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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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Musgrove, Pirates Beat Cardinals 8-1

After a disappointing series in Cincinnati, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home to PNC Park for the first of a three game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Joe Musgrove made his Pirates debut on the mound tonight, marking the first time to suit up since being dealt to Pittsburgh in the Gerrit Cole trade with the Houston Astros over the offseason.  Tonight, Musgrove tossed a gem, and the Pirates offense came alive, as they coasted to an 8-1 victory.

Musgrove was dominant tonight, needing just 67 pitches to make it through seven innings of shutout baseball.  He scattered five hits, striking out seven without walking a batter.  Michael Feliz gave up a run in the eighth and Kyle Crick pitched a scoreless ninth in relief.

This was a pitchers’ duel through the first five inni...

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Pirates Rally Falls Short In 5-4 Loss To Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to take two out of three from the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon.  The two teams combined to hit four home runs and, in the end, Cincinnati would bring home one more run in a 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh.  The loss would be the Pirates fifth in six games and first time since mid-April that they have lost back to back series.

Zeros were put on the board through the fist two and a half innings today, but the Reds would put a four spot on the board in the bottom of the third.  Ivan Nova would walk the first batter of the inning and then give up a single to right.  With one out, Nova would commit a throwing error that would load the bases for Eugenio Suarez and he would clear the bases with a grand slam to left field...

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