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Cardinals Beat Pirates 4-1

After a disappointing finale to their home stand against the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road to continue their month long battle against N.L. Central division foes.  The St. Louis Cardinals still have an outside change at making the postseason, and they played like a team hungry for the playoffs, beating the Pirates 4-1 at Bush Stadium.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh tonight and never really settled in.  He struggled with his control, and in addition to walks, he was hit hard on balls he left over the plate.  He gave up four runs on four hits and four walks in 4.2 innings.  His mound opponent, Luke Weaver, pitched a great game, giving up seven hits and struck out seven batters in 5.2 innings.

The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the third on a RBI grou...

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Cardinals Hold On To Beat Bucs 11-10

It was a crazy game tonight at PNC Park between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After falling behind by as many as eight runs, the Pirates rallied late, but came up just short as the Cardinals held on for a 11-10 victory on the North Shore.

The Pirates have now lost six straight games, are six games under .500, and continue to drift further and further out of contention in the N.L. Central division.

Trevor Williams suffered the loss tonight (5-6), giving up eight runs on seven hits in three innings of work.  Carlos Martinez improved to 10-9 on the season with the victory, giving up three runs on six hits through seven innings of work.

Homeruns by Tommy Pham in the top of the first and Josh Harrison in the bottom half evened the game 1-1 heading into the second inning...

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Blown Lead Sends Pirates To 5th Straight Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight coming off an ugly 2-5 road trip.  Awaiting their return were the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pittsburgh and St. Louis have played each other back and forth all year and both teams are still in the mix for a division crown.  The Cardinals would overcome a four-run deficit to take game one of the four game series by the final of 11-7.

Jameson Taillon made the start for the Pirates and only made it through five innings.  He would allow four runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.  Taillon sure hasn’t looked much like the dominant pitcher he was at the beginning of the season and fatigue may be playing a part in that.  The Buccos would hold a one run lead when he left the game.

St. Louis would send Adam Wainwright to the ...

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Frazier Walks It Off With RBI Single

If the Pittsburgh Pirates want to make a run at the 2017 postseason, they have to win series in the second half of the season.  Pittsburgh had a chance at that today after splitting the first two games of this three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.  It took all nine innings, but in the end, it would be the Pirates who came away with the game and the series at PNC Park.

The Buccos struck in the bottom of the first with an Andrew McCutchen RBI single to shallow center field.  Pittsburgh would hold that lead until the fifth when Matt Carpenter plated a run with a double to right.  Max Moroff would strike in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to right field.  St. Louis was not down for long, as a single by pitcher Carlos Martinez tied the game once again.

Trevor W...

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Lynn, Cardinals Blank Bucs 4-0

After a dramatic walk-off victory last night at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to clinch their weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals with another win tonight.  Lance Lynn took the mound for St. Louis against Jameson Taillon for Pittsburgh, pitting an enticing pitching matchup on a Saturday night.

Both teams had their chances tonight, but Lynn was able to shut the door on the Bucs time and time again, as the Cardinals beat Taillon 4-0.

Lynn was solid for St. Louis, giving up eight hits but no walks in 6.1 innings of work.  Taillon fell to 5-3 on the season, giving up four runs on eight hits in five innings.  The Pirates had plenty of chances to score, the best of which coming in the seventh with the bases loaded...

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Cardinals Beat Liriano, Pirates 5-1

Last night was not a good night for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Not only did they lose the series opening game to the St. Louis Cardinals 9-3, but they also lost Gerrit Cole and Francisco Cervelli to injuries.  And while no official news has been revealed on the extent of Cole’s injury, Cervelli is out 4-6 weeks.

Tonight, it was another tough night on the field, as the Bucs fell to Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals, 5-1, at PNC Park.

Martinez improved to 7-5 on the season, giving up one run on six hits through 8.1 innings.  Unfortunately, his mound opponent, Francisco Liriano, didn’t have the same success.  He lasted six innings, giving up four runs (no earned) on four hits, falling to 4-6 on the season.

St. Louis took control of the game with a four run fifth inning.  Brandon Moss l...

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Pirates Beat Cardinals 9-3 In Series Opener

After a dreadful series in Milwaukee, confidence couldn’t be very high that the Pittsburgh Pirates would play well in this weekend’s series against the St. Louis Cardinals. And this is exactly why we love the game of baseball. J.A. Happ pitched seven scoreless innings and Starling Marte drove in three runs as the Pirates beat the Cards in the first game of this crucial three game divisional series at Busch Stadium, 9-3.

Happ was dominant tonight for Pittsburgh, giving up just three hits and zero walks while striking out eight batters in his seven innings of work, lowering his ERA to just 1.57 for the season with the Bucs. At one point, he retired 15 consecutive batters. After Brandon Moss ended that streak with a two-out single in the seventh, Happ struck out Yadier Molina to end the i...

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Pirates Come Up Short Against Cardinals 4-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals squared off tonight for the eleventh time this season. Having split the first ten games, with half of them going into extra innings (including two 14-inning games), it was no surprise that this one once again was close to the very end.

Jeff Locke only lasted five innings, and the Cardinals used a fifth inning rally to edge the Buccos 4-3 in the first game of the three game series at Busch Stadium.

The Pirates’ left-hander struggled with his control, particularly in the fifth inning, which led to another short outing. Locke gave up four runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

The Pirates took the lead on Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals in the first inning. Starling Marte laced a one-out double down the third base line, and...

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Missed Opportunities Sink Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened up their final series before the All-Star break, and it just happened to be against the team they are looking up at in the standings, the St. Louis Cardinals.  This four game series would be a great test to see how Pittsburgh stacks up against the premier team in all of Major League Baseball.

With pitching being at the forefront of this series, timely hitting would be important for both teams.  The Pirates had an early chance to cash in with runners at first and third with zero outs in the first inning.  Gregory Polanco would hesitate running home, which allowed St. Louis to get a second to home double play and ending any Bucco threat.

Pittsburgh would knock on the door again in the fourth with runners on second and third with zero outs...

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Pirates Outlast Cardinals 7-5

During last weekend’s series at Bush Stadium between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, runs were at a premium and all three low-scoring games ended in walk-off fashion in favor of the home team. So far this weekend at PNC Park, the two N.L. Central rivals have combined for a total of 25 runs, including tonight’s 7-5 victory for the Pirates.

Both starters struggled tonight, as Carlos Martinez and Vance Worley were touched up early and often this evening. Martinez gave up seven runs on seven hits through 5.1 innings, suffering his first loss of the season (3-1), while Worley lasted five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits. Rob Scahill earned his first victory of the season (1-2), while Mark Melancon picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Worley go...

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