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Pirates Struggles Against Reds Continue

The Cincinnati Reds have been at the bottom of the N.L. Central division for almost the entire season…and yet, they continue to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.  That trend continued tonight, as the Reds beat the Bucs 9-5 in the first of a three game series at Great American Ballpark.

Ivan Nova struggled tonight, giving up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits in five innings.  His mound opponent, Robert Stephenson, gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out eleven in 5.2 innings of work.

After the Reds took an early 2-0 lead, Stephenson struck out six straight Pirates to begin the game before issuing a leadoff walk to Francisco Cervelli to begin the third inning.  Later in the inning, Adam Frazier came to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second, delivering a RBI s...

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Pirates Back To .500, Beat Blue Jays 4-2

This Pittsburgh Pirates team just doesn’t quit battling.  After taking three of four games in a home and home matchup against the Detroit Tigers, the Bucs continued their road trip by winning the first of a three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, at Rogers Centre.

Jameson Taillon took the mound for the Pirates against Marcus Stroman for the Toronto.  Taillon improved to 7-5 on the season, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings.  As for Stroman, the Blue Jays’ hurler was solid tonight, but his defense behind him was mediocre at best.  None of the four runs he gave up were earned, while he surrendered just four hits in eight innings of work.

Toronto scored the game’s first run on a Kevin Pillar sacrifice fly in the second inning...

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Pirates Blank Tigers To Open Series

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers began their annual interleague series tonight at PNC Park.  Pittsburgh has had more downs than ups when it comes to playing the American League this year, but Detroit has not been playing up to par either.  This four-game series would be another chance for the Pirates to keep pace for a potential playoff spot.

Trevor Williams had a fantastic start tonight for the Buccos.  He would throw seven shutout innings, while striking out five, walking two, and allowing only one hit.  Williams has been impressive for much of the season and could be earning a spot in the rotation for years to come.  His mound opponent Jordan Zimmermann was good too.  Zimmermann pitched seven innings allowing three runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

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After The Rain, Pirates Beat Padres 10-6

It was a wet start to tonight’s game between the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.  But after a two hour and five minute rain delay, the Bucs battled their way to a 10-6 victory.

Ivan Nova lasted six innings for Pittsburgh, giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits, while Padres starter Travis Wood gave up four runs on six hits in five innings.

The Pirates need to come up with some big hits tonight, and that’s exactly what they did.  After falling behind multiple times in the middle innings, they were able to find ways to score runs, and eventually came away with a big victory.

After holding the opposing offenses in check through the first four innings, both Nova and Wood ran into trouble in the middle innings.  The Padres scored three runs in the fifth inning...

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Pirates Struggles Continue In 4-2 Loss

Baseball is a funny game.  A little over a week ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the hottest team in baseball.  Now, after a 4-2 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, their fourth loss in a row, the Bucs are back to four games under .500 as they continue to limp through this west coast road trip.

Ivan Nova fell to 10-8 on the season, giving up four runs on eight hits in five innings of work.  His mound opponent, Dinelson Lamet, improved to 5-4 on the season, giving up two runs on two hits in six innings.

The Padres scored a pair of runs in the first inning to take control of the game early.  A RBI triple by Jose Pirela and a double by Hector Sanchez put them in front 2-0, and a double by Hunter Renfroe in the fourth and a solo homerun by Manuel Margot in the fifth made it 4-0.

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Pirates Win Sixth Straight, Beat Rockies 13-5

After wrapping up their best home stand of the season thus far with a four game series sweep over the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburgh Pirates took their show on the road to kick off a three game weekend set against the Colorado Rockies.  Tonight, the Pirates stayed hot, scoring runs in bunches on their way to a 13-5 victory.

Coors Field is known as an offensive ballpark, and the Bucs certainly took advantage of that tonight.  Josh Bell had four hits tonight, Andrew McCutchen and Francisco Cervelli had three hits each, while Starling Marte added two hits as well.  Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh, giving up five runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings.

Pittsburgh scored two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Bell and David Freese.  After the Rockies scored three runs in the bot...

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Bucs Rally Again, Beat Brewers In Extras

This has been a special home stand for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Tonight, they fell behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the third straight night, and, again, they rallied late to pull out an unprecedented 3-2 victory at PNC Park.

Trailing 2-1 with three outs remaining, the Bucs responded to adversity once again with a run in the ninth and a run in the tenth to clinch a series victory over the division leading Brewers, while giving themselves an opportunity to complete a series sweep tomorrow afternoon.

The story for most of the game was the outstanding pitching performances by Gerrit Cole and Zach Davies, who each put their respective teams in great position to win the game.  But by the end of the night, the story was the Pirates resilience.

Both Cole and Davies got off to rather slow starts...

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Pirates Rally To 4-3 Victory Over Brewers

There is no doubt that this first home stand after the All Star Break was going to be huge for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  In many ways, these seven games against the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park will determine the direction of the remainder of the season.  So far, The Bucs are showing they still want to contend in 2017, as after they took two of three from the Cards over the weekend, they have won the first pair of games over the division-leading Brewers, including a 4-3 victory tonight.

Entering tonight’s game, the story was the return of Starling Marte, who was making his first appearance in a Pirates uniform since his 80 game suspension.  But after the game, that was the last thing on everyone’s mind...

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Frazier Walks It Off With RBI Single

If the Pittsburgh Pirates want to make a run at the 2017 postseason, they have to win series in the second half of the season.  Pittsburgh had a chance at that today after splitting the first two games of this three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.  It took all nine innings, but in the end, it would be the Pirates who came away with the game and the series at PNC Park.

The Buccos struck in the bottom of the first with an Andrew McCutchen RBI single to shallow center field.  Pittsburgh would hold that lead until the fifth when Matt Carpenter plated a run with a double to right.  Max Moroff would strike in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to right field.  St. Louis was not down for long, as a single by pitcher Carlos Martinez tied the game once again.

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Pirates Enter All Star Break With 14-3 Rout Of Cubs

After a satisfying victory against Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to claim a series victory at Wrigley Field as they head into the All-Star break.  A huge first inning for the Bucs buried the Cubbies this afternoon, a 14-3 rout of the defending World Series champions.

Jameson Taillon was a late scratch from today’s game with flu-like symptoms.  Chad Kuhl took the mound in his place on just two days rest, giving up one run on two hits in three innings.  Jon Lester made the start for the Chicago, putting forth perhaps the worst performance of his career, giving up ten runs (four earned) on six hits with three walks in just two-thirds of an inning.

The Pirates exploded in the first inning for ten runs against Lester and the Cubs, putting this ...

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