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Pirates Close Season With Win Over Nationals

Today marked the final time that the Pittsburgh Pirates would take the field in 2017.  They will head into the offseason with many questions after a 11-8 victory over the Washington Nationals.  It was a game that took over four hours to play, had a slew of pitching changes, and saw everyone get some playing time.  Washington was doing it to get players rest for the postseason, while Pittsburgh did it to get everyone in the stat column.

The Pirates would score five of their eleven runs in the first inning.  Jordan Luplow would be hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the first run of the game.  Max Moroff then came through with a double to clear the bases.  Finally, Jacob Stallings hit a RBI single to left center for the fifth run of the inning...

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Pirates Score Eight In First, Beat Cardinals 11-6

Tonight’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates featured a matchup between two pitchers who have had significant success against each other in the past – Lance Lynn and Gerrit Cole.  Tonight, however, both pitchers struggled, and the Pirates jumped out to a huge early lead and went on to win 11-6 at PNC Park.

Lynn didn’t finish an inning tonight, giving up eight runs on six hits.  Cole earned his 12th win of the season in his final home start of the year, giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings.  This was a long game as most September games are, with the two teams combining to use a total of 14 pitchers.

The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the first on a two run homerun by Tommy Pham.  A two-run single by David Freese tied things up quickly in...

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Cardinals Rally Late, Beat Pirates 4-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off their final home stand of the 2017 season tonight in the first of three against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Bucs have a chance to play spoiler this weekend as the Cardinals are battling for a playoff spot here late in the season.  Unfortunately, after putting themselves in position to take the first game tonight, the Pirates fell apart late and lost 4-3.

Michael Wacha and Ivan Nova opposed each other on the mound tonight, and neither had an outstanding start, each lasting five innings.  Wacha gave up two runs on three hits, while Nova gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits.

The Cardinals scored the game’s first run on a single by Dexter Fowler, bringing Matt Carpenter home to make it a 1-0 advantage...

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Reds Beat Nova, Pirates 2-1

After skipping his last start in the rotation, the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the ball to Ivan Nova this afternoon in the second game of their three game weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.  Nova has struggled mightily since the All Star Break, and despite a vastly improved start tonight, the Bucs still dropped another game to their N.L. Central foes by a 2-1 score.

Nova pitched well tonight, giving up two runs on three hits in 6.1 innings, but he was outpitched by his mound opponent.  Sal Romano improved to 5-6 on the season, giving up five hits and striking out six in eight innings.

After a pitchers’ duel took the game into the seventh inning, the Reds scored a pair of runs which would be enough to lift the team to victory.  A solo homerun by Jesse ...

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Cubs Spoil Cole’s Outing, Beat Bucs 1-0

Tonight, Gerrit Cole pitched one of the best games of his career.  Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Pirates offense couldn’t support him with even a single run.  The Chicago Cubs scored a run in the top of the ninth and went on to beat the Bucs 1-0 at PNC Park.

Cole was dominant tonight, giving up just two hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work.  His mound opponent, Jose Quintana, gave up six hits and a walk in six innings of work.

The Pirates’ best chance to score came in the bottom of the sixth, as Andrew McCutchen and David Freese led off with back to back singles.  But Jose Osuna grounded into a double play, and Sean Rodriguez grounded into a force out to end the inning quickly.

The Cubs scored the game’s lone run in the top of the ninth inning...

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Pirates Rally Late To Defeat Cubs

I guess it is never too late to play exciting baseball and that is exactly what the Pittsburgh Pirates did tonight.  After a so-so night by starter Steven Brault, the Pittsburgh bullpen and offense battled back to pick up a 4-3 victory.  Anytime the Pirates can send the Chicago Cubs away with a defeat is good news to me.

Brault got the start tonight in place of Ivan Nova and had his work cut out for him.  He would last five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with two walks.  Though the final stat line isn’t terrible, he was walking the tightrope quite a bit during that time.  Brault had a great year in Indianapolis and will hopefully get a couple more starts at the Major League level this year.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, the Buccos would collect two runs on a Jor...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Cubs 12-0

It has been a very difficult stretch for the Pittsburgh Pirates as of late.  That is certainly what made today’s 12-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park feel that much better.  Chad Kuhl pitched seven shutout innings and the Pirates offense knocked around the Cubs bullpen on their way to a comfortable win in front of their home crowd.

Kuhl improved to 7-10 on the season, giving up four runs and two walks while striking out eight Cubs hitters in seven innings.  Jake Arrieta fell to 14-9, giving up three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the first on a majestic two run homerun by Josh Bell.  Kuhl got himself into trouble, though, in the top of the second, allowing the first pair of hitters on base while struggling with his control...

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Reds Beat Cole, Bucs 7-3

It’s becoming extremely difficult to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The downward spiral of the 2017 season continued tonight for the Bucs, who fell to the Cincinnati Reds by a 7-3 score at PNC Park.

Gerrit Cole made the start for Pittsburgh tonight against Luis Castillo for the Reds.  After pitching a shutout last weekend against Cincinnati, Cole struggled tonight, giving up five runs on six hits in six innings.  Castillo only made it through four innings, giving up two runs on three hits.

Things started out poorly for Cole and the Pirates immediately.  Billy Hamilton led off with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error by Chris Stewart.  After Zack Cozart walked, Joey Votto doubled off the wall to score the game’s first run.  Adam Duvall’s two run dou...

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Pirates Mauled By Cubs

College football season will be in full swing this weekend, and not a moment too soon.  It will give those of us who follow the Pittsburgh Pirates a chance to hit the reset button and follow our teams in the hopes of a championship.  I say this because in Pittsburgh baseball season is over.  If you weren’t sure before tonight, then the 17-3 beatdown by the Chicago Cubs had to be the assurance you were looking for.

Ivan Nova would last only three innings tonight and in that time, he would allow five runs, four earned, on five hits, to go with five strikeouts and one walk.  Nova has hit a wall and we see why the New York Yankees were willing to trade him last year.  Steven Brault, who has been great in AAA this year, lasted only one inning in relief and gave up four runs on four hits ...

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Cardinals Hold On To Beat Bucs 11-10

It was a crazy game tonight at PNC Park between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After falling behind by as many as eight runs, the Pirates rallied late, but came up just short as the Cardinals held on for a 11-10 victory on the North Shore.

The Pirates have now lost six straight games, are six games under .500, and continue to drift further and further out of contention in the N.L. Central division.

Trevor Williams suffered the loss tonight (5-6), giving up eight runs on seven hits in three innings of work.  Carlos Martinez improved to 10-9 on the season with the victory, giving up three runs on six hits through seven innings of work.

Homeruns by Tommy Pham in the top of the first and Josh Harrison in the bottom half evened the game 1-1 heading into the second inning...

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