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Four Run Eighth Lifts Pirates Over Nationals

One night after being blown out by thirteen runs, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to be on their way to another shut out at the hands of the Washington Nationals.  Down a run in the eighth Pittsburgh would battle their way to four runs and keep Washington off the board in the ninth to close out a 4-1 victory.

Chris Archer started for the Pirates tonight and would leave the game prior to the second inning to a right shoulder injury.  This would mean an already taxed Bucco bullpen would be responsible for covering the final eight innings.  First up was Clay Holmes who would give the team 3.2 innings of work allowing one run on one hit with four walks and three strikeouts.  That run came on an Anthony Rendon RBI double to right center in the fifth.

Nationals starter Steven Strausburg always...

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Nationals Rout Williams, Pirates 13-0

After a disappointing performance at the Little League Classic on Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park to open up a four game series against the Washington Nationals.  It was another ugly loss for the Bucs on Monday, as they were embarrassed by the Nationals 13-0.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh, lasting two innings and giving up eight runs (six earned) on six hits and three walks.  He fell to 5-6 on the year with a 5.65 ERA.  Montana DuRapau pitched a couple innings and didn’t do much better, giving up three runs on four hits.  The rest of the bullpen combined to pitch five scoreless innings, but the damage had already been done.

The Nationals’ offense put on a show, with four different batters having multi-hit games.  Juan Soto led the way with four h...

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Angels Avoid Sweep, Beat Bucs 7-4

After taking the first two games of this week’s series, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to earn a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels in the finale Wednesday night.  Unfortunately, Chris Archer had another sub-par performance, and the Angels beat the Bucs 7-4 to avoid the sweep.

Archer dropped to 3-9 on what has been a tremendously disappointing season.  His ERA sits at 5.23 after giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits with two walks in five innings of work.  He did strike out ten batters on the night, but that partially contributed to his 98 pitch count through five innings and earlier-than-hoped for exit.

Things were looking good for Pittsburgh early, as they scored two runs in the top of the first inning.  But a single by Albert Pujols and doubles by David Fletcher and Lu...

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Cardinals Score Four In Eighth, Defeat Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates began a six-game road trip tonight with the first of three against the St. Louis Cardinals.  These two teams are clearly headed in opposite directions at this point in the season with Pittsburgh trying to salvage theirs, while St. Louis looks to make a run at the division title.  A close game throughout would turn in the eighth, as the Cardinals picked up a 6-2 victory.

St. Louis struck first in the bottom of the first when Dexter Fowler scored from third on a double play ground out by Marcell Ozuna.  The Pirates tied the game in the second when Jose Osuna hit a sac fly to left to bring home Josh Bell.  The Buccos then took the lead in the top half of the fourth when Bell scored on another sac fly, this one hit by Colin Moran...

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Bullpen Collapses, Pirates Lose 7-5

The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets played in front of a sold out crowd at PNC Park on Saturday night.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, an encouraging performance from their starter was overshadowed by a disastrous effort by the bullpen, as the Pirates fell to the Mets by a 7-5 score.

Chris Archer started for Pittsburgh on Saturday, giving up one runs on five hits in six innings.  He held a 3-1 lead when he left.  But the last three innings of the game were terrible for Pirates pitching, as four relievers gave up a total of six runs on seven hits.  Kyle Crick continued his struggles, giving up two runs on two hits, dropping to 3-6 on the season.

Wilson Ramos gave the Mets an early lead with a RBI single in the top of the first, but the Bucs took the lead right back in the bottom of ...

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Pirates Win Series Opener With Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park Friday night to open a six-game home stand, with the first three games against the New York Mets.  New York has been a team on the rise as of late and even added a pitcher at the trade deadline.  The Mets swept Pittsburgh last weekend at Citi Field, and were looking to add to that success against the Pirates tonight.

New York came out swinging against Bucco starter Trevor WilliamsPete Alonso got things started in the first with an RBI double to right center.  He would then come in to score on a Wilson Ramos groundout to third base.  The Mets added another run in the third when J.D. Davis hit a double to center field.

That was the final run Williams gave up on the night as he worked through the sixth inning allowing three runs on six hits ...

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Pirates Swept By Mets, Drop 8th Straight

For the third time this season the Pittsburgh Pirates have lost eight games in a row.  This occurred after they lost to the New York Mets today by the final of 8-7.  The loss gave New York a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh, and the Pirates have now been swept in two straight series.  A poor start by Chris Archer and three errors by the defense were the main factors in today’s loss.

Archer was shelled in the first inning where he gave up six runs, five earned, while throwing fifty pitches.  He did manage to make it through five innings, with four strikeouts and four walks.  Archer continues to disappoint in a Buccos uniform, further questioning what the thought process was that brought him to Pittsburgh one year ago.

The Pirates offense tried their best to get this team back in the ga...

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Pirates Lose Again, Blanked By Mets 3-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their seventh straight game last night, falling 3-0 to the New York Mets.  They are now twelve games under .500, in last place in the N.L. Central, 10 games out of first place in the division, and 9 games out of the final wild card spot.  In fact, the Pirates currently have the second worst record in the entire National League.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh last night, and overall, he pitched well.  He did run into trouble with the long ball, though, and it cost him mightily.  He fell to 3-4 on the season, giving up three runs on four hits in seven innings.  He was out-pitched by his mound opponent, Steven Matz, who pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits and striking out seven while earning his sixth victory of the season.

The ga...

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Pirates Lose Early Lead, Fall to Cardinals 4-3

A day after coming up just short in a comeback effort on Monday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates built an early lead on Tuesday before losing another close game to the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park.

The Bucs scored three runs in the first inning, but wouldn’t cross the plate again as the Cardinals rallied for four unanswered runs in yet another heartbreaking loss for Pirates’ fans.

Chris Archer fell to 3-7 on the season, giving up four runs on seven hits in six innings of work.  Dakota Hudson improved his record to 10-4 but giving up three runs on six hits in 6.1 innings of work.  After a shaky first inning, he settled in and held the Bucs’ bats in check throughout the remainder of his outing.

Pittsburgh got off to a great start on Tuesday, as Starling Marte’s three run homerun, h...

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Cardinals Come Back Against Pirates Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals wrapped up their three-game series this afternoon at Busch Stadium.  St. Louis took game one, while Pittsburgh rebounded last night to even up this series.  A win for either team today would be big in the tight N.L. Central Division race.  In the end it would come down to one swing of the bat by Paul Goldschmidt in the seventh inning.

The Pirates struck first today when Starling Marte hit a solo home run in the top of the first.  The Cardinals would quickly answer in the bottom half of the inning when Tyler O’Neill hit an RBI single to right.  Jose Martinez gave St. Louis a one run lead in the second with a sac fly to right.  The Buccos plated three runs in the fourth and it started with Chris Archer...

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