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Cubs Spoil Cole’s Outing, Beat Bucs 1-0

Tonight, Gerrit Cole pitched one of the best games of his career.  Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Pirates offense couldn’t support him with even a single run.  The Chicago Cubs scored a run in the top of the ninth and went on to beat the Bucs 1-0 at PNC Park.

Cole was dominant tonight, giving up just two hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work.  His mound opponent, Jose Quintana, gave up six hits and a walk in six innings of work.

The Pirates’ best chance to score came in the bottom of the sixth, as Andrew McCutchen and David Freese led off with back to back singles.  But Jose Osuna grounded into a double play, and Sean Rodriguez grounded into a force out to end the inning quickly.

The Cubs scored the game’s lone run in the top of the ninth inning...

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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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Pirates Avoid Sweep, Beat Cubs 6-5

After two very frustrating games at PNC Park this week against the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight looking to avoid a series sweep and salvage a game against their N.L. Central foes.

Tonight, the Pirates offense finally came alive, jumping out to an early lead and holding on to win by a 6-5 score.

The final game of this week’s series featured an interesting pitching matchup:  Jon Lester took the mound for Chicago, who is known as one of the best big-game pitchers in baseball, and Tyler Glasnow, the young arm for the Bucs who is still getting his feet wet in the Majors.

Neither starter was very sharp tonight, as Lester gave up 5 runs on 10 hits through 5.2 innings, while Glasnow gave up three runs on six hits and four walks in 3.1 innings.

The Pirates took the...

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Pirates Waste Great Start By Cole

Not much to say about tonight’s 1-0 loss by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Chicago CubsGerrit Cole pitched like an ace, an error in the second led to the lone run, and the offense couldn’t muster a timely hit.  The only thing consistent about this team is that they seem to find a new way to lose each night.

Cole was brilliant tonight and if he pitched for any of the other 29 Major League teams, he would have walked away with a win.  He would throw seven innings allowing one unearned run on two hits, to go with eight strikeouts and zero walks.  This is the Gerrit Cole the fan base wanted and when he shows up, his own teammates can’t have his back.

Alan Hanson was starting at second tonight, because everyone else is either suspended, stuck in South Korea, or on the DL...

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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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Buccos Battle Back To Down Cubs 8-7

After going 4-14 against the Chicago Cubs last season the Pittsburgh Pirates knew that they had to be better against the reigning champions this year if they had any chance to contend.  A win yesterday was a great way to start this series, and after a rocky start today Pittsburgh battled back with the long ball to pick up an 8-7 victory and clinch the weekend series.

The talk coming into today was how would Tyler Glasnow pitch.  He was awful in his first start of the year and while today wasn’t much better, there were some signs of improvement.  First off, he managed to last five innings, which saved the bullpen, would walk two, strikeout seven, and of the six runs given up only four were earned...

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Bell’s Grand Slam Highlights Pirates 12-6 Victory

It was a memorable night on the North Shore tonight for Josh Bell and the Pittsburgh Pirates, as they beat the Chicago Cubs 12-6 at PNC Park.

Bell, called up on Friday from Triple A Indianapolis, hit a grand slam in his second career at bat in front of a capacity crowd at PNC Park, giving the Pirates some much needed insurance in a wild night against their N.L. Central rivals.

It was a crazy night at the ballpark, as the two teams combined for 18 runs on 23 hits, using a total of ten pitchers.  Jon Lester and Chad Kuhl both struggled in their starts, lasting just three and 2.1 innings respectively.  Lester gave up five runs on four hits with three walks while Kuhl gave up four runs on seven hits.  Arquimedes Caminero got the win tonight, while Jared Hughes earned a three-inning save for...

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Pirates Fall Below .500 With Loss To Cubs

After losing two of three games against the New York Mets, this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered this afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs with a 33-33 record.  Yes, a .500 record.  A few years ago, this would have been something to celebrate.  Now, as they took the field against the N.L. Central leading Cubbies with their ace, Jake Arrieta, on the mound, the Bucs were on the brink of letting this season get away from them.

Unfortunately it was more of the same today for the Pirates, as they couldn’t find a way to push a run across the board against Arrieta, and they fell behind early on their way to a 6-0 loss.

Things certainly didn’t get off to a good start for Francisco Liriano and the Bucs in the bottom of the first inning...

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