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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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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.

Pittsburgh took ...

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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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