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Pirates Blanked By Cardinals In Finale

Today marked the final time in 2019 that the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals would play.  St. Louis dominated the season series, so it was fitting that they would pull a 2-0 pitchers duel win to close out the series.  James Marvel made his Major League debut for Pittsburgh today and gave fans a glimmer of what we hope is a solid career in a Pirates uniform.

Marvel worked five innings and allowed two runs on four hits to go with two walks and two strikeouts.  The first of those two runs came in the fifth inning when Harrison Bader hit an RBI single to shallow left center to bring home Matt Carpenter.  The final run of the day occurred in the sixth on a Paul Goldschmidt double to right center that plated Kolten Wong.

The Buccos would use four pitchers out of the bullpen to cov...

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Reynolds Walks If Off In Ninth For Bucs Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates were in need of a bounce back Wednesday night after losing to the Miami Marlins in the later stages to open this series Tuesday.  Pittsburgh would need to summon some magic in the ninth inning after entering the inning trailing by two runs.  Luckily for them they have one of the top rookies in the Major Leagues on their side to carry them to victory.

Miami jumped on the board early when Garrett Cooper hit a ground rule double to right field.  The Pirates countered in the bottom half of the first with a Josh Bell RBI single to center.  The Buccos then took the lead in the fourth when Adam Frazier smacked a triple to right that plated Jacob Stallings.  That lead did not last, as Starlin Castro would give the Marlins the lead back with a two-run home run to right c...

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Pirates Pound Reds 14-0

Football season is among us and the Pittsburgh Pirates got into the spirit by putting up two touchdowns in a 14-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds tonight.  Pittsburgh used two home runs and a stellar start from Trevor Williams to dominate Cincinnati.  The only thing uglier than the Reds performance may have been the dreadful “Players Weekend” jerseys.

Williams worked a strong six innings tonight, allowing three hits with three strikeouts and one walk.  He has dominated Cincinnati during his career and that didn’t change this evening.  The Pirates bullpen also pitched well in three innings of relief.  Richard Rodriguez, Kyle Crick, and Parker Markel each worked an inning and combined to give up four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

The Buccos offense came to life in the ...

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Do The Pirates Even Care About Winning?

I may be a little late to the party in regards to this question, considering how poorly the Pittsburgh Pirates have performed over the past month, but it begs to be asked after today’s humiliating 11-9 defeat and series sweep to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pittsburgh held a four-run lead through six innings, and then the wheels fell off again.

The Pirates offense was clicking today with nine runs on thirteen hits.  Those numbers are good enough for any team in the Majors to earn a win.  Josh Bell looked to regain his power stroke with two two-run home runs, the first coming in the first inning with the second occurring in the fifth.  Bryan Reynolds scored a run in the third on a throwing error and Starling Marte came home on a ground out later that inning.

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Bullpen Collapses, Pirates Lose 7-5

The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets played in front of a sold out crowd at PNC Park on Saturday night.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, an encouraging performance from their starter was overshadowed by a disastrous effort by the bullpen, as the Pirates fell to the Mets by a 7-5 score.

Chris Archer started for Pittsburgh on Saturday, giving up one runs on five hits in six innings.  He held a 3-1 lead when he left.  But the last three innings of the game were terrible for Pirates pitching, as four relievers gave up a total of six runs on seven hits.  Kyle Crick continued his struggles, giving up two runs on two hits, dropping to 3-6 on the season.

Wilson Ramos gave the Mets an early lead with a RBI single in the top of the first, but the Bucs took the lead right back in the bottom of ...

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Pirates Win Series Opener With Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park Friday night to open a six-game home stand, with the first three games against the New York Mets.  New York has been a team on the rise as of late and even added a pitcher at the trade deadline.  The Mets swept Pittsburgh last weekend at Citi Field, and were looking to add to that success against the Pirates tonight.

New York came out swinging against Bucco starter Trevor WilliamsPete Alonso got things started in the first with an RBI double to right center.  He would then come in to score on a Wilson Ramos groundout to third base.  The Mets added another run in the third when J.D. Davis hit a double to center field.

That was the final run Williams gave up on the night as he worked through the sixth inning allowing three runs on six hits ...

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Teams Brawl In Pirates Win

For only the third time since the All-Star break, and the first time in nine days, the Pittsburgh Pirates were victorious.  Tonight, they would put a complete game together in all phases to earn an 11-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds.  It may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but it was nice to watch a game and not be frustrated for the majority of the game.

Pitching is key when it comes to winning, and tonight Joe Musgrove had a solid performance during his six innings on the mound.  He would allow two runs on five hits to go with four strikeouts.  Both of these hits were solo home runs.  Joey Votto hit the first one in the third inning, while the second belonged to Jose Iglesias in the fourth.

Pittsburgh once again scored first tonight, this time it would be a two-run doubl...

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Cardinals Come Back Against Pirates Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals wrapped up their three-game series this afternoon at Busch Stadium.  St. Louis took game one, while Pittsburgh rebounded last night to even up this series.  A win for either team today would be big in the tight N.L. Central Division race.  In the end it would come down to one swing of the bat by Paul Goldschmidt in the seventh inning.

The Pirates struck first today when Starling Marte hit a solo home run in the top of the first.  The Cardinals would quickly answer in the bottom half of the inning when Tyler O’Neill hit an RBI single to right.  Jose Martinez gave St. Louis a one run lead in the second with a sac fly to right.  The Buccos plated three runs in the fourth and it started with Chris Archer...

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Pirates Blanked By Cardinals, Drop Fourth Straight

After being swept by the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the day 5.5 games out of first place in the Central Division and 3.5 games out of the Wild Card.  Though they aren’t out of the race for a playoff spot, every game prior to the July 31st trade deadline would hold a little more weight in determining their 2019 fate.  The first of those sixteen games prior to the deadline would be against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Their current trend of losing to divisional foes would continue tonight.  Pittsburgh made a slew of costly mental errors on defense and the base paths, the offense never strung together any meaningful hits, and the pitching was sub-par to say the least.  In the end it would be St...

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Pirates Enter All-Star Break 2.5 Games Out Of First

Today marked the unofficial end of the first half of the baseball season.  In the National League Central Division nothing has been claimed up to this point.  All five teams are in the mix, with the last place Cincinnati Reds only 4.5 games behind the division leading Chicago Cubs.  The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers closed out a three-game series today, with the winner taking two of the three games.  Division games always hold a little bit more importance and today was just the same.

Joe Musgrove made the start for Pittsburgh today and worked a solid six innings on the mound.  He would allow three runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts.  All three of those runs came off the bat of Jesus Aguilar, as he connected on a solo homer in the fifth and a two-run home r...

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