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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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The Pirates Walk It Off Again Over Royals

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing quality baseball in the month of September and that would continue tonight against the Kansas City Royals.  They would take a great pitching performance from Jameson Taillon and a walk off single from the fourth string catcher tonight to defeat Kansas City 2-1 in eleven innings.

Taillon would record a career high eleven strikeouts tonight during his seven innings on the mound to go with one walk and four hits.  He was replaced by Richard Rodriguez in the eighth who would strikeout three and walk one during the inning.  Felipe Vazquez would be tagged for a run in the ninth and record his fifth blown save on the season.  Edgar Santana pitched a scoreless tenth, before giving way to Kyle Crick in the eleventh.

There wasn’t much offense tonight from...

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Pirates Lose Heartbreaker To Brewers

After a dreadful home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road for a three game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Hoping to improve their offense which has been terrible as of late, the Bucs fell behind early, battled back to tie and eventually take the lead, before falling to the Brewers by a 7-6 score at Miller Park.

Joe Musgrove and Wade Miley started the game tonight, and neither were particularly sharp.  Musgrove got off to a horrible start in the first inning, and despite settling down in the next few innings, he lasted only four innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  Miley battled his way through five innings, giving up two runs on ten hits.

The Brewers took a 2-0 lead on Musgrove and the Pirates…after just two pitches...

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Pirates Comeback Falls Short To Giants

There was some controversy prior to the start of tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco GiantsClint Hurdle decided to call up starting pitcher Clay Holmes from AAA to take the mound tonight.  The move was to give the starting rotation an extra day off, but in the middle of trying to lock up a playoff spot the better move would be to send out one of your top five pitchers every day.  The move would back fire for sure in a 13-10 Pittsburgh loss.

Holmes looked bad from the start of this game.  Andrew McCutchen would lead the game off with a solo home run to right field.  San Francisco would score two more runs in the inning and then four more in the third before Holmes night was officially over.  He would only pitch 2...

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Pirates Win Eighth Straight, Beat Reds 6-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates have not cooled off over the All Star break.  After a five-game series sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers to end the season’s first half, the Bucs have opened the second half with two wins over the Cincinnati Reds.  Tonight, they got another quality start on the mound, and their offense stayed hot as they beat the Reds 6-2 at Great American Ballpark.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh tonight, and was solid on the mound, going into the seventh inning.  He gave up two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings.  A two run homerun by Curt Casali in the seventh ruined Kingham’s shutout bid, but the right-hander still turned in another quality start before Clint Hurdle handed the ball over to the Bucs’ bullpen.

The Pirates took the lead in the third inning on a solo homerun...

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Kuhl Snake Bitten By Diamondbacks

Chad Kuhl was supposed to start the finale of the Pittsburgh Pirates series with the Milwaukee Brewers last night.  When that game was postponed because of rain, Kuhl was then slated to start game one of a four game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight.  Kuhl must have not studied the lineup very well, because Arizona hit him hard and often in an 9-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

Kuhl looked like he was throwing batting practice to the Diamondbacks during his two innings of work.  It all started in the first inning when Daniel Descalso hit a sac fly to score John Jay.  Descalso would cross home plate on a Ketel Marte homer to right.  In the second inning Jay would bring in two runs with a double to right.  He then came in to score on a Paul Goldschmidt single to right center.

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The Downward Spiral Of The Pirates Bullpen Continues

Things continue to get worse for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the main reason is their terrible bullpen.  Tonight, it would play a huge role in their 8-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs.  This would be the fourth straight loss for Pittsburgh and ninth in their past eleven games.  The most frustrating thing for fans of the ball club is that the team was playing well prior to their May 18th game against the San Diego Padres.  Ever since then they look like the club we were told about in Spring Training.

The Pirates held a 4-2 lead heading into the sixth inning.  That would be when starter Nick Kingham would be lifted after 5.2 innings on the mound, allowing three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks.  Not a great line by any means, but he left with his team leading.  Tyler Gla...

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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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Moran, Taillon Lead Pirates To 4-0 Start

After a sweeping the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park to open the 2018 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to carry that momentum from the weekend as they took the field at PNC Park for the first time this year.  A five-run flurry in the first inning, fueled by a grand slam by Colin Moran, along with some gritty pitching down the stretch led the Bucs to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Pittsburgh jumped out to an early lead this afternoon with five runs in the first inning off Twins’ starter Lance Lynn.  Josh Harrison led off with a walk, and quickly scored on an RBI double by Gregory Polanco to give Pittsburgh an early 1-0 advantage.  Walks to Starling Marte and Francisco Cervelli later in the inning set the table for Moran, who crushed a grand slam into the right field seats...

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