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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.

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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.

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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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Pirates Lack Offense In Loss To Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight on a three-game losing streak and welcomed the Chicago Cubs to town for a four-game series.  Pittsburgh had played well against Chicago earlier in the season, but the Cubs have been getting the best of the Pirates as of late and that trend continued tonight when they defeated the Buccos 1-0.

Pitching is what dominated this game.  Pittsburgh sent Ivan Nova to the mound and he would work 6.2 innings.  He would allow one run on seven hits to go with three strikeouts.  That lone run was a solo home run from Ian Happ in the fourth inning.  Richard Rodriguez lasted 1.1 innings and would strikeout all four batters that he faced.  Felipe Vazquez worked the ninth and walked one batter, without allowing a run.

Chicago had Jon Lester start for them and he ...

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Pirates Can’t Figure Out Twins

.500?  Would we all be happy with a .500 record at the conclusion of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates?  I know I would be, considering I thought this was a 65-win ball club coming into the season.  It appears that is the only question left to answer with a month and a half left to go in the season.  Pittsburgh gave us all a little bit of hope with an 11-game win streak and two trades that appeared to improve the roster, but that all seems to have come crashing down in August.

The Pirates record for the month dropped to 5-8 after being swept by the Minnesota Twins today by the final of 6-4.  The Buccos needed a win today to complete a winning road trip, instead they are left to wonder what might have been.

Chris Archer was on the bump today and once again showed that while he may ...

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Cubs Split Series, Beat Pirates 9-2

After an exciting victory last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight at PNC Park looking to earn a two game series sweep against the division-leading Chicago Cubs.  But tonight, the Cubs jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 9-2 victory.

Cole Hamels made his debut with the Cubs tonight, and his offense gave him a four run lead before he even threw his first pitch.  It was not Nick Kingham’s night, lasting just one inning while giving up four runs (two earned) on three hits.

A groundout by Jason Heyward scored the game’s first run, and an error by Sean Rodriguez on a ball off the bat of Javier Baez scored the Cubs’ second run.  An error by Kingham scored the game’s third run, and Kyle Schwarber’s single made it 4-0 after a half inning.

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Pirates Defeat Cubs To Close Out July

It was a very busy day for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  First, they completed two trades to not only bolster their team this season, but for a few years to come.  Second, they opened up a short two game series with the division leading Chicago Cubs.  Pittsburgh has played well against their own division in 2018 and that continued tonight by defeating Chicago 5-4.

Jameson Taillon made the start tonight and was solid in the 6.2 innings he pitched.  He allowed three runs on seven hits to go with two walks and two strikeouts.  The three runs came on a mistake pitch to Javier Baez who hit a three-run home run in the fourth.  Taillon would also work his way out of a few jams to keep his team in the ball game.

The Pirates offense was able to get to Jon Lester in the third inning.  David Freese

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Wheeler Blanks Pirates In Series Finale

The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the outside looking in when it comes to a possible playoff spot.  With two months left in the season they need to win series if they hope to earn a wild card spot or possibly win a division title.  They came into today with a chance of taking three of four from the New York Mets, but Zack Wheeler had other plans in a 1-0 New York victory.

Wheeler was strong on the mound today throwing six innings allowing five hits to go along with seven strikeouts and one walk.  After he was lifted in the seventh for a pinch hitter, Seth Lugo took his spot on the mound.  Lugo worked two innings giving up one hit and striking out a batter.  Anthony Swarzak pitched the ninth and struck out two of the three batters he faced, including Elias Diaz to end the game.

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