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Wacha, Cardinals Shut Out Pirates 5-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates have some history with Michael Wacha.  Over the years, Wacha has looked almost perfect against the Bucs in some of the biggest games.  This afternoon, it was nearly unhittable, stifling the Pirates hitters and holding a no-hit bid until the ninth inning.  The St. Louis Cardinals jumped in front early and coasted to an easy 5-0 victory at Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh has now lost five straight series, and in those series, they hold a 5-12 record.  They are now just one game over .500, and after a great start against the N.L. Central, they are now just 14-12 against their division.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh, falling to 2-2 on the season after giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits through five innings.  Steven Brault pitched two scoreless innings, ...

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Taillon, Pirates Shut Down Cardinals 4-0

It has been a roller coaster ride of a 2018 season for Jameson Taillon and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Like his team, Taillon has shown flashes of brilliance, but also has struggled mightily at times.  Entering Friday’s game at Busch Stadium, Taillon hadn’t tallied a victory since April 8, and his team desperately a strong performance after a heartbreaking loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Taillon was on point on Friday, tossing eight shutout innings and the Pirates offense scattered enough runs for a comfortable 4-0 victory.

Improving to 3-4 on the season, Taillon gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out six, keeping the Cardinals off the scoreboard.  Edgar Santana pitched a scoreless ninth inning, while the Bucs battled Miles Mikolas and the Cards’ bullpen...

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Pirates Blow Three Run Ninth Inning Lead In Loss To Cardinals

One day after Felipe Vazquez shut the door to hold on to a one run victory over the Chicago Cubs, he would blow a three-run lead and give up five runs in a 10-8 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has been down right awful lately, but tonight hurt more since Pittsburgh overcame a four run and one run deficit to take a three-run lead into the bottom of the ninth.

St. Louis came out swinging in this game.  They would plate four runs in the first inning off of Pirates starter Trevor Williams.  Williams was able to settle in after that and pitch five innings allowing five runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Buccos started to chip away at that four-run lead in the second when Jordy Mercer hit an RBI single to left center field...

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Musgrove, Pirates Beat Cubs 2-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs in desperate need of a win.  Fortunately, Joe Musgrove was on the mound and picked up right where he left off in his last start, holding the Cubs’ hitters in check as the Pirates held on for a 2-1 victory at PNC Park.

Musgrove wasn’t as sharp as he was in his first start of the season, but still made the big pitches when he needed to in the crucial moments.  He gave up one run on seven hits with four walks and five strikeouts through seven innings.  Kyle Crick pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Felipe Vazquez made things a bit dramatic, but held on for his 10th save of the season.

Kyle Hendricks started for Chicago and also wasn’t as sharp as he usually is, giving up two runs on seven hits in five innings...

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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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Cardinals Beat Pirates 4-1

After a disappointing finale to their home stand against the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road to continue their month long battle against N.L. Central division foes.  The St. Louis Cardinals still have an outside change at making the postseason, and they played like a team hungry for the playoffs, beating the Pirates 4-1 at Bush Stadium.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh tonight and never really settled in.  He struggled with his control, and in addition to walks, he was hit hard on balls he left over the plate.  He gave up four runs on four hits and four walks in 4.2 innings.  His mound opponent, Luke Weaver, pitched a great game, giving up seven hits and struck out seven batters in 5.2 innings.

The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the third on a RBI grou...

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Mercer Homers, Pirates Beat Cardinals 7-3

Following a dramatic 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals last night at Busch Stadium, the Pittsburgh Pirates turned to Gerrit Cole tonight to hopefully return to form against a familiar foe.  Lance Lynn took the mound for St. Louis, and the Bucs took advantage of some costly mistakes he made throughout his outing, as they went on to win by a 7-3 score.

Cole improved to 6-6 on the season, giving up one run on five hits, while Lynn fell to 5-5 after giving up seven runs on six hits in 5.2 innings.

The Pirates took the lead in the top of the first.  Josh Bell’s RBI single scored Josh Harrison, who got things started with a one-out double.  St. Louis tied things up in the bottom of the inning, when Matt Carpenter led off with a solo homerun.

After Cole and Lynn settled dow...

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Fowler Homers Twice, Cards Sweep Pirates

Hey, why not make it three in a row?  After losing back to back games to the St. Louis Cardinals by a 2-1 score, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field this afternoon at Busch Stadium looking to avoid the series sweep against their N.L. Central rivals.  Unfortunately, it was more of the same today, as the Cards were able to muster enough runs, thanks to Dexter Fowler, on their way to yet another 2-1 win.

This afternoon’s game featured another enticing matchup.  Gerrit Cole took the mound for Pittsburgh against Michael Wacha for St. Louis.  Both of these pitchers are familiar with the opposing offenses, making it a very interesting game to watch.  As expected the pitchers got the best of the hitters...

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Pirates Beat Cubs 6-1, Clinch Series Sweep

The Pittsburgh Pirates were reeling as they entered this weekend’s series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Having just been swept by the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park, the Bucs entered the home of the defending World Series champions not playing their best baseball and facing a star-studded starting pitching rotation.

But today ended the same way the previous two games did against the Cubs – with a Pirates victory.  Today, it was Jameson Taillon pitching another incredible game, and the offense surged late as the Bucs beat the Cubs 6-1 to clinch the weekend series sweep.

Taillon turned in another solid start, giving up one run (unearned) on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings...

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Buccos Battle Back To Down Cubs 8-7

After going 4-14 against the Chicago Cubs last season the Pittsburgh Pirates knew that they had to be better against the reigning champions this year if they had any chance to contend.  A win yesterday was a great way to start this series, and after a rocky start today Pittsburgh battled back with the long ball to pick up an 8-7 victory and clinch the weekend series.

The talk coming into today was how would Tyler Glasnow pitch.  He was awful in his first start of the year and while today wasn’t much better, there were some signs of improvement.  First off, he managed to last five innings, which saved the bullpen, would walk two, strikeout seven, and of the six runs given up only four were earned...

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