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Lester, Cubs Beat Pirates 2-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs are heading in opposite directions…fast.  After a 3-1 victory yesterday at Wrigley Field, the Cubs continued their red-hot play with a 2-0 win over the lifeless Bucs.  Jon Lester was dominant and the Cubs offense did enough to cruise to a fourth straight win.

The Pirates have now lost 16 of their last 21 games and, yes, today’s loss clinched their seventh straight series defeat.  They are in a freefall right now and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.

Over the past few years, Lester has struggled against the Pirates.  But today, he was in complete control, giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out five in seven innings.  He improved his record to 7-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.22 for the season.

Nick Kingham fell to 2-3 ...

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Cubs Beat Bucs 3-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates are reeling.  Today, after a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Bucs have lost 15 of their last 20 games and are a game under .500.

The Cubs, meanwhile, are a season high 12 games over .500, having won 10 of their last 12 games, while outscoring their opponents 60-32 in that span.

Mike Montgomery was outstanding on the mound for Chicago, giving up one run on seven hits in six innings of work.  Ian Happ made a trio of fantastic catches, including one to end the game, helping Pedro Strop earn his first save of the season.

Chad Kuhl fell to 4-4 on the season after giving up three runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings.  He struck out six batters while walking two, with his ERA sitting at 3.95 on the season.

The Pirates took the lead early with a run in the...

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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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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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Bryant, Cubs Beat Pirates 6-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered this afternoon’s series opener against the Chicago Cubs coming off a successful road trip, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in three straight games.  As has been the case all season, though, inconsistent play once again reared its ugly head, and the Pirates stumbled their way to a 6-1 loss at Wrigley Field.

Through the first few innings of this game, it really looked like a slugfest between two pretty bad baseball teams.  Errors and missed opportunities dominated the first few innings, and pitch count was an issue for both starters from the onset today.  Trevor Williams, falling to 3-4 on the season, lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while Eddie Butler gave up four hits and three walks in just four innings of work.

After both te...

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Cubs Rout Kuhl, Pirates 14-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates have endured a roller coaster of a season thus far in 2017.  Their first series that did not result in a sweep was this past weekend, when they took two of three against the New York Yankees at PNC Park.  Next up, the Bucs welcomed the Chicago Cubs to town, a team they swept at Wrigley Field on their last road trip.

Unfortunately, things could not have gone much worse for the Pirates tonight.  Chad Kuhl and Co. were run off the field almost immediately, making this one a night to forget.  The Cubs routed the Bucs by an embarrassing 14-3 score.

Kuhl had a horrible outing tonight, giving up nine runs on eight hits and four walks in 1.2 innings of work.  His mound opponent, Brett Anderson, lasted six innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits and six w...

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Pirates Beat Hendricks, Cubs 4-2

Entering this afternoon’s game, the Pittsburgh Pirates had lost four games in a row, including a heart-breaker in yesterday’s make-up game against the Boston Red Sox, in which they gave up three runs in the bottom of the eighth, eventually losing 4-3 after a base-running blunder in the ninth.

Wrigley Field, home to the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, is probably the last place a struggling team would want to play their next game.  That’s exactly where the Pirates opened up their second road trip of the season today, with the first of a three game series on the North Side.

Today’s matchup at Wrigley featured an enticing pitching matchup, as Gerrit Cole took the mound for the Pirates against Kyle Hendricks for the Cubs...

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Bell’s Grand Slam Highlights Pirates 12-6 Victory

It was a memorable night on the North Shore tonight for Josh Bell and the Pittsburgh Pirates, as they beat the Chicago Cubs 12-6 at PNC Park.

Bell, called up on Friday from Triple A Indianapolis, hit a grand slam in his second career at bat in front of a capacity crowd at PNC Park, giving the Pirates some much needed insurance in a wild night against their N.L. Central rivals.

It was a crazy night at the ballpark, as the two teams combined for 18 runs on 23 hits, using a total of ten pitchers.  Jon Lester and Chad Kuhl both struggled in their starts, lasting just three and 2.1 innings respectively.  Lester gave up five runs on four hits with three walks while Kuhl gave up four runs on seven hits.  Arquimedes Caminero got the win tonight, while Jared Hughes earned a three-inning save for...

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Cubs Beat Pirates, Complete Weekend Sweep

Well this was a miserable weekend for the Pittsburgh Pirates.   After dropping the first pair of games against the Chicago Cubs this weekend, the Bucs turned to Jameson Taillon to salvage a game in the series.  Unfortunately, like the two starting pitchers before him, Taillon couldn’t slow down the Cubs offense, as the Pirates lost 10-5 at Wrigley Field.

Taillon struggled from the very beginning tonight, lasting just four innings while giving up four runs on eight hits, three of them being homeruns.  The potent Cubs offense was relentless against every pitcher the Bucs put on the mound, as they improved to 8-1 against their N.L. Central foes on the season.

Chicago scored the first run of the game on an RBI single by Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the first inning.  Javier Baez crush...

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Pirates Fall Below .500 With Loss To Cubs

After losing two of three games against the New York Mets, this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered this afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs with a 33-33 record.  Yes, a .500 record.  A few years ago, this would have been something to celebrate.  Now, as they took the field against the N.L. Central leading Cubbies with their ace, Jake Arrieta, on the mound, the Bucs were on the brink of letting this season get away from them.

Unfortunately it was more of the same today for the Pirates, as they couldn’t find a way to push a run across the board against Arrieta, and they fell behind early on their way to a 6-0 loss.

Things certainly didn’t get off to a good start for Francisco Liriano and the Bucs in the bottom of the first inning...

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