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Newman Sends Pirates Home Winners In Extras

It was a beautiful spring day this afternoon at PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Cincinnati Reds in game three of this four game series.  Pittsburgh took the first two games and were looking for a series win today.  This was a back and forth contest from the beginning, but in the end the good guys would come away victorious.

The Pirates jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Josh Bell hit a double to right center field that scored Jason Martin.  That lead would last until the top of the third when Kyle Farmer hit a two-run home run and Yasiel Puig hit an RBI single for the Reds.  The Buccos earned a run back in the bottom half of the inning on a Melky Cabrera groundout that plated Colin Moran.

Cincinnati quickly struck back with a run of their own in ...

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Pirates Pitching Leads The Way Past Reds

It has been a rough couple of days for the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans.  After blowing leads in both of their games with the St. Louis Cardinals, they also ran out of hot dog buns on dollar dog night.  They would wash their hands and begin a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds in front of a mostly empty PNC Park tonight.  Those in attendance and watching at home got to see a pitcher’s duel for the majority of the night.

Jordan Lyles made his first start of the season for Pittsburgh and did well in his back of the rotation role.  He would go five innings and allow three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.  Lyles was replaced in the sixth by Nick Kingham who added two scoreless innings to the box score, while striking out two and giving up two hits.  Richard Rodrigu...

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Bullpen Falters Again, Pirates Lose 5-4

After a disappointing home opening loss on Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight looking to earn a series split against their divisional rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the trend from Monday’s loss continued tonight, as the Pirates took an early lead, surrendering the lead late, and losing in extra innings.

Pittsburgh built a 3-0 lead, but the bullpen gave it up in the latter innings, and the Cardinals scored a pair of runs in the 10th inning, going on to win 5-4.

Jameson Taillon pitched well tonight for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings of work.  Keone Kela, unfortunately, continued the bad start to the season for the Bucs’ bullpen, giving up two runs on two hits with a walk in one inning...

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Miscues Send Pirates To Loss Against Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off the home portion of their 2019 schedule this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals. While the weather may have been cold, the sunshine gave the fans at PNC Park the feeling that warmer days are nearby.  Pittsburgh came in to today with a .500 record and looked to hand St. Louis their fifth loss on the young season.

The Pirates offense jumped on Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright early with three runs in the first inning.  Adam Frazier would be the first of those runs when he scored from third on a Josh Bell groundout.  Colin Moran then brought home Starling Marte and Francisco Cervelli with a double to right field.  Bell would add the fourth run of the game in the second inning with a sac fly to left that plated Marte.

Wainwright would make it throu...

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Williams’ Arm, Bat Lead Pirates Over Reds

In his first start of the 2019 season, Trevor Williams picked up right where he left off last year – with a great performance on the mound.  This afternoon at Great American Ballpark, though, he did it with his arm and his bat, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Williams earned his first win of the season today, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out six batters in six innings of work.  His mound opponent, Sonny Gray, struggled in his Reds’ debut.  He lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks.

Offensively, the Pirates were patient at the plate and did enough to give their starter some support.  Adam Frazier and Melky Cabrera had two hits each, while Williams led the team with two ...

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Pirates Take Series From Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates may not be headed to the postseason this year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a say in who reaches the playoffs.  Today they would defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 and take two of the three games in this series.  Milwaukee is in a battle with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals for the division and I’m sure they weren’t expecting Pittsburgh to hand them two losses over the weekend.

The Pirates offense did all of the scoring through the first eight and a half innings.  Kevin Newman brought home the first run of the game in the second inning on a sac fly to center that scored Corey Dickerson.  Dickerson then drive home Josh Bell in the fourth with a single to left center...

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Pirates Avoid Sweep In Finale With Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals met today for the final time in 2018.  St. Louis had wrapped up the season series with a win on Monday and were trying to sweep this series from Pittsburgh.  The Pirates would finally get a good day of pitching to go along with just enough offense to pick up a 4-3 victory.

Jameson Taillon has been looking like the ace we all hoped he would become with the Buccos when they drafted him and today was no different.  He would pitch seven innings and allow two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.  The first of those runs came from Marcell Ozuna in the first when he hit an RBI single to left.  The second came in the eighth when Carson Kelly scored on a fielder’s choice.

Pittsburgh would tag Cardinals starter Daniel Poncedeleon

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Pirates Drop Series To Cardinals

After scoring seven runs in an 8-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates would manage five runs in a 11-5 loss tonight.  Both bullpens were hit hard, but the Pittsburgh pen was smacked the hardest.  The loss would also send the Pirates to a series loss with one game remaining.

St. Louis jumped on the board early when Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run home run in the first inning.  The Buccos would cut the lead in half during the fourth on a Corey Dickerson single to right center to score Josh Bell.  The Cardinals plated two more runs in the sixth.  Matt Carpenter would score on a wild pitch, something Pittsburgh leads the league in, and then Jose Martinez scored on a Paul DeJong sac fly.

Another St...

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Cardinals Score Four In Eighth, Beat Pirates 8-7

After a 5-0 home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road for a crucial N.L. Central series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals are in the heat of the wild card playoff race, and the Bucs would look nothing more than to play spoiler against their division rivals.

As has been the case many times over the years, tonight’s game between the Pirates and Cardinals went back and forth, but the Cardinals used a clutch three run homerun to edge the Bucs by an 8-7 score.

Trevor Williams and Adam Wainwright opposed one another on the mound tonight, and each battled his way through five innings of work.  Williams gave up four runs on six hits with six strikeouts, while Wainwright struck out three while giving up four runs on seven hits...

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Pirates Fall To Cardinals In Finale

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a role reversal tonight after shutting out the St. Louis Cardinals last night.  After a 2-0 victory to even this three-game series, they would lose tonight by the final of 5-0 and drop the series.  Pittsburgh appears to be coasting to the finish of the 2018 season, which makes it even more painful for the fan base.

Trouble started for the Pirates in the third inning when Harrison Bader and John Gant hit back to back solo home runs for St. Louis.  Did you know that Gant was the Cardinals starting pitcher tonight?  Makes it just a little bit more painful.  St. Louis would add another run in the fourth when Paul DeJong hit into a fielder’s choice.  The final two runs of the game came in the fifth when Jose Martinez plated two runs with a single to left.

Joe ...

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