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Pirates Come Back In Ninth, Lose In Extra Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates have enjoyed playing spoiler this week against the Chicago Cubs.  But after taking the first pair of games this week at Wrigley Field, the Bucs fell behind early tonight, came back and tied the game in the ninth before losing 7-6 in ten innings.

Ivan Nova struggled for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits in four innings of work.  Jose Quintana pitched for Chicago, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings.

The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the top of the first on a solo homerun by Jose Osuna.  A no doubt blast to deep left field, Osuna’s homerun gave the Pirates their first and only lead of the game.

Chicago answered in the bottom of the first inning when Jason Heyward hit a two-run homerun to make it 2-1...

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Pirates Blank Cubs At Wrigley

The season may be winding down, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing like a team looking to make a playoff push.  Tuesday night made for another great pitching performance, with some clutch at bats as Pittsburgh would take down the Chicago Cubs by the final of 6-0.  The Pirates are keeping things interesting in the division by defeating the N.L. Central leaders for the second night in a row.

Chris Archer looked like the top of the rotation pitcher the team traded for during his six innings of work on the mound.  He would allow only four hits to go with nine strikeouts and two walks.  People have been critical of Archer, but if he pitches like this in 2019 the Buccos staff could be one of the best in the National League.

The offense got rolling in the second inning when Pablo Reyes hi...

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Taillon, Pirates Shut Down Cubs 5-1

After wrapping up their home schedule at PNC Park over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates embarked on their final road trip of the 2018 season.  Tonight they took the field against one of the favorites to advance to the World Series, the Chicago Cubs.  The Pirates got another solid performance from their starter, and their offense put enough runs on the board to take the first game of this four game series at Wrigley Field by a 4-1 score.

Jameson Taillon had another great start for the Pirates, finishing up his season strong on the road.  He gave up one run on five hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 3.16 on the season.  His mound opponent, Cole Hamels, didn’t fair quite as well for Chicago.  The Cubs’ left hander gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings...

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Brewers Hit Four Homers, Beat Bucs 8-3

After completing a sweep of the Kansas City Royals earlier in the week, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight at PNC Park looking to continue their strong play at home.  Unfortunately, the Bucs’ bullpen struggled tonight, as the Milwaukee Brewers scored six runs in the sixth inning and went on to a comfortable 8-3 victory.

Josh Bell’s solo homerun in the bottom of the first gave the Pirates an early 1-0 lead.  A two-out single by Ryan Braun in the top of the fourth tied the game, but Corey Dickerson blasted a two run homerun in the bottom of the inning to give them a 3-1 lead.

After a two hour 14 minute rain delay, the Brewers came back on the field on fire.  Jesus Guilar doubled home a run in the sixth inning, and scored on a two run homerun by Travis Shaw.  Mike Moustakas

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Nova, Pirates Silence Brewers Offense

With nothing much to play for other than attempting to finish the season over the .500 mark, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to play spoiler against the remaining contending teams on their schedule.  Tonight, they were able battle themselves through a stressful ninth inning to deliver a blow to the Milwaukee Brewers’ division title hopes with a 3-1 victory at Miller Park.

The Brewers, trailing by two runs entering the bottom of the ninth inning, put runners on first and second with no outs.  Felipe Vazquez then recorded a lineout, a flyout, and a strikeout to end the game.  After scoring in the first inning, the Brewers were unable to score in the final eight innings.

Ivan Nova started for the Pirates tonight, giving up one run on four hits in six innings.  Richard Rodriguez and K...

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Archer, Pirates Fall To Brewers 7-4

When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Chris Archer at the trade deadline in July, they were in the thick of the National League Wild Card race so they were looking or help to help them during crunch time this season.  But they were also looking ahead as Archer is controlled beyond this season.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Archer has struggled mightily since he put on a Pirates’ uniform, and that trend continued on Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Archer gave up four runs on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in five innings of work.  He fell to 4-8 on the season with the loss, and his ERA sits at 4.66.

The Pirates were able to score four runs on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to dig out of the hole they were left in the early and middle innings of the game.

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Cardinals Score Four In Eighth, Beat Pirates 8-7

After a 5-0 home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road for a crucial N.L. Central series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals are in the heat of the wild card playoff race, and the Bucs would look nothing more than to play spoiler against their division rivals.

As has been the case many times over the years, tonight’s game between the Pirates and Cardinals went back and forth, but the Cardinals used a clutch three run homerun to edge the Bucs by an 8-7 score.

Trevor Williams and Adam Wainwright opposed one another on the mound tonight, and each battled his way through five innings of work.  Williams gave up four runs on six hits with six strikeouts, while Wainwright struck out three while giving up four runs on seven hits...

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Pirates Complete Sweep Of Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight with a chance to do something they haven’t accomplished since mid-July, sweep a series.  That series happened to be against the Cincinnati Reds as well.  Pittsburgh would complete the sweep tonight with a hard fought 3-2 victory.  It wasn’t the prettiest win, but the Jolly Roger was raised in the end.

Cincinnati would actually score the first and final runs of this game, with the Pirates plating three runs in between.  Jose Peraza hit a solo home run in the first to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.  That would be the only run that Jameson Taillon would give up during his five innings on the mound.  He left allowing eight hits to go with six strikeouts.

The Buccos offense would come to life in the second when Colin Moran hit an RBI double to right...

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Pirates Beat Reds 7-3

Regardless of either team’s record, the Pittsburgh Pirates have struggled against the Cincinnati Reds in recent years.  But in 2018, the Bucs have played well against their N.L. Central foes…and that trend continued on Tuesday night.  Pittsburgh provided starter Joe Musgrove with plenty of run support, as they earned comfortable 7-3 victory at PNC Park.

Musgrove pitched well for the Pirates, giving up two runs on five hits with eighth strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.  Richard Rodriguez, Kyle Crick, and Felipe Vazquez pitched the final 2.2 innings in relief to close things out.

Francisco Cervelli gave the Pirates the lead in the bottom of the first with a single to score Adam Frazier.  They added three more runs in the bottom of the third on a two run double by Gregory Polanco and...

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Pirates Fall To Cardinals In Finale

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a role reversal tonight after shutting out the St. Louis Cardinals last night.  After a 2-0 victory to even this three-game series, they would lose tonight by the final of 5-0 and drop the series.  Pittsburgh appears to be coasting to the finish of the 2018 season, which makes it even more painful for the fan base.

Trouble started for the Pirates in the third inning when Harrison Bader and John Gant hit back to back solo home runs for St. Louis.  Did you know that Gant was the Cardinals starting pitcher tonight?  Makes it just a little bit more painful.  St. Louis would add another run in the fourth when Paul DeJong hit into a fielder’s choice.  The final two runs of the game came in the fifth when Jose Martinez plated two runs with a single to left.

Joe ...

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