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Pirates Shut Out By Cubs In Finale

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs played for the 19th and final time in 2018 tonight and in the end, Chicago would take the game and season series with a 3-0 victory.  Pittsburgh didn’t have many chances tonight and the few they did have they could not capitalize.

Trevor Williams made his final start of the season and came one game short from reaching the 15-win plateau.  Instead he would collect his 10th loss of the year after throwing five innings and allowing three runs on eight hits, with four strikeouts and three walks.  Two of those runs came in the second on a David Bote triple to left field.  The final run crossed the plate when Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single to right center in the fourth inning.

The Pirates offense couldn’t do any damage to Jon Lester in his six inn...

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Sloppy Play Dooms Pirates Against Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up the home portion of their 2018 season today, though there is a makeup game scheduled for October 1, and did it in ugly fashion.  Poor pitching and the continuation of wild pitches paved the way for a 13-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.  The wild pitches should be at the top of the list of things to fix during the upcoming offseason.

Nick Kingham started today for Joe Musgrove, who will miss the remainder of the season because of side discomfort, and was terrible on the mound.  He allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks in just 1.1 innings of work.  The bullpen wasn’t much better during their 7.2 innings of action today...

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Pirates Win Fourth Straight, Beat Marlins 5-3

Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have played themselves out of a potential postseason appearance, they are now focusing on a much less impressive but more realistic goal of finishing with a .500 record.  After sweeping the Cincinnati Reds to begin their next to last home stand of the season, the Bucs began this weekend series with a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins.

Chris Archer started for the Pirates tonight, battling his way through six innings.  He was throwing a shutout until one bad pitch in the sixth inning cost him three runs.  In all, he gave up three runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

Pittsburgh took the lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run homerun by Josh Bell.  It was Bell’s ninth homerun of what has been a very difficult season for the Pirates’...

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Pirates Blank Cardinals 2-0

With the Pittsburgh Pirates on their way to missing the postseason for a third straight year, it can be difficult for even the biggest fans to watch games this late into the season.  For those of you who tuned in tonight, you saw some great pitching by Pittsburgh for nine innings as they took game two of this three game series from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Trevor Williams earned the start tonight and worked six solid innings.  During that time, he struck out eight batters, walked three and allowed three hits.  Williams picked up his 11th win tonight and saw his ERA drop to 3.30.  He could be considered the Pirates best starter for this season.

The bullpen would be left to cover the final three innings and they did not disappoint.  Edgar Santana pitched the seventh and struck out one b...

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Pirates Lack Offense In Loss To Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight on a three-game losing streak and welcomed the Chicago Cubs to town for a four-game series.  Pittsburgh had played well against Chicago earlier in the season, but the Cubs have been getting the best of the Pirates as of late and that trend continued tonight when they defeated the Buccos 1-0.

Pitching is what dominated this game.  Pittsburgh sent Ivan Nova to the mound and he would work 6.2 innings.  He would allow one run on seven hits to go with three strikeouts.  That lone run was a solo home run from Ian Happ in the fourth inning.  Richard Rodriguez lasted 1.1 innings and would strikeout all four batters that he faced.  Felipe Vazquez worked the ninth and walked one batter, without allowing a run.

Chicago had Jon Lester start for them and he ...

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Pirates Comeback Falls Short To Giants

There was some controversy prior to the start of tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco GiantsClint Hurdle decided to call up starting pitcher Clay Holmes from AAA to take the mound tonight.  The move was to give the starting rotation an extra day off, but in the middle of trying to lock up a playoff spot the better move would be to send out one of your top five pitchers every day.  The move would back fire for sure in a 13-10 Pittsburgh loss.

Holmes looked bad from the start of this game.  Andrew McCutchen would lead the game off with a solo home run to right field.  San Francisco would score two more runs in the inning and then four more in the third before Holmes night was officially over.  He would only pitch 2...

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Pirates Rout Rockies 10-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their road trip yesterday with a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies.  In fact, the Bucs managed just two hits in the entire game, including a double by their pitcher Joe Musgrove.  Tonight, the bats came alive early and often, as the Pirates went on to an easy 10-2 victory.

Jameson Taillon was solid for Pittsburgh tonight, throwing a complete game, giving up two runs on nine hits.  Chad Bettis really struggled for Colorado tonight, giving up nine runs on eight hits and two walks in 4.2 innings of work.  The Bucs’ offense took off in the fourth and fifth innings, chasing Bettis from the game after it was already out of reach.

Starling Marte’s solo homerun in the top of the first inning gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead before Taillon even threw a pitch...

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Pirates Winning Streak Snapped By Indians

All good things must come to an end and today that meant the Pittsburgh Pirates eleven game winning streak.  Pittsburgh ran into a red-hot pitcher, who quieted the Pirates bats, in route to a 4-0 loss today.  The game may have not been the biggest loss of the day with Starling Marte leaving the game after being hit on the hand by a pitch in the top of the first.

Trevor Bauer started for Cleveland today and he showed why he is an All-Star caliber pitcher.  Bauer worked seven innings allowing only two hits, while striking out ten and walking two batters.  Adam Cimbar collected the first two outs of the ninth before giving way to Brad Hand for the final four outs of the game.  Of those four outs, Hand would collect three of them for strikeouts.

Jameson Taillon was tasked with keeping thi...

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Pirates Win Eighth Straight, Beat Reds 6-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates have not cooled off over the All Star break.  After a five-game series sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers to end the season’s first half, the Bucs have opened the second half with two wins over the Cincinnati Reds.  Tonight, they got another quality start on the mound, and their offense stayed hot as they beat the Reds 6-2 at Great American Ballpark.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh tonight, and was solid on the mound, going into the seventh inning.  He gave up two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings.  A two run homerun by Curt Casali in the seventh ruined Kingham’s shutout bid, but the right-hander still turned in another quality start before Clint Hurdle handed the ball over to the Bucs’ bullpen.

The Pirates took the lead in the third inning on a solo homerun...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Brewers 7-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates are wrapping up a difficult home stand and a disappointing first half of the season with a tough five game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.  But so far in their series against the N.L. Central division leaders, the Pirates have looked like the better team overall.  Tonight, they got a lead early and went on to beat the Brewers 7-3 at PNC Park.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh tonight, improving to 4-4 on the season after giving up three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings.  Edgar Santana and Kyle Crick each had scoreless outings in relief.

The Pirates scored three runs in the first inning to take control of the game early.  Gregory Polanco hit a sacrifice fly to score Corey Dickerson for the game’s first run.  Colin Moran’s single scored Starling Marte,...

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