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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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Pirates Come Back In Ninth, Lose In Extra Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates have enjoyed playing spoiler this week against the Chicago Cubs.  But after taking the first pair of games this week at Wrigley Field, the Bucs fell behind early tonight, came back and tied the game in the ninth before losing 7-6 in ten innings.

Ivan Nova struggled for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits in four innings of work.  Jose Quintana pitched for Chicago, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings.

The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the top of the first on a solo homerun by Jose Osuna.  A no doubt blast to deep left field, Osuna’s homerun gave the Pirates their first and only lead of the game.

Chicago answered in the bottom of the first inning when Jason Heyward hit a two-run homerun to make it 2-1...

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Pirates Blank Cubs At Wrigley

The season may be winding down, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing like a team looking to make a playoff push.  Tuesday night made for another great pitching performance, with some clutch at bats as Pittsburgh would take down the Chicago Cubs by the final of 6-0.  The Pirates are keeping things interesting in the division by defeating the N.L. Central leaders for the second night in a row.

Chris Archer looked like the top of the rotation pitcher the team traded for during his six innings of work on the mound.  He would allow only four hits to go with nine strikeouts and two walks.  People have been critical of Archer, but if he pitches like this in 2019 the Buccos staff could be one of the best in the National League.

The offense got rolling in the second inning when Pablo Reyes hi...

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Taillon, Pirates Shut Down Cubs 5-1

After wrapping up their home schedule at PNC Park over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates embarked on their final road trip of the 2018 season.  Tonight they took the field against one of the favorites to advance to the World Series, the Chicago Cubs.  The Pirates got another solid performance from their starter, and their offense put enough runs on the board to take the first game of this four game series at Wrigley Field by a 4-1 score.

Jameson Taillon had another great start for the Pirates, finishing up his season strong on the road.  He gave up one run on five hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 3.16 on the season.  His mound opponent, Cole Hamels, didn’t fair quite as well for Chicago.  The Cubs’ left hander gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings...

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Sloppy Play Dooms Pirates Against Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up the home portion of their 2018 season today, though there is a makeup game scheduled for October 1, and did it in ugly fashion.  Poor pitching and the continuation of wild pitches paved the way for a 13-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.  The wild pitches should be at the top of the list of things to fix during the upcoming offseason.

Nick Kingham started today for Joe Musgrove, who will miss the remainder of the season because of side discomfort, and was terrible on the mound.  He allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks in just 1.1 innings of work.  The bullpen wasn’t much better during their 7.2 innings of action today...

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Pirates Take Series From Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates may not be headed to the postseason this year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a say in who reaches the playoffs.  Today they would defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 and take two of the three games in this series.  Milwaukee is in a battle with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals for the division and I’m sure they weren’t expecting Pittsburgh to hand them two losses over the weekend.

The Pirates offense did all of the scoring through the first eight and a half innings.  Kevin Newman brought home the first run of the game in the second inning on a sac fly to center that scored Corey Dickerson.  Dickerson then drive home Josh Bell in the fourth with a single to left center...

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Pirates Lose 1-0 Again

Despite splitting a series over the weekend against the first place Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates are not playing their best baseball.  While the pitching has been tremendous lately, the offense has been non-existent.  Unfortunately, that trend continued for Pittsburgh tonight, as they lost yet another 1-0 game, this time to the Atlanta Braves.

Chris Archer started for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in four innings of work.  He would have lasted longer, but he was pulled after pitching the top of the fourth with left leg discomfort.  He appeared to injure his leg while at bat in the bottom of the third.  After pitching the top of the fourth, he was relieved by Steven Brault, who pitched two scoreless innings.

The Pirates offe...

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Frazier Walks Off In The 11th

If you are a fan of offense, this four-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs was one you could have passed on.  Over the four games the teams combined to score a total of nine runs.  The largest margin of victory came in the Pittsburgh win Saturday night when they outscored Chicago by two runs.  The series finale today would take eleven innings to finish and in the end the Pirates would come away with a 2-1 victory and earn a series split with their division rival.

Pitching was the story once again today and both starters looked very good on the mound.  Jameson Taillon worked six innings and allowed one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.  That lone run came in the second when Kyle Schwarber hit a solo home run over the Clemente Wall.

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Musgrove, Pirates Beat Cubs 3-1

For the third straight night, the starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates held the Chicago Cubs in offense in check.  The difference tonight was that the Bucs’ offense actually scored some runs.  The result was a 3-1 victory for Joe Musgrove and the Pirates.

Musgrove was solid tonight, giving up one run on five hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work.  He won his fifth game of the season, lowering his ERA to 3.31.

The Pirates scored three runs in the second inning, which turned out to be all they would need.  Adam Frazier’s double scored Josh Bell for the game’s first run.  The next two runs scored were manufactured, including Colin Moran’s groundout and Adeiny Hechavarria’s sacrifice fly.  The Bucs led 3-0 after two innings.

The Cubs scored their lone run o...

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Hamels, Cubs Shut Out Pirates 1-0

After a disappointing end to their road trip, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home to PNC Park for the beginning of a crucial home stand against the Chicago Cubs.  Two games in against the N.L. Central division leaders, and the Pirates haven’t even scored a run.  On Friday night, it was Cole Hamels who they Bucs couldn’t solve, as they fell 1-0 for the second consecutive night.

The Pirates managed seven hits on Friday, but also had three errors and they couldn’t get a that one key hit at a critical time to get on the board.  Hamels gave up five hits and walked two in seven innings of work.  The Cubs used four relievers to finish off the Bucs in the final two innings of the game.

Trevor Williams pitched another solid game on Friday, giving up one run on four hits in seven innings...

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