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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Padres 6-4

Due to their inconsistent play on the field coupled with a string of injuries, one would have expected for the Pittsburgh Pirates most recent road trip to be extremely difficult.  That’s why they play the games.  The Pirates wrapped up a 7-4 road trip with a 6-4 victory over the San Diego Padres this afternoon at Petco Park.

The Pirates desperately needed a long start from Joe Musgrove, who provided a solid performance on the mound.  He won his third game of the season, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits in 6.1 innings of work.  Geoff Hartlieb and Francisco Liriano provided valuable innings in relief, and Felipe Vazquez earned his 13th save of the season by closing things down in the ninth inning.

Pittsburgh took control of the game in very first inning.  Josh Bell sing...

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Offense, Bullpen Carries Pirates Over Cardinals

It was a roller coaster of a series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals this weekend.  Game one was a blowout for St. Louis, while Pittsburgh would pick up two straight 2-1 victories in games two and three.  Game four featured plenty of offense by both teams, and in the end, it would be the Pirates winning the game and series with a 10-6 victory.

The Buccos jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.  It started when Josh Bell drove in Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco.  Bell would then come in to score on Kevin Newman fielder’s choice to the shortstop.  That lead did not last long as the Cardinals scored four runs in the first and then two more in the second off of Pittsburgh starter Steven Brault.

Brault had a terrible day on the mound and hopefully his days ...

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Lyles, Pirates Edge Cardinals 2-1

For the second straight game, the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff held the St. Louis Cardinals offense in check.  After a 17-4 blowout loss on Thursday, the Bucs have won the next two games against their N.L. Central rivals, including today’s 2-1 victory at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals scored their one and only run of the game in the third inning on a double by Paul DeJong, scoring Paul Goldschmidt to make it 1-0

Pittsburgh responded the very next inning with two runs in the top of the fourth.  Gregory Polanco’s triple scored Starling Marte to tie the game, and Josh Bell singled home Polanco to give them the lead.  That turned out to be all the offense the Bucs needed, as they went on to win 2-1.

Jordan Lyles improved to 3-1 on the season, giving up one run on one hit in six innin...

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Williams Pitches Pirates Past Cardinals

Quality pitching has been tough to come by over nine innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates of late.  One night after getting blown out by the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh would get a great outing from their starter and bullpen to pull off a 2-1 victory.  Only two relief pitchers were used tonight, so that weary bullpen was given a much-needed break.

Trevor Williams gave it his all tonight, and in the process picked up his second win of the season.  He threw seven innings allowing one run on nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts.  Williams almost pitched a shutout, but a few cheap hits by St. Louis plated their lone run of the night.  Paul DeJong tied the game with an infield single in the seventh that would score Yairo Munoz.

The Pirates had that lead because of a solo home run ...

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Cardinals Rout Pirates 17-4

This was not the way the Pittsburgh Pirates wanted to open up this difficult road trip.  Joe Musgrove and the Bucs took the field at Busch Stadium last night and were blown out by the St. Louis Cardinals – losing by an embarrassing 17-4 score.

Musgrove fell to 1-4 on the season, giving up eight runs on six hits and five walks in just three innings of work.  The bullpen’s struggles continued last night, as every pitcher for Pittsburgh gave up at least a run.  Clay Holmes, who was called up from Triple A before the game, gave up three runs (two earned) in his two innings of work.

Michael Wacha, a familiar foe of the Pirates, took the mound for the Cardinals.  He improved to 3-0 on the season, but he gave up four runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings of work...

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Pirates Bullpen Falters, Lose To Rangers 9-6

Injuries have been a big factor for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season and it looks like they will continue to be.  For the second straight day they would use a bullpen pitcher to start against the Texas Rangers, and unlike yesterday Pittsburgh would end up on the wrong side of the final score.  A tired bullpen would let a four-run lead get away in the eighth, and allow three runs in the ninth, in a 9-6 loss to Texas.

Nick Kingham made the start for the Pirates today and was decent in his four innings on the mound.  He allowed two runs on three hits, with five strikeouts and three walks.  Those two runs came in the third when Joey Gallo smashed a home run to deep right center.  The Buccos would answer in the fourth on a two-run home run by Josh Bell that landed in the Allegheny River.

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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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