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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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Welcome Back Serpico!

Yesterday afternoon it was reported that Sean Rodriguez had been traded back to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Atlanta Braves for a minor league prospect.  Less than 24-hours later, Rodriguez was back at PNC Park in a Pittsburgh uniform to take on the San Diego Padres.  Serpico would not start the game, but he would be the difference maker at the end of the day.

Jameson Taillon made the start today for the Pirates and he got off to a rocky start.  In the first inning, he would allow a RBI single to Cory Spangenberg and then Spangenberg would cross home plate on a wild pitch.  Taillon would settle down after that to throw 6.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.  This was a much better start than Taillon has had of late.

The Buccos would jump on ...

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McCutchen Hits Three Home Runs In Victory

The Pittsburgh Pirates ended a nine-game road trip today, one that started with a win and ended with a win.  It was the middle seven games of this trip that were very muddied.  The key to today’s 7-1 win over the San Diego Padres was Andrew McCutchen.  McCutchen would go 3-4 on the day with all three of his hits being solo home runs.  The first homer put him at twenty on the year, which is the seventh time in his career he hit twenty or more home runs in a season.  He would also make a great diving catch to end the eighth inning.

McCutchen would hit his first home run of the day in the first inning.  Pittsburgh would not score again until the sixth inning when Jose Osuna hit a two run RBI triple to the right center field gap.  Osuna came in to score one batter later on a Jordy Merce...

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Taillon Beat Up By Giants

The San Francisco Giants are team on pace for 100 losses this season, and yet they seem to know what it takes to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates.  For the fourth time in five chances this season San Francisco has walked away on the right end of the final score.  On Tuesday night that happened to be a 11-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

Jameson Taillon had easily his worst start in a Pirates uniform tonight, which falls in line with a bad outing from Ivan Nova on Sunday.  This is not the time of year that a team in a playoff chase needs to be having bad outings from their best starters.  Taillon allowed ten runs, nine earned, on nine hits to go with one strikeout and one walk in just three innings...

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McCutchen, Mercer Lead Pirates Over Giants

After a disappointing start to this west coast road trip over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to get back on the right track this week in the first of a three game series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.  Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer each hit a three run homerun and the Pirates coasted to a 10-3 victory tonight.

The Bucs did their damage against starter Matt Cain and reliever Josh Osich.  Cain gave up six runs (two earned) on six hits, while Osich gave up four runs on five hits in less than an inning of work.  Gerrit Cole pitched for Pittsburgh, and battled some control issues and had to get himself out of jams, finishing six innings while giving up two runs on six hits.

Pittsburgh took the lead early with two runs in the first inning...

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Pirates Drop Finale and Series To Rockies

After a great win to open this series Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped two straight games to the Colorado Rockies including an ugly 13-3 loss this afternoon.  Two ugly innings did Pittsburgh in, plus while the offense had chances to close the gap they never got a clutch hit.  It also did not help that Ivan Nova had easily his worst start ever in a Pirates uniform.

The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the third, but Colorado changed that in a hurry.  Charlie Blackmon drove in a run with a single to right.  He would then come in to score on a two RBI single by Nolan ArenadoIan Desmond grounded out to plate what would end up being the game winning run.

Nova would leave the game after allowing seven runs on nine hits during five innings of work...

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