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Reds Hand Pirates Fourth Straight Loss

After a disappointing weekend series against the San Diego Padres, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road for a quick three game trip against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.  The Bucs have faired well against their division so far this season.  Unfortunately, that trend did not continue tonight, as the Reds handed the Pirates their fourth straight loss with a 7-2 beatdown.

Jameson Taillon struggled for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up six runs on eight hits in six innings of work.  George Kontos and Tyler Glasnow each pitched an inning of relief.

The Reds took a quick 2-0 lead on a pair of run scoring doubles by Scooter Gennett and Eugenio Suarez...

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Padres Beat Kingham, Pirates 6-2

Nick Kingham made the third start of his career tonight at PNC Park against the San Diego Padres.  After an incredible debut, he came back to earth a bit in his second start, and tonight, the Padres got to him early and went on to a 6-2 victory.

Kingham gave up three runs in the first inning and even though he settled down afterwards, the damage was done and the Pirates couldn’t make a comeback.  Nick gave up three runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts in six innings of work.  Tyler Glasnow gave up a run on three hits in two innings, and George Kontos gave up a run on two hits.

A two run double by Jose Pirela in the top of the first plated the first pair of runs for San Diego, and another double by Christian Villanueva made it 3-0...

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Pirates Win Fifth Straight, Beat Giants 6-5

After an extensive rain delay, the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates took the field at PNC Park for the second game of their three game weekend series.  While Friday’s game was a lopsided victory for Pittsburgh, tonight’s matchup was much more competitive.  It was a back and forth game throughout the evening, but the Pirates scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a hit-by-pitch to beat the Giants 6-5 for their fifth straight win.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through six innings of work.  He gave up three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and four walks.

The Pirates took the lead in the first inning.  After Gregory Polanco drew a walk and Starling Marte singled, Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the game’...

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Four Home Runs Lift Pirates Over Giants

The storyline coming into this weekend series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants was the return of Andrew McCutchen to PNC Park.  McCutchen was a key member of three straight playoff appearances from 2013-15, but all good things must come to an end.  Many thought Pittsburgh would be in turmoil this season, but so far, they have been playing good baseball and that continued tonight in an 11-2 victory.

The Pirates were able to get out of the gate fast tonight with a Starling Marte two run home run in the bottom of the first inning.  That would be key after Jameson Taillon left the game after the third inning with a finger laceration.  Hopefully Taillon does not miss much time, because when he is on top of his game he is by far the best pitcher on the staff.

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Pirates Offense Carries Them To Victory

Interleague play has been kind to the Pittsburgh Pirates so far in 2018.  Tonight, they would begin a short two game series on the road against the Chicago White Sox.  Pittsburgh entered the game four games over .500 against the junior circuit, and with the woes of Chicago’s play so far this year, they had a good chance to improve on that mark.

Early on it did not look like the Pirates would have much of a chance at victory. Ivan Nova was hit early and often in this contest.  He would give up four runs in the first and one in the second.  Nova was lifted after only pitching two innings where he gave up five runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.  Nova has been up and down so far this year, so hopefully his next outing is a good one.

The Buccos offense would quickly get ...

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Brewers Beat Bucs 5-3

After an impressive victory last night at Miller Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight looking to secure another series victory over a N.L. Central opponent.  It was a back and forth game tonight, but the Milwaukee Brewers delivered the knockout blow in the eighth inning, as they went on to beat the Bucs by a 5-3 score.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through five innings.  He gave up one run on six hits with two walks and a strikeout.  His mound opponent, Jhoulys Chacin, gave up one run on three hits in six innings.  Neither pitcher earned a decision.

The Brewers took the lead in the fourth inning on a RBI double by Hernan Perez.  A sacrifice fly by Starling Marte in the top of the sixth scored Adam Frazier to tie the game.

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Pirates Win Fourth Straight, Beat Cardinals 6-2

A day after making a dramatic comeback from five runs down to beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action at PNC Park on Saturday looking for yet another series victory against a N.L. Central opponent.  Trevor Williams battled his way through six innings, and the Pirates offense came alive in the latter innings to push them to a 6-2 victory over the Cardinals.

Williams pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts while earning his fourth victory of the season (4-1).  Michael Feliz, George Kontos, and Edgar Santana each pitched an inning of scoreless relief.

A solo homerun by Francisco Cervelli with two outs in the second inning put the Pirates in front early.  St...

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Pirates Mount Comeback, Win In Extras

The Pittsburgh Pirates were home at PNC Park to begin a three-game series with their division rival, the St. Louis Cardinals.                       Even this early in the season division games carry extra weight, especially if things get tight down the stretch.  Things didn’t look good early for Pittsburgh, but the battled back late to tie the game and finished off St. Louis with a 6-5 victory in 11 innings.

Steven Brault looked good through the first two innings but would be hit hard in the third.  The Cardinals tagged Brault for three runs that inning and would give up one run in each of the next two innings.  He would be lifted after 4.2 innings and allow five runs, four earned, on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

The Pirates offense would final...

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Bucs Snap Skid, Beat Tigers 8-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates desperately needed a victory in game two of their doubleheader last night at PNC Park.  After Jameson Taillon was roughed up in the first game, Chad Kuhl took the mound and delivered a strong performance as the Bucs beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3.

Kuhl improved to 3-1 on the season, giving up three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts in six innings of work.  Michael Feliz, George Kontos, and Felipe Vazquez each pitched a scoreless inning, providing the club with drama-free bullpen relief, something of a rarity these days.

A three run homerun by Jose Osuna in the second inning scored Josh Bell and David Freese, and the Pirates were in control early.  Kuhl gave up a RBI single to Nicholas Castellanos in the fourth inning, but a bases loaded walk to Starling Marte in...

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Offensive Struggles Continue, Pirates Lose 2-1

Through the first couple weeks of the 2018 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were at or near the top of every offensive category.  But so far in this weekend’s four game series, they are struggling to score runs.  Tonight, it was more of the same, as they lost 2-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Pirates couldn’t solve Ben Lively tonight, as he gave up just one run on five hits through six innings.  The Philadelphia bullpen pitched three innings of scoreless baseball.  Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh, and was equally as effective as his mound opponent, giving up one run on five hits in six innings.  Michael Feliz pitched a scoreless inning, and George Kontos took the loss (1-2) by giving up a run on two hits in the eighth inning.

After five innings of scoreless baseball, the Pirate...

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