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Pirates Take Series From Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field at PNC Park for final time on a Sunday this season.  They were looking to win their series against the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that is still in the hunt for a playoff spot.  Pittsburgh would use a couple home runs to put St. Louis away to win the game 4-1.

The Cardinals would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run off of Jameson Taillon.  Taillon would pitch five innings today allowing one run on four hits to go with one walk and six strikeouts.  The Pirates would tie the game in their half of the third when Jose Osuna hit a sac fly to left that scored Chris Bostick.

The first of two longballs today for the Buccos would strike in the fifth inning when Starling Marte hit a two-run home run to left cent...

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Pirates Blanked By Brewers 1-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their seventh straight game tonight, falling to the Milwaukee Brewers by one run.  Pittsburgh has been awful for more than a month now, so seeing them lose is not surprising.  Attendance keeps dropping and you can’t blame the fans for not wanting to watch a team that appears to have no interest in being on the field.

The starting pitching was very good from both teams tonight.  Chase Anderson threw six innings, and allowed only five hits.  He would also strikeout eight batters.  The Pirates countered with Trevor Williams.  Williams would allow one run on three hits over five innings.  He would also strikeout six and walk two.  That lone run would come on a solo home run by Domingo Santana in the fourth inning.

Both bullpens did the job for their respec...

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Glasnow Continues To Struggle In Majors

Tyler Glasnow made his return to a big-league mound tonight after a successful stint in Indianapolis for much of the summer.  Reports were that he had better command of his pitches and was doing a better job of controlling the running.  We were all quickly reminded that there is a huge difference between pitching in the majors and the minors, and the Milwaukee Brewers pounced on that difference.  At the end of the night they picked up a series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates with an 8-2 victory tonight.

Glasnow would only last 2.2 innings and allowed five runs on four hits during that time.  He would strikeout three and walk six.  That stat line would balloon his ERA up to 7.89.  A few questionable calls by the home plate umpire didn’t help, and even led to Clint Hurdle being eject...

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Cardinals Best Pirates Again

Not much to see these days when you tune in to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Losers of three straight games, Pittsburgh was hoping to snap that skid, but the St. Louis Cardinals had no intention of losing at home.  St. Louis would pick up a series win with a 4-3 victory tonight.  The Pirates had their chances to win, but the Cardinals would battle back.

Chad Kuhl was good on the bump tonight and even helped his cause with the bat in the second inning.  He would double home Jordy Mercer for the first run of the game, before coming in to score on an Adam Frazier ground rule double.  Kuhl pitched six innings allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits with five walks and six strikeouts.

St. Louis came back from a 2-0 deficit in their half of the second when Yadier Molina hit a two-run ho...

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Pirates Snap Six Game Losing Streak

It has been a rough week for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They entered game three of this four game series with the St. Louis Cardinals on a six-game losing streak and have lost in every way imaginable.  That would change today after a rain delay led to some hot bats and a 6-4 Pittsburgh victory.

The Cardinals struck first when Kolten Wong hit a RBI single to right that scored Jose Martinez.  That would be the lone run that Chad Kuhl would allow today, as he returned from the rain delay to throw five innings and give up three hits, while walking one and striking out six.  The Pirates offense would come to life to ensure Kuhl got the victory.

The Bucco bats would smack three homers on the night.  The first came from Adam Frazier who hit a two-run shot to deep right center.  Elias Diaz would...

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Bullpen Falters, Pirates Lose 7-6

The Pittsburgh Pirates are fading fast in the race for the N.L. Central division title.  After losing their second straight game to the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at Miller Park, the Pirates are now four games under .500 and are drifting further behind their division rivals.

Gerrit Cole and Jimmy Nelson battled their way through trying starts this afternoon, each earning a no-decision.  Cole gave up four runs on five hits (including three homeruns) in six innings, while Nelson gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work.

The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the very first inning.  After singling to lead off, Starling Marte advanced to third when Nelson attempted to pick him off first base, throwing the ball away.  Later in the inning, Josh Bell h...

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Pirates Back To .500, Beat Blue Jays 4-2

This Pittsburgh Pirates team just doesn’t quit battling.  After taking three of four games in a home and home matchup against the Detroit Tigers, the Bucs continued their road trip by winning the first of a three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, at Rogers Centre.

Jameson Taillon took the mound for the Pirates against Marcus Stroman for the Toronto.  Taillon improved to 7-5 on the season, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings.  As for Stroman, the Blue Jays’ hurler was solid tonight, but his defense behind him was mediocre at best.  None of the four runs he gave up were earned, while he surrendered just four hits in eight innings of work.

Toronto scored the game’s first run on a Kevin Pillar sacrifice fly in the second inning...

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Kuhl, Pirates Beat Tigers 6-3

Tonight at PNC Park, Chad Kuhl and the Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up the team’s home stand with a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.  For Kuhl, he not only performed well on the mound, but also contributed offensively, leading the Bucs to a two-game series sweep of the Tigers.

Pittsburgh improved to 56-57 on the season with the victory, battling to keep pace with the rest of the crowded N.L. Central.  Kuhl improved to 5-7 with the win, while Felipe Rivero earned his 10th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

The Pirates broke the scoreless tie in the third inning on an RBI single by Starling Marte, scoring Jordy Mercer.  Andrew McCutchen’s solo homerun to lead off the fourth inning made it 2-0, and later in the inning, Kuhl came up with a huge two run single, scoring David Fr...

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Pirates Blank Tigers To Open Series

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers began their annual interleague series tonight at PNC Park.  Pittsburgh has had more downs than ups when it comes to playing the American League this year, but Detroit has not been playing up to par either.  This four-game series would be another chance for the Pirates to keep pace for a potential playoff spot.

Trevor Williams had a fantastic start tonight for the Buccos.  He would throw seven shutout innings, while striking out five, walking two, and allowing only one hit.  Williams has been impressive for much of the season and could be earning a spot in the rotation for years to come.  His mound opponent Jordan Zimmermann was good too.  Zimmermann pitched seven innings allowing three runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Th...

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