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Pirates Have No Answers For Cubs

Tonight, marked the final time in 2017 that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs would do battle on the diamond.  With the series squared away at nine games apiece, a win tonight would give the winner bragging rights for the season.  After a quick downpour delayed the start, Chicago quickly got to work and never looked back in an 8-2 victory.

Jameson Taillon had another rough outing tonight.  He would only last 4.2 innings, allowing six runs on eleven hits to go with three strikeouts and one walk. I think it is time to shut Taillon down for the year.  He has not looked good lately and the mid-season cancer scare had to take it out of him both physically and mentally.

The Pittsburgh bullpen did alright tonight during their 4.1 innings.  Angel Sanchez gave up two runs on one hit duri...

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Blown Lead Sends Pirates To 5th Straight Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight coming off an ugly 2-5 road trip.  Awaiting their return were the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pittsburgh and St. Louis have played each other back and forth all year and both teams are still in the mix for a division crown.  The Cardinals would overcome a four-run deficit to take game one of the four game series by the final of 11-7.

Jameson Taillon made the start for the Pirates and only made it through five innings.  He would allow four runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.  Taillon sure hasn’t looked much like the dominant pitcher he was at the beginning of the season and fatigue may be playing a part in that.  The Buccos would hold a one run lead when he left the game.

St. Louis would send Adam Wainwright to the ...

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Pirates Continue Slide Out Of Playoffs

Well folks I think it is time to pull the plug on the 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates and whatever remaining hope the fan base had at another playoff berth.  Pittsburgh dropped their third straight game after falling to the Milwaukee Brewers tonight by the final of 3-1.  The loss drops them another game down in the race for the division crown.

Ivan Nova was the starter for the Pirates tonight and he had a decent outing, with a few bad breaks.  Nova pitched six innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks.  The three walks were the most he has had in one game while playing with the Buccos.  The first run came on a fielder’s choice, after Josh Bell threw a ball over Jordy Mercer’s head trying to turn a double play, which loaded the bases.

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Army Veteran Silences Pirates

Today marked a first in baseball history, as a graduate of West Point pitched in a Major League game.  That distinction went to Chris Rowley.  Rowley stifled the Pittsburgh Pirates today and was a key factor in the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 victory.  Rowley is a First Lieutenant in the United State Army, and after two years of serving his country picked up a win in his big-league debut.

Rowley threw 5.1 innings allowing one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.  He began the year in AA, so for a guy to work his way to the Majors in one season shows what kind of pitcher Toronto thinks he is.  Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams was not at his best today during his six innings on the mound...

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Welcome Back Serpico!

Yesterday afternoon it was reported that Sean Rodriguez had been traded back to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Atlanta Braves for a minor league prospect.  Less than 24-hours later, Rodriguez was back at PNC Park in a Pittsburgh uniform to take on the San Diego Padres.  Serpico would not start the game, but he would be the difference maker at the end of the day.

Jameson Taillon made the start today for the Pirates and he got off to a rocky start.  In the first inning, he would allow a RBI single to Cory Spangenberg and then Spangenberg would cross home plate on a wild pitch.  Taillon would settle down after that to throw 6.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.  This was a much better start than Taillon has had of late.

The Buccos would jump on ...

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Pirates Continue Struggles Against Lowly Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates have not played well this season against teams currently in last place.  That trend continued tonight as they lost their second game of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds by the final of 5-2.  The loss dropped Pittsburgh’s record against last place clubs to 7-15.  Tonight’s loss was the result of Cincinnati home runs and the Pirates not being able to find enough timely hits.

Trevor Williams had a short outing tonight, but was effective during his 5.1 innings.  He would allow two runs on six hits to go along with six strikeouts and two walks.  Williams was lifted from the game after allowing the bases to be loaded.  He was replaced by Daniel Hudson who walked in a run and struck out a batter.

The Buccos would finally show some signs in the sixth...

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