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Offense Struggles Again, Pirates Lose 4-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ struggles at the plate continued on Wednesday night, as the Seattle Mariners beat them for the second straight game, 4-1, at PNC Park.

Playing without Starling Marte and Josh Bell in their lineup has certainly taken a toll on this offense’s production.  On Wednesday, the Bucs could only manage one run on six hits as a team, and with a young and inexperienced pitching staff that has been taking the mound for the past month, it doesn’t leave much of a chance for this team to win.

Dario Agrazal fell to 4-5 on the season, giving up four runs on six hits, while five relievers were used to complete the final four innings of the game, pitching scoreless ball and giving up just one hit the rest of the way...

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Pirates Rally Comes Up Short Against Giants

The Pittsburgh Pirates faced a familiar foe tonight when Johnny Cueto made his season debut for the San Francisco Giants.  Cueto had been out after recovering from Tommy John surgery.  He has always done well against Pittsburgh, who he has not lost to in the regular season dating back to 2013.  That trend would continue tonight, even with a late Pirates rally.

San Francisco jumped on the board early with three runs in the first inning off of Buccos starter Mitch KellerStephen Vogt got it started when he drove in two runs with a single to shallow right center.  He would then come around to score when Brandon Crawford singled to left center.  Vogt would strike again in the fifth with a two-run home run to right.

Keller had another rough outing, going five innings and allowing five r...

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Six Run Seventh Carry Pirates Over Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates began a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park tonight.  St. Louis is chasing a playoff spot, while Pittsburgh is trying to avoid the division cellar and put a damper on the Cardinals postseason hopes.  Things did not look good for the Pirates through six innings, but a big seventh inning led them to an opening game victory.

Alex McRae made the start tonight for the Buccos and gave them five innings on the night.  He would allow two runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout.  His counterpart Miles Mikolas would also go five innings and allow one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and four walks.

St. Louis got things started in the second on a Tommy Edman two run home run...

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Marlins Rally, Beat Bucs 10-7

Despite falling behind in the first inning, the Miami Marlins rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the rubber match of their three game series by a 10-7 score at PNC Park on Thursday night.

The Pirates scored five runs in the first inning, taking control of the game from the onset.  But the Marlins battled back at the plate and limited the Bucs to just two runs the rest of the way.  The victory game the Marlins’ a series win on the road, while evening the season series Pirates.

A single by Neil Walker in the top of the first gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead, but the Pirates scored five runs in the bottom of the inning.  A homerun by Bryan Reynolds and a double by Pablo Reyes put them in front 3-1, and they were then aided by a throwing error by Isan Diaz which scored the other two run...

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Reynolds Walks If Off In Ninth For Bucs Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates were in need of a bounce back Wednesday night after losing to the Miami Marlins in the later stages to open this series Tuesday.  Pittsburgh would need to summon some magic in the ninth inning after entering the inning trailing by two runs.  Luckily for them they have one of the top rookies in the Major Leagues on their side to carry them to victory.

Miami jumped on the board early when Garrett Cooper hit a ground rule double to right field.  The Pirates countered in the bottom half of the first with a Josh Bell RBI single to center.  The Buccos then took the lead in the fourth when Adam Frazier smacked a triple to right that plated Jacob Stallings.  That lead did not last, as Starlin Castro would give the Marlins the lead back with a two-run home run to right c...

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Pirates Stay Hot, Beat Rockies 11-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense stayed hot on Saturday night, ripping the pitching staff of the Colorado Rockies for the third night in a row on their way to an 11-4 victory.

Joe Musgrove earned the victory (9-12), giving up three runs on eight hits in six innings. The Bucs got to Tim Melville early and often, tagging him for five runs on six hits in two innings of work.

Pittsburgh took control of the game early again on Saturday, as Kevin Newman led off with a solo homerun. A sacrifice fly by Colin Moran later in the inning increased the lead to 2-0, and Newman’s single along with Bryan Reynolds’ double in the second made it 5-0.

After the Rockies added a couple runs to get back in the game, the Pirates responded in the fourth on solo homeruns by Josh Bell (35) and Jose Osuna (10)...

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Pirates Offense Remains Hot Against Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates took on the Colorado Rockies Friday night in game two of this four game series.  For Pittsburgh it was another night of hot bats, as the Pirates went on to defeat Colorado 9-4.  The Buccos bullpen had a good night as well, keeping the Rockies offense in check over the final four innings.

Pittsburgh started the scoring on the night when Colin Moran hit an RBI single into left center field in the first inning.  The Rockies countered in the bottom half of the inning on a Trevor Story solo homer to left field.  Pirates starter Dario Agrazal would give his team the team the lead back in the second with a sac fly to right.

Agrazal gave the Buccos five innings on the night, allowing three runs on nine hits with two strikeouts...

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Pirates Exit Philadelphia With Loss

Tonight marked the final time in 2019 that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies would partake in their instate rivalry.  Pittsburgh did not have a good time in this final game, as Philadelphia used a big fifth inning to earn a 12-3 victory.  The win also gave the Phillies a four to two edge in the season series.

Mitch Keller continued his rocky first season in the big leagues tonight.  He would only make it through four innings after being yanked in the fifth without recording an out.  During that time, he would allow eight runs on eleven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.  Keller is the Pirates top pitching prospect, so hopefully the rest of this season is a learning curve for him to get better in time for the 2020 season.

There wasn’t much offense tonight by the Bu...

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Pirates Complete Sweep, Beat Reds 9-8

The Pittsburgh Pirates completed the weekend sweep of the Cincinnati Reds this weekend with a 9-8 victory in a wild game at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon.

While the Pirates have had a nightmare of a season, they have played well against the Reds.  That trend continued today, as the Bucs improved to 11-5 against Cincy this year with the one-run victory, capping the series sweep this weekend.

Neither starter, Trevor Bauer for Cincinnati or Dario Agrazal for Pittsburgh, pitched well, as it was all about the offense on Sunday.  Agrazal did get the win (3-3), while Felipe Vazquez tallied his 23rd save of the season.

The Pirates fell behind early in this one, as the Reds scored three runs in the top of the first inning...

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Pirates Pound Reds 14-0

Football season is among us and the Pittsburgh Pirates got into the spirit by putting up two touchdowns in a 14-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds tonight.  Pittsburgh used two home runs and a stellar start from Trevor Williams to dominate Cincinnati.  The only thing uglier than the Reds performance may have been the dreadful “Players Weekend” jerseys.

Williams worked a strong six innings tonight, allowing three hits with three strikeouts and one walk.  He has dominated Cincinnati during his career and that didn’t change this evening.  The Pirates bullpen also pitched well in three innings of relief.  Richard Rodriguez, Kyle Crick, and Parker Markel each worked an inning and combined to give up four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

The Buccos offense came to life in the ...

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