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Cardinals Rally Late, Beat Pirates 4-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off their final home stand of the 2017 season tonight in the first of three against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Bucs have a chance to play spoiler this weekend as the Cardinals are battling for a playoff spot here late in the season.  Unfortunately, after putting themselves in position to take the first game tonight, the Pirates fell apart late and lost 4-3.

Michael Wacha and Ivan Nova opposed each other on the mound tonight, and neither had an outstanding start, each lasting five innings.  Wacha gave up two runs on three hits, while Nova gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits.

The Cardinals scored the game’s first run on a single by Dexter Fowler, bringing Matt Carpenter home to make it a 1-0 advantage...

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Cardinals Best Pirates Again

Not much to see these days when you tune in to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Losers of three straight games, Pittsburgh was hoping to snap that skid, but the St. Louis Cardinals had no intention of losing at home.  St. Louis would pick up a series win with a 4-3 victory tonight.  The Pirates had their chances to win, but the Cardinals would battle back.

Chad Kuhl was good on the bump tonight and even helped his cause with the bat in the second inning.  He would double home Jordy Mercer for the first run of the game, before coming in to score on an Adam Frazier ground rule double.  Kuhl pitched six innings allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits with five walks and six strikeouts.

St. Louis came back from a 2-0 deficit in their half of the second when Yadier Molina hit a two-run ho...

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Pirates Hold On For Series Win Over Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a three game road series with the Cincinnati Reds today and in the process, took two of three from Cincinnati.  That is no small feat, considering all of the struggles that Pittsburgh has had with the Reds this year.  Jameson Taillon was not at his best today, but the offense came through enough times to lead the way to a 5-2 victory.

Taillon would only last four innings today and give up two runs, one earned, on five hits, to go with four walks and four strikeouts.  A sac fly in the second by Scott Schebler scored Scooter Gennett to give Cincinnati a 1-0 lead.  Gennett would score Zack Cozart in the fifth inning for their only other run of the game.

The Buccos offense would finally strike in the fourth when John Jaso drove in two runs with a double to...

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Cole, Pirates Beat Reds 1-0

Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates have had an inconsistent 2017 season.  It has been the trend and theme of the entire year for the Bucs, who found themselves seven games under .500 heading into tonight’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.  Tonight, Cole showed why he has the potential to be one of the game’s best, as he tossed a shutout to lead his team to a 1-0 victory at Great American Ballpark.

Cole was magnificent tonight, giving up five hits and zero walks while striking out six batters in seven innings of work.  Juan Nicasio pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Felipe Rivero struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 15th save of the season.

The Pirates offense struggled tonight as well against Luis Castillo, who gave up just one run on three hits in seven innings of ...

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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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Pirates Snap Six Game Losing Streak

It has been a rough week for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They entered game three of this four game series with the St. Louis Cardinals on a six-game losing streak and have lost in every way imaginable.  That would change today after a rain delay led to some hot bats and a 6-4 Pittsburgh victory.

The Cardinals struck first when Kolten Wong hit a RBI single to right that scored Jose Martinez.  That would be the lone run that Chad Kuhl would allow today, as he returned from the rain delay to throw five innings and give up three hits, while walking one and striking out six.  The Pirates offense would come to life to ensure Kuhl got the victory.

The Bucco bats would smack three homers on the night.  The first came from Adam Frazier who hit a two-run shot to deep right center.  Elias Diaz would...

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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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Pirates Back To .500, Beat Blue Jays 4-2

This Pittsburgh Pirates team just doesn’t quit battling.  After taking three of four games in a home and home matchup against the Detroit Tigers, the Bucs continued their road trip by winning the first of a three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, at Rogers Centre.

Jameson Taillon took the mound for the Pirates against Marcus Stroman for the Toronto.  Taillon improved to 7-5 on the season, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings.  As for Stroman, the Blue Jays’ hurler was solid tonight, but his defense behind him was mediocre at best.  None of the four runs he gave up were earned, while he surrendered just four hits in eight innings of work.

Toronto scored the game’s first run on a Kevin Pillar sacrifice fly in the second inning...

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Pirates Take Three Of Four From Tigers

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a four game, two city interleague series with the Detroit Tigers today, and in the process, took three of those four games.  Pittsburgh used the long ball twice on their way to a 7-5 victory.  Neither team had much go right for them on the mound, so it would be the bats that decided this tilt.

The Pirates struck early in the first inning when Josh Bell hit a sac fly to left to score Adam Frazier.  Detroit would answer in their half of the first with a two RBI triple off the bat of Nicholas Castellanos.  The Buccos would answer in the top of the second with a RBI single from Sean Rodriguez.  The first of two homers for Pittsburgh today would come in the third.  Bell would smack a homer to right to put the Pirates up two.

The Tigers would answer with a...

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Welcome Back Serpico!

Yesterday afternoon it was reported that Sean Rodriguez had been traded back to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Atlanta Braves for a minor league prospect.  Less than 24-hours later, Rodriguez was back at PNC Park in a Pittsburgh uniform to take on the San Diego Padres.  Serpico would not start the game, but he would be the difference maker at the end of the day.

Jameson Taillon made the start today for the Pirates and he got off to a rocky start.  In the first inning, he would allow a RBI single to Cory Spangenberg and then Spangenberg would cross home plate on a wild pitch.  Taillon would settle down after that to throw 6.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.  This was a much better start than Taillon has had of late.

The Buccos would jump on ...

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