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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 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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One Hit, One Run, One Win For The Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been struggling mightily in the month of August and it has all but taken them out of a shot at the 2017 postseason.  At this point of the year fans just look for memorable moments to ride out the rest of the regular season.   Tonight, was one of those nights and in the end, it would go to Pittsburgh.

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Rich Hill was an absolute machine on the mound tonight.  He had the Pirates offense looking confused for nine straight innings.  During that time, he would strike out ten batters while not allowing a hit.  Of course, anytime a pitcher has a perfect game going he has help from his defense.  Adrian Gonzalaez and Chase Utley would make two spectacular plays to keep the perfect game intact.

Trevor Williams would pitch a very good game ...

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Taillon Struggles Again, Pirates Lose 8-5

After a heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight looking to even the score in the second game of this four game series on the North Shore.  Unfortunately, the Dodgers jumped out to an early lead, and their high powered offense eventually outlasted the Pirates for an 8-5 victory.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh and once again struggled mightily throughout his outing.  He lasted just five innings, giving up five runs on five hits and five walks with just one strikeout.  His ERA now sits at 4.85 on the season.  Meanwhile, his mound opponent, Brock Stewart, had a difficult evening as well – two innings, five runs on four hits with four walks.

The Dodgers took the lead on Taillon and the Pirates in the top o...

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Pirates Fall To Dodgers In Twelve Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight to open a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  This game was back and forth all night, but in the end, it would be Los Angeles who would leave with a victory.  The toughest part of this loss is that Pittsburgh held a three-run lead into the later innings and a managerial decision was a big key to this defeat.

The Pirates offense get off to a hot start tonight and looked to be getting the best of Dodgers starter Alex Wood.  The Buccos would blast back to back solo home runs off the bats of Jose Osuna and Sean Rodriguez.  One inning later Josh Harrison would do the same to give Pittsburgh a three-run lead, their biggest of the night.

Gerrit Cole was pitching a fine game through six innings even though at times he needed some ...

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Pirates Win Inaugural MLB Little League Classic, Split Series With Cardinals

It was a special night in Williamsport, PA tonight, as the first MLB Little League Classic took place, celebrating the unification of Little League Baseball and Major League Baseball.  And while it was an exciting night, there was also a very important game to play, as the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals were playing the final of their four game weekend series.

Tonight, the Pirates jumped off to a fast start in the first inning and went on to beat the Cardinals 6-3, earning a series split against their N.L. Central division rivals.

Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh tonight, and while he was hit hard at times, battled his way through 5.2 innings of work, giving up three runs on eight hits.  Mike Leake struggled mightily tonight, giving up six runs on eight hits in three innings ...

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Cardinals Hold On To Beat Bucs 11-10

It was a crazy game tonight at PNC Park between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After falling behind by as many as eight runs, the Pirates rallied late, but came up just short as the Cardinals held on for a 11-10 victory on the North Shore.

The Pirates have now lost six straight games, are six games under .500, and continue to drift further and further out of contention in the N.L. Central division.

Trevor Williams suffered the loss tonight (5-6), giving up eight runs on seven hits in three innings of work.  Carlos Martinez improved to 10-9 on the season with the victory, giving up three runs on six hits through seven innings of work.

Homeruns by Tommy Pham in the top of the first and Josh Harrison in the bottom half evened the game 1-1 heading into the second inning...

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Blown Lead Sends Pirates To 5th Straight Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight coming off an ugly 2-5 road trip.  Awaiting their return were the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pittsburgh and St. Louis have played each other back and forth all year and both teams are still in the mix for a division crown.  The Cardinals would overcome a four-run deficit to take game one of the four game series by the final of 11-7.

Jameson Taillon made the start for the Pirates and only made it through five innings.  He would allow four runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.  Taillon sure hasn’t looked much like the dominant pitcher he was at the beginning of the season and fatigue may be playing a part in that.  The Buccos would hold a one run lead when he left the game.

St. Louis would send Adam Wainwright to the ...

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Bullpen Falters, Pirates Lose 7-6

The Pittsburgh Pirates are fading fast in the race for the N.L. Central division title.  After losing their second straight game to the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at Miller Park, the Pirates are now four games under .500 and are drifting further behind their division rivals.

Gerrit Cole and Jimmy Nelson battled their way through trying starts this afternoon, each earning a no-decision.  Cole gave up four runs on five hits (including three homeruns) in six innings, while Nelson gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work.

The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the very first inning.  After singling to lead off, Starling Marte advanced to third when Nelson attempted to pick him off first base, throwing the ball away.  Later in the inning, Josh Bell h...

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Five Run First Leads Blue Jays To Victory

Today at Rogers Centre, the Toronto Blue Jays jumped on Chad Kuhl and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the very first inning to roll to a 7-1 victory in the series rubber match.

Kuhl lasted five innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits with five walks and six strikeouts.  It was a bit of a step backwards for Kuhl, who had been pitching solid recently.  But the Blue Jays pounced on him early and often in the game’s opening frame, which was more than enough for J.A. Happ, who held the Bucs’ offense in check throughout the afternoon.

David Freese singled home Josh Harrison for the Pirates lone run this afternoon, coming in the first inning. Josh Donaldson crushed a two run homerun in the bottom of the first to put the Blue Jays in front 2-1.  A two-run double by Ryan Goins made...

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