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Pirates Finish Off Sweep Of Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs met for the final time in 2019 tonight.  The end result was a 9-5 victory and series sweep for Pittsburgh.  The Pirates led for all nine innings and got one final good start from Joe Musgrove.

Musgrove worked six innings tonight and allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.  Those three runs came in the sixth inning.  The first two came on an Ian Happ double to right field.  Happ then came in to score on a Jonathan Lucroy groundout to the pitcher.

The Buccos got off to a hot start against Chicago starter Jose Quintana.  In the first inning Pablo Reyes brought home Melky Cabrera and Jose Osuna with a triple to left center field.  Two more runs would score in the third on an Osuna double to right...

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Pirates Win, Cubs Eliminated From Playoff Contention

Dario Agrazal and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night at PNC Park, officially eliminating them from playoff contention with a 4-2 win on the north shore.

Agrazal pitched well, self-proclaimed his best start of the season, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings of work.  Francisco Liriano and Michael Feliz each pitched a scoreless inning, setting the table for Keone Kela, who earned his first save of the season.

The Cubs did take the early lead on a RBI single by Ian Happ in the second inning, scoring Willson Contreras.  The Pirates responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Erik Gonzalez’s RBI double tied the game, and a single by Jake Elmore put them in front, 2-1.

Happ homered in the seventh to tie the game, but the Pirates ...

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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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Brewers Complete Sweep, Beat Pirates 4-3

The Milwaukee Brewers completed a pivotal three game series sweep this afternoon at Miller Park, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates by a 4-3 score.

With the victory, the Brewers hold a commanding four game lead for the final Wild Card spot over the Chicago Cubs and are just three games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the N.L. Central.

Meanwhile, the Pirates are 26 games under .500, have lost nine of their last ten games, and hold the second worst record in the National League.

Trevor Williams fell to 7-8 on the season, giving up two runs on three hits in five innings.  A solo homerun by Orlando Arcia in the second gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead, and a homerun by Eric Thames in the fourth and then a two run bomb in the sixth, his 22nd and 23rd of the season, made it 4-0.

The Pirates tried to r...

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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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Cubs Blast Bucs Part Two

It is definitely that time of the year where the vast majority of us turn our attention to college football and outdoor activities on a late summer Saturday afternoon.  There are a few of us who still like to check in to see what is happening on the diamond.  If you checked on the Pittsburgh Pirates today you saw them once again get defeated in blowout fashion by the Chicago Cubs.  Today’s result being worse than yesterdays, a final of 14-1.

James Marvel is another young Pittsburgh pitcher trying to showcase himself for the 2020 season after a successful Minor League season.  He has yet to find similar results at the big-league level.  Today he would pitch four innings and allow seven runs on nine hits with two strikeouts...

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Cubs Blast Bucs 17-8

With nothing else to play for this season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to play the role of spoiler as they face off against playoff hopefuls down stretch.  This afternoon, they were dismantled by a Chicago Cubs team making a push toward the postseason.

The Cubs would be a wild card team if the season ended today, and they played like a club that needs to win every time they take the field.  Chicago destroyed Pittsburgh pitching on their way to a win that looked more like a football score – a 17-8 beatdown at Wrigley Field.

The two teams combined for 25 runs on 29 hits, and while the Cubs had three errors on the day, their bats more than made up for their miscues in the field.

Steven Brault had the worst start of his career, giving up ten runs on eight hits and three walks in 2...

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Cubs Use Long Ball To Defeat Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs headed to Williamsport, PA to take part in the 3rd annual Little League Classic at historic Bowman Field.  With these teams splitting the first two games, the winner of tonight’s rubber match would earn a series victory in front of a mostly Little League crowd.  Chicago would hit three home runs in route to a 7-1 win.

Mitch Keller, who was coming off his best outing in the Majors, was hit hard once again tonight.  In 4.1 innings he would allow six runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  He would allow solo homers to Nicholas Castellanos and Jason Heyward in the first and third innings respectively.  In the fourth Kyle Schwarber drove in two more runs with a single to left center.

Keller would give up two more runs in the fifth...

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Bryant, Lester Lead Cubs Over Pirates

After a dramatic walk-off victory on Friday night at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates played another low scoring contest against the Chicago Cubs this afternoon.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, they couldn’t replicate what they did last night, as they lost to the Cubs 2-0.

The Pirates left 11 runners on base, including multiple at-bats with the bases loaded against Cubs’ starter Jon Lester.  Chicago’s left hander improved to 10-8, giving up four hits and walking five in six innings of work.  Steven Brault was excellent on the day, giving up one run on two hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work.

The game was scoreless until the seventh inning, when Kris Bryant blasted a solo homerun, his 25th of the season, to left center field to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead...

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Pirates Rally Late, Beat Cubs 3-2

After taking two of three games over the Los Angeles Angels this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home to PNC Park to face off against the Chicago Cubs.  The Bucs rallied from behind in the ninth inning on Friday night, beating the Cubs 3-2 in a walk off victory.

The Pirates have won three of four games, and have won  5 of the 11 meetings against the Cubs so far this season.

Joe Musgrove and Kyle Hendricks battled on the mound against one another, each giving their team a chance to win this game.  Hendricks lasted 7 innings, giving up one run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout, while Musgrove gave up two runs on four hits with nine strikeouts in 7.1 innings.  While neither pitcher earned a decision, both pitched very well.

Scoring was at a premium in this game, with the fir...

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