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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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Flores Defeats Pirates In Extras

There has been a lot of turmoil surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates as of late from fans and media.  A long losing streak at home tends to do that.  A long road trip was hopefully going to be a time for the players and coaches to reset and turn things around.  People were looking up after a win last night, and they were hoping a series win was in order tonight.  That all changed late in the game when the New York Mets pulled out a 4-3 win in ten innings.

Chad Kuhl got off to a rocky start tonight when he gave up two runs in the first inning.  That would come when Wilmer Flores hit a single to left center to score two runs.  Kuhl wasn’t helped by his defense either as Elias Diaz, two errors, and David Freese one error accounted for some blunders...

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Pirates Winning Streak Snapped By Giants

All good things must come to an end and that was the case this Mother’s Day for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After winning their previous five games, they would lose the finale of this three-game series with the San Francisco Giants today 5-0.  One bad inning of pitching, along with an offense that could not muster that one key hit was the reason for the defeat.

Ivan Nova would work 5.2 innings today and was cruising for the first five.  In the sixth though he had a rough go of it that resulted in four runs being charged to him.  Gorky’s Hernandez got things started with a solo home run to left centerfield.  Brandon Crawford was able to plate a run with a double to left centerfield.  Nova would leave with two runners on base and did not walk a batter, while striking out two.

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Four Home Runs Lift Pirates Over Giants

The storyline coming into this weekend series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants was the return of Andrew McCutchen to PNC Park.  McCutchen was a key member of three straight playoff appearances from 2013-15, but all good things must come to an end.  Many thought Pittsburgh would be in turmoil this season, but so far, they have been playing good baseball and that continued tonight in an 11-2 victory.

The Pirates were able to get out of the gate fast tonight with a Starling Marte two run home run in the bottom of the first inning.  That would be key after Jameson Taillon left the game after the third inning with a finger laceration.  Hopefully Taillon does not miss much time, because when he is on top of his game he is by far the best pitcher on the staff.

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Pirates Offense Carries Them To Victory

Interleague play has been kind to the Pittsburgh Pirates so far in 2018.  Tonight, they would begin a short two game series on the road against the Chicago White Sox.  Pittsburgh entered the game four games over .500 against the junior circuit, and with the woes of Chicago’s play so far this year, they had a good chance to improve on that mark.

Early on it did not look like the Pirates would have much of a chance at victory. Ivan Nova was hit early and often in this contest.  He would give up four runs in the first and one in the second.  Nova was lifted after only pitching two innings where he gave up five runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.  Nova has been up and down so far this year, so hopefully his next outing is a good one.

The Buccos offense would quickly get ...

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Pirates Take Series From Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field at PNC Park for final time on a Sunday this season.  They were looking to win their series against the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that is still in the hunt for a playoff spot.  Pittsburgh would use a couple home runs to put St. Louis away to win the game 4-1.

The Cardinals would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run off of Jameson Taillon.  Taillon would pitch five innings today allowing one run on four hits to go with one walk and six strikeouts.  The Pirates would tie the game in their half of the third when Jose Osuna hit a sac fly to left that scored Chris Bostick.

The first of two longballs today for the Buccos would strike in the fifth inning when Starling Marte hit a two-run home run to left cent...

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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 Struggles Against Reds Continue

The Cincinnati Reds have been at the bottom of the N.L. Central division for almost the entire season…and yet, they continue to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.  That trend continued tonight, as the Reds beat the Bucs 9-5 in the first of a three game series at Great American Ballpark.

Ivan Nova struggled tonight, giving up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits in five innings.  His mound opponent, Robert Stephenson, gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out eleven in 5.2 innings of work.

After the Reds took an early 2-0 lead, Stephenson struck out six straight Pirates to begin the game before issuing a leadoff walk to Francisco Cervelli to begin the third inning.  Later in the inning, Adam Frazier came to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second, delivering a RBI s...

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Pirates Fall To Dodgers In Twelve Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight to open a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  This game was back and forth all night, but in the end, it would be Los Angeles who would leave with a victory.  The toughest part of this loss is that Pittsburgh held a three-run lead into the later innings and a managerial decision was a big key to this defeat.

The Pirates offense get off to a hot start tonight and looked to be getting the best of Dodgers starter Alex Wood.  The Buccos would blast back to back solo home runs off the bats of Jose Osuna and Sean Rodriguez.  One inning later Josh Harrison would do the same to give Pittsburgh a three-run lead, their biggest of the night.

Gerrit Cole was pitching a fine game through six innings even though at times he needed some ...

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Pirates Snap Six Game Losing Streak

It has been a rough week for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They entered game three of this four game series with the St. Louis Cardinals on a six-game losing streak and have lost in every way imaginable.  That would change today after a rain delay led to some hot bats and a 6-4 Pittsburgh victory.

The Cardinals struck first when Kolten Wong hit a RBI single to right that scored Jose Martinez.  That would be the lone run that Chad Kuhl would allow today, as he returned from the rain delay to throw five innings and give up three hits, while walking one and striking out six.  The Pirates offense would come to life to ensure Kuhl got the victory.

The Bucco bats would smack three homers on the night.  The first came from Adam Frazier who hit a two-run shot to deep right center.  Elias Diaz would...

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