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Brewers Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 4-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates woes at Miller Park continued this afternoon as the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three game weekend series sweep with a 4-2 victory.

Francisco Liriano struggled from the beginning today, forcing the Pirates to play behind again, as they did the entire weekend.  Liriano gave up four runs on six hits with three walks through five innings.  He fell to 6-11 on the season with a 5.46 ERA.

Milwaukee took the lead in the bottom of the first inning with a hit and a little help from Eric Fryer.  Hernan Perez singled with two outs, stole second base, and scored on a throwing error by the Pirates catcher.  Keon Broxton’s leadoff solo homerun in the second inning pushed the lead to 2-0.

Gregory Polanco hit a solo homerun with two outs in the third to cut the lead in half,...

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Liriano Struggles, Pirates Lose 7-4

After winning two consecutive series to begin their eight game home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action tonight against the Seattle Mariners looking for another strong showing at PNC Park.  Unfortunately, familiar foes loomed once again on the North Shore, as missed opportunities and poor pitching plagued them in a 7-4 loss.

Francisco Liriano was awful tonight, falling to 6-10 on season, giving up seven runs on eight hits with four walks in just 3.1 innings of work.  As a result, the bullpen was used extensively, with a total of five relievers combining to shut the Mariners out the rest of the way.  Unfortunately, the damage was already done.

The Pirates got to Seattle starter Felix Hernandez early, but he battled his way through six innings, giving up four runs on nine hit...

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Liriano, Joyce Lead Pirates Over Brewers

After last night’s terrible performance by Jeff Locke in a 9-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburgh Pirates desperately needed a strong showing from their starting pitcher.  Tonight, Francisco Liriano did just that, putting forth one of his best starts of the season, as the Pirates beat the Brewers 5-3 in the rubber match of this three game series at PNC Park.

Liriano improved to 6-9 on the season, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits with 13 strikeouts and zero walks in 6.2 innings.  Neftali Feliz got the final out in the seventh, Tony Watson pitched a scoreless eighth, and Mark Melancon earned his 28th save of the season with an easy ninth.

The Pirates got on the board early against Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.  Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen drew one-out w...

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Seventh Inning Mistakes Send Pirates To Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action tonight after four days off for the All-Star break.  They would begin the second half of the season with a three game series on the road against the Washington Nationals.  Pittsburgh entered the break on a hot streak, but Washington has played well for most of the first half and sat in first place of the National League East.

Pitching dominated the first six innings as each pitcher allowed only one run.  The Pirates would send Francisco Liriano to the mound, while the Nationals would counter with Stephen Strasburg.  Strasburg is putting up Cy Young numbers, as he entered the night 12-0 with a 2.62 ERA.  The Buccos lone run of the night came in the top of the fifth when Jordy Mercer singled home Starling Marte on a hit to right.

That one run wo...

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Pirates Return To .500 With Sweep Of Athletics

The course of the 2016 season appears to be changing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  A little over a week ago all of the talk was about whom would be shipped out at the trade deadline, because of how far back they sat in the standings.  After todays 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics, and sweep, Pittsburgh has their record back at .500, and with 81 games remaining, they remain in the hunt for one of two Wild Card spots.

Francisco Liriano was the story coming into today.  He has struggled mightly as of late and has been rumored to be bumped from the rotation upon the return of Gerrit Cole from the disabled list.  That talk was hushed a little bit today over the course of his five innings of work.  He would allow three runs on six hits, while striking out two and walking one...

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Pirates Fail To Sweep, Lose 5-4

In last night’s victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates scored four runs in one inning.  They wouldn’t score anymore the rest of the game, but the four runs were enough as they edged the Dodgers, 4-3.  This afternoon, the Bucs once again had a four run inning, but unfortunately, they couldn’t hold the lead and the offense couldn’t muster another run as they fell to the Dodgers, 5-4.

The Pirates got to Dodgers’ starter Scott Kazmir early, tagging him for four runs in the first inning.  Jordy Mercer walked to lead off the inning and advanced to third a double by Andrew McCutchen.  After Jung-ho Kang walked to load the bases, Starling Marte singled home Mercer for the game’s first run.  Sean Rodriguez forced a bases loaded walk to push home Mc...

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Boscan Rocked In Start Against Giants

For all that went right last night for the Pittsburgh Pirates, tonight was a total disaster.  Wilfredo Boscan was called up from AAA and was shelled by the San Francisco Giants, while their starter Johnny Cueto made easy work of the Pittsburgh offense in a 15-4 victory tonight.

Boscan looked good in the first three innings where he held them scoreless.  That all changed in the fourth when San Francisco put up a seven spot.  The first run came on a bases loaded walk to Brandon CrawfordAngel Pagan then cleared the bases with a grand slam to right center field.  Later in the inning, with a runner on base, Conor Gillaspie hit a two run homer to close out the scoring.

That would close the book on Boscan, who left in the fourth allowing seven runs on six hits with two walks and two strik...

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Pirates Fall Below .500 With Loss To Cubs

After losing two of three games against the New York Mets, this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered this afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs with a 33-33 record.  Yes, a .500 record.  A few years ago, this would have been something to celebrate.  Now, as they took the field against the N.L. Central leading Cubbies with their ace, Jake Arrieta, on the mound, the Bucs were on the brink of letting this season get away from them.

Unfortunately it was more of the same today for the Pirates, as they couldn’t find a way to push a run across the board against Arrieta, and they fell behind early on their way to a 6-0 loss.

Things certainly didn’t get off to a good start for Francisco Liriano and the Bucs in the bottom of the first inning...

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Cardinals Beat Liriano, Pirates 5-1

Last night was not a good night for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Not only did they lose the series opening game to the St. Louis Cardinals 9-3, but they also lost Gerrit Cole and Francisco Cervelli to injuries.  And while no official news has been revealed on the extent of Cole’s injury, Cervelli is out 4-6 weeks.

Tonight, it was another tough night on the field, as the Bucs fell to Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals, 5-1, at PNC Park.

Martinez improved to 7-5 on the season, giving up one run on six hits through 8.1 innings.  Unfortunately, his mound opponent, Francisco Liriano, didn’t have the same success.  He lasted six innings, giving up four runs (no earned) on four hits, falling to 4-6 on the season.

St. Louis took control of the game with a four run fifth inning.  Brandon Moss l...

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Liriano Hit Hard And Often By Angels

After a rough 2-5 road trip, the Pittsburgh Pirates had to be looking forward to being back at PNC Park.  Tonight they began a ten game home stand, with the first of three against the Los Angeles Angels.  Pittsburgh would begin the series with the once reliable Francisco Liriano on the bump.  Liriano would struggle once again and the Pirates would lose their fourth straight game, tonight by the final of 9-2.

Los Angeles wasted little time jumping on the scoreboard when Mike Trout hit a RBI single to center in the first inning.  Johnny Giacvotella made it 3-0 with a two RBI single later in the inning.  In the second another run would cross the plate on a Kole Calhoun groundout to second.

The Buccos finally struck with their only runs of the night in the bottom half of the second.  Sta...

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