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Seven Run Seventh Lifts Pirates Over Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs began their final series of the 2019 season tonight at PNC Park.  Chicago has dominated Pittsburgh over the course of this season, and blew out the Pirates in a three game sweep a little over a week ago.  With the Cubs in the hunt for the final Wild Card spot in the National League, the Buccos have a chance to play spoiler these next three days.

Mitch Keller made a decent start tonight, especially considering his overall body of work.  Keller would pitch five innings and allow one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.  That lone run came in the fourth inning when Nico Hoerner hit an RBI double into the right center field gap to bring around Jason Heyward.

Pittsburgh would finally see its offense come to life in the seventh inning...

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Pirates Swept…..Again

Another day and another loss for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After winning games one and two of this three game series, the Seattle Mariners picked up a series sweep this afternoon with a 6-5 victory in eleven innings.  Errors and a lack of production in the later innings, two things that have plagued this team all year, were the story once again.

After a scoreless first inning, Seattle would plate four runs in the second inning.  Daniel Vogelbach crossed the plate when Cole Tucker made a throwing error to first.  Braden Bishop scored the second run on a RBI single to left center field.  The final two runs came around on a Shed Long single to right.  Only two of these runs were earned, as Joe Musgrove left after five innings, giving up five hits with six strikeouts and two walks.


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Cubs Complete Sweep, Crush Bucs 16-6

The Chicago Cubs capped a three game series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with another blowout victory at Wrigley Field this afternoon.

It was another difficult day for the starting pitchers, as Trevor Williams and Jose Quintana both struggled on the mound for their respective clubs.  Williams gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks in 2.1 innings, while Quintana also just lasted 2.1 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.

A three run homerun by Kris Bryant in the bottom of the first gave the Cubs the early lead.  A single by Kevin Newman, a double by Bryan Reynolds, and two more singles by Pablo Reyes and Colin Moran put the Bucs in front in the top of the third by a 5-3 score, but the Cubs scored five more runs in the bottom of the inning, including Bryant’s second homerun...

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Pirates Hold Off Giants 6-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates built an early lead on Wednesday night and were able to hold off the San Francisco Giants to earn a 6-3 victory in the third game of this four game series on the west coast.

This certainly had the feel of September matchup between two teams out of playoff contention.  The two teams combined to use 13 pitchers, with neither starter making it out of the fifth inning.  Michael Feliz earned the victory (3-4) by pitching a scoreless fifth inning, while Felipe Vazquez tallied his 27th save of the season with an easy ninth.

Adam Frazier’s single in the second scored Jose Osuna for the game’s first run, and a single by Kevin Kramer later in the inning made it 2-0 Bucs.

Pittsburgh added two more runs in the fourth when Elias Diaz hit a sacrifice fly and Colin Moran sing...

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Keller Leaves With Injury, Pirates Lose 5-4

It was a difficult beginning to the home stand for Mitch Keller and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Bucs’ top prospect was injured early in the game, and the Pirates lost to the Miami Marlins in extra innings on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Keller exited his start in the second inning after being hit in the wrist with a line drive.  It was officially listed as a right wrist contusion, with no word of anything more significant than a “day to day” type injury.

This turned into a bullpen game for the Bucs, who used a total of seven pitchers once Keller left.  They held a one-run lead into the ninth inning, when Felipe Vazquez shockingly blew his 3rd save of the season.  The Marlins scored a run in the top of the tenth to win the game.

Adam Frazier hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the ...

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Pirates Complete Four Game Sweep Of Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a four-game series at Coors Field today against the Colorado Rockies.  While this game wasn’t as high scoring as the previous three, Pittsburgh led from the beginning and swept this series after a 6-2 win today.  The key to this win was the offense, and a stellar start from Steven Brault.

Brault pitched 6.1 innings today and even provided some offense during that time.  He would allow two runs, one earned, on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  The first run came in the sixth on a Nolan Arenado home run to left.  Colorado scored their other run in the seventh when Tony Walters hit an RBI single to right center to bring home Ryan McMahon.

The Pirates offense got started on the very first pitch of the game.  That is when Adam Frazier hit a...

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Pirates Stay Hot, Beat Rockies 11-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense stayed hot on Saturday night, ripping the pitching staff of the Colorado Rockies for the third night in a row on their way to an 11-4 victory.

Joe Musgrove earned the victory (9-12), giving up three runs on eight hits in six innings. The Bucs got to Tim Melville early and often, tagging him for five runs on six hits in two innings of work.

Pittsburgh took control of the game early again on Saturday, as Kevin Newman led off with a solo homerun. A sacrifice fly by Colin Moran later in the inning increased the lead to 2-0, and Newman’s single along with Bryan Reynolds’ double in the second made it 5-0.

After the Rockies added a couple runs to get back in the game, the Pirates responded in the fourth on solo homeruns by Josh Bell (35) and Jose Osuna (10)...

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Pirates Offense Remains Hot Against Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates took on the Colorado Rockies Friday night in game two of this four game series.  For Pittsburgh it was another night of hot bats, as the Pirates went on to defeat Colorado 9-4.  The Buccos bullpen had a good night as well, keeping the Rockies offense in check over the final four innings.

Pittsburgh started the scoring on the night when Colin Moran hit an RBI single into left center field in the first inning.  The Rockies countered in the bottom half of the inning on a Trevor Story solo homer to left field.  Pirates starter Dario Agrazal would give his team the team the lead back in the second with a sac fly to right.

Agrazal gave the Buccos five innings on the night, allowing three runs on nine hits with two strikeouts...

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Pirates Score Seven First Inning Runs, Beat Rockies 11-8

Entering this four game series against the Colorado Rockies, it was anticipated that a lot of runs would be scored.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have an explosive offense, as do the Rockies, setting up for what is expected to be a fun weekend.  The first game of this series did not disappoint from an offensive standpoint, as the Bucs beat the Rockies 11-8 in a wild one on Thursday.

The teams combined for 19 runs on 27 hits, with the starting pitchers, Trevor Williams for Pittsburgh and Chi Chi Gonzalez for Colorado, suffering the consequences.  Williams did earn the victory (7-6), battling his way through seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  Gonzalez, on the other hand, struggled mightily, giving up seven runs on seven hits without even making it out of the first inning.

The ...

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Pirates Score In Ninth, Beat Phillies 5-4

One day after losing a one-run game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Ballpark, the Pittsburgh Pirates edged out their cross-state rivals with a 5-4 victory in a back and forth battle on Tuesday night.

Steven Brault battled his way through five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with a walk and a strikeout.  The Bucs used five pitchers in all, including Felipe Vazquez, who recorded four outs and earned the victory (5-1) with a strikeout of Bryce Harper to end the game.

Bryan Reynolds continued his run at the batting title with three more hits on Tuesday, bumping his average up to .332 on the season.  His two run homerun in the top of the first scored Kevin Newman and put the Pirates in front early.

The Phillies scored runs in the second, third, and fourth inning...

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