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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.

Francisco Cervelli’s...

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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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Cardinals Walk Off On Pirates Again

It happened again folks.  Two nights after the Pittsburgh Pirates blew a three-run lead to lose on a walk off home run, they would lose again in similar fashion.  No, they didn’t blow a lead, but a bottom of the ninth home run by the St. Louis Cardinals would send them to defeat.  Tonight’s loss would be by the final of 3-2.

There was not much offense in this game with four of the five runs coming via the solo home run.  Even with that, neither starting pitcher worked very deep into the game.  Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl would work six innings allowing two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  St. Louis starter Luke Weaver only went five innings and gave up one run on four hits with four strikeouts.

The Cardinals got the scoring started when Marcell Ozuna hit a ...

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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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Bullpen Struggles Continue, Pirates Lose 7-0

Entering this afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates had lost three straight series, two against N.L. Central opponents.  There have been many factors that have contributed to the team’s struggles, but at the top of the list has certainly been the bullpen.  Today, the bullpen woes continued, turning a close game into a blowout, as the Pirates lost to the Cubs by a 7-0 score.

The Bucs have lost three straight games, after dropping the final two games against the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend.  Chad Kuhl took the loss today (4-3), although he pitched very well against a potent Chicago offense.  He gave up one run on four hits through six innings, walking four and striking out five.  The Pirates couldn’t solve Kuhl’s mound opponent, M...

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Pirates Bullpen Implodes In Loss To Cardinals

Baseball can be a fickle game that can humble anyone.  Being humbled has been the story of the Pittsburgh Pirates for three straight series now.  After a 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals today, Pittsburgh has dropped three straight series for the first time in 2018.  This loss would be mostly caused by Clint Hurdle’s mishandling of his bullpen.

For the second straight day St. Louis would strike first and Matt Carpenter had a hand in it once again.  After leading the game off with a double and then moving up to third on a groundout, he would score on an infield single by Marcell Ozuna.  The Pirates would come back to tie the game in the fourth on an RBI single by Colin Moran.

The Buccos would break through with a big fifth inning that looked to be enough to earn a Sunday afternoon...

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Flaherty Beats Williams, Pirates 4-1

A day after coasting to an 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action this afternoon against their division rivals at PNC Park.  Today, unfortunately, the Cardinals got the best of them, as Jack Flaherty pitched a gem and Trevor Williams struggled.  The Cardinals took an early lead and went on for a 4-1 win.

Flaherty was solid for St. Louis, giving up one run on four hits in six innings of work.  Williams, on the other hand, struggled, giving up four runs on seven hits in just four innings of work.  The Bucs used a total of five pitchers, although the bullpen did keep the Cards off the bullpen.  Unfortunately, the damage had already been done.

Matt Carpenter led off the game with a solo homerun to right field.  Starling Marte responded with a ...

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