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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.

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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.

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Pirates Blank Cardinals 2-0

With the Pittsburgh Pirates on their way to missing the postseason for a third straight year, it can be difficult for even the biggest fans to watch games this late into the season.  For those of you who tuned in tonight, you saw some great pitching by Pittsburgh for nine innings as they took game two of this three game series from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Trevor Williams earned the start tonight and worked six solid innings.  During that time, he struck out eight batters, walked three and allowed three hits.  Williams picked up his 11th win tonight and saw his ERA drop to 3.30.  He could be considered the Pirates best starter for this season.

The bullpen would be left to cover the final three innings and they did not disappoint.  Edgar Santana pitched the seventh and struck out one b...

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Pirates Lose Series Opener To Cardinals

It’s been an up and down season for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Unfortunately here we are at crunch time of the year, and the downward spiral continued for this team following a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

The Pirates are now four games under .500, an embarrassing 14 games out of first place in the N.L. Central division and 8.5 games out of the final Wild Card spot.  Things are bleak right now for Pittsburgh baseball fans – and no wonder.

Ivan Nova started for the Bucs on Tuesday, giving up four runs on six hits in just 3.2 innings of work.  His record fell to 7-9, raising his ERA to 4.35 on the season.  Steven Brault was effective in relief, giving up just two hits and striking out six batters in his 3.1 innings.

The Cardinals took an early lead on a two-run h...

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Archer Continues To Struggle With Pirates

There was a lot of hype surrounding Chris Archer when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Tampa Bay Rays.  The fan base was excited and even gave him a standing ovation the night he arrived at PNC Park.  Even with that excitement, he has struggled mightily since he first donned a Pittsburgh uniform.  That trend would continue today in a 7-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Archer would only last four innings today allowing six runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  The hope was that this guy would be a top of the rotation pitcher for the Pirates and so far, he has been nothing more than a headache.  He was replaced in the fifth by Nick Kingham.  Kingham worked two innings and gave up one run on one hit with two strikeouts...

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Pirates Hold On To Defeat Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened up a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at PNC Park.  With Pittsburgh in contention for a playoff spot every game is big, but this one held a little more weight since St. Louis was tied with the Pirates in the division coming into tonight.  This game also marked the debut of the recently acquired Chris Archer.

St. Louis would jump out to an early lead when Matt Carpenter welcomed Archer to the National League with a 395 ft. home run to lead off the game.  The Buccos would take the lead in the bottom half of the inning.  Gregory Polanco hit a two RBI triple and then came around to score on a Colin Moran sac fly to left.

The Cardinals would gain a run back in the second on a Yairo Munoz double to right, but Pittsburgh would open things up...

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Cubs Split Series, Beat Pirates 9-2

After an exciting victory last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight at PNC Park looking to earn a two game series sweep against the division-leading Chicago Cubs.  But tonight, the Cubs jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 9-2 victory.

Cole Hamels made his debut with the Cubs tonight, and his offense gave him a four run lead before he even threw his first pitch.  It was not Nick Kingham’s night, lasting just one inning while giving up four runs (two earned) on three hits.

A groundout by Jason Heyward scored the game’s first run, and an error by Sean Rodriguez on a ball off the bat of Javier Baez scored the Cubs’ second run.  An error by Kingham scored the game’s third run, and Kyle Schwarber’s single made it 4-0 after a half inning.

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