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Williams, Mercer Lead Pirates To Victory

Sporting events with the final of 1-0 are usually reserved for soccer.  With the World Cup currently underway, it looked the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers were getting in the spirt of futbol when one run was all either of these teams could muster tonight.  Luckily the guys in black were the ones who collected that run to open this three-game series.

Both starting pitchers were fantastic tonight.  Trevor Williams worked seven strong innings for Pittsburgh allowing only one hit to go along with seven strikeouts and two walks.  Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin worked 6.1 innings allowing one run on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Chacin exited the game with runners on first and second when Josh Hader entered the game.  Hader would strike out Gregory Polanco before ...

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Pirates Open Homestand With Victory Over Reds

It was exactly one month ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates season took an ugly turn.  Pittsburgh would lose to the San Diego Padres that night and then go on to lose 17 of their next 25 games.  Skids like that can definitely take a toll on team, but with over three months remaining in the season all hope has not been lost.  After ending their road trip on Wednesday with a win the Pirates looked to build on that tonight in game one of a ten game homestand.

They would come back to PNC Park to open a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds.  Cincinnati may be the only Central Division team looking up at the Buccos at the moment, but they always play them tough.  That would be no different tonight, as after a back and forth game Pittsburgh would prevail with a 3-2 victory.

The Pirates ha...

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Pirates Avoid Sweep, Take Down Diamondbacks

Nothing ever comes easy for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After two ugly losses while most of us were asleep the past two nights, Pittsburgh squeaked out a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks today to wrap up this three-game series and six game road trip.

Early on things did not look good for the Pirates.  Arizona took a two-run lead when David Peralta hit a two-run homer off of Jameson Taillon.  Upon review the ball actually bounced out of Austin Meadow’s glove and then over the fence.  Taillon settled in after that to pitch seven innings allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

The Buccos bats would come to life in the second to score four runs.  Josh Bell would get things started with a double to left that scored Colin MoranJordy Mercer would then hi...

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Pirates Fall Behind Early, Lose 13-8

It was another tough night for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  In the first game of this series on Monday night, the Bucs jumped out to a five run lead before losing it late.  Tonight, they fell behind by eight runs and their comeback rally fell short, as the D-Backs held on for a 13-8 victory.

Trevor Williams took the loss for Pittsburgh (5-4), no thanks to sloppy defense behind him.  He was tagged with eight runs (three earned) on six hits in just three innings of work.  After a solid start to the season, Williams, like the rest of this team, has fallen on hard times.

Arizona scored six runs in the first inning to put the Pirates in a huge hole.  A fielding error by Josh Bell allowed Jon Jay to score on a Jake Lamb ground ball.  A single by John Ryan Murph...

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Pirates Avoid Sweep, Defeat Cubs 7-1

It has been well documented on how rough things have been for the Pittsburgh Pirates for the past few weeks.  Today felt like the first time in a long time that they played a near perfect game as a team.  I say near perfect, because the defense committed two errors on the day.  A strong pitching performance by Ivan Nova and the bullpen, along with some clutch hits, gave Pittsburgh a much-needed victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Nova made his first start since coming off the DL with a finger injury.  He would pitch 5.2 innings allowing one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.  More outings from Nova like this is exactly what the Pirates need if they want to get back in playoff contention.

The bullpen was lights out today.  Edgar Santana worked 1...

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Pirates Blanked In Series Opener By Dodgers

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight to begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Pittsburgh has been playing terribly as of late, while Los Angeles has struggled since their World Series loss last year.  This looked to be an opportune time for the Pirates to right the ship, but the Dodgers played a great all-around game to defeat the Buccos 5-0.

Joe Musgrove started for Pittsburgh tonight and had the worst outing during his short time in a Pirates uniform.  Musgrove would allow four runs, three earned, on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.  Giving up the long ball is what hurt him most while on the mound.  Joc Pederson would hit a two-run homer in the second, while Yasiel Puig cranked a solo shot in the fourth.

That lone unearned run came when C...

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Pirates Blow Three Run Ninth Inning Lead In Loss To Cardinals

One day after Felipe Vazquez shut the door to hold on to a one run victory over the Chicago Cubs, he would blow a three-run lead and give up five runs in a 10-8 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has been down right awful lately, but tonight hurt more since Pittsburgh overcame a four run and one run deficit to take a three-run lead into the bottom of the ninth.

St. Louis came out swinging in this game.  They would plate four runs in the first inning off of Pirates starter Trevor Williams.  Williams was able to settle in after that and pitch five innings allowing five runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Buccos started to chip away at that four-run lead in the second when Jordy Mercer hit an RBI single to left center field...

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Musgrove, Pirates Beat Cardinals 8-1

After a disappointing series in Cincinnati, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home to PNC Park for the first of a three game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Joe Musgrove made his Pirates debut on the mound tonight, marking the first time to suit up since being dealt to Pittsburgh in the Gerrit Cole trade with the Houston Astros over the offseason.  Tonight, Musgrove tossed a gem, and the Pirates offense came alive, as they coasted to an 8-1 victory.

Musgrove was dominant tonight, needing just 67 pitches to make it through seven innings of shutout baseball.  He scattered five hits, striking out seven without walking a batter.  Michael Feliz gave up a run in the eighth and Kyle Crick pitched a scoreless ninth in relief.

This was a pitchers’ duel through the first five inni...

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It Takes 12 Innings, But Pirates Snap Losing Streak

Baseball is a long and tedious season filled with highs and lows.  It can be tough for fans not to take those highs and lows to the extreme, which is exactly what Pittsburgh Pirates fans have done during this four-game losing streakIt would take some free baseball to decide a winner tonight, and in the end the Cincinnati Reds would leave the ballpark with another mark in the loss column.

Pittsburgh jumped out to an early lead when Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run home run to deep left field in the first inning.  That lead would grow by one in the fifth when Corey Dickerson hit an RBI single to center field that drove in Josh HarrisonChad Kuhl would even get in on the scoring in the sixth when a hard bunt got past the pitcher’s mound to bring in Austin Meadows.

Kuhl pitched very...

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Pirates Come Back, Blow Lead, Drop Series To Padres

The key to any successful baseball season is winning series from teams who on paper are inferior to yours.  That did not happen this weekend for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After winning game one of this four game series Thursday, they would drop the next three to the San Diego Padres, a team that currently sits eight games under .500.

Pittsburgh would jump out to a one run lead in the third when Francisco Cervelli hit a sac fly to center field to score Trevor Williams.  That lead would not hold up since San Diego would take a one run lead in the fourth on a two-run homer from Christian Villanueva.  The Padres then put up two more runs in the fifth to increase that lead to three.  Freddy Galvis would score on a ground out, which was followed by A.J. Ellis scoring on a sacrifice bunt.

Tre...

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