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Pirates Win Final Home Game, Beat Cubs 7-0

While it has been a disastrous season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they finished the home schedule on a high note – a 7-0 blowout victory over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh and was dominant on the mound this afternoon.  He gave up just two hits and three walks in seven innings of work.  He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a double off the wall by Anthony Rizzo.  Still, it was a tremendous way for Kuhl to finish off his 2020 campaign.

The Pirates used the long ball to take control of this baseball game.  A solo homerun in each of the first three innings put the Bucs in front.  Colin Moran’s solo homer in the first scored the game’s first run, followed by dingers from Bryan Reynolds and Adam Frazier.

A single by Frazier in the four...

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Pirates Down Cubs In Pitcher’s Duel

For the majority of the 2020 season the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation and bullpen have been on different wavelengths.  When the starting rotation is going well, the bullpen struggles and when the starting rotation struggles, the bullpen is going well.  Tonight, both performed well and led the way in a 2-1 Pittsburgh victory over the Chicago Cubs

The offense for both teams came early and then were silent for the remaining eight innings.  In the top of the first Anthony Rizzo hit a 406 ft. solo home run to right centerfield to give Chicago their only lead.  The Pirates quickly answered with two solo home runs of their own during the bottom half of the inning.  Adam Frazier led off the inning with a 379 ft. dinger to right field.  That was followed up by a 415 ft...

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Brault, Stallings Lead Pirates Over Cubs 3-2

Steven Brault was magnificent on the mound on Tuesday night, holding the Chicago Cubs to just two hits and three walks in his seven innings of work on the mound, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory at PNC Park.

Before the seventh inning, Brault had pitched 10 straight hitless innings dating back to his previous start.  Despite not registering a victory on Tuesday, he did lower his ERA to 3.38 for the season while keeping the dangerous Cubs’ offense in check all night.

Pittsburgh scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second.  Erik Gonzalez doubled on a line drive to right field, scoring Gregory Polanco.  A double by Adam Frazier in the fifth scored Polanco and the Bucs held a 2-0 lead.

The Bucs held the lead until the eighth inning, when the Cubs capital...

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Cubs Make Easy Work Of Pirates

Less than a week to go in the 2020 Major League Baseball regular season and it can’t come soon enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Tonight, they opened a four-game series at PNC Park with the Chicago Cubs, and it looks like Pittsburgh is just going through the motions.  They received a good start from JT Brubaker, but a lackluster offensive performance an ugly bullpen outing led to a 5-0 Chicago victory.

Brubaker pitched 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.  That kind of line is worthy of a W, but not when you pitch for the Pirates.  An infield single by Javier Baez brought in Kyle Schwarber for the game’s first run in the second inning.  In the fifth inning Jason Kipnis would score on a Victor Caratini double to shallow right centerfield...

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Bullpen Spoils Musgrove’s Strong Start; Pirates Lose 2-1

Joe Musgrove pitched six shutout innings this afternoon at PNC Park, but the bullpen gave up the lead, as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the St. Louis Cardinals by a 2-1 score.

Musgrove gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out 11 batters in his six innings of work on the mound.  But in what has become an all-too-common theme, the bullpen struggled to hold a lead.  Derek Holland was the culprit today, giving up two runs on three hits in the seventh inning, which proved to be the difference in the game. 

Jack Flaherty started for the Cardinals, giving up one run on two hits in six innings, while striking out 11 Buccos’ hitters.  Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save of the season.

A sacrifice fly by Colin Moran scored Bryan Reynolds ...

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Pirates Avoid Sweep, Beat Cubs 6-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates finally beat the Chicago Cubs in 2020.  Charged by a three run homerun by Bryan Reynolds, the Bucs took a third-inning lead and went on to avoid the series sweep with a 6-2 victory at PNC Park this afternoon.

JT Brubaker earned his first victory, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits in five innings of work.  The Bucs used a total of five pitchers, with the bullpen providing four innings of scoreless work on the mound.

The Cubs scored the game’s first run in the second inning on a RBI single by Victor Caratini.  A throwing error by JT Riddle in the third inning allowed Jason Kipnis to score, and Chicago held a 2-0 advantage.

Pittsburgh scored four runs in the third which turned out to be the difference in the game.  A sacrifice fly by Erik Gonzale...

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Pirates Can’t Figure Out Cubs

Wednesday night marked the fifth of ten times that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs would do battle in 2020, and for the fifth time Chicago came away victorious.  The Cubs used bend, but not break pitching, solid offense, and capitalized on three Pittsburgh errors to come away with an 8-2 win at PNC Park.

The Pirates held an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Colin Moran hit a 440ft. home run to right centerfield that ended up in the Allegheny River.  That lead would last until the top half of the fourth inning.  That is when Javier Baez hit a three run home run to left centerfield.  That homer would come off of Buccos pitcher Nick Tropeano, who came out of the bullpen in the fourth to replace Joe Musgrove...

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Cubs Spoil Hayes’ Debut, Beat Bucs 8-7

Tuesday night marked the highly anticipated MLB debut of Ke’Bryan Hayes, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ rookie third baseman.  In an otherwise dismal season for this club, the series opener against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park brought some hope to a fanbase that the young prospect can turn into a star.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the Cubs overcame a rally and a rain delay to hold on for an 8-7 victory.

Hayes delivered in his debut, however, going 2-5 with a homerun and a double.  His first homerun in the majors came after a rain delay on the third pitch of the at-bat in the bottom of the eighth inning.  All in all, it was an encouraging performance and one that will hopefully spark a strong final month of the season.

Chad Kuhl started for the Bucs on the mound, giving up four runs (...

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Brewers Defeat Pirates For Series Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up their four-game series from Miller Park tonight, where Pittsburgh was looking to leave town with a series split.  Milwaukee had other plans though, as they capitalized on two Pirates errors to pick a 6-5 victory and earn a 3-1 series win.  This was a big series for the Brewers as they hover around the .500 mark and look to secure a possible wild card spot.

Milwaukee jumped out in front in the second when Eric Sogard hit an infield single to plate Ben Gamel.  A throwing error by Kevin Newman on that play allowed Jedd Gyorko to score.  The Buccos tied it up in the third on a two-run home run by Erik Gonzalez that traveled 360ft...

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Cubs Walk Off In 11th To Complete Sweep

Javier Baez singled home the game’s winning run in the bottom of the 11th today as the Chicago Cubs completed the series sweep this weekend over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

Steven Brault and Jon Lester started for their respective teams this afternoon, and both pitched well.  Brault only threw three innings, but didn’t give up a hit while striking out four batters.  Lester lasted six innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk.

The teams combined to use 14 pitchers across the 11 innings.  The Bucs used an astounding 9 pitchers in the losing effort.  The bullpen has been a source of struggle for both teams so far this season, but the Cubs found a way to come out on top over the Pirates for the third straight game.

Pittsburgh scored their one and only run in the t...

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