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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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Angels Avoid Sweep, Beat Bucs 7-4

After taking the first two games of this week’s series, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to earn a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels in the finale Wednesday night.  Unfortunately, Chris Archer had another sub-par performance, and the Angels beat the Bucs 7-4 to avoid the sweep.

Archer dropped to 3-9 on what has been a tremendously disappointing season.  His ERA sits at 5.23 after giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits with two walks in five innings of work.  He did strike out ten batters on the night, but that partially contributed to his 98 pitch count through five innings and earlier-than-hoped for exit.

Things were looking good for Pittsburgh early, as they scored two runs in the top of the first inning.  But a single by Albert Pujols and doubles by David Fletcher and Lu...

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Pirates Blanked By Cardinals, Drop Fourth Straight

After being swept by the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the day 5.5 games out of first place in the Central Division and 3.5 games out of the Wild Card.  Though they aren’t out of the race for a playoff spot, every game prior to the July 31st trade deadline would hold a little more weight in determining their 2019 fate.  The first of those sixteen games prior to the deadline would be against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Their current trend of losing to divisional foes would continue tonight.  Pittsburgh made a slew of costly mental errors on defense and the base paths, the offense never strung together any meaningful hits, and the pitching was sub-par to say the least.  In the end it would be St...

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Cubs Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 8-3

This was certainly not the start to the second half of the season we were envisioning as Pittsburgh Pirates fans.  Finishing up strong before the All Star break had some optimism floating around the Steel City; Unfortunately, though, the Pirates lost their third straight game to the Chicago Cubs this weekend with an 8-3 loss at Wrigley Field this afternoon.

Trevor Williams struggled today, and the Cubs offense stayed hot as they have been all weekend.  The Pirates’ right hander gave up 8 runs on 11 hits in 5.1 innings of work, ballooning his ERA to 5.17 on the season.

Chicago took the early lead with a RBI double by Robel Garcia, making it 1-0 in the second inning.  The Pirates responded, though, with three runs in the top of the third.  A single by Bryan Reynolds, a sacrifice fly by...

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