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Phillies Win Sixth Straight, Beat Bucs 3-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of a victory as they took the field this afternoon at PNC Park.  They have been headed in the opposite direction as their opponent, having lost four straight games while the Philadelphia Phillies were looking for their sixth straight victory.  After falling behind early, the Phillies rallied for three runs in the seventh inning and went on to win by a 3-2 score.

This afternoon’s game featured an enticing matchup on the mound between Jake Arrieta and Jameson Taillon.  Arrieta earned his first win since May, giving up two runs on six hits in seven innings, while Taillon lost his seventh game of the year after giving up three runs on five hits in 6.2 innings.

The Pirates took the lead on Arrieta and Phillies early.  Colin Moran’s single in...

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Taillon Roughed Up In Loss To Phillies

One day after the Pittsburgh Pirates offense showed signs of life, they quickly plummeted back to earth tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies.  An awful night from the usually reliable Jameson Taillon made this night even tougher.  In the end Philadelphia would come away with a 7-0 victory to open up this four-game series between the Keystone State rivals.

After a scoreless first inning, the Phillies jumped all over Taillon in the second.  It all started with a Rhys Hoskins solo home run.  Later in the inning Cesar Hernandez would clear the bases on a RBI single to center.  There seemed to be some confusion by Jordy Mercer and Adam Frazier as to who the cutoff man was on this play, since both stood around second base.  Odubel Herrera would finish off the inning with a RBI single ...

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Kuhl, Pirates Avoid Sweep With 10-2 Victory

After struggling to score the past couple nights at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered this afternoon’s series finale against the Colorado Rockies looking to avoid their first three-game sweep of the season.  Today, despite some of their best hitters having the day off, the Pirates offense erupted and they got a strong performance from Chad Kuhl on the mound as they avoided the series sweep with a 10-2 victory over the Rockies.

Kuhl started for Pittsburgh today and faced a tough task against the red-hot Rockies offense.  But after a slow start to the season, Kuhl pitched well today, giving up one run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings of work.

Chris Iannetta’s solo homerun in the top of the third made it a 1-0 game early, but the Rockies’ lead woul...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Cubs 12-0

It has been a very difficult stretch for the Pittsburgh Pirates as of late.  That is certainly what made today’s 12-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park feel that much better.  Chad Kuhl pitched seven shutout innings and the Pirates offense knocked around the Cubs bullpen on their way to a comfortable win in front of their home crowd.

Kuhl improved to 7-10 on the season, giving up four runs and two walks while striking out eight Cubs hitters in seven innings.  Jake Arrieta fell to 14-9, giving up three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the first on a majestic two run homerun by Josh Bell.  Kuhl got himself into trouble, though, in the top of the second, allowing the first pair of hitters on base while struggling with his control...

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Pirates Win Series Over Reds

After a victory last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered today with a chance to take this three-game series from the Cincinnati Reds.  Cincinnati has had their way with Pittsburgh this season, but today’s 3-1 victory gave the Pirates two straight series victories over the division foes.  The Buccos will have one more chance to take a series from the Reds in two weeks.

Trevor Williams was very good once again today.  Williams is not the type of pitcher that is going to overwhelm you with his numbers, but he has been one of the more consistent Pittsburgh starters this season.  He would throw seven innings today allowing zero runs on eight hits, to go with five strikeouts and one walk.

The offense collected five hits today and three of those put runs on the scoreboard...

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Pirates Lose To Cubs…..Again

The Pittsburgh Pirates are still playing baseball, though it doesn’t have much meaning at this point.  For the second night in a row their offense only managed one run, while the Chicago Cubs had a breakout inning to put the game away.  After the final out was recorded, Pittsburgh would be the losers of a 4-1 game.

Chad Kuhl pitched 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking three.  All three of those runs would come in the sixth inning.  The scoring started when Ben Zobrist hit a solo homer to deep right center.  Alex Avila would single home a run later in the inning.  The final run would come via a Jason Heyward sac fly.

Jake Arrieta would hold the Pirates in check for six innings, striking out four and walking two...

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Cubs Beat Pirates 6-1

After taking two of three from the Cincinnati Reds this weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their N.L. Central road trip against the first place Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Tonight, the Bucs missed plenty of scoring opportunities on offense and played sloppy defense on their way to a 6-1 loss to the Cubs.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through five innings against the high powered Chicago offense.  Williams was tagged with the loss tonight, giving up two runs on six hits.  His mound opponent, Mike Montgomery, pitched very well, giving up one run on six hits in seven innings of work.

An RBI single by Ian Happ in the bottom of the second inning scored Anthony Rizzo to get the Cubs on the board...

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Pirates Enter All Star Break With 14-3 Rout Of Cubs

After a satisfying victory against Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to claim a series victory at Wrigley Field as they head into the All-Star break.  A huge first inning for the Bucs buried the Cubbies this afternoon, a 14-3 rout of the defending World Series champions.

Jameson Taillon was a late scratch from today’s game with flu-like symptoms.  Chad Kuhl took the mound in his place on just two days rest, giving up one run on two hits in three innings.  Jon Lester made the start for the Chicago, putting forth perhaps the worst performance of his career, giving up ten runs (four earned) on six hits with three walks in just two-thirds of an inning.

The Pirates exploded in the first inning for ten runs against Lester and the Cubs, putting this ...

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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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Bryant, Cubs Beat Pirates 6-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered this afternoon’s series opener against the Chicago Cubs coming off a successful road trip, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in three straight games.  As has been the case all season, though, inconsistent play once again reared its ugly head, and the Pirates stumbled their way to a 6-1 loss at Wrigley Field.

Through the first few innings of this game, it really looked like a slugfest between two pretty bad baseball teams.  Errors and missed opportunities dominated the first few innings, and pitch count was an issue for both starters from the onset today.  Trevor Williams, falling to 3-4 on the season, lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while Eddie Butler gave up four hits and three walks in just four innings of work.

After both te...

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