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Pirates Avoid Sweep, Take Down Diamondbacks

Nothing ever comes easy for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After two ugly losses while most of us were asleep the past two nights, Pittsburgh squeaked out a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks today to wrap up this three-game series and six game road trip.

Early on things did not look good for the Pirates.  Arizona took a two-run lead when David Peralta hit a two-run homer off of Jameson Taillon.  Upon review the ball actually bounced out of Austin Meadow’s glove and then over the fence.  Taillon settled in after that to pitch seven innings allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

The Buccos bats would come to life in the second to score four runs.  Josh Bell would get things started with a double to left that scored Colin MoranJordy Mercer would then hi...

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Pirates Fall Behind Early, Lose 13-8

It was another tough night for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  In the first game of this series on Monday night, the Bucs jumped out to a five run lead before losing it late.  Tonight, they fell behind by eight runs and their comeback rally fell short, as the D-Backs held on for a 13-8 victory.

Trevor Williams took the loss for Pittsburgh (5-4), no thanks to sloppy defense behind him.  He was tagged with eight runs (three earned) on six hits in just three innings of work.  After a solid start to the season, Williams, like the rest of this team, has fallen on hard times.

Arizona scored six runs in the first inning to put the Pirates in a huge hole.  A fielding error by Josh Bell allowed Jon Jay to score on a Jake Lamb ground ball.  A single by John Ryan Murph...

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Pirates Avoid Sweep, Defeat Cubs 7-1

It has been well documented on how rough things have been for the Pittsburgh Pirates for the past few weeks.  Today felt like the first time in a long time that they played a near perfect game as a team.  I say near perfect, because the defense committed two errors on the day.  A strong pitching performance by Ivan Nova and the bullpen, along with some clutch hits, gave Pittsburgh a much-needed victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Nova made his first start since coming off the DL with a finger injury.  He would pitch 5.2 innings allowing one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.  More outings from Nova like this is exactly what the Pirates need if they want to get back in playoff contention.

The bullpen was lights out today.  Edgar Santana worked 1...

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Lester, Cubs Beat Pirates 2-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs are heading in opposite directions…fast.  After a 3-1 victory yesterday at Wrigley Field, the Cubs continued their red-hot play with a 2-0 win over the lifeless Bucs.  Jon Lester was dominant and the Cubs offense did enough to cruise to a fourth straight win.

The Pirates have now lost 16 of their last 21 games and, yes, today’s loss clinched their seventh straight series defeat.  They are in a freefall right now and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.

Over the past few years, Lester has struggled against the Pirates.  But today, he was in complete control, giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out five in seven innings.  He improved his record to 7-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.22 for the season.

Nick Kingham fell to 2-3 ...

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Pirates Drop Sixth Straight Series

On May 18 the Pittsburgh Pirates sported a 26-17 and looked to be a team that could possibly contend throughout the season.  Sure, they had their weaknesses, but they played tough every night.  Since then they have gone 5-14 and look like a very incomplete team.  Pitching appears to be their biggest problem with most of those problems coming from the bullpen.  The starting pitching has struggled to pitch deep into games as of late, which of course makes the bullpen problem even worse.

Today they wrapped up a three-game series at PNC Park with the Los Angeles Dodgers that saw them lose a tight 8-7 ballgame.  Six straight series losses in terrible and honestly Pittsburgh should consider themselves lucky to be at .500 with 100 games left in the season.

Jameson Taillon started for the Pir...

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Pirates Win Wild Game At PNC Park

After being shut out in back to back games and falling to the .500 mark, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of a victory.  Tonight, the offense came alive as they won a crazy game over the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park by an 11-9 score.

This was not a good game for the pitching staff on either club.  The two teams used 14 pitchers combined.  Trevor Williams lasted just three innings, giving up four runs on four hits.  Steven Brault earned the victory (5-1) in relief, while Felipe Vazquez tallied his 11th save of the season.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the second on a bases loaded, three run double by Josh Harrison.  Starling Marte singled Harrison home later in the inning, and the Pirates led 4-0.

Los Angeles responded in the top of the third with four runs...

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Taillon, Pirates Shut Down Cardinals 4-0

It has been a roller coaster ride of a 2018 season for Jameson Taillon and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Like his team, Taillon has shown flashes of brilliance, but also has struggled mightily at times.  Entering Friday’s game at Busch Stadium, Taillon hadn’t tallied a victory since April 8, and his team desperately a strong performance after a heartbreaking loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Taillon was on point on Friday, tossing eight shutout innings and the Pirates offense scattered enough runs for a comfortable 4-0 victory.

Improving to 3-4 on the season, Taillon gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out six, keeping the Cardinals off the scoreboard.  Edgar Santana pitched a scoreless ninth inning, while the Bucs battled Miles Mikolas and the Cards’ bullpen...

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Pirates Blow Three Run Ninth Inning Lead In Loss To Cardinals

One day after Felipe Vazquez shut the door to hold on to a one run victory over the Chicago Cubs, he would blow a three-run lead and give up five runs in a 10-8 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has been down right awful lately, but tonight hurt more since Pittsburgh overcame a four run and one run deficit to take a three-run lead into the bottom of the ninth.

St. Louis came out swinging in this game.  They would plate four runs in the first inning off of Pirates starter Trevor Williams.  Williams was able to settle in after that and pitch five innings allowing five runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Buccos started to chip away at that four-run lead in the second when Jordy Mercer hit an RBI single to left center field...

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Musgrove, Pirates Beat Cardinals 8-1

After a disappointing series in Cincinnati, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home to PNC Park for the first of a three game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Joe Musgrove made his Pirates debut on the mound tonight, marking the first time to suit up since being dealt to Pittsburgh in the Gerrit Cole trade with the Houston Astros over the offseason.  Tonight, Musgrove tossed a gem, and the Pirates offense came alive, as they coasted to an 8-1 victory.

Musgrove was dominant tonight, needing just 67 pitches to make it through seven innings of shutout baseball.  He scattered five hits, striking out seven without walking a batter.  Michael Feliz gave up a run in the eighth and Kyle Crick pitched a scoreless ninth in relief.

This was a pitchers’ duel through the first five inni...

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Lack Of Key Hits Sends Pirates To Defeat

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been on quite the roll lately and most of that is due to their offense.  Tonight, would be the first time in awhile that the offense could not muster that one clutch hit to put the team in the lead for good.  The San Diego Padres would take advantage of that and go on to win 3-2, to even this four-game series at one game apiece.

Pittsburgh would jump out to an early lead in the first inning when Josh Bell hit an RBI double to left field to score Adam Frazier.  They would then double that lead in the third on a Corey Dickerson single to left center field.  That would be the final run they scored on the night.  They would have chances though, as they would leave a total of 13 men on base.

Ivan Nova worked six innings tonight and allowed three runs, two earned...

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