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Pirates Clinch Winning Season, Beat Reds 8-4

It has been an up and down season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with plenty of bright and dark moments.  Tonight, the Bucs won their 81st game of the season, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-4, to clinch a winning season.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh, lasting only 3.2 innings while giving up two runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.  It was a game for the bullpen tonight, and the relievers did a nice job keeping the lead once they got it, with Steven Brault earning his sixth victory of the year.

Corey Dickerson doubled home the game’s first run in the first inning, and Elias Diaz’s sacrifice fly later in the inning made it 2-0.  A two run homerun by Eugenio Suarez in the third tied the game, but Diaz’s solo homerun in the fourth gave the Pirates the lead right ba...

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Pirates Shut Out By Cubs In Finale

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs played for the 19th and final time in 2018 tonight and in the end, Chicago would take the game and season series with a 3-0 victory.  Pittsburgh didn’t have many chances tonight and the few they did have they could not capitalize.

Trevor Williams made his final start of the season and came one game short from reaching the 15-win plateau.  Instead he would collect his 10th loss of the year after throwing five innings and allowing three runs on eight hits, with four strikeouts and three walks.  Two of those runs came in the second on a David Bote triple to left field.  The final run crossed the plate when Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single to right center in the fourth inning.

The Pirates offense couldn’t do any damage to Jon Lester in his six inn...

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Williams, Pirates Shut Out Brewers 3-0

One of the brightest parts of the 2018 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates has been the performance of Trevor Williams.  The right hander has been the best and most consistent starter on the Bucs’ staff, and that trend continued tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers, as he and the bullpen combined to shut out their N.L. Central division rivals 3-0.

Williams was dominant against the Brewers once again, throwing six shutout innings, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out seven batters.  Richard Rodriguez and Kyle Crick pitched the seventh and eighth innings respectively, setting the table for Felipe Vazquez to come in and earn his 36 save of the season.

The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a Starling Marte double, scoring Williams and Adam Frazier.  A sing...

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Pirates Sweep Royals, Win 8th Straight At Home

The home portion of the 2018 schedule is winding down for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but they are going out with a bang.  Pittsburgh entered the night having won their previous seven home games and had a chance to sweep their three-game series from the Kansas City Royals.  Walk off hits had been the story of the past two nights, but tonight it was all about the pitching on both sides.

Buccos starter Chris Archer would have his best night in a Pittsburgh uniform by pitching seven innings and allowing one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.  His counterpart Heath Fillmyer was dominate as well.  Fillmyer threw seven innings and gave up two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts.

Richard Rodriguez would enter the game for the Pirates in the eighth and strikeout two of the thr...

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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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Nova, Pirates Silence Brewers Offense

With nothing much to play for other than attempting to finish the season over the .500 mark, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to play spoiler against the remaining contending teams on their schedule.  Tonight, they were able battle themselves through a stressful ninth inning to deliver a blow to the Milwaukee Brewers’ division title hopes with a 3-1 victory at Miller Park.

The Brewers, trailing by two runs entering the bottom of the ninth inning, put runners on first and second with no outs.  Felipe Vazquez then recorded a lineout, a flyout, and a strikeout to end the game.  After scoring in the first inning, the Brewers were unable to score in the final eight innings.

Ivan Nova started for the Pirates tonight, giving up one run on four hits in six innings.  Richard Rodriguez and K...

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Cardinals Score Four In Eighth, Beat Pirates 8-7

After a 5-0 home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road for a crucial N.L. Central series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals are in the heat of the wild card playoff race, and the Bucs would look nothing more than to play spoiler against their division rivals.

As has been the case many times over the years, tonight’s game between the Pirates and Cardinals went back and forth, but the Cardinals used a clutch three run homerun to edge the Bucs by an 8-7 score.

Trevor Williams and Adam Wainwright opposed one another on the mound tonight, and each battled his way through five innings of work.  Williams gave up four runs on six hits with six strikeouts, while Wainwright struck out three while giving up four runs on seven hits...

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Pirates Complete Sweep Of Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight with a chance to do something they haven’t accomplished since mid-July, sweep a series.  That series happened to be against the Cincinnati Reds as well.  Pittsburgh would complete the sweep tonight with a hard fought 3-2 victory.  It wasn’t the prettiest win, but the Jolly Roger was raised in the end.

Cincinnati would actually score the first and final runs of this game, with the Pirates plating three runs in between.  Jose Peraza hit a solo home run in the first to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.  That would be the only run that Jameson Taillon would give up during his five innings on the mound.  He left allowing eight hits to go with six strikeouts.

The Buccos offense would come to life in the second when Colin Moran hit an RBI double to right...

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Braves Score Four In The Eighth, Beat Pirates 5-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates looked to wrap up a very difficult road trip with a victory today against the Atlanta Braves.  After winning the first game of the series on Friday, the Bucs fell last night after blowing a lead late in the game.  Today, unfortunately, the bullpen let the team down once again, as the Braves scored four runs in the eighth and went on to win 5-1 in the rubber match.

Nick Kingham started today and he pitched well for Pittsburgh.  He lasted five innings, and after giving up a leadoff homerun to begin the game, he held the Braves off the scoreboard for the rest of his outing.  He ended up giving up one run on four hits with four strikeouts.  Steven Brault took the loss today, giving up four runs (one earned) on four hits in 2.1 innings.

The Pirates scored the game’s ...

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Pirates Lose Series Opener To Cardinals

It’s been an up and down season for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Unfortunately here we are at crunch time of the year, and the downward spiral continued for this team following a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

The Pirates are now four games under .500, an embarrassing 14 games out of first place in the N.L. Central division and 8.5 games out of the final Wild Card spot.  Things are bleak right now for Pittsburgh baseball fans – and no wonder.

Ivan Nova started for the Bucs on Tuesday, giving up four runs on six hits in just 3.2 innings of work.  His record fell to 7-9, raising his ERA to 4.35 on the season.  Steven Brault was effective in relief, giving up just two hits and striking out six batters in his 3.1 innings.

The Cardinals took an early lead on a two-run h...

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