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Sloppy Play Dooms Pirates Against Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up the home portion of their 2018 season today, though there is a makeup game scheduled for October 1, and did it in ugly fashion.  Poor pitching and the continuation of wild pitches paved the way for a 13-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.  The wild pitches should be at the top of the list of things to fix during the upcoming offseason.

Nick Kingham started today for Joe Musgrove, who will miss the remainder of the season because of side discomfort, and was terrible on the mound.  He allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks in just 1.1 innings of work.  The bullpen wasn’t much better during their 7.2 innings of action today...

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Archer, Pirates Fall To Brewers 7-4

When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Chris Archer at the trade deadline in July, they were in the thick of the National League Wild Card race so they were looking or help to help them during crunch time this season.  But they were also looking ahead as Archer is controlled beyond this season.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Archer has struggled mightily since he put on a Pirates’ uniform, and that trend continued on Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Archer gave up four runs on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in five innings of work.  He fell to 4-8 on the season with the loss, and his ERA sits at 4.66.

The Pirates were able to score four runs on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to dig out of the hole they were left in the early and middle innings of the game.

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Cardinals Score Four In Eighth, Beat Pirates 8-7

After a 5-0 home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road for a crucial N.L. Central series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals are in the heat of the wild card playoff race, and the Bucs would look nothing more than to play spoiler against their division rivals.

As has been the case many times over the years, tonight’s game between the Pirates and Cardinals went back and forth, but the Cardinals used a clutch three run homerun to edge the Bucs by an 8-7 score.

Trevor Williams and Adam Wainwright opposed one another on the mound tonight, and each battled his way through five innings of work.  Williams gave up four runs on six hits with six strikeouts, while Wainwright struck out three while giving up four runs on seven hits...

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Pirates Snap Skid, Beat Brewers 9-1

It’s been a rough stretch of baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates lately, highlighted by a heartbreaking loss last night in the first game of their weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.  The Bucs were in desperate need of a victory as they took the field tonight, looking to snap a four game losing streak.  Fortunately for Pittsburgh, they got a strong pitching performance and they finally came through with some offense, as they went beat the Brewers 9-1.

Jameson Taillon started for the Pirates, giving up one run on five hits with eight strikeouts in six innings.  He has been solid as of late, further lowering his ERA to 3.49 on the season.

The Brewers scored the game’s first run, a solo homerun by Christian Yelich in the bottom of the third...

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Pirates Lose 1-0 Again

Despite splitting a series over the weekend against the first place Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates are not playing their best baseball.  While the pitching has been tremendous lately, the offense has been non-existent.  Unfortunately, that trend continued for Pittsburgh tonight, as they lost yet another 1-0 game, this time to the Atlanta Braves.

Chris Archer started for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in four innings of work.  He would have lasted longer, but he was pulled after pitching the top of the fourth with left leg discomfort.  He appeared to injure his leg while at bat in the bottom of the third.  After pitching the top of the fourth, he was relieved by Steven Brault, who pitched two scoreless innings.

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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 Rout Rockies 10-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their road trip yesterday with a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies.  In fact, the Bucs managed just two hits in the entire game, including a double by their pitcher Joe Musgrove.  Tonight, the bats came alive early and often, as the Pirates went on to an easy 10-2 victory.

Jameson Taillon was solid for Pittsburgh tonight, throwing a complete game, giving up two runs on nine hits.  Chad Bettis really struggled for Colorado tonight, giving up nine runs on eight hits and two walks in 4.2 innings of work.  The Bucs’ offense took off in the fourth and fifth innings, chasing Bettis from the game after it was already out of reach.

Starling Marte’s solo homerun in the top of the first inning gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead before Taillon even threw a pitch...

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Pirates Open Trip With Loss To Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened up a nine-game road trip tonight with the first of three games against the Colorado Rockies.  Pittsburgh has seen their offense cool off as of late and tonight was no different in a 2-0 loss to Colorado.  With the Pirates struggles outside of their division this year, this road trip could make a big impact on how much longer they play meaningful games in 2018.

The Rockies would send Kyle Freeland to the mound tonight and he was dominate during his seven innings on the mound.  He would give up only two hits while striking out five and allowing two walks.  His counterpart Joe Musgrove was nearly as good except for a hiccup during the fifth inning.  Nolan Arenado scored on a fielding error by Josh Harrison for the first run of the game...

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Pirates Hold On To Defeat Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened up a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at PNC Park.  With Pittsburgh in contention for a playoff spot every game is big, but this one held a little more weight since St. Louis was tied with the Pirates in the division coming into tonight.  This game also marked the debut of the recently acquired Chris Archer.

St. Louis would jump out to an early lead when Matt Carpenter welcomed Archer to the National League with a 395 ft. home run to lead off the game.  The Buccos would take the lead in the bottom half of the inning.  Gregory Polanco hit a two RBI triple and then came around to score on a Colin Moran sac fly to left.

The Cardinals would gain a run back in the second on a Yairo Munoz double to right, but Pittsburgh would open things up...

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