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Pirates Close Season With Win Over Nationals

Today marked the final time that the Pittsburgh Pirates would take the field in 2017.  They will head into the offseason with many questions after a 11-8 victory over the Washington Nationals.  It was a game that took over four hours to play, had a slew of pitching changes, and saw everyone get some playing time.  Washington was doing it to get players rest for the postseason, while Pittsburgh did it to get everyone in the stat column.

The Pirates would score five of their eleven runs in the first inning.  Jordan Luplow would be hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the first run of the game.  Max Moroff then came through with a double to clear the bases.  Finally, Jacob Stallings hit a RBI single to left center for the fifth run of the inning...

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Nova Exits With Injury, Pirates Lose 5-4

Tonight was Ivan Nova’s last start of the 2017 season.  An up and down season for Nova left in injury, as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ right hander left after just two innings of work after being hit on the hand while trying to bunt.  The Washington Nationals beat the Bucs in a close game tonight by a 4-2 score.

Tyler Glasnow relieved Nova, giving up one run on two hits and five walks in 3.2 innings.  Edwin Jackson started for Washington, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings.

Daniel Murphy’s RBI single in the first scored Wilmer Difo to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead.  Pittsburgh responded with two runs in the third.  Christopher Bostick’s RBI double scored Max Moroff to tie the game, and Starling Marte gave the Bucs a 2-1 lead with an RBI single.

After tying the game in t...

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Pirates Take Down Orioles 5-3

Tonight marked the final home game of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates and like they had done for most of the season at PNC Park, they closed it out with a win.  The 5-3 win tonight also gave them a series sweep over the Baltimore Orioles and a season split, since Baltimore won both games at Camden Yards earlier this year.

Pittsburgh jumped on the board early when Josh Bell hit a RBI single to left center to drive in Adam Frazier in the first.  The Orioles would counter in their half of the second with three runs of their own off of Pirates starter Chad KuhlChance Sisco would hit a RBI double to left center, J.J. Hardy brought in a run with a groundout, and Anthony Santander plated a run with a RBI double.

Those would be all the runs Kuhl would allow over his five innings of wor...

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Pirates Score Eight In First, Beat Cardinals 11-6

Tonight’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates featured a matchup between two pitchers who have had significant success against each other in the past – Lance Lynn and Gerrit Cole.  Tonight, however, both pitchers struggled, and the Pirates jumped out to a huge early lead and went on to win 11-6 at PNC Park.

Lynn didn’t finish an inning tonight, giving up eight runs on six hits.  Cole earned his 12th win of the season in his final home start of the year, giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings.  This was a long game as most September games are, with the two teams combining to use a total of 14 pitchers.

The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the first on a two run homerun by Tommy Pham.  A two-run single by David Freese tied things up quickly in...

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Pirates Finish Road Trip 1-8

It appears that the Pittsburgh Pirates have zoned out on what is left of the 2017 season.  For proof of that look no further than their being swept by the Cincinnati Reds.  Cincinnati has dominated Pittsburgh all season, so while the loss is not a surprise, it just shows that this Pirates team has no heart to finish the remainder of the season on a high note.

Gerrit Cole pitched well through the first five innings today, but hit a wall in the sixth.  Cole would give up four runs on three hits, with six strikeouts and four walks.  Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett would each hit two run homers to send Cole to the showers.  Daniel Hudson would finish off the inning, but not before he allowed a RBI triple to Tucker Barnhart.

Jack Leathersich would pitch the seventh inning, striking out ...

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Pirates Have No Answers For Cubs

Tonight, marked the final time in 2017 that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs would do battle on the diamond.  With the series squared away at nine games apiece, a win tonight would give the winner bragging rights for the season.  After a quick downpour delayed the start, Chicago quickly got to work and never looked back in an 8-2 victory.

Jameson Taillon had another rough outing tonight.  He would only last 4.2 innings, allowing six runs on eleven hits to go with three strikeouts and one walk. I think it is time to shut Taillon down for the year.  He has not looked good lately and the mid-season cancer scare had to take it out of him both physically and mentally.

The Pittsburgh bullpen did alright tonight during their 4.1 innings.  Angel Sanchez gave up two runs on one hit duri...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Cubs 12-0

It has been a very difficult stretch for the Pittsburgh Pirates as of late.  That is certainly what made today’s 12-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park feel that much better.  Chad Kuhl pitched seven shutout innings and the Pirates offense knocked around the Cubs bullpen on their way to a comfortable win in front of their home crowd.

Kuhl improved to 7-10 on the season, giving up four runs and two walks while striking out eight Cubs hitters in seven innings.  Jake Arrieta fell to 14-9, giving up three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the first on a majestic two run homerun by Josh Bell.  Kuhl got himself into trouble, though, in the top of the second, allowing the first pair of hitters on base while struggling with his control...

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Reds Beat Cole, Bucs 7-3

It’s becoming extremely difficult to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The downward spiral of the 2017 season continued tonight for the Bucs, who fell to the Cincinnati Reds by a 7-3 score at PNC Park.

Gerrit Cole made the start for Pittsburgh tonight against Luis Castillo for the Reds.  After pitching a shutout last weekend against Cincinnati, Cole struggled tonight, giving up five runs on six hits in six innings.  Castillo only made it through four innings, giving up two runs on three hits.

Things started out poorly for Cole and the Pirates immediately.  Billy Hamilton led off with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error by Chris Stewart.  After Zack Cozart walked, Joey Votto doubled off the wall to score the game’s first run.  Adam Duvall’s two run dou...

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Pirates Mauled By Cubs

College football season will be in full swing this weekend, and not a moment too soon.  It will give those of us who follow the Pittsburgh Pirates a chance to hit the reset button and follow our teams in the hopes of a championship.  I say this because in Pittsburgh baseball season is over.  If you weren’t sure before tonight, then the 17-3 beatdown by the Chicago Cubs had to be the assurance you were looking for.

Ivan Nova would last only three innings tonight and in that time, he would allow five runs, four earned, on five hits, to go with five strikeouts and one walk.  Nova has hit a wall and we see why the New York Yankees were willing to trade him last year.  Steven Brault, who has been great in AAA this year, lasted only one inning in relief and gave up four runs on four hits ...

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Pirates Struggles Against Reds Continue

The Cincinnati Reds have been at the bottom of the N.L. Central division for almost the entire season…and yet, they continue to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.  That trend continued tonight, as the Reds beat the Bucs 9-5 in the first of a three game series at Great American Ballpark.

Ivan Nova struggled tonight, giving up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits in five innings.  His mound opponent, Robert Stephenson, gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out eleven in 5.2 innings of work.

After the Reds took an early 2-0 lead, Stephenson struck out six straight Pirates to begin the game before issuing a leadoff walk to Francisco Cervelli to begin the third inning.  Later in the inning, Adam Frazier came to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second, delivering a RBI s...

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