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Pirates Fall Flat In Opener With Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight, after a successful 7-4 road trip, to begin a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies.  Pittsburgh was looking to continue their quality play of late, but that would not be the case.  Lack of offense, a key error, and a less than stellar start from Chris Archer sent the Buccos to a 5-0 loss.

It is no secret that with injuries to Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams that Pittsburgh needs quality outings from their remaining starters if they hope to stay afloat this season.  Archer was supposed to be a key member of the rotation, but has yet to show that in 2019.  He would pitch five innings allowing four runs, three earned, giving up six hits to go along with three strikeouts and two walks.

Colorado collected their first run of the ...

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Pirates Overcome Early Deficit, Beat Athletics 6-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates were embarrassed in the first game of their home stand on Friday night at PNC Park.  Everything went wrong, and the result was a 14-1 beatdown by the Oakland Athletics.  On Saturday, the Bucs fell behind early, but this time, they battled back and won the second game of this series by a 6-4 score.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh, giving up four runs on eight hits in six innings.  After a rough first inning, he settled in and kept the Bucs in the game.  The bullpen was solid last night, capped off Felipe Vazquez, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 9th save of the season.

Oakland picked up right where they left off on Friday night in the first inning, as they tallied three runs to take control of the game early.  Khris Davis singled home Matt ...

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Pirates Snap Losing Streak, Defeat Rangers

It’s been awhile, but finally the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up a well-deserved victory on Tuesday night. They were down late in the game, but battled back to earn a 6-4 victory over the Texas Rangers to open up a two-game series. The victory would snap an eight-game losing streak for Pittsburgh as they completed the first month of the season one game under .500.

Jordan Lyles made the start for the Pirates and only lasted four innings due to a high pitch count. He would allow two runs on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts during that time. Those two runs came in the fourth on a single to right by Asdrubal Cabrera and looked like it would be enough for a Texas victory.

The Rangers would add another run in the bottom of the eighth when Francisco Liriano walked Joey Gallo with the ...

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Pirates Offense Goes Cold Against Diamondbacks

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense wasted a stellar pitching performance from Trevor Williams and the bullpen this evening.  Thus, has been the story for most of the Pittsburgh losses this season.  For the eighth straight time they would lose at PNC Park to the Arizona Diamondbacks, tonight by the final of 2-1.  The Pirates scored their lone run in the second inning and were silenced over the final seven frames.

Williams looked great tonight and certainly deserved better than one run of support.  He worked seven innings allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts.  The first of those two runs came in the fourth inning when Adam Jones hit an RBI double to right that scored Eduardo Escobar.  The game winning run came in the sixth on a fielder’s choice that scored Jar...

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Lyles Solid In Win Over Giants

The story so far this season for the Pittsburgh Pirates is how well their starting pitching has been night in and night out.  The biggest surprise of the rotation is Jordan Lyles.  After getting a win tonight his record is 2-0 with a 0.53 ERA.  Not bad for a guy who was in a competition for the fifth spot during spring training.

Lyles worked six innings tonight and gave up four hits, with one walk and six strikeouts.   He would get some help from his defense in the second inning when he got a fly ball hit to right turned into a double play, as Melky Cabrera threw out Brandon Crawford at home.  Lyles was lifted from the game after getting hit on the hand with a line drive, though he does intend to make his next start.

The Pittsburgh offense got the ball rolling early tonight, scoring ...

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Pirates Even Series, Beat Cubs 5-2

Monday afternoon’s shutout loss to the Chicago Cubs, the home opener at Wrigley Field, was a game to forget for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a day off, the Bucs returned to the field and evened the series against their divisional foes with a 5-2 victory.

Jordan Lyles took the mound for Pittsburgh, building off his first start of the year with another impressive performance.  He gave up one run on three hits through six innings while striking out six Cubs.  Felipe Vazquez tallied his third save of the season by recording five outs to clinch the victory.

The Pirates added to a dreadful start to the season for Chicago starter Yu Darvish, who gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits in 5.1 innings of work.  A solo homerun by Francisco Cervelli put the Pirates in front in the top of...

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Newman Sends Pirates Home Winners In Extras

It was a beautiful spring day this afternoon at PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Cincinnati Reds in game three of this four game series.  Pittsburgh took the first two games and were looking for a series win today.  This was a back and forth contest from the beginning, but in the end the good guys would come away victorious.

The Pirates jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Josh Bell hit a double to right center field that scored Jason Martin.  That lead would last until the top of the third when Kyle Farmer hit a two-run home run and Yasiel Puig hit an RBI single for the Reds.  The Buccos earned a run back in the bottom half of the inning on a Melky Cabrera groundout that plated Colin Moran.

Cincinnati quickly struck back with a run of their own in ...

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Miscues Send Pirates To Loss Against Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off the home portion of their 2019 schedule this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals. While the weather may have been cold, the sunshine gave the fans at PNC Park the feeling that warmer days are nearby.  Pittsburgh came in to today with a .500 record and looked to hand St. Louis their fifth loss on the young season.

The Pirates offense jumped on Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright early with three runs in the first inning.  Adam Frazier would be the first of those runs when he scored from third on a Josh Bell groundout.  Colin Moran then brought home Starling Marte and Francisco Cervelli with a double to right field.  Bell would add the fourth run of the game in the second inning with a sac fly to left that plated Marte.

Wainwright would make it throu...

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Williams’ Arm, Bat Lead Pirates Over Reds

In his first start of the 2019 season, Trevor Williams picked up right where he left off last year – with a great performance on the mound.  This afternoon at Great American Ballpark, though, he did it with his arm and his bat, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Williams earned his first win of the season today, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out six batters in six innings of work.  His mound opponent, Sonny Gray, struggled in his Reds’ debut.  He lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks.

Offensively, the Pirates were patient at the plate and did enough to give their starter some support.  Adam Frazier and Melky Cabrera had two hits each, while Williams led the team with two ...

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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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