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Pirates Complete Sweep, Beat Padres In Extra Innings

It was a great weekend at PNC Park for the Pittsburgh Pirates, capping off their three game series with an 11-10 walk-off victory in the 11th inning over the San Diego Padres.

The win was the fourth in a row for the Bucs, who swept the Padres this weekend and took six of seven games on the season.

It was a wild game in the series finale this afternoon, as a total of 13 pitchers were used and 21 runs were scored.  Steven Brault started for the Bucs, giving up three runs on six hits in five innings.  Francisco Liriano, despite giving up three runs on three hits in his only inning of work, earned the victory.

After falling behind 1-0 in the very first inning, the Pirates responded with two runs in third on a single by Brault and a sacrifice fly by Bryan Reynolds.

The Padres took the lead ba...

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Four Run Eighth Lifts Pirates Over Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres were back in action today at a picturesque PNC Park.  Pittsburgh was looking to take this three-game series, while San Diego looked to even it up at one game apiece.  Chris Archer would make the start for the Pirates and the Padres would counter with Chris Paddack.

After three scoreless innings, San Diego would strike first on a solo home run from Manny Machado.  This is the second time that Machado has hit a solo home run in this series.  That would be the only run that Archer would allow today after pitching five innings.  His final stat line would include five strikeouts, three walks, and two hits.

The Buccos finally got to Paddack in the fifth inning when Jose Osuna hit a two-run pinch hit home run...

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Pirates Offense Mounts Comeback vs. Tigers

The old saying is that pitching wins championships.  The Pittsburgh Pirates are far from a championship caliber team with their current rotation, but they do have an offense that can keep them in games.  That was the case tonight as they overcame a six-run deficit to defeat the Detroit Tigers by the final of 8-7.  Two bad innings by Trevor Williams, who made his return from the IL, put them in a bad spot.

Williams would work five innings and allow seven runs on nine hits to go with seven strikeouts.  He was throwing strikes all night, hence the zero walks, but when he wasn’t getting swing and misses Detroit was hitting him hard.  Kudos to Clint Hurdle for allowing him to work through five innings...

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Marlins Hold Off Bucs 4-3

After an impressive 11-0 victory last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight looking to secure a series victory over the Miami Marlins.  Unfortunately, the Bucs gave up a three run and fell to the Marlins by a 4-3 score.

Dario Agrazal made his MLB debut for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits in four innings.  Geoff Hartlieb was tagged with the loss, giving up a run on three hits in two innings of work, while Francisco Liriano gave up just one hit in his two innings on the mound.

The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the top of the third inning, when Kevin Newman singled home Elias Diaz.  A single by Josh Bell and a double by Corey Dickerson made in the fourth inning made it 3-0, and it looked as though it may be another easy victory fo...

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Pirates Losing Streak Reaches Six

The Pittsburgh Pirates battled the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night and ineffective pitching for Pittsburgh was the story once again.  Atlanta would tally a total of eight runs on fifteen hits to pick up an 8-7 victory and take this four game series.  The Pirates offense gave them plenty of chances to win the game with thirteen hits, but the pitching staff could not seal the deal.

Mitch Keller made his second start of the season and is starting to look like Tyler Glasnow 2.0.  He would last only three innings and allow six runs on ten hits with two walks and two strikeouts.  Keller has performed well at the Triple-A level, but has yet to put it together in the big leagues.  Clay Holmes, Richard Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano, and Felipe Vazquez covered the next five innings combining f...

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Brewers Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 5-2

The Milwaukee Brewers rallied from behind this afternoon to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, completing a three game sweep with a 5-2 victory at Miller Park.

Pittsburgh is now four games under .500 at 30-34 after a costly series sweep by a divisional opponent.  Steven Brault pitched well today, giving up two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings of work.  Francisco Liriano was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs on three hits without recording an out in the eighth inning.

The Pirates took the lead in the top of the second inning on a two run homerun by Jung Ho Kang, scoring Gregory Polanco to make it 2-0.

Christian Yelich cut the lead in half with a solo homerun, his 24th of the season, in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Ben Gamel’s single in the seventh scored Hernan Perez to tie the ...

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Pirates Can’t Figure Out Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates were back in action this evening against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, and had a few new faces on the roster.  Corey Dickerson, Jung-ho Kang, and Michael Feliz returned from Triple-A, but it was a similar result on the scoreboard.  After nine innings Pittsburgh had dropped their fifth game of the year to Milwaukee by the final of 5-3.

As with most games this year, pitching was the biggest factor in the Pirates loss.  Jordan Lyles was taxed early and left after only three innings of work.  Long pitching duels and walks were the factors to his short outing.  He allowed three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and four walks.

This would mean another long day for the bullpen...

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Pirates Take Series From Braves

It was a beautiful day at PNC Park this afternoon where the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves met in the rubber match of this three-game series.  Pittsburgh was looking for a series win before embarking on a ten-game road trip.  The Pirates got a great start from Chris Archer and used some quality hitting to defeat Atlanta 6-1.

Archer worked six innings today and allowed one run on six hits to go with two walks and six strikeouts.  That lone run came in the first inning on a solo home run from Freddie Freeman.  This was the second straight quality start from Archer and hopefully that is a trend that continues over the rest of the season.

The Buccos offense would use two three run innings to put away the Braves for good.  The first came in the second when Colin Moran and Gregory Po...

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Pitching Woes Doom Pirates Against Brewers

It was a long frustrating afternoon, evening, and night for fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.  A back and forth contest with the Milwaukee Brewers would go thirteen innings and, in the end, Milwaukee would walk away with a 12-10 victory.  Pittsburgh just could not get a lock down inning on the mound or that one big hit at the right moment.

Nick Kingham was the first of eight Pirates pitchers used tonight and was easily the worst of the bunch.  He would allow five runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks.  The sad part is that the Buccos don’t really have any other starting options at this point, so he will probably be back on the bump in six days.  Rookie Davis worked the next two innings and allowed only two hits to go with two strikeouts.

Pittsburgh would get ...

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Bucs Rebound, Beat Brewers 9-4

After last night’s disappointing loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight at PNC Park looking to rebound against their divisional foes.  Chris Archer pitched a solid game, and the offense put plenty of runs on the board, as the Bucs ended the month of May with a 9-4 victory.

The Pirates had 13 hits tonight, all singles, but they did enough to give Archer a lot of run support.  Starling Marte led the team with three hits, while Kevin Newman, Josh Bell, Bryan Reynolds, and Colin Moran each added two hits.

A single by Bell in the bottom of the first put the Bucs on the board at 1-0, but Jesus Aguilar homered in the top of the third to tie the game.  The Bucs scored six runs in the bottom of the third to take control of the game...

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