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Pirates Finish Road Trip 1-8

It appears that the Pittsburgh Pirates have zoned out on what is left of the 2017 season.  For proof of that look no further than their being swept by the Cincinnati Reds.  Cincinnati has dominated Pittsburgh all season, so while the loss is not a surprise, it just shows that this Pirates team has no heart to finish the remainder of the season on a high note.

Gerrit Cole pitched well through the first five innings today, but hit a wall in the sixth.  Cole would give up four runs on three hits, with six strikeouts and four walks.  Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett would each hit two run homers to send Cole to the showers.  Daniel Hudson would finish off the inning, but not before he allowed a RBI triple to Tucker Barnhart.

Jack Leathersich would pitch the seventh inning, striking out ...

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Bucs Snap Skid, Beat Reds 5-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates earned a much needed victory tonight over the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park.  With some solid pitching a timely homerun, the Bucs snapped their four game losing streak with a 5-0 victory.

Jameson Taillon pitched a solid game for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up three runs and one walk in six innings of shutout baseball, while A.J. Schugel, Daniel Hudson, and Felipe Rivero each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

The Bucs and Reds were in a pitchers’ duel until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Starling Marte singled home John Jaso to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.  Jordan Luplow’s second career hit, and first MLB homerun, in the bottom of the eighth scored three runs to give the Bucs a 4-0 lead, and they would add another run later in that inning to go on to a ...

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Reds Beat Cole, Bucs 7-3

It’s becoming extremely difficult to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The downward spiral of the 2017 season continued tonight for the Bucs, who fell to the Cincinnati Reds by a 7-3 score at PNC Park.

Gerrit Cole made the start for Pittsburgh tonight against Luis Castillo for the Reds.  After pitching a shutout last weekend against Cincinnati, Cole struggled tonight, giving up five runs on six hits in six innings.  Castillo only made it through four innings, giving up two runs on three hits.

Things started out poorly for Cole and the Pirates immediately.  Billy Hamilton led off with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error by Chris Stewart.  After Zack Cozart walked, Joey Votto doubled off the wall to score the game’s first run.  Adam Duvall’s two run dou...

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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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Pirates Hold On For Series Win Over Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a three game road series with the Cincinnati Reds today and in the process, took two of three from Cincinnati.  That is no small feat, considering all of the struggles that Pittsburgh has had with the Reds this year.  Jameson Taillon was not at his best today, but the offense came through enough times to lead the way to a 5-2 victory.

Taillon would only last four innings today and give up two runs, one earned, on five hits, to go with four walks and four strikeouts.  A sac fly in the second by Scott Schebler scored Scooter Gennett to give Cincinnati a 1-0 lead.  Gennett would score Zack Cozart in the fifth inning for their only other run of the game.

The Buccos offense would finally strike in the fourth when John Jaso drove in two runs with a double to...

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Pirates Struggles Against Reds Continue

The Cincinnati Reds have been at the bottom of the N.L. Central division for almost the entire season…and yet, they continue to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.  That trend continued tonight, as the Reds beat the Bucs 9-5 in the first of a three game series at Great American Ballpark.

Ivan Nova struggled tonight, giving up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits in five innings.  His mound opponent, Robert Stephenson, gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out eleven in 5.2 innings of work.

After the Reds took an early 2-0 lead, Stephenson struck out six straight Pirates to begin the game before issuing a leadoff walk to Francisco Cervelli to begin the third inning.  Later in the inning, Adam Frazier came to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second, delivering a RBI s...

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Taillon Struggles Again, Pirates Lose 8-5

After a heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight looking to even the score in the second game of this four game series on the North Shore.  Unfortunately, the Dodgers jumped out to an early lead, and their high powered offense eventually outlasted the Pirates for an 8-5 victory.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh and once again struggled mightily throughout his outing.  He lasted just five innings, giving up five runs on five hits and five walks with just one strikeout.  His ERA now sits at 4.85 on the season.  Meanwhile, his mound opponent, Brock Stewart, had a difficult evening as well – two innings, five runs on four hits with four walks.

The Dodgers took the lead on Taillon and the Pirates in the top o...

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Bullpen Falters, Pirates Lose 7-6

The Pittsburgh Pirates are fading fast in the race for the N.L. Central division title.  After losing their second straight game to the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at Miller Park, the Pirates are now four games under .500 and are drifting further behind their division rivals.

Gerrit Cole and Jimmy Nelson battled their way through trying starts this afternoon, each earning a no-decision.  Cole gave up four runs on five hits (including three homeruns) in six innings, while Nelson gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work.

The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the very first inning.  After singling to lead off, Starling Marte advanced to third when Nelson attempted to pick him off first base, throwing the ball away.  Later in the inning, Josh Bell h...

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Pirates Back To .500, Beat Blue Jays 4-2

This Pittsburgh Pirates team just doesn’t quit battling.  After taking three of four games in a home and home matchup against the Detroit Tigers, the Bucs continued their road trip by winning the first of a three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, at Rogers Centre.

Jameson Taillon took the mound for the Pirates against Marcus Stroman for the Toronto.  Taillon improved to 7-5 on the season, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings.  As for Stroman, the Blue Jays’ hurler was solid tonight, but his defense behind him was mediocre at best.  None of the four runs he gave up were earned, while he surrendered just four hits in eight innings of work.

Toronto scored the game’s first run on a Kevin Pillar sacrifice fly in the second inning...

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Pirates Blank Tigers To Open Series

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers began their annual interleague series tonight at PNC Park.  Pittsburgh has had more downs than ups when it comes to playing the American League this year, but Detroit has not been playing up to par either.  This four-game series would be another chance for the Pirates to keep pace for a potential playoff spot.

Trevor Williams had a fantastic start tonight for the Buccos.  He would throw seven shutout innings, while striking out five, walking two, and allowing only one hit.  Williams has been impressive for much of the season and could be earning a spot in the rotation for years to come.  His mound opponent Jordan Zimmermann was good too.  Zimmermann pitched seven innings allowing three runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Th...

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