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Musgrove, Pirates Beat Cubs 3-1

For the third straight night, the starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates held the Chicago Cubs in offense in check.  The difference tonight was that the Bucs’ offense actually scored some runs.  The result was a 3-1 victory for Joe Musgrove and the Pirates.

Musgrove was solid tonight, giving up one run on five hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work.  He won his fifth game of the season, lowering his ERA to 3.31.

The Pirates scored three runs in the second inning, which turned out to be all they would need.  Adam Frazier’s double scored Josh Bell for the game’s first run.  The next two runs scored were manufactured, including Colin Moran’s groundout and Adeiny Hechavarria’s sacrifice fly.  The Bucs led 3-0 after two innings.

The Cubs scored their lone run o...

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Frustrating 5-2 Loss For Pirates

After splitting a four game series against the San Francisco Giants, the Pittsburgh Pirates are wrapping up their road trip with a quick two game series against the Minnesota Twins.  Despite building an early lead tonight, the Bucs gave up three runs in the fourth inning, which would prove to be the difference in a 5-2 loss at Target Field.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through six innings while giving up three runs on seven hits.  His mound opponent, Jake Odorizzi, gave up two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings of work.

The Pirates took the lead with a pair of runs in the second inning.  A double by Francisco Cervelli scored David Freese for the game’s first run.  Later in the inning, Colin Moran grounded out, allowing Josh Bell to score to make it a...

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Pirates Fall Short In Finale With Giants

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants today and fell short in their bid for a series win.  Pittsburgh would get down in a hole, make a comeback, but fall short in a 4-3 loss to finish off this series with a split.  The Pirates needed this one today as they try to maintain pace in the NL Wild Card race.

The Buccos had the lead early when Elias Diaz hit an RBI double to left that scored Josh Bell.  San Francisco tied the game up in the third inning and took the lead for good when they scored two runs in the fourth.  An insurance run for the Giants in the sixth proved to be much needed after Starling Marte would drive in two runs on a double to right in the eighth inning.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh that is as far as the rally would go.

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Williams, Pirates Shut Out Giants 4-0

After a disappointing 13-10 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates desperately needed a strong pitching performance on Saturday.  Trevor Williams delivered for the Bucs in the third game of the weekend series, tossing seven shutout innings as the Pirates beat the Giants by a 4-0 score.

Williams was dominant tonight, earning his tenth victory of the season after giving up just five hits and one walk in seven innings of work.  Keone Kela and Felipe Vazquez each pitched a scoreless inning of relief on the night.

The Pirates didn’t need a lot of offense tonight, but they got more than enough in the third and fourth innings.  A sacrifice fly by Corey Dickerson in the third scored Josh Harrison to put the Bucs on the board at 1-0...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Giants 10-5

Before embarking on their current road trip, the Pittsburgh Pirates were probably hearing rumblings from fans, media, and critics that this trip to Colorado, San Francisco, and Minnesota could very well make or break their season.  After all, they are on the outside looking in at both the N.L. Central Division and N.L. Wild Card playoff pictures, and a strong (or weak) showing on the road could determine just where the final month and a half of the season goes from here.

After taking two of three games against the Colorado Rockies, the Pirates opened their four game weekend series with a 10-5 victory over Andrew McCutchen and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

The Bucs tallied 13 hits as a team, and used two big innings to make this a comfortable win.  Adam Frazier led the way with t...

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Pirates Take Series From Rockies

After a mostly down start to the month of August, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to start this nine-game road trip with a series win over the Colorado Rockies.  Pittsburgh has played well in the Mile-High City their last few trips out, and would need a solid performance by their starter Chris Archer if they wanted to continue this trend.

Archer would only make it through five innings today, but he was able to keep the damage to a minimum.  He would allow two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.  While he hasn’t wowed anyone yet since coming over in a trade, Archer was able to pick up his first win in black and gold.

The Pirates offense got off to a quick start today by scoring two runs in the first inning.  Gregory Polanco hit an RBI double to left center to br...

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Pirates Extend Winning Streak To Eleven Games

It sure has been fun being a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates these past two weeks.  Pittsburgh has been playing great baseball and there is a feeling of hope among the fan base.  At least the ones that aren’t still mad about that one guy being traded out west.  The Pirates would smack three home runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

The offense came out of the gate on fire tonight.  It all started when Starling Marte hit a two-run home run in the first inning.  The onslaught continued in the second when Corey Dickerson hit a two RBI triple to center field.  Dickerson would come around to score on a Marte infield single.  Gregory Polanco finished off the inning with a two-run homer of his own.  The final Bucco runs came in the fifth on a two-run blast by Jos...

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Pirates Win Eighth Straight, Beat Reds 6-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates have not cooled off over the All Star break.  After a five-game series sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers to end the season’s first half, the Bucs have opened the second half with two wins over the Cincinnati Reds.  Tonight, they got another quality start on the mound, and their offense stayed hot as they beat the Reds 6-2 at Great American Ballpark.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh tonight, and was solid on the mound, going into the seventh inning.  He gave up two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings.  A two run homerun by Curt Casali in the seventh ruined Kingham’s shutout bid, but the right-hander still turned in another quality start before Clint Hurdle handed the ball over to the Bucs’ bullpen.

The Pirates took the lead in the third inning on a solo homerun...

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Wild Win, Pirates Complete Sweep Of Brewers

Five game sweeps are a rarity in MLB, mostly because five game series hardly ever happen in the modern game, but it happened today when the Pittsburgh Pirates came back in the tenth inning to win 7-6 over the Milwaukee Brewers.  It was a back and forth game, and an exciting way to head into the four-day All-Star break.

Joe Musgrove made the start today and pitched well through the first seven innings.  He would give up a solo home run to Travis Shaw in the second and an RBI single to Tyler Saladino in the sixth.  Musgrove was roughed up in the eighth and with two outs gave up a three-run triple to Brett Phillips.  His final line was 7.2 innings pitched, allowing five runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and four walks.

The Pittsburgh offense got things started in the third when Core...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Brewers 7-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates are wrapping up a difficult home stand and a disappointing first half of the season with a tough five game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.  But so far in their series against the N.L. Central division leaders, the Pirates have looked like the better team overall.  Tonight, they got a lead early and went on to beat the Brewers 7-3 at PNC Park.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh tonight, improving to 4-4 on the season after giving up three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings.  Edgar Santana and Kyle Crick each had scoreless outings in relief.

The Pirates scored three runs in the first inning to take control of the game early.  Gregory Polanco hit a sacrifice fly to score Corey Dickerson for the game’s first run.  Colin Moran’s single scored Starling Marte,...

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