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Bullpen Shuts Door, Pirates Beat Brewers 2-1

After a strong pair of games against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburgh Pirates faced off against the N.L. Central division leaders in the first game of a doubleheader this afternoon.  Today, the suddenly hot Bucs got out to an early lead and held on for a 2-1 victory at PNC Park.

Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh, failing to earn a decision after pitching just 4.2 innings.  He gave up one run on seven hits, but was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning.  Richard Rodriguez, Edgar Santana, and Kyle Crick each pitched a scoreless inning, setting the table for Felipe Vazquez, who sat the Brewers down in the ninth to clinch the win.

The Pirates took the lead in the first inning, scoring the only two runs they would need on the day.  Back to back homeruns by Starling Marte and Gregory ...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Brewers 7-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates are wrapping up a difficult home stand and a disappointing first half of the season with a tough five game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.  But so far in their series against the N.L. Central division leaders, the Pirates have looked like the better team overall.  Tonight, they got a lead early and went on to beat the Brewers 7-3 at PNC Park.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh tonight, improving to 4-4 on the season after giving up three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings.  Edgar Santana and Kyle Crick each had scoreless outings in relief.

The Pirates scored three runs in the first inning to take control of the game early.  Gregory Polanco hit a sacrifice fly to score Corey Dickerson for the game’s first run.  Colin Moran’s single scored Starling Marte,...

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Polanco, Pirates Beat Nationals 6-3

After a terrible stretch of baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates earned a much-needed victory yesterday afternoon at PNC Park.  Tonight, their home stand continued against the Washington Nationals, a team who swept them earlier in the season.  But Gregory Polanco and the Bucs’ offense came out strong, and the Pirates held on for a 6-3 victory.

Polanco led the way tonight with two hits and four RBIs, while Corey Dickerson and David Freese each had a pair of hits as well.

Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh and delivered a solid start, exactly when this team needed it.  He gave up three runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings, benefitting from a nice surge of offensive support early in the game.

A two-run single by Polanco in the first inning put the Bucs on the board, and a double by Colin Moran ma...

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Pirates Swept Out Of Los Angeles

No one can be more exited to leave Los Angeles than the Pittsburgh Pirates.  It has been a horrid three days for Pittsburgh and it was capped tonight by a 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, completing a three-game sweep.  While the final score was close, the Pirates had a terrible outing from their starter and one rough appearance by a member of the bullpen.

Clay Holmes made the start tonight for an injured Joe Musgrove.  Holmes had a very rocky first inning but escaped by only allowing one run.  After a scoreless second, he would allow three more runs in the third and was lifted from the game after collecting one out.  His final stat line read 2.1 innings pitched allowing four runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts...

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Pirates Can’t Complete Comeback, Padres Win 4-3

After a convincing victory on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates nearly completed a ninth inning comeback on Saturday.  But the rally came up just short in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Trailing 4-1 entering the ninth inning against Padres’ closer Brad Hand, the Pirates erupted for three straight extra base hits, making it a 4-3 game with no outs.  Elias Diaz led off with a double and scored on a double by Austin Meadows.  Gregory Polanco’s triple scored Meadows, cutting the lead to one run with no outs and a runner on third.

Two consecutive flyouts by Jordy Mercer and Jose Osuna should have scored Polanco from third, but Polanco opted not to tag.  Osuna’s fly ball forced the right fielder Hunter Renfroe to crash into the wall along the right field line, but...

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Pirates Open Series With Win Over Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates headed west to begin a three-game series with the San Diego Padres tonight.  In the midst of a nine-game road trip, Pittsburgh started the trip by taking two of three against the New York Mets and were looking to continue that success in California.  The Pirates jumped out to an early lead and used one big inning to collect a 6-3 victory to open the series.

Joe Musgrove made the start for the Buccos tonight and was solid for all seven innings he was on the bump.  At the end of the night he struck out five and walked two, and most importantly shut down the San Diego offense.

Pittsburgh would get things started in the first inning when Josh Bell scored on a passed ball.  Bell would then plate the first run of the third on a double to left...

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Pirates Rally In The Ninth, Beat Mets 5-3

Few teams have been worse than the New York Mets over the last month.  Their bullpen has been horrendous, they are depleted with injuries, and they have been terrible at Citi Field.  That trend continued tonight, as after playing a solid game through eight innings, they collapsed as the Pittsburgh Pirates scored four runs in the ninth inning to come away with a 5-3 victory.

Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up three runs on five hits in six innings.  Tyler Glasnow and Felipe Vazquez  pitched one and two scoreless innings in relief respectively.  Nova’s mount opponent, Zack Wheeler, was close to dominant, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out seven batters in seven innings of work.

The Mets did their damage in the third inning, scoring two runs with two out...

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Flores Defeats Pirates In Extras

There has been a lot of turmoil surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates as of late from fans and media.  A long losing streak at home tends to do that.  A long road trip was hopefully going to be a time for the players and coaches to reset and turn things around.  People were looking up after a win last night, and they were hoping a series win was in order tonight.  That all changed late in the game when the New York Mets pulled out a 4-3 win in ten innings.

Chad Kuhl got off to a rocky start tonight when he gave up two runs in the first inning.  That would come when Wilmer Flores hit a single to left center to score two runs.  Kuhl wasn’t helped by his defense either as Elias Diaz, two errors, and David Freese one error accounted for some blunders...

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Pirates Snap Skid, Beat Mets 6-4

Tonight’s matchup at Citi Field featured two teams struggling mightily.  The Pittsburgh Pirates were losers of five straight games, including a horrible series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park.  The New York Mets were losers of six straight entering play tonight.  Tonight, the Pirates jumped out to an early lead, nearly blew it in the seventh inning, but held on for a much-needed 6-4 victory.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh tonight and threw a very nice game.  He took a shutout into the seventh inning, but some bad luck and bad relief ruined what could have been a great stat line.  He ended up being charged with two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks in six innings.  Tyler Glasnow came to relieve him, pitched to two hitters, giving up a walk a...

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Diamondbacks Beat Bucs In 13 Innings

After suffering a 9-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates held the hottest offense in baseball scoreless through the first 10 innings tonight.  But after the dust settled in a crazy couple innings, the Diamondbacks came away with a narrow 2-1 victory in 13 innings.

Both starters were phenomenal on the mound tonight.  Ivan Nova gave up just three hits and struck out eight batters in eight innings of work, lowering his ERA to 3.98 on the season.  His mound opponent, Patrick Corbin, was just as dominant, also giving up only three hits while striking out twelve batters in seven innings.  The two teams combined for 10 hits tonight, but only run of the game would be due to a miscue.

The first run of the game came in the top of the 11th error...

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