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Musgrove, Hayes Lead Pirates To 8-0 Victory

Joe Musgrove threw seven shutout innings and Ke’Bryan Hayes had five hits to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-0 lead over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.

After a horrible start to the season, Musgrove has finished up strong in 2020, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters in his seven innings, earning his first victory of the year and lowering his ERA to 3.86.

As for Hayes, he continues to impress in his short stint in the majors so far.  He went 5-5 with three runs scored on Saturday night, improving his average to .370 for the season.

Pittsburgh took the lead in the first inning on a RBI single by Colin Moran.  A solo homerun by Jose Osuna in the second made it 2-0, and a single by Josh Bell and a two run homerun by Bryan Reynolds put t...

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Pirates Win Final Home Game, Beat Cubs 7-0

While it has been a disastrous season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they finished the home schedule on a high note – a 7-0 blowout victory over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh and was dominant on the mound this afternoon.  He gave up just two hits and three walks in seven innings of work.  He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a double off the wall by Anthony Rizzo.  Still, it was a tremendous way for Kuhl to finish off his 2020 campaign.

The Pirates used the long ball to take control of this baseball game.  A solo homerun in each of the first three innings put the Bucs in front.  Colin Moran’s solo homer in the first scored the game’s first run, followed by dingers from Bryan Reynolds and Adam Frazier.

A single by Frazier in the four...

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Pirates Snap Streak, Beat Cardinals 5-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, snapping their eight game losing streak with a 5-1 victory at PNC Park.

The Bucs have won four straight games against the Cardinals this season.  They are 4-2 against their division rivals, and 11-32 against everyone else.

Steven Brault was magnificent on the mound for Pittsburgh, earning his first victory of the season while pitching a complete game.  He gave up just one run on two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.  In a year that has been mauled by awful pitching, this was a sight for sore eyes for all Pirates fans.

The Cardinals scored their lone run of the game in the third inning on a RBI single by Tommy Edman.  Pittsburgh responded in the fourth inning, taking control of the game with four runs...

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Pirates Swept By Reds In Doubleheader

After losing game one 3-1, the Pittsburgh Pirates would drop game two of their doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds by the final of 9-4.  Pittsburgh held the lead twice during this game, but as the story of much of 2020 has been, the pitching could not hold onto that lead.

Colin Moran gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the first inning after hitting a double to left field that brought around Adam Frazier.  Moran should have scored on a Josh Bell single to left, but did not cross home plate prior to Bell being tagged out at second.  Cincinnati was able to take a 2-1 lead in the second when Brian Goodwin homered to deep left field.

Joey Votto did what Joey Votto does to the Buccos, go yard.  He would hit a solo homer to right field to give the Reds a two-run lead...

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Pirates Blown Out, Swept By Royals

The quest for the number one draft pick continues to roll on for the Pittsburgh Pirates and up to this point the journey has been a successful one.  Today they were crushed by the Kansas City Royals by the final of 11-0.  The loss also gave Kansas City a sweep of Pittsburgh in this three-game series.

Chad Kuhl started for the Pirates today, and in what has become a trend with the rotation the past couple weeks, was terrible.  Kuhl allowed nine runs on four hits, with six walks and five strikeouts in just 2.1 innings of work.  I don’t know what the plans are for the starting rotation in 2021, but Kuhl can not be a figure that anyone would be excited to see in that rotation.

The Royals countered with Brad Keller...

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Royals Beat Williams, Pirates 7-4

Trevor Williams was roughed up on the mound as the Kansas City Royals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 in the second game of their weekend series.

Williams fell to 1-7 on the season, giving up six runs on ten hits in five innings of work.  The bullpen pitched relatively effectively for the final four innings of the game, but the damage had already been done.

The Royals used a total of six pitchers on the night, including starter Carlos Hernandez, who lasted 3 innings, as well as Kyle Zimmer, who earned his first MLB win.

A solo homerun by Whit Merrifield in the bottom of the first gave the Royals a 1-0 lead, but the Pirates answered with a pair of solo homeruns, one from Josh Bell and one from Bryan Reynolds, in the top of the second.  After Adam Frazier homered in the top of the ...

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Royals Win 4th Straight, Beat Pirates 4-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ struggles against the American League continued on Friday night with a 4-3 los to the Kansas City Royals.  The loss dropped the Bucs to 14-28 on the season, while the Royals improved to 18-28.

Steven Brault fell to 0-3 on the season, giving up three runs on five hits with three walks in his four innings on the mound.  Royals’ starter Kris Bubic earned his first MLB win, giving up one run on six hits in five innings of work.

Kansas City jumped out on top early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take control of the game.  A solo homerun by Adalberto Mondesi got them on the board, and a single by Maikel Franco increased the lead to 2-0.  A wild pitch by Brault later in the inning made it a 3-0 score after the first inning.

Jacob Stal...

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Newman Walks It Off Again For Pirates

After an off day on Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action Tuesday and welcomed the Chicago White Sox to PNC Park for a short two game series.  When these two teams met in the Windy City a couple weeks ago, Chicago easily dispatched Pittsburgh in both games of the series.  Tonight, however, the Pirates battled back and walked it off for a 5-4 victory.

Joe Musgrove was on the mound for the Buccos tonight and was limited to just four innings of work while still recovering from a triceps injury.  During those four innings he gave up three hits, walked two and struck out five.  The White Sox countered with Dylan Cease.  Cease worked five innings allowing two runs on five hits with two strikeouts.

The White Sox got the scoring started in the fifth when Yoan Moncada hit an RBI ...

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Pirates Walk Off, Beat Reds 3-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds and earn a series split at PNC Park this afternoon.

Despite the horrific 2020 season, the Pirates have actually held their own against their N.L. Central division opponents, including the Reds, and after today’s victory, they are 3-3 on the year against them.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh today, giving up two runs on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts in three innings of work.  The two teams combined to use 11 pitchers, including Richard Rodriguez for the Bucs, who earned his first victory of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

A two-run homerun by Nick Castellanos in the top of the third inning scored Joey Votto to give the Reds a 2-0 lead...

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Bell, Polanco Power Bucs Past Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates got back into the win column on Sunday afternoon, thanks to a pair of homeruns and some strong pitching, beating the Milwaukee Brewers by a 5-1 score at Miller Park.

Gregory Polanco’s solo homerun in the top of the second inning gave the Bucs the lead early, but Keston Hiura’s RBI single tied the game after three.

A two run homerun by Josh Bell, which hit the hood of a car in the parking lot, gave the Bucs a 3-1 lead.  After adding a run in the fifth, the Pirates added another insurance run in the seventh on a RBI single by Adam Frazier.  The bullpen held on for a 5-1 win.

Pittsburgh handed Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff his third loss of the season, as he gave up four runs on four hits with three walks in five innings.  Steven Brault started for th...

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