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Pirates Win Fifth Straight, Beat Giants 6-5

After an extensive rain delay, the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates took the field at PNC Park for the second game of their three game weekend series.  While Friday’s game was a lopsided victory for Pittsburgh, tonight’s matchup was much more competitive.  It was a back and forth game throughout the evening, but the Pirates scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a hit-by-pitch to beat the Giants 6-5 for their fifth straight win.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through six innings of work.  He gave up three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and four walks.

The Pirates took the lead in the first inning.  After Gregory Polanco drew a walk and Starling Marte singled, Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the game’...

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Four Home Runs Lift Pirates Over Giants

The storyline coming into this weekend series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants was the return of Andrew McCutchen to PNC Park.  McCutchen was a key member of three straight playoff appearances from 2013-15, but all good things must come to an end.  Many thought Pittsburgh would be in turmoil this season, but so far, they have been playing good baseball and that continued tonight in an 11-2 victory.

The Pirates were able to get out of the gate fast tonight with a Starling Marte two run home run in the bottom of the first inning.  That would be key after Jameson Taillon left the game after the third inning with a finger laceration.  Hopefully Taillon does not miss much time, because when he is on top of his game he is by far the best pitcher on the staff.

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Pirates Rally In 9th To Defeat White Sox

Looking at the standings before this series started, it appeared that the Pittsburgh Pirates would have an easy time picking up two wins over the Chicago White Sox.  Last night they had to overcome a four-run deficit to gain the win, while today it would take a four run ninth inning rally to cap the 6-5 victory and complete the sweep of the series.

Chicago would once again jump out to a four-run lead today, though it would take four innings to gain that lead.  Tim Anderson came through with a two-run homer to deep left in the second inning.  In the fourth inning it would be another two-run shot, this time from Daniel Palka.  All four of these runs would be charged to Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams.

Williams would only go five innings today, allowing four runs on seven hits to go wi...

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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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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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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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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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