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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.

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Pirates Lose Heartbreaker To Brewers

After a dreadful home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road for a three game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Hoping to improve their offense which has been terrible as of late, the Bucs fell behind early, battled back to tie and eventually take the lead, before falling to the Brewers by a 7-6 score at Miller Park.

Joe Musgrove and Wade Miley started the game tonight, and neither were particularly sharp.  Musgrove got off to a horrible start in the first inning, and despite settling down in the next few innings, he lasted only four innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  Miley battled his way through five innings, giving up two runs on ten hits.

The Brewers took a 2-0 lead on Musgrove and the Pirates…after just two pitches...

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Pirates Can’t Figure Out Twins

.500?  Would we all be happy with a .500 record at the conclusion of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates?  I know I would be, considering I thought this was a 65-win ball club coming into the season.  It appears that is the only question left to answer with a month and a half left to go in the season.  Pittsburgh gave us all a little bit of hope with an 11-game win streak and two trades that appeared to improve the roster, but that all seems to have come crashing down in August.

The Pirates record for the month dropped to 5-8 after being swept by the Minnesota Twins today by the final of 6-4.  The Buccos needed a win today to complete a winning road trip, instead they are left to wonder what might have been.

Chris Archer was on the bump today and once again showed that while he may ...

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Frustrating 5-2 Loss For Pirates

After splitting a four game series against the San Francisco Giants, the Pittsburgh Pirates are wrapping up their road trip with a quick two game series against the Minnesota Twins.  Despite building an early lead tonight, the Bucs gave up three runs in the fourth inning, which would prove to be the difference in a 5-2 loss at Target Field.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through six innings while giving up three runs on seven hits.  His mound opponent, Jake Odorizzi, gave up two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings of work.

The Pirates took the lead with a pair of runs in the second inning.  A double by Francisco Cervelli scored David Freese for the game’s first run.  Later in the inning, Colin Moran grounded out, allowing Josh Bell to score to make it a...

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Pirates Comeback Falls Short To Giants

There was some controversy prior to the start of tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco GiantsClint Hurdle decided to call up starting pitcher Clay Holmes from AAA to take the mound tonight.  The move was to give the starting rotation an extra day off, but in the middle of trying to lock up a playoff spot the better move would be to send out one of your top five pitchers every day.  The move would back fire for sure in a 13-10 Pittsburgh loss.

Holmes looked bad from the start of this game.  Andrew McCutchen would lead the game off with a solo home run to right field.  San Francisco would score two more runs in the inning and then four more in the third before Holmes night was officially over.  He would only pitch 2...

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