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Reds vs. Pirates – Series Preview

For the second straight year, the Pirates have gone from a contender to a wanna-be pretender. They were once 16 games over .500 and in the lead of the N.L. Wild Card. Things have certainly changed in the past six weeks, and, the Bucs have all but clinched a 20th straight losing season, extending their North American sports record.

Individually, the accomplishments by guys like Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Garrett Jones, and A.J. Burnett have been admirable, but overall, this season has been in a downward spin in the past month and a half, and the fact that we sit here on the final weekend of September, and the Pirates have only won a handful of games this month, is absolutely embarrassing.

The Pirates currently sit at 76-80 on the season, and with six games remaining, can we all do...

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Offense Hits Snooze Button, Brewers Steal Game From Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates were back in action at PNC Park after a early morning win in Chicago.  The Milwaukee Brewers appeared to take full advantage of this fact and took care of the Buccos 6-0 in the first game of this three game series.

Brew Crew starter Yovani Gallardo and the bullpen silenced the Pittsburgh bats all night long.  Giving up only three hits, the only threat came in the seventh when the Pirates had the bases loaded and down four runs.  Jim Henderson would replace Gallardo and get Michael McKenry to pop out to second base to end the threat.

Milwaukee would steal seven bases tonight, with Ryan Braun collecting three of them.  The Brew Crew would use those stolen bases to score three runs.  Buccos starter A.J. Burnett would go six innings, but did not look great in the st...

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Brewers vs. Pirates – Series Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers kick off a three game series at PNC Park this week in a battle of two teams who have been heading in different directions since the All Star Break.  After a horrible first half, the Brewers have slowly but surely climbed their way back into contention for the final N.L. Wild Card spot.  The Brew Crew are 34-27 since the ASG, including a 16-12 August and 11-4 mark in September thus far.  Meanwhile, the Bucs were once 16 games over .500 earlier in the season, but have suffered somewhat of an epic collapse as of late, barely managing to hold onto a .500 record, while their playoff hopes seem to be on life support. Pittsburgh is just 26-35 since the ASG, including an 11-17 August and a 4-11 September.

Still, both of these teams have a legitimate...

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Pirates Lose 4-2, Swept By Cubs

We’ve been hearing the past few weeks that the Pirates’ September schedule was light in comparison to other teams.  The Bucs entered this weekend very much in the conversation for the final N.L. Wild Card spot along with the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.  But after taking two of three from the Houston Astros earlier in the week, the Pirates were outclassed and outplayed in every facet of the game this weekend, capped by a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs this afternoon.

Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run go-ahead homerun in the eighth inning off Jason Grilli as the Cubbies clinched the three-game series sweep of our Buccos at PNC Park.

The Pirates had a great opportunity in the bottom of the ninth to tie or even take the lead, but with the bases loaded and two outs, Cubs’ close...

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Samardzija Quiets Pirates Bats, Cubs Take Series

The Pittsburgh Pirates fell victim to the Chicago Cubs again on Saturday night, but it was not because of a series of errors.  Tonight it was because of a great outing by Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija.  He would go the distance, allowing two earned runs, three total, on four hits, while striking out nine Buccos and walking one.

Pittsburgh was able to jump out to a two run lead in the first inning when Pedro Alvarez drove in two runs with an RBI single to right field.  The Cubs would chip away at that lead by scoring one run in each the second and third inning.  The tie game would be broken up in the fifth on a sacrifice fly that scored Tony Campana.

Pirates starter James McDonald would leave the game with two outs in the sixth inning...

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Pirates Commit Seven Errors, Lose To Cubs 12-2

There are some games that are so embarrassing and depressing to talk about, it’s not even worth doing so.  Tonight was just one of those games for the Pirates, who were handed a 12-2 beating by the Chicago Cubs in front of a packed house at PNC Park.

While the Cubs did score 12 runs tonight, much of the Pirates’ wounds were self-inflicted.  In fact, only half of the runs that Chicago scored tonight were actually earned runs.  How is that possible?  The Bucs committed seven errors in the game.  Seven!  It was an absolutely disgusting display of baseball from the entire Pirates’ team.  Brock Holt and Starling Marte each committed two errors, while Gaby Sanchez, Rod Barajas, and Josh Harrison each committed one as well.

A.J. Burnett certainly didn’t pitch a great game tonight, bu...

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Cubs vs. Pirates – Series Preview

It’s incredible how the perception of a baseball team can change in a matter of only a few days. After their Labor Day loss to the Houston Astros on Monday, the Pirates had dropped four straight games and had also lost some ground in the N.L. Wild Card picture. Many began to write them off in terms of any type of playoff contention, and were merely “hoping” for a winning season. Now, flash forward a few days, and the Pirates are right back in the middle of the race, having won two straight against the Astros, aided with a loss by the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Pirates are a game and a half out of the final playoff spot, and with a conceivably favorable schedule remaining, many fans have decided to be optimistic once again about the Bucs’ chances down the stretch.

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Pirates Roll Past Astros

The past two nights have shown what a good team needs to do against a bad one.  The Pittsburgh Pirates jumped out to early leads, played solid defense, and received very good pitching performances.  Tonights 6-3 win over the Houston Astros, also put the Buccos only a game out of that last wild-card spot in the National League.

Kevin Correia was at his best tonight, clinching win number ten on the year, and hitting that double digit win mark for the fourth straight year, which is pretty good for a guy that seems to get the most ribbing from media and fans.  He would go six innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out and walking one batter.

Jared Hughes followed that up with two solid innings.  He would allow two hits, while striking out two batters.  Jason Grilli had a bit...

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Rodriguez, McCutchen Lead Pirates To 6-2 Win Over Astros

Yesterday, the Pirates kicked off a six game home stand by losing to the Houston Astros, 5-1, in a game that made the Bucs look like the team that was well on their way to 100+ losses.  Tonight at a rainy PNC Park, though, the Astros returned to form as baseball’s worst team, while the Pirates snapped their four game losing streak with a 6-2 victory in the second game of the series.

The Pirates took the lead in the first inning and never looked back.  Andrew McCutchen and Brock Holt combined to go 8-9 on the night.  Cutch’s 4-4 performance included a double, three singles, and three RBI’s.  Holt also had four hits and two runs scored.  Garrett Jones added a hit and an RBI, while the rest of the Bucs’ lineup didn’t tally a single hit, only benefiting from two very costly errors b...

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Pirates Losing Streak Continues In Loss To Astros

There is no excuse for a team in a playoff race to be dominated by a team that has the worst record in baseball.  That is exactly what happened today to the Pittsburgh Pirates in their 5-1 defeat to the Houston Astros.  The Buccos once again looked bad at the plate and on the mound, which lead to their fourth straight defeat.

Jeff Locke made the start for Pittsburgh and did an ok job through the first four innings.  He gave up one run on three hits in the first inning.  The one run came on a controversial safe call at second when a runner went out of the baseline to avoid the tag.  A second run would score in the third on a diving ground out to shortstop Clint Barmes.  The fifth inning saw Locke get hit hard, with one out, two straight singles were followed by a three run homer by Br...

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