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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Brewers 7-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates are wrapping up a difficult home stand and a disappointing first half of the season with a tough five game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.  But so far in their series against the N.L. Central division leaders, the Pirates have looked like the better team overall.  Tonight, they got a lead early and went on to beat the Brewers 7-3 at PNC Park.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh tonight, improving to 4-4 on the season after giving up three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings.  Edgar Santana and Kyle Crick each had scoreless outings in relief.

The Pirates scored three runs in the first inning to take control of the game early.  Gregory Polanco hit a sacrifice fly to score Corey Dickerson for the game’s first run.  Colin Moran’s single scored Starling Marte,...

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Pirates Snap Losing Skid, Avoid Sweep

One thing is for certain, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing a lot of bad baseball lately and everyone has taken notice.  They entered the day on the verge of being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies not only in this series, but the season series.  Today was a different story though as Pittsburgh looked like a complete team today on their way to a 4-1 victory.

Nick Kingham made the start today for the Pirates and worked a six solid innings.  He would allow one run on four hits with five strikeouts and just one walk.  He would also collect his first Major League hit in the fourth inning.  The lone run he gave up came on a solo home run by Nick Williams in the fourth inning.

Edgar Santana and Kyle Crick worked the seventh and eighth innings respectively...

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Kuhl Snake Bitten By Diamondbacks

Chad Kuhl was supposed to start the finale of the Pittsburgh Pirates series with the Milwaukee Brewers last night.  When that game was postponed because of rain, Kuhl was then slated to start game one of a four game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight.  Kuhl must have not studied the lineup very well, because Arizona hit him hard and often in an 9-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

Kuhl looked like he was throwing batting practice to the Diamondbacks during his two innings of work.  It all started in the first inning when Daniel Descalso hit a sac fly to score John Jay.  Descalso would cross home plate on a Ketel Marte homer to right.  In the second inning Jay would bring in two runs with a double to right.  He then came in to score on a Paul Goldschmidt single to right center.

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Pirates Drop Sixth Straight Series

On May 18 the Pittsburgh Pirates sported a 26-17 and looked to be a team that could possibly contend throughout the season.  Sure, they had their weaknesses, but they played tough every night.  Since then they have gone 5-14 and look like a very incomplete team.  Pitching appears to be their biggest problem with most of those problems coming from the bullpen.  The starting pitching has struggled to pitch deep into games as of late, which of course makes the bullpen problem even worse.

Today they wrapped up a three-game series at PNC Park with the Los Angeles Dodgers that saw them lose a tight 8-7 ballgame.  Six straight series losses in terrible and honestly Pittsburgh should consider themselves lucky to be at .500 with 100 games left in the season.

Jameson Taillon started for the Pir...

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Taillon, Pirates Shut Down Cardinals 4-0

It has been a roller coaster ride of a 2018 season for Jameson Taillon and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Like his team, Taillon has shown flashes of brilliance, but also has struggled mightily at times.  Entering Friday’s game at Busch Stadium, Taillon hadn’t tallied a victory since April 8, and his team desperately a strong performance after a heartbreaking loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Taillon was on point on Friday, tossing eight shutout innings and the Pirates offense scattered enough runs for a comfortable 4-0 victory.

Improving to 3-4 on the season, Taillon gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out six, keeping the Cardinals off the scoreboard.  Edgar Santana pitched a scoreless ninth inning, while the Bucs battled Miles Mikolas and the Cards’ bullpen...

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Pirates Blow Three Run Ninth Inning Lead In Loss To Cardinals

One day after Felipe Vazquez shut the door to hold on to a one run victory over the Chicago Cubs, he would blow a three-run lead and give up five runs in a 10-8 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has been down right awful lately, but tonight hurt more since Pittsburgh overcame a four run and one run deficit to take a three-run lead into the bottom of the ninth.

St. Louis came out swinging in this game.  They would plate four runs in the first inning off of Pirates starter Trevor Williams.  Williams was able to settle in after that and pitch five innings allowing five runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Buccos started to chip away at that four-run lead in the second when Jordy Mercer hit an RBI single to left center field...

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Musgrove, Pirates Beat Cardinals 8-1

After a disappointing series in Cincinnati, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home to PNC Park for the first of a three game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Joe Musgrove made his Pirates debut on the mound tonight, marking the first time to suit up since being dealt to Pittsburgh in the Gerrit Cole trade with the Houston Astros over the offseason.  Tonight, Musgrove tossed a gem, and the Pirates offense came alive, as they coasted to an 8-1 victory.

Musgrove was dominant tonight, needing just 67 pitches to make it through seven innings of shutout baseball.  He scattered five hits, striking out seven without walking a batter.  Michael Feliz gave up a run in the eighth and Kyle Crick pitched a scoreless ninth in relief.

This was a pitchers’ duel through the first five inni...

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It Takes 12 Innings, But Pirates Snap Losing Streak

Baseball is a long and tedious season filled with highs and lows.  It can be tough for fans not to take those highs and lows to the extreme, which is exactly what Pittsburgh Pirates fans have done during this four-game losing streakIt would take some free baseball to decide a winner tonight, and in the end the Cincinnati Reds would leave the ballpark with another mark in the loss column.

Pittsburgh jumped out to an early lead when Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run home run to deep left field in the first inning.  That lead would grow by one in the fifth when Corey Dickerson hit an RBI single to center field that drove in Josh HarrisonChad Kuhl would even get in on the scoring in the sixth when a hard bunt got past the pitcher’s mound to bring in Austin Meadows.

Kuhl pitched very...

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Pirates Come Back, Blow Lead, Drop Series To Padres

The key to any successful baseball season is winning series from teams who on paper are inferior to yours.  That did not happen this weekend for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After winning game one of this four game series Thursday, they would drop the next three to the San Diego Padres, a team that currently sits eight games under .500.

Pittsburgh would jump out to a one run lead in the third when Francisco Cervelli hit a sac fly to center field to score Trevor Williams.  That lead would not hold up since San Diego would take a one run lead in the fourth on a two-run homer from Christian Villanueva.  The Padres then put up two more runs in the fifth to increase that lead to three.  Freddy Galvis would score on a ground out, which was followed by A.J. Ellis scoring on a sacrifice bunt.

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Pirates Come From Behind Twice, Beat Padres 5-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to find ways to win baseball games.  Tonight, they opened up a four game series with the San Diego Padres at PNC Park.  The two teams traded blows back and forth throughout, but the Bucs scored the game’s winning run in the bottom of the seventh and the bullpen shut the door in the final two innings to secure a 5-4 victory.

The Pirates are now nine games over .500 (26-17) and have won eight of their last nine games to climb to first place in the N.L. Central.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh and struggled his way through 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  Steven Brault pitched 2.1 innings, while Edgar Santana earned his second consecutive victory.  Felipe Vazquez tallied his 9th save of the season with a one-two-three ninth inning.

After fa...

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