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Reds Beat Nova, Pirates 2-1

After skipping his last start in the rotation, the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the ball to Ivan Nova this afternoon in the second game of their three game weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.  Nova has struggled mightily since the All Star Break, and despite a vastly improved start tonight, the Bucs still dropped another game to their N.L. Central foes by a 2-1 score.

Nova pitched well tonight, giving up two runs on three hits in 6.1 innings, but he was outpitched by his mound opponent.  Sal Romano improved to 5-6 on the season, giving up five hits and striking out six in eight innings.

After a pitchers’ duel took the game into the seventh inning, the Reds scored a pair of runs which would be enough to lift the team to victory.  A solo homerun by Jesse ...

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Army Veteran Silences Pirates

Today marked a first in baseball history, as a graduate of West Point pitched in a Major League game.  That distinction went to Chris Rowley.  Rowley stifled the Pittsburgh Pirates today and was a key factor in the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 victory.  Rowley is a First Lieutenant in the United State Army, and after two years of serving his country picked up a win in his big-league debut.

Rowley threw 5.1 innings allowing one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.  He began the year in AA, so for a guy to work his way to the Majors in one season shows what kind of pitcher Toronto thinks he is.  Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams was not at his best today during his six innings on the mound...

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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.


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After The Rain, Pirates Beat Padres 10-6

It was a wet start to tonight’s game between the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.  But after a two hour and five minute rain delay, the Bucs battled their way to a 10-6 victory.

Ivan Nova lasted six innings for Pittsburgh, giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits, while Padres starter Travis Wood gave up four runs on six hits in five innings.

The Pirates need to come up with some big hits tonight, and that’s exactly what they did.  After falling behind multiple times in the middle innings, they were able to find ways to score runs, and eventually came away with a big victory.

After holding the opposing offenses in check through the first four innings, both Nova and Wood ran into trouble in the middle innings.  The Padres scored three runs in the fifth inning...

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Pirates Complete Four Game Sweep Of Brewers

It appears that the Pittsburgh Pirates are heating up.  They entered this four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers seven games out of first place and now find themselves just three games back after winning all four games.  All of the games were competitive and today was no different, as Pittsburgh had to come back from a deficit to pick up the 4-2 win.

The Pirates jumped out to a one run lead in the second when Chris Stewart drove in Adam Frazier with a single to right.  The Brewers then took the lead in the fourth.  Brett Phillips tied the game with a double to right.  An Orlando Arcia ground out scored Manny Pina.  That would be all the runs that Buccos starter Jameson Taillon would allow.

Taillon threw 5...

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Bucs Rally Again, Beat Brewers In Extras

This has been a special home stand for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Tonight, they fell behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the third straight night, and, again, they rallied late to pull out an unprecedented 3-2 victory at PNC Park.

Trailing 2-1 with three outs remaining, the Bucs responded to adversity once again with a run in the ninth and a run in the tenth to clinch a series victory over the division leading Brewers, while giving themselves an opportunity to complete a series sweep tomorrow afternoon.

The story for most of the game was the outstanding pitching performances by Gerrit Cole and Zach Davies, who each put their respective teams in great position to win the game.  But by the end of the night, the story was the Pirates resilience.

Both Cole and Davies got off to rather slow starts...

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Polanco Shines In Defeat Of Brewers

It is officially that time of year where every series is the biggest of the season.  Technically that statement is true for the next four days.  The Pittsburgh Pirates opened the day seven games back of the Milwaukee Brewers going into their four-game series at PNC Park.  Pittsburgh would close that gap to six after a come from behind 4-2 victory tonight.

Chad Kuhl appears to be finding his way.  After a rough go of things during the better part of the first half of the season, he is starting to look like the pitcher he was last year.  He threw 5.2 innings allowing two runs on four hits, with three walks and a career high seven strikeouts.  Kuhl would even take out Milwaukee catcher Stephen Vogt on a collision at the plate in the fifth inning.

The Brewers collected their first run on...

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Frazier Walks It Off With RBI Single

If the Pittsburgh Pirates want to make a run at the 2017 postseason, they have to win series in the second half of the season.  Pittsburgh had a chance at that today after splitting the first two games of this three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.  It took all nine innings, but in the end, it would be the Pirates who came away with the game and the series at PNC Park.

The Buccos struck in the bottom of the first with an Andrew McCutchen RBI single to shallow center field.  Pittsburgh would hold that lead until the fifth when Matt Carpenter plated a run with a double to right.  Max Moroff would strike in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to right field.  St. Louis was not down for long, as a single by pitcher Carlos Martinez tied the game once again.

Trevor W...

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Bell Walks Off To Defeat Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight for their first game after the All-Star break.  There are many questions for this Pittsburgh team with the trade deadline approaching quickly.  They came into tonight seven games out of first and have been up and down all season.  With the St. Louis Cardinals in town for a three game series, this was a chance for the Pirates to gain some ground in the Central Division.

It looked like it would be a rough start from the early going for Gerrit Cole.  He would allow a two run homer to Jedd Gyorko in the first inning.  Cole settled down after that, finishing his night after six innings allowing two runs on four hits to go with four strikeouts and zero walks...

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Nova, Polanco Lead Pirates To Victory

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs brought their division rivalry to the national stage tonight and the Pittsburgh fans came away happy.  Another solid pitching performance from Ivan Nova, plus a two-run home run from Gregory Polanco, sealed the deal on a 4-2 Pirates victory over Chicago.  It is always nice to see the “L” flag fly at Wrigley Field.

Nova has easily been the Pirates best pitcher in 2017 and he showed that once again tonight.  He would pitch 6.2 innings and allow two runs on three hits, to go along with six strikeouts and one walk.  Those two runs allowed came in the fourth inning when Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber hit back to back solo home runs.  The Schwarber home run gave the Cubs their only lead of the night.

The Buccos struck first in the top half of the fou...

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