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Polanco, Pirates Beat Reds 5-2

After winning four of five games against American League opponents to begin the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates opened up divisional play with the first of four games against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park. The Bucs continued their strong start to the season with a 5-2 victory, led by Gregory Polanco’s homerun and three RBIs.

Steven Brault made his first start of the 2018 season for Pittsburgh, battling his way through five innings while giving up a run on three hits.  He did struggle with his control, though, walking four while also striking out four batters.  The Pirates knocked around Homer Bailey tonight, as the Reds’ starter gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits with three walks in 4.2 innings.

After the Reds took an early 1-0 lead by scoring on a wild pitch in the top o...

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Bucs Complete Sweep, Beat Tigers 8-6

It has been an eventful opening series for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a rainout on Thursday, a marathon victory on Friday, another rainout on Saturday, and a narrow 1-0 pitchers’ duel win in Game One of a doubleheader earlier, the Bucs completed the three-game series sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 8-4 win at Comerica Park tonight.

Only hours after struggling to score one run in a nine innings in the first game of the day, the Bucs’ offense erupted for eight runs in the night cap.  Josh Harrison had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Pirates, while David Freese had a pair of RBIs as well, and Jordy Mercer, Starling Marte, and Francisco Cervelli knocked in a run each.

Chad Kuhl battled his way through 5.2 innings tonight, giving up four runs on eight hits...

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Pitcher’s Duel Goes To Pirates In Game One

After another rainout on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers were setup for an Easter Sunday doubleheader.  Doubleheaders are always tough on a team but can wreak havoc on pitching staffs this early in the year when pitchers still haven’t fully stretched their arms out.  That would not be a problem today, as both sides kept the opposing offense in check during this 1-0 Pittsburgh victory.

The lone run of the day came in the first inning when Gregory Polanco hit a RBI double to right field to score Adam Frazier.  The Pirates would collect six hits on the day with Josh Bell leading the way with two.  This looked more like an early season cold weather game, with the pitching overtaking the hitting.

Michael Fulmer started for Detroit today and sure did his part to lead hi...

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Polanco Homer Lifts Pirates To Victory In 13th

Well it took an extra day, and four extra innings, but the Pittsburgh Pirates came away with an opening day victory over the Detroit Tigers.  This game had the feel of an opener from start to finish.  The pitching was inconsistent, the defense was bad, and the offense was sporadic.  That being said, it was great to watch some baseball today, and for Pittsburgh to come away victorious.

Ivan Nova made his season debut for the Pirates today and we have to hope he is better as the season progresses.  His final stat line was five innings pitched, two runs allowed on six hits, with four strikeouts and three walks.  Nova would walk the first batter he faced.  In 2017 he didn’t walk a batter until his until his fifth start of the season.

The Buccos would find themselves down 2-0 in the fou...

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Pirates Rally Late To Defeat Nationals

The 2017 season is coming to an end for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any drama left in the season.  Pittsburgh struggled to get anything going offensively for most of the night, but found a spark in the ninth inning.  A great start from Jameson Taillon, along with a solid outing from the bullpen, ensured that the ninth inning rally would be enough for a 4-1 victory.

Taillon was solid in his final outing of the year.  He would throw seven innings and allow one run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk.  That lone run came around in the second inning on a Ryan Zimmerman RBI single.  Taillon would be backed by a scoreless eighth inning from George Kontos and ninth from Felipe Rivero.  Rivero would pick up his 21st save of the year in the process...

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Pirates Take Down Orioles 5-3

Tonight marked the final home game of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates and like they had done for most of the season at PNC Park, they closed it out with a win.  The 5-3 win tonight also gave them a series sweep over the Baltimore Orioles and a season split, since Baltimore won both games at Camden Yards earlier this year.

Pittsburgh jumped on the board early when Josh Bell hit a RBI single to left center to drive in Adam Frazier in the first.  The Orioles would counter in their half of the second with three runs of their own off of Pirates starter Chad KuhlChance Sisco would hit a RBI double to left center, J.J. Hardy brought in a run with a groundout, and Anthony Santander plated a run with a RBI double.

Those would be all the runs Kuhl would allow over his five innings of wor...

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Pirates Take Series From Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field at PNC Park for final time on a Sunday this season.  They were looking to win their series against the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that is still in the hunt for a playoff spot.  Pittsburgh would use a couple home runs to put St. Louis away to win the game 4-1.

The Cardinals would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run off of Jameson Taillon.  Taillon would pitch five innings today allowing one run on four hits to go with one walk and six strikeouts.  The Pirates would tie the game in their half of the third when Jose Osuna hit a sac fly to left that scored Chris Bostick.

The first of two longballs today for the Buccos would strike in the fifth inning when Starling Marte hit a two-run home run to left cent...

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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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Brault, Pirates Blank Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers on a five-game losing streak and struggling in all aspects of the game.  Steven Brault looked to be the stop gap for Pittsburgh and he would have help from his offense in a 7-0 win over Milwaukee.  If the Pirates want finish this season strong, more nights like this would go a long way.

Brault would go on to have the best start of his short Major League career.  He would throw six innings allowing one hit, while striking out six and walking one.  The biggest stat was not allowing a single run.  Brault would even do it with the bat going 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored.  He definitely did it all tonight in leading the charge to victory.

The Buccos would get the offense going immediately in the first in...

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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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