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Pirates Lose To Cubs In Rainy Game At Wrigley

Mother Nature has a mind of her own and she struck in the latter parts of tonight’s finale between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs.  With the start time moved up thirty minutes because of impending weather, any type of run production could prove very important.  That sure was the case tonight as two runs by Chicago in the bottom of the seventh proved to be all they would need before a rain delay occurred in the top of the eighth.

Joe Musgrove was on the mound for Pittsburgh tonight and he was very good during his time on the bump.  He would throw 6.1 innings allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks.  The first run came when Daniel Descalso hit a single to left center field that scored Jason Heyward from second base...

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Pirates Roughed Up In Chicago

The Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road today to begin a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.  This was the first home game for Chicago, after a rough start to the season, and they gave their fans plenty to cheer about.  The Cubs would use four Pittsburgh errors to plate ten runs in the first four innings on their way to a 10-0 victory.  It was definitely a good day to be at work for Pirates fans, because there wasn’t much of anything to see during the game.

Jon Lester started for Chicago today and got the scoring started in the second inning when he hit an RBI double to left center field.  Ben Zobrist drove in two runs on a single to right.  Anthony Rizzo plated the fourth run of the inning with a single to shallow center field.  Run five came via a Javier Baez single to left cent...

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Bullpen Falters Again, Pirates Lose 5-4

After a disappointing home opening loss on Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight looking to earn a series split against their divisional rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the trend from Monday’s loss continued tonight, as the Pirates took an early lead, surrendering the lead late, and losing in extra innings.

Pittsburgh built a 3-0 lead, but the bullpen gave it up in the latter innings, and the Cardinals scored a pair of runs in the 10th inning, going on to win 5-4.

Jameson Taillon pitched well tonight for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings of work.  Keone Kela, unfortunately, continued the bad start to the season for the Bucs’ bullpen, giving up two runs on two hits with a walk in one inning...

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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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