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Pirates Blow Three Run Ninth Inning Lead In Loss To Cardinals

One day after Felipe Vazquez shut the door to hold on to a one run victory over the Chicago Cubs, he would blow a three-run lead and give up five runs in a 10-8 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has been down right awful lately, but tonight hurt more since Pittsburgh overcame a four run and one run deficit to take a three-run lead into the bottom of the ninth.

St. Louis came out swinging in this game.  They would plate four runs in the first inning off of Pirates starter Trevor Williams.  Williams was able to settle in after that and pitch five innings allowing five runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Buccos started to chip away at that four-run lead in the second when Jordy Mercer hit an RBI single to left center field...

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Cardinals Beat Pirates 4-1

After a disappointing finale to their home stand against the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road to continue their month long battle against N.L. Central division foes.  The St. Louis Cardinals still have an outside change at making the postseason, and they played like a team hungry for the playoffs, beating the Pirates 4-1 at Bush Stadium.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh tonight and never really settled in.  He struggled with his control, and in addition to walks, he was hit hard on balls he left over the plate.  He gave up four runs on four hits and four walks in 4.2 innings.  His mound opponent, Luke Weaver, pitched a great game, giving up seven hits and struck out seven batters in 5.2 innings.

The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the third on a RBI grou...

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Pirates Bullpen Falters Once Again

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance tonight to do something they have not done since 1997, sweep a road series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  While they had their chances to pull of this feat tonight, they would come up short with an 8-4 loss.  Pittsburgh was able to hold they lead through five innings tonight, but the shortcomings of the bullpen would ultimately be their downfall.

Chad Kuhl continued his mediocre at best performances tonight.  He would go five innings and allow four runs on eight hits, with six strikeouts and one walk.  The first two runs came in the second on a Greg Garcia single to the outfield.  Randal Grichuk would crush a solo home run to the third level of the left field seats off Kuhl in the sixth.  After letting two batters on, Tony Watson would give up a...

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Fowler Homers Twice, Cards Sweep Pirates

Hey, why not make it three in a row?  After losing back to back games to the St. Louis Cardinals by a 2-1 score, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field this afternoon at Busch Stadium looking to avoid the series sweep against their N.L. Central rivals.  Unfortunately, it was more of the same today, as the Cards were able to muster enough runs, thanks to Dexter Fowler, on their way to yet another 2-1 win.

This afternoon’s game featured another enticing matchup.  Gerrit Cole took the mound for Pittsburgh against Michael Wacha for St. Louis.  Both of these pitchers are familiar with the opposing offenses, making it a very interesting game to watch.  As expected the pitchers got the best of the hitters...

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Bucs Bats Stay Silent, Lose 2-1

In last night’s loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates offense was virtually non-existent.  Tonight, unfortunately, the same trend continued, as despite another strong performance from their starter, they weren’t able to put together enough of an offensive effort to come away with a victory.

Prior to today’s game, the Bucs and their fans received some terrible news, as Starling Marte was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.  Jose Osuna was recalled from Indianapolis and did make an appearance in the game tonight.

For the second straight night at Busch Stadium, it was a solid pitching matchup between the two starters.  Chad Kuhl lasted six innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while Mike Leake gave up one run on seven ...

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Pirates Rally Again, Beat Cardinals 7-5

Well, the Pittsburgh Pirates did it again tonight.  After falling behind 5-1 in the fifth inning, the Bucs responded with six unanswered runs to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 at Busch Stadium.

The Pirates took the lead in the top of the first on a solo homerun by David Freese.  Aledmys Diaz hit a two out solo homerun in the bottom of the third to tie the game, 1-1.

The fourth inning appeared to change the tide in this game.  After the Pirates stranded two runners in the top of the frame, the Cards scored four runs off Jeff Locke.  Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia hit RBI singles, and Jaime Garcia’s sacrifice fly scored the inning’s third run.  Then Kolten Wong reached on a bunt single, allowing Gyorko to score.  Finally, an RBI by Diaz scored Garcia, and St...

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