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Pirates Beat Nationals In Extra Innings

For the first time this season, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field against an opponent that is not from the N.L. Central.  After being held in check on Thursday night in a shutout loss to the Chicago Cubs, the Bucs’ offense was once again stifling on Friday against the Washington Nationals.  But some late game clutch hitting lifting the Pirates to a well deserved 6-3 victory in the first game of this weekend series.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh, and once again turned in a quality start, giving up two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings of work.  His mound opponent, Patrick Corbin, was on point as well, holding the Bucs to just one run on four hits in seven innings, while striking out 11 batters.

Pittsburgh took the lead in the second inning on a solo homerun by Josh Bell.  A...

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Pirates Lose To Cubs In Rainy Game At Wrigley

Mother Nature has a mind of her own and she struck in the latter parts of tonight’s finale between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs.  With the start time moved up thirty minutes because of impending weather, any type of run production could prove very important.  That sure was the case tonight as two runs by Chicago in the bottom of the seventh proved to be all they would need before a rain delay occurred in the top of the eighth.

Joe Musgrove was on the mound for Pittsburgh tonight and he was very good during his time on the bump.  He would throw 6.1 innings allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks.  The first run came when Daniel Descalso hit a single to left center field that scored Jason Heyward from second base...

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Pirates Even Series, Beat Cubs 5-2

Monday afternoon’s shutout loss to the Chicago Cubs, the home opener at Wrigley Field, was a game to forget for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a day off, the Bucs returned to the field and evened the series against their divisional foes with a 5-2 victory.

Jordan Lyles took the mound for Pittsburgh, building off his first start of the year with another impressive performance.  He gave up one run on three hits through six innings while striking out six Cubs.  Felipe Vazquez tallied his third save of the season by recording five outs to clinch the victory.

The Pirates added to a dreadful start to the season for Chicago starter Yu Darvish, who gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits in 5.1 innings of work.  A solo homerun by Francisco Cervelli put the Pirates in front in the top of...

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Pirates Roughed Up In Chicago

The Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road today to begin a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.  This was the first home game for Chicago, after a rough start to the season, and they gave their fans plenty to cheer about.  The Cubs would use four Pittsburgh errors to plate ten runs in the first four innings on their way to a 10-0 victory.  It was definitely a good day to be at work for Pirates fans, because there wasn’t much of anything to see during the game.

Jon Lester started for Chicago today and got the scoring started in the second inning when he hit an RBI double to left center field.  Ben Zobrist drove in two runs on a single to right.  Anthony Rizzo plated the fourth run of the inning with a single to shallow center field.  Run five came via a Javier Baez single to left cent...

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Bucs Complete Sweep, Beat Reds 7-5

One of the keys of the 2019 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates will be how they play against the other teams in their division.  After losing three of their first four games to begin the year, the Bucs have reeled off four in a row, including a 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park this afternoon.

The win today marked a four game sweep of the Reds, who have fallen to 1-8 to start the year.  The Bucs, on the other hand, now sit at 5-3 and completed a 4-2 home stand before they head out on their first extensive road trip of the year.

Chris Archer started for the Bucs today, giving up three runs on five hits in six innings.  Nick Kingham gave up a pair of runs in two innings, and Richard Rodriguez earned his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless inning.

The Pirates too...

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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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