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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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Cubs Score Six In The Ninth, Beat Pirates 9-5

Entering this weekend’s series at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs were both chasing the first place Milwaukee Brewers in the N.L. Central division.  The Pirates had their four game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, but were playing very good baseball entering this evening’s action.

For eight innings, the Pirates played good baseball and held a lead over the Cubs.  But the ninth inning was a complete disaster, as the Cubs rallied for six runs on their way to a 9-5 victory at PNC Park.

Trevor Williams started for the Pirates, giving up three runs on four hits in five innings.  Wade LeBlanc, Daniel Hudson, and Felipe Rivero each pitched a scoreless inning of work.  But Clint Hurdle chose Juan Nicasio to close things down in the ninth, and the Cubs took advantage...

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Pirates Beat Cubs 6-1, Clinch Series Sweep

The Pittsburgh Pirates were reeling as they entered this weekend’s series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Having just been swept by the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park, the Bucs entered the home of the defending World Series champions not playing their best baseball and facing a star-studded starting pitching rotation.

But today ended the same way the previous two games did against the Cubs – with a Pirates victory.  Today, it was Jameson Taillon pitching another incredible game, and the offense surged late as the Bucs beat the Cubs 6-1 to clinch the weekend series sweep.

Taillon turned in another solid start, giving up one run (unearned) on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings...

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Pirates Beat Hendricks, Cubs 4-2

Entering this afternoon’s game, the Pittsburgh Pirates had lost four games in a row, including a heart-breaker in yesterday’s make-up game against the Boston Red Sox, in which they gave up three runs in the bottom of the eighth, eventually losing 4-3 after a base-running blunder in the ninth.

Wrigley Field, home to the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, is probably the last place a struggling team would want to play their next game.  That’s exactly where the Pirates opened up their second road trip of the season today, with the first of a three game series on the North Side.

Today’s matchup at Wrigley featured an enticing pitching matchup, as Gerrit Cole took the mound for the Pirates against Kyle Hendricks for the Cubs...

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