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Lester, Cubs Beat Pirates 2-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs are heading in opposite directions…fast.  After a 3-1 victory yesterday at Wrigley Field, the Cubs continued their red-hot play with a 2-0 win over the lifeless Bucs.  Jon Lester was dominant and the Cubs offense did enough to cruise to a fourth straight win.

The Pirates have now lost 16 of their last 21 games and, yes, today’s loss clinched their seventh straight series defeat.  They are in a freefall right now and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.

Over the past few years, Lester has struggled against the Pirates.  But today, he was in complete control, giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out five in seven innings.  He improved his record to 7-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.22 for the season.

Nick Kingham fell to 2-3 ...

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Cubs Beat Bucs 3-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates are reeling.  Today, after a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Bucs have lost 15 of their last 20 games and are a game under .500.

The Cubs, meanwhile, are a season high 12 games over .500, having won 10 of their last 12 games, while outscoring their opponents 60-32 in that span.

Mike Montgomery was outstanding on the mound for Chicago, giving up one run on seven hits in six innings of work.  Ian Happ made a trio of fantastic catches, including one to end the game, helping Pedro Strop earn his first save of the season.

Chad Kuhl fell to 4-4 on the season after giving up three runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings.  He struck out six batters while walking two, with his ERA sitting at 3.95 on the season.

The Pirates took the lead early with a run in the...

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Bullpen Struggles Continue, Pirates Lose 7-0

Entering this afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates had lost three straight series, two against N.L. Central opponents.  There have been many factors that have contributed to the team’s struggles, but at the top of the list has certainly been the bullpen.  Today, the bullpen woes continued, turning a close game into a blowout, as the Pirates lost to the Cubs by a 7-0 score.

The Bucs have lost three straight games, after dropping the final two games against the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend.  Chad Kuhl took the loss today (4-3), although he pitched very well against a potent Chicago offense.  He gave up one run on four hits through six innings, walking four and striking out five.  The Pirates couldn’t solve Kuhl’s mound opponent, M...

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Pirates Spoil Cubs’ Home Opener With 8-5 Victory

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the more surprising teams in Major League Baseball so far this season.  Entering today’s game against the Chicago Cubs, the Bucs owned a 7-2 record and were sitting atop the N.L. Central division.  The Cubs, favored by most to win the division against this year, were playing at Wrigley Field for the first time in 2018, and the Pirates spoiled the home opener by beating their divisional foes by an 8-5 score.

Ivan Nova earned his first victory of the season (1-1), giving up three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in seven innings of work.  His mound opponent, Tyler Chatwood, took the loss (0-2) after giving up five runs on nine hits in five innings.  Felipe Vasquez earned his fourth save of the season by getting the final out of the eighth and shu...

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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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