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Freese, Pirates Beat Mets 5-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their home stand last night with a sloppy loss to the New York Mets.  Tonight, they didn’t have their best performance, but they got clutch hitting from the veteran David Freese, who delivered five RBIs to lead the Bucs to a 5-4 walkoff victory.

Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through five innings while giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits with three walks and a strikeout.  His mound opponent, Jason Vargas, gave up three runs on three hits with three walks in 4.1 innings.

For the second consecutive night, the Pirates fell behind early against the Mets.  A three run homerun by Michael Conforto in the first inning gave the Mets a 3-0 lead early...

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Pirates Open Home Stand With Loss To Mets

After having their eleven-game winning streak snapped yesterday afternoon in the final game of a 5-1 road trip to open the second half of the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home looking to continue their strong play at PNC Park.  Unfortunately, the Pirates came out flat, and inconsistent pitching and sloppy play contributed to a 12-6 loss to the New York Mets.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh tonight, and really struggled on the mound from the very beginning.  He lasted only three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and four walks.  Richard Rodriguez also had difficulties tonight, giving up three runs on four hits in just one inning of work.

A two run homerun by Wilmer Flores in the top of the first inning put the Mets in front early, but David Freese tied the game in ...

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Taillon, Mercer Lead Pirates Past Brewers

Tonight, the Pittsburgh Pirates began a five-game series with the division leading Milwaukee Brewers.  Supposedly this is a big series for Pittsburgh in what this team could look like come the trade deadline at the end of the month.  Even with a sweep of Milwaukee the Pirates would be a game below .500, so in my opinion this team should be sellers and look towards the future.

Jameson Taillon looked very good on the mound tonight.  He would pitch six innings, allowing one run on four hits with a career high ten strikeouts, and two walks.  This is the type of outings that the Buccos need out of Taillon if he is the top of the rotation guy we are led to believe.

Jordy Mercer was a man on a mission tonight.  He would get the scoring started with an RBI single to left in the second inning...

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Pirates Snap Losing Skid, Avoid Sweep

One thing is for certain, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing a lot of bad baseball lately and everyone has taken notice.  They entered the day on the verge of being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies not only in this series, but the season series.  Today was a different story though as Pittsburgh looked like a complete team today on their way to a 4-1 victory.

Nick Kingham made the start today for the Pirates and worked a six solid innings.  He would allow one run on four hits with five strikeouts and just one walk.  He would also collect his first Major League hit in the fourth inning.  The lone run he gave up came on a solo home run by Nick Williams in the fourth inning.

Edgar Santana and Kyle Crick worked the seventh and eighth innings respectively...

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Pirates Can’t Complete Comeback, Padres Win 4-3

After a convincing victory on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates nearly completed a ninth inning comeback on Saturday.  But the rally came up just short in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Trailing 4-1 entering the ninth inning against Padres’ closer Brad Hand, the Pirates erupted for three straight extra base hits, making it a 4-3 game with no outs.  Elias Diaz led off with a double and scored on a double by Austin Meadows.  Gregory Polanco’s triple scored Meadows, cutting the lead to one run with no outs and a runner on third.

Two consecutive flyouts by Jordy Mercer and Jose Osuna should have scored Polanco from third, but Polanco opted not to tag.  Osuna’s fly ball forced the right fielder Hunter Renfroe to crash into the wall along the right field line, but...

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Pirates Snap Skid, Beat Mets 6-4

Tonight’s matchup at Citi Field featured two teams struggling mightily.  The Pittsburgh Pirates were losers of five straight games, including a horrible series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park.  The New York Mets were losers of six straight entering play tonight.  Tonight, the Pirates jumped out to an early lead, nearly blew it in the seventh inning, but held on for a much-needed 6-4 victory.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh tonight and threw a very nice game.  He took a shutout into the seventh inning, but some bad luck and bad relief ruined what could have been a great stat line.  He ended up being charged with two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks in six innings.  Tyler Glasnow came to relieve him, pitched to two hitters, giving up a walk a...

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Pirates Blanked, Swept By Diamondbacks

The downward spiral of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2018 season continues.  Today they wrapped up a nine game homestand by being swept in a four-game series by the Arizona Diamondbacks after a 3-0 loss.  Pittsburgh would go 3-6 during the homestand, a number that won’t impressive anyone on the North Shore.

Arizona scored early and then settled in to allow their pitching and defense to carry them the rest of the way.  David Peralta hit a two-run home run in the first inning that would bounce into the river.  The final run of the game came in the second on a solo dinger off the bat of John Ryan Murphy.  All three of these runs came off of Pirates starter Trevor Williams.

Williams would have had a decent day if he had any type of run support...

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Diamondbacks Beat Bucs In 13 Innings

After suffering a 9-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates held the hottest offense in baseball scoreless through the first 10 innings tonight.  But after the dust settled in a crazy couple innings, the Diamondbacks came away with a narrow 2-1 victory in 13 innings.

Both starters were phenomenal on the mound tonight.  Ivan Nova gave up just three hits and struck out eight batters in eight innings of work, lowering his ERA to 3.98 on the season.  His mound opponent, Patrick Corbin, was just as dominant, also giving up only three hits while striking out twelve batters in seven innings.  The two teams combined for 10 hits tonight, but only run of the game would be due to a miscue.

The first run of the game came in the top of the 11th error...

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Williams, Mercer Lead Pirates To Victory

Sporting events with the final of 1-0 are usually reserved for soccer.  With the World Cup currently underway, it looked the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers were getting in the spirt of futbol when one run was all either of these teams could muster tonight.  Luckily the guys in black were the ones who collected that run to open this three-game series.

Both starting pitchers were fantastic tonight.  Trevor Williams worked seven strong innings for Pittsburgh allowing only one hit to go along with seven strikeouts and two walks.  Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin worked 6.1 innings allowing one run on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Chacin exited the game with runners on first and second when Josh Hader entered the game.  Hader would strike out Gregory Polanco before ...

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Reds Avoid Sweep, Beat Pirates 8-6

By winning games Friday and Saturday over the Cincinnati Reds, the Pittsburgh Pirates put themselves in prime position for a series sweep.  Unfortunately today, the Bucs fell behind early and couldn’t complete a late game comeback, as they fell to the Reds by a 8-6 score at PNC Park.

Neither starting pitcher made it out of the sixth inning this afternoon.  Joe Musgrove struggled this afternoon, giving up six runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings.  Anthony DeSclafani started for Cincinnati, giving up two runs on three hits in 5.2 innings.

The Pirates took the early lead on a solo homerun by Colin Moran in the second inning.  The Reds would respond with a pair of runs in the top of the third on a groundout by Scott Schebler and a single by Jose Peraza.

Cincinnati would take command of the ...

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