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Pirates Fall To Dodgers In Twelve Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight to open a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  This game was back and forth all night, but in the end, it would be Los Angeles who would leave with a victory.  The toughest part of this loss is that Pittsburgh held a three-run lead into the later innings and a managerial decision was a big key to this defeat.

The Pirates offense get off to a hot start tonight and looked to be getting the best of Dodgers starter Alex Wood.  The Buccos would blast back to back solo home runs off the bats of Jose Osuna and Sean Rodriguez.  One inning later Josh Harrison would do the same to give Pittsburgh a three-run lead, their biggest of the night.

Gerrit Cole was pitching a fine game through six innings even though at times he needed some ...

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Pirates Continue Slide Out Of Playoffs

Well folks I think it is time to pull the plug on the 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates and whatever remaining hope the fan base had at another playoff berth.  Pittsburgh dropped their third straight game after falling to the Milwaukee Brewers tonight by the final of 3-1.  The loss drops them another game down in the race for the division crown.

Ivan Nova was the starter for the Pirates tonight and he had a decent outing, with a few bad breaks.  Nova pitched six innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks.  The three walks were the most he has had in one game while playing with the Buccos.  The first run came on a fielder’s choice, after Josh Bell threw a ball over Jordy Mercer’s head trying to turn a double play, which loaded the bases.

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Cubs Score Six In The Ninth, Beat Pirates 9-5

Entering this weekend’s series at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs were both chasing the first place Milwaukee Brewers in the N.L. Central division.  The Pirates had their four game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, but were playing very good baseball entering this evening’s action.

For eight innings, the Pirates played good baseball and held a lead over the Cubs.  But the ninth inning was a complete disaster, as the Cubs rallied for six runs on their way to a 9-5 victory at PNC Park.

Trevor Williams started for the Pirates, giving up three runs on four hits in five innings.  Wade LeBlanc, Daniel Hudson, and Felipe Rivero each pitched a scoreless inning of work.  But Clint Hurdle chose Juan Nicasio to close things down in the ninth, and the Cubs took advantage...

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Pirates Blow Lead Again, Lose 9-6

After blowing a late-inning lead last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to earn a split in their short two game series against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.  Tonight, unfortunately, it was more of the same, as the Pirates built a big lead, but the Orioles stormed back to win 9-6 in extra innings.

Jose Osuna and Elias Diaz had two hits each, and Max Moroff had a big hit as well, as the young guns put the Bucs in position to win the game tonight.

Chad Kuhl made the start for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on four hits in five innings.  He also struck out four and walked four.  Sure, it would have been nice for him to be a little more efficient and go a little deeper in the game, but this was a good performance for Kuhl, who has had a rocky 2017 season thus far.

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Pirates Beat Braves 12-5 In Extra Innings

The first two games of their series against the Atlanta Braves had been very frustrating for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After dropping both games, they were in desperate need of a big victory tonight.  Fortunately, the bats came alive late, as they used a seven run tenth inning to be the Braves 12-5.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up three runs on six hits in five innings.  The Bucs used a total of six pitchers, including Felipe Rivero, who earned the victory (2-1).

The Pirates took the lead in the top of the second on a three run line drive homerun by Adam Frazier.  It was his second long ball of the year, scoring Jordy Mercer and Chris Stewart.  The Bucs led 3-0 after two innings.

The Braves finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning on thr...

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Kuhl Struggles, Pirates Lose 8-4

Chad Kuhl represents a crucial part of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching rotation.  With Ivan Nova and Gerrit Cole pitching well, Jameson Taillon on the disabled list, and Tyler Glasnow still struggling, Kuhl’s performance is extremely important to just how competitive this Pirates team can be this season.  Unfortunately, Chad wasn’t effective tonight on the mound, struggling from the onset as the Bucs lost to the Washington Nationals 8-4.

Kuhl allowed the leadoff runner to reach base in each of the first four innings of the game.  He gave up six runs on ten hits in four innings of work.  His mound opponent, Stephen Strasburg, pitched well but ran into some bad luck, giving up three runs on four hits in six innings.

Washington took the lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Jay...

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Pirates Outlast Diamondbacks For Series Split

A road trip that started as a disaster wrapped up today on a high note.  The Pittsburgh Pirates used the long ball three times today to earn a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in ten innings.  The victory also gave Pittsburgh their second win in a row and series split with Arizona.  These have been two much needed wins after dropping their previous six games.

The Pirates were able to jump on the board first today when Adam Frazier scored on a bases loaded double play by Gregory Polanco.  They never seem to collect the big hit in those situations, but at least they were able to manufacture a run.  That lead would not last long, as Paul Goldschmidt would hit the first of two home runs on the day in the bottom half of the inning.  This one would give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead...

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Cardinals Rally, Beat Pirates 4-3

The St. Louis Cardinals are desperate for a playoff spot.  Entering the final weekend of the regular season one game behind the San Francisco Giants for the second Wild Card seed in the National League, the Cardinals are in need of a series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a blowout victory last night at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals came from behind this afternoon to beat the Bucs 4-3.

Chad Kuhl pitched a great game for the Pirates, but stayed in one inning too long.  He gave up two runs on eight hits in five innings of work.  Antonio Bastardo gave up a run in just a 1/3 of an inning, and Felipe Rivero took the loss (1-6) by giving up a run in the eighth.

The Pirates jumped on Michael Wacha and the Cardinals in the first inning.  Jung-ho Kang crushed a three run homerun to left...

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Pirates Falter In Loss To Brewers

In order for the Pittsburgh Pirates to keep their slim playoff chances alive, they need help on the outside, and have to win every night.  Their 3-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers tonight took the wind out of their sails after winning six out of their last seven games.  Pittsburgh must now do a little scoreboard watching to see where they stand prior to their final home stand of the season.

Milwaukee was able to get to Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong early in the game.  Scooter Gennett lifted a two run home run to deep left center field to score Jonathan Villar.  Vogelsong continued the trend of starters not pitching deep into games, as he was sent to the bench after four innings of work.  He would end up allowing two runs on two hits to go with seven strikeouts and two walks...

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Pirates Rally Late, Beat Phillies 5-3

After a lackluster performance in last night’s 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action tonight for the second game of the four game series at Citizens Bank Park.  It was a back and forth game tonight, but the Pirates delivered the knockout blow with a three run homerun in the top of the ninth, as the held on and beat the Phillies 5-3.

Entering tonight, the Pirates had lost 12 of 14 games, and were on their way to another loss tonight.  But the Bucs kept battling back tonight, and finally came up with the big hit to earn the victory.

Both starters pitched very well tonight, and both probably deserved to win the game.  Ivan Nova gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits with 11 strikeouts in six innings, while Alec Asher gave up two runs on four...

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