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Pirates Score Eight In First, Beat Cardinals 11-6

Tonight’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates featured a matchup between two pitchers who have had significant success against each other in the past – Lance Lynn and Gerrit Cole.  Tonight, however, both pitchers struggled, and the Pirates jumped out to a huge early lead and went on to win 11-6 at PNC Park.

Lynn didn’t finish an inning tonight, giving up eight runs on six hits.  Cole earned his 12th win of the season in his final home start of the year, giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings.  This was a long game as most September games are, with the two teams combining to use a total of 14 pitchers.

The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the first on a two run homerun by Tommy Pham.  A two-run single by David Freese tied things up quickly in...

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Cardinals Rally Late, Beat Pirates 4-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off their final home stand of the 2017 season tonight in the first of three against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Bucs have a chance to play spoiler this weekend as the Cardinals are battling for a playoff spot here late in the season.  Unfortunately, after putting themselves in position to take the first game tonight, the Pirates fell apart late and lost 4-3.

Michael Wacha and Ivan Nova opposed each other on the mound tonight, and neither had an outstanding start, each lasting five innings.  Wacha gave up two runs on three hits, while Nova gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits.

The Cardinals scored the game’s first run on a single by Dexter Fowler, bringing Matt Carpenter home to make it a 1-0 advantage...

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Brewers Beat Cole, Pirates 5-2

Gerrit Cole took the mound tonight for the Pittsburgh Pirates looking for another solid start on the road. Unfortunately, he ran into some trouble in the early innings, and the Bucs couldn’t muster a comeback as they fell 5-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers tonight at Miller Park.

Cole battled his way through six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits with ten strikeouts and two walks.  His mound opponent, Brent Suter, gave up two runs on three hits in three innings in a spot start for Milwaukee.

A solo homerun by Eric Thames in the bottom of the second inning put the Brewers in front 1-0.  Jordy Mercer’s groundout in the third tied the game and an RBI single by Jordan Luplow later in the inning gave the Bucs a 2-1 advantage.

The Brewers tagged Cole for four runs in the third inning. 

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Brault, Pirates Blank Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers on a five-game losing streak and struggling in all aspects of the game.  Steven Brault looked to be the stop gap for Pittsburgh and he would have help from his offense in a 7-0 win over Milwaukee.  If the Pirates want finish this season strong, more nights like this would go a long way.

Brault would go on to have the best start of his short Major League career.  He would throw six innings allowing one hit, while striking out six and walking one.  The biggest stat was not allowing a single run.  Brault would even do it with the bat going 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored.  He definitely did it all tonight in leading the charge to victory.

The Buccos would get the offense going immediately in the first in...

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Cardinals Best Pirates Again

Not much to see these days when you tune in to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Losers of three straight games, Pittsburgh was hoping to snap that skid, but the St. Louis Cardinals had no intention of losing at home.  St. Louis would pick up a series win with a 4-3 victory tonight.  The Pirates had their chances to win, but the Cardinals would battle back.

Chad Kuhl was good on the bump tonight and even helped his cause with the bat in the second inning.  He would double home Jordy Mercer for the first run of the game, before coming in to score on an Adam Frazier ground rule double.  Kuhl pitched six innings allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits with five walks and six strikeouts.

St. Louis came back from a 2-0 deficit in their half of the second when Yadier Molina hit a two-run ho...

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Pirates Win Series Over Reds

After a victory last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered today with a chance to take this three-game series from the Cincinnati Reds.  Cincinnati has had their way with Pittsburgh this season, but today’s 3-1 victory gave the Pirates two straight series victories over the division foes.  The Buccos will have one more chance to take a series from the Reds in two weeks.

Trevor Williams was very good once again today.  Williams is not the type of pitcher that is going to overwhelm you with his numbers, but he has been one of the more consistent Pittsburgh starters this season.  He would throw seven innings today allowing zero runs on eight hits, to go with five strikeouts and one walk.

The offense collected five hits today and three of those put runs on the scoreboard...

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Pirates Mauled By Cubs

College football season will be in full swing this weekend, and not a moment too soon.  It will give those of us who follow the Pittsburgh Pirates a chance to hit the reset button and follow our teams in the hopes of a championship.  I say this because in Pittsburgh baseball season is over.  If you weren’t sure before tonight, then the 17-3 beatdown by the Chicago Cubs had to be the assurance you were looking for.

Ivan Nova would last only three innings tonight and in that time, he would allow five runs, four earned, on five hits, to go with five strikeouts and one walk.  Nova has hit a wall and we see why the New York Yankees were willing to trade him last year.  Steven Brault, who has been great in AAA this year, lasted only one inning in relief and gave up four runs on four hits ...

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Cubs Beat Pirates 6-1

After taking two of three from the Cincinnati Reds this weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their N.L. Central road trip against the first place Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Tonight, the Bucs missed plenty of scoring opportunities on offense and played sloppy defense on their way to a 6-1 loss to the Cubs.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through five innings against the high powered Chicago offense.  Williams was tagged with the loss tonight, giving up two runs on six hits.  His mound opponent, Mike Montgomery, pitched very well, giving up one run on six hits in seven innings of work.

An RBI single by Ian Happ in the bottom of the second inning scored Anthony Rizzo to get the Cubs on the board...

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Pirates End Woeful Series With Dodgers

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their season series with the N.L. West and the Los Angeles Dodgers today, and not a moment too soon.  The west beat up on Pittsburgh this year, going ten games under .500.  Los Angeles did they part going 6-1 against the Pirates this year including a 5-2 victory today in the series finale.

Chad Kuhl made the start for the Buccos today and was not very effective during his four innings on the mound.  He would allow two runs on six hits, while walking five and striking out two.  Chris Taylor would drive in the first run with a RBI single to shallow center.  Jordy Mercer would tie the game at one in the second with a bloop single into right field.  Curtis Granderson would break that tie with a solo home run in the fourth.

Kike Hernandez would add to tha...

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One Hit, One Run, One Win For The Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been struggling mightily in the month of August and it has all but taken them out of a shot at the 2017 postseason.  At this point of the year fans just look for memorable moments to ride out the rest of the regular season.   Tonight, was one of those nights and in the end, it would go to Pittsburgh.

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Rich Hill was an absolute machine on the mound tonight.  He had the Pirates offense looking confused for nine straight innings.  During that time, he would strike out ten batters while not allowing a hit.  Of course, anytime a pitcher has a perfect game going he has help from his defense.  Adrian Gonzalaez and Chase Utley would make two spectacular plays to keep the perfect game intact.

Trevor Williams would pitch a very good game ...

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