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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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Taillon, Mercer Lead Pirates Past Brewers

Tonight, the Pittsburgh Pirates began a five-game series with the division leading Milwaukee Brewers.  Supposedly this is a big series for Pittsburgh in what this team could look like come the trade deadline at the end of the month.  Even with a sweep of Milwaukee the Pirates would be a game below .500, so in my opinion this team should be sellers and look towards the future.

Jameson Taillon looked very good on the mound tonight.  He would pitch six innings, allowing one run on four hits with a career high ten strikeouts, and two walks.  This is the type of outings that the Buccos need out of Taillon if he is the top of the rotation guy we are led to believe.

Jordy Mercer was a man on a mission tonight.  He would get the scoring started with an RBI single to left in the second inning...

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Pirates Take Series From Nationals

It was a beautiful day on the North Shore for a baseball game and at PNC Park that is exactly what you had as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals completed their three-game series today.  If you like pitching and defense then this was the game for you.  One swing of the bat was all that Pittsburgh needed as they defeated Washington today by the final of 2-0.

Trevor Williams started for the Pirates today and worked a total of five innings which saw him throw 81 pitches.  In that time, he gave up four hits, while walking and striking out three batters.  I would like to see a starter work deeper into the game so that the bullpen is rested for when it is needed, but it worked out today.  Gio Gonzalez pitched six innings for the Nationals and allowed two runs on six hits with f...

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Dodgers Rout Bucs 17-1

After winning two consecutive series on the road against the New York Mets and San Diego Padres, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered Monday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers with momentum on their side.  Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse quickly on Monday, as the Dodgers handed the Bucs their worst loss of the season, a 17-1 rout.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh, giving up seven runs (five earned) on eighth hits in three innings of work.  Tanner Anderson gave up six runs (five earned) and Steven Brault gave up four runs in relief.  In fact, Edgar Santana, who pitched the eighth, was the only Bucs’ pitcher to not give up a run.  Yikes.

Alex Wood was solid for Los Angeles tonight, giving up one run on six hits...

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Pirates Can’t Complete Comeback, Padres Win 4-3

After a convincing victory on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates nearly completed a ninth inning comeback on Saturday.  But the rally came up just short in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Trailing 4-1 entering the ninth inning against Padres’ closer Brad Hand, the Pirates erupted for three straight extra base hits, making it a 4-3 game with no outs.  Elias Diaz led off with a double and scored on a double by Austin Meadows.  Gregory Polanco’s triple scored Meadows, cutting the lead to one run with no outs and a runner on third.

Two consecutive flyouts by Jordy Mercer and Jose Osuna should have scored Polanco from third, but Polanco opted not to tag.  Osuna’s fly ball forced the right fielder Hunter Renfroe to crash into the wall along the right field line, but...

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