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Pirates Beat Reds 7-3

Regardless of either team’s record, the Pittsburgh Pirates have struggled against the Cincinnati Reds in recent years.  But in 2018, the Bucs have played well against their N.L. Central foes…and that trend continued on Tuesday night.  Pittsburgh provided starter Joe Musgrove with plenty of run support, as they earned comfortable 7-3 victory at PNC Park.

Musgrove pitched well for the Pirates, giving up two runs on five hits with eighth strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.  Richard Rodriguez, Kyle Crick, and Felipe Vazquez pitched the final 2.2 innings in relief to close things out.

Francisco Cervelli gave the Pirates the lead in the bottom of the first with a single to score Adam Frazier.  They added three more runs in the bottom of the third on a two run double by Gregory Polanco and...

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Polanco, Pirates Beat Reds 5-2

After winning four of five games against American League opponents to begin the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates opened up divisional play with the first of four games against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park. The Bucs continued their strong start to the season with a 5-2 victory, led by Gregory Polanco’s homerun and three RBIs.

Steven Brault made his first start of the 2018 season for Pittsburgh, battling his way through five innings while giving up a run on three hits.  He did struggle with his control, though, walking four while also striking out four batters.  The Pirates knocked around Homer Bailey tonight, as the Reds’ starter gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits with three walks in 4.2 innings.

After the Reds took an early 1-0 lead by scoring on a wild pitch in the top o...

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Kuhl Struggles, Pirates Lose 4-2

While the thrill of a playoff race has been out of the minds of Pittsburgh Pirates fans for weeks now, the month of September does present an opportunity to see what this team can do in future years with the talent they have now.  Chad Kuhl, who has vastly improved from this time last year, took the mound against the Cincinnati Reds, looking to finish strong with his final few starts in 2017.

Unfortunately, and uncharacteristically, Kuhl fell victim to the long ball, as the Reds hit four homeruns on their way to a 4-2 victory at Great American Ballpark.

Kuhl fell to 7-11 on the season, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks in 4.2 innings.  He was forced into long counts early, as he ended up throwing 101 pitches in under five innings of work.  His mound opponent, Homer Baile...

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Taillon Struggles, Pirates Lose 9-1

It was a game to forget for Jameson Taillon and the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight at PNC Park.  The woes continued for the Bucs against the Cincinnati Reds, falling to their N.L. Central foes for the seventh time this year.  Tonight, Taillon struggled from the beginning, and the Reds ended up winning in a laugher by a 9-1 score.

Cincinnati had the Pirates number from the very beginning tonight, which has been the case for the entire season thus far. Billy Hamilton led off the game with a triple, and things just kept getting worse from there for Taillon, who gave up eight runs on eleven hits in 3.2 innings of work.  His mound opponent, Homer Bailey, gave up one run on four hits in six innings.

The teams traded runs in the first inning...

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Nova Wins In Pirates Debut

Ivan Nova made his first start in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform tonight at PNC Park against the Cincinnati Reds.  One night after beating their N.L. Central rivals in dramatic walk-off fashion, the Bucs had a more comfortable time tonight, beating the Reds by a 5-3 score.

Nova pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and zero walks.  The Pirates knocked around Cincy starter Homer Bailey, who lasted just three innings while giving up five runs on eight hits.  Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless eighth and Tony Watson earned his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Andrew McCutchen’s RBI single in the bottom of the first got the scoring started.  Cutch’s hit scored Starling Marte, who doubled earlier.

Cincinnati responded with two runs in...

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Pirates Beat Reds In 12 Inning Marathon Matinee

It had been a disappointing one-series home stand for the Pittsburgh Pirates entering this afternoon’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.  Like much of the N.L. Central, aside from the Chicago Cubs, the Reds have had the Bucs’ number this year, and had put themselves in position for a series sweep at PNC Park.

But today, Jeff Locke and the Pirates were just a little better than Homer Bailey and the Reds, as the Pirates used a bases loaded walk to salvage this afternoon’s game, 4-3.

Locke pitched a solid game for Pittsburgh, giving up two runs on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts in six innings of work.  He has been put in the starting pitching rotation due to injuries to Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano, and he has taken full advantage of it and has shown glimpses of his ...

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Pirates vs. Reds – Series Preview

Well that was a weekend to forget!  After starting off the 2014 regular season with three consecutive series victories, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit a major bump in the road this past weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The red-hot Brew Crew have now won nine games in a row.  But as well as they’re playing right now, they were aided by some horrific play from the Bucs at Miller Park.  Missed opportunities at the plate, questionable decisions on the bases and in certain situations, as well as moment of putrid defensive play all resulted in a three-game series sweep.

The Pirates now find themselves at 6-6 on the season, and with less-than-stellar pitching performances paired with more low offensive production, there is some reason for concern in Pittsburgh as they head into a three-gam...

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Homer Makes Pirates Say D’oh

History was made tonight in two forms tonight at PNC Park and as usual it was not in favor of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  First off, Homer Bailey the starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, pitched a no-hitter, the first for a Reds pitcher since 1988.  In all honesty, it is not that surprising, considering how putrid the Bucco offense has been over these past few months.  The second part, was that with the loss the Buccos clinched twenty straight years without a winning record.

The 34,769 that were in attendance tonight saw a gem of a game by Bailey.  He gave up only one walk and struck out ten Pittsburgh batters.  It’s a shame he walked that one batter considering how tough it is to earn a perfect game for a Major League pitcher.  His lone walk came to Andrew McCutchen, who stole s...

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Pirates vs. Reds: Series Breakdown

The Pirates finished last month with a 15-13 mark, their best record for the month of May in years.  June hasn’t started out all that bad either.  The Bucs took two of three games from the Milwaukee Brewers this past weekend, securing their first winning series at Miller Park since April 2010.  They are now 27-26 on the season, and are just three games back of the N.L. Central division leading Cincinnati Reds.

There’s no denying that the pitching has been the difference maker this season so far, keeping the team afloat and consistently giving the offense the chance to come back, night after night.  However, playing in a hitter’s ballpark like they have in Milwaukee, something had to give this weekend…and something did...

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Reds Get To Morton, Pirates Early in 8-1 Rout

The Pirates reached the .500 mark for the first time since early April with a 4-1 victory yesterday afternoon over the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.  With a victory tonight, the Bucs would have had a winning record for the first time since the season-opening series against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Unfortunately, the nearly two-hour rain delay prior to tonight’s matchup cooled off the Pirates’ bats, and apparently, dampened the liveliness of starter Charlie Morton’s sinker.

The Reds blew out the Pirates tonight, 8-1, atPNCPark.

Morton didn’t’ have his best stuff tonight, and his disappointing season continued as he lasted only four innings while being tagged for four runs on six hits.  His ERA sits at 4.65 for the season...

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