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Pirates End Season With Victory Over Reds

For a true fan, it is never easy to say goodbye to the boys of summer, but that is what we did today.  The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up the 2018 season this afternoon and did so with a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in ten innings.  Plenty of names were used in the lineup that hadn’t seen much action at the big-league level, but they stepped up to end the season on a high note.

Cincinnati struck first when Billy Hamilton scored on a throwing error by Elias Diaz in the first inning.  They would tack on two more runs in the second inning on a two-run home run from Tim Federowicz.  Pittsburgh finally struck in the fifth with two runs of their own.  Kevin Kramer plated the first run with a sac fly to left.  Jose Osuna would then cross the plate on a wild pitch.

The Reds regained...

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Pirates Blank Cubs At Wrigley

The season may be winding down, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing like a team looking to make a playoff push.  Tuesday night made for another great pitching performance, with some clutch at bats as Pittsburgh would take down the Chicago Cubs by the final of 6-0.  The Pirates are keeping things interesting in the division by defeating the N.L. Central leaders for the second night in a row.

Chris Archer looked like the top of the rotation pitcher the team traded for during his six innings of work on the mound.  He would allow only four hits to go with nine strikeouts and two walks.  People have been critical of Archer, but if he pitches like this in 2019 the Buccos staff could be one of the best in the National League.

The offense got rolling in the second inning when Pablo Reyes hi...

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Brewers Hit Four Homers, Beat Bucs 8-3

After completing a sweep of the Kansas City Royals earlier in the week, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight at PNC Park looking to continue their strong play at home.  Unfortunately, the Bucs’ bullpen struggled tonight, as the Milwaukee Brewers scored six runs in the sixth inning and went on to a comfortable 8-3 victory.

Josh Bell’s solo homerun in the bottom of the first gave the Pirates an early 1-0 lead.  A two-out single by Ryan Braun in the top of the fourth tied the game, but Corey Dickerson blasted a two run homerun in the bottom of the inning to give them a 3-1 lead.

After a two hour 14 minute rain delay, the Brewers came back on the field on fire.  Jesus Guilar doubled home a run in the sixth inning, and scored on a two run homerun by Travis Shaw.  Mike Moustakas

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Pirates Rally Late, Beat Royals 7-6

After playing spoiler over the weekend by taking two of three games against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home for a three game series at PNC Park against the Kansas City Royals.

A back and forth game tonight resulted in a 7-6 victory for the Pirates on the North Shore.

Joe Musgrove started for the Pirates tonight, battling his way through six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.  Rookie Brad Keller gave up four runs on ten hits in six innings for Kansas City.

The Royals took the lead in the third inning on a RBI double by Alex Gordon.  Pittsburgh tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a two out single by Corey Dickerson.

A two run double by Adam Frazier in the fourth inning made it 3-1 Pittsburgh, but the Royals scored four runs in ...

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Pirates Take Series From Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates may not be headed to the postseason this year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a say in who reaches the playoffs.  Today they would defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 and take two of the three games in this series.  Milwaukee is in a battle with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals for the division and I’m sure they weren’t expecting Pittsburgh to hand them two losses over the weekend.

The Pirates offense did all of the scoring through the first eight and a half innings.  Kevin Newman brought home the first run of the game in the second inning on a sac fly to center that scored Corey Dickerson.  Dickerson then drive home Josh Bell in the fourth with a single to left center...

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Pirates Drop Series To Cardinals

After scoring seven runs in an 8-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates would manage five runs in a 11-5 loss tonight.  Both bullpens were hit hard, but the Pittsburgh pen was smacked the hardest.  The loss would also send the Pirates to a series loss with one game remaining.

St. Louis jumped on the board early when Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run home run in the first inning.  The Buccos would cut the lead in half during the fourth on a Corey Dickerson single to right center to score Josh Bell.  The Cardinals plated two more runs in the sixth.  Matt Carpenter would score on a wild pitch, something Pittsburgh leads the league in, and then Jose Martinez scored on a Paul DeJong sac fly.

Another St...

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Cardinals Score Four In Eighth, Beat Pirates 8-7

After a 5-0 home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road for a crucial N.L. Central series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals are in the heat of the wild card playoff race, and the Bucs would look nothing more than to play spoiler against their division rivals.

As has been the case many times over the years, tonight’s game between the Pirates and Cardinals went back and forth, but the Cardinals used a clutch three run homerun to edge the Bucs by an 8-7 score.

Trevor Williams and Adam Wainwright opposed one another on the mound tonight, and each battled his way through five innings of work.  Williams gave up four runs on six hits with six strikeouts, while Wainwright struck out three while giving up four runs on seven hits...

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Pirates Continue To Roll, Take Down Marlins

The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing a good brand of baseball on this six game homestand and that would continue today against the Miami Marlins.  Pittsburgh would use solid pitching and timely hitting to earn a 5-1 victory today at a damp PNC Park.

Ivan Nova was back on the mound today after missing his last start.  It looked like the extra rest did Nova some good during this outing.  He would finish the day pitching six innings allowing three hits to go with nine strikeouts and one walk.  Dovydas Neverauskas pitched a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts, before Nick Kingham would work the final two innings.  Kingham allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

The lone Miami run came when Miguel Rojas scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning...

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Pirates Win Fourth Straight, Beat Marlins 5-3

Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have played themselves out of a potential postseason appearance, they are now focusing on a much less impressive but more realistic goal of finishing with a .500 record.  After sweeping the Cincinnati Reds to begin their next to last home stand of the season, the Bucs began this weekend series with a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins.

Chris Archer started for the Pirates tonight, battling his way through six innings.  He was throwing a shutout until one bad pitch in the sixth inning cost him three runs.  In all, he gave up three runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

Pittsburgh took the lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run homerun by Josh Bell.  It was Bell’s ninth homerun of what has been a very difficult season for the Pirates’...

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Pirates Fall To Cardinals In Finale

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a role reversal tonight after shutting out the St. Louis Cardinals last night.  After a 2-0 victory to even this three-game series, they would lose tonight by the final of 5-0 and drop the series.  Pittsburgh appears to be coasting to the finish of the 2018 season, which makes it even more painful for the fan base.

Trouble started for the Pirates in the third inning when Harrison Bader and John Gant hit back to back solo home runs for St. Louis.  Did you know that Gant was the Cardinals starting pitcher tonight?  Makes it just a little bit more painful.  St. Louis would add another run in the fourth when Paul DeJong hit into a fielder’s choice.  The final two runs of the game came in the fifth when Jose Martinez plated two runs with a single to left.

Joe ...

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