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Pirates Rally Again, Beat Cardinals 7-5

Well, the Pittsburgh Pirates did it again tonight.  After falling behind 5-1 in the fifth inning, the Bucs responded with six unanswered runs to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 at Busch Stadium.

The Pirates took the lead in the top of the first on a solo homerun by David Freese.  Aledmys Diaz hit a two out solo homerun in the bottom of the third to tie the game, 1-1.

The fourth inning appeared to change the tide in this game.  After the Pirates stranded two runners in the top of the frame, the Cards scored four runs off Jeff Locke.  Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia hit RBI singles, and Jaime Garcia’s sacrifice fly scored the inning’s third run.  Then Kolten Wong reached on a bunt single, allowing Gyorko to score.  Finally, an RBI by Diaz scored Garcia, and St...

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Pirates Win In Brault’s Debut, Beat Cards 5-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates used their 10th starting pitcher of the season tonight in the second game of their four game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  And while Steven Brault didn’t factor in the decision tonight, the Pirates won their sixth game in a row with a 5-2 victory.

Brault gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits in four innings, while striking out five batters.  Juan Nicasio, Arquimedes Caminero, and Tony Watson combined to pitch four scoreless innings, and 2016 All-Star Mark Melancon earned his 25th save of the season in the ninth inning.

The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the second, thanks to a defensive blunder by the Pirates.  Stephen Piscotty hit a seemingly routine fly ball toward the wall in right...

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Pirates Return To .500 With Sweep Of Athletics

The course of the 2016 season appears to be changing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  A little over a week ago all of the talk was about whom would be shipped out at the trade deadline, because of how far back they sat in the standings.  After todays 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics, and sweep, Pittsburgh has their record back at .500, and with 81 games remaining, they remain in the hunt for one of two Wild Card spots.

Francisco Liriano was the story coming into today.  He has struggled mightly as of late and has been rumored to be bumped from the rotation upon the return of Gerrit Cole from the disabled list.  That talk was hushed a little bit today over the course of his five innings of work.  He would allow three runs on six hits, while striking out two and walking one...

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Pirates Rally Again, Win 4-2

For the second consecutive night, the Pittsburgh Pirates fell behind early against the Oakland Athletics.  And, once again, they rallied from behind to earn the victory on the road.  Tonight, they needed extra innings to beat the A’s, 4-2.

Chad Kuhl and Rich Hill were on point tonight, holding the opposing offenses in check for most of the evening while getting themselves out of jams when necessary.  Kuhl gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings, while Hill also lasted six innings, giving up two runs on four hits.

Oakland took the lead off Kuhl in the bottom of the third inning.  Billy Burns led off with a single and moved to third on a double by Coco Crisp.  Jed Lowrie’s sacrifice fly scored Burns, and a single by Josh Reddick scored Crisp.

The Bucs battled back in the fourt...

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Team Effort Leads Pirates To Victory

It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates need to stockpile wins in order to stay in the playoff race.  It may only be June, but Pittsburgh is far enough back that another long losing streak could force them to look towards 2017.  A 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight, their third straight, has them headed in the right direction.

Chad Kuhl made his Major League debut tonight against Clayton Kershaw.  Kuhl is one of the young arms that have been making headlines at AAA Indianapolis this year.  He would hold his own over the course of five innings, allowing three runs on four hits to go with five strikeouts and four walks.  Kuhl also had a good night at the plate.  His first at bat saw him take eight pitches and his final plate apperance had him sacrifice bunt a runner over...

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Pirates Win Slugfest With Dodgers

These have sure not been the best of times for the Pittsburgh Pirates as of late.  They began a four game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at PNC Park.  For the past month they have seen struggles with the offense and pitching, plus a slew of injuries have prevented this team from finding a rhythm.  Tonight it was the offense that carried the team to an 8-6 victory, as the pitching continued to struggle.

Pittsburgh was able to jump out to a four run lead in the second inning.  Sean Rodriguez drove in the first two runs with a single to center.  He would advance to second and then score on a John Jaso single.  Starling Marte then brought home Jaso with a double to right center.

Los Angeles cut that lead in half when Justin Turner drove in a run with a double to left and wou...

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Pirates Battery Powers Past Giants

It has been an ugly couple of weeks for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with injuries, bad pitching, and a quiet offense.  On paper, tonight did not seem like the night to right the ship, as Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants were in town to start a four game series.  Bumgarner is just another ace that Pittsburgh has had to face lately, but tonight the Pirates would get the best of him in a 1-0 victory.

Let us start with the pitching.  Jeff Locke was on the hill tonight for the Buccos and the man has had his share of troubles.  Ever since he threw a complete game against the Miami Marlins back in May, he has been getting lit up every fifth day.  Tonight though, Locke was once again at his best by allowing five hits, to go with three strikeouts, over 6 2/3 of an inning.

The bullpen...

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Home Runs Continue To Haunt Niese

It is no secret that poor pitching has been the key factor to the Pittsburgh Pirates struggles during the 2016 season.  Each pitcher seems to have his own struggles, with Jonathon Niese having trouble keeping the ball in the park.  That trend would continue Saturday night, with Niese giving up three homers in a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

The Pittsburgh offense has been struggling as well, with a mix of injuries and poor performace sharing equal blame.  The Pirates started the night off with a lead off homer from Jordy Mercer.  Mercer would also bring home another run in the fourth when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.  Their other run of the night came in the third when Andrew McCutchen hit a RBI single that brought home Mercer.

The offense had many more opportunities t...

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Pirates Complete Doubleheader Sweep Of Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets were back on the field at PNC Park thirty minutes after Pittsburgh won game one of the twin bill by the final of 3-1.  Game two would follow a similar blue print, as the Pirates used great pitching and timely hits to defeat the Mets for the second time today by the final of 3-1.

Juan Nicasio got the nod to start tonight, and maybe the pressure of having Jameson Taillon in the dugout gave Nicasio the fuel to one of his best starts of the year.  He would go five innings allowing one run on three hits, with seven strikeouts and two walks.  That would top Mets starter Jacob deGrom, as his final line was six innings, three runs on six hits, zero walks, and nine K’s.  deGrom pitched well, but Nicasio avoided the mistakes.

The bullpen, which has stru...

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Niese, Pirates Shut Down Mets 3-1

The first game of today’s doubleheader between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates was centered around the return of Neil Walker to his hometown.  After all, not only was the Pittsburgh area native drafted by the Bucs and had played his entire career for the Bucs, but they were his favorite team growing up and it was quite a story for him to return to PNC Park in a different uniform.  Jon Niese wanted some of that attention.

The Mets and Pirates swapped Niese for Walker in the offseason, and this was the first time the clubs faced off since the deal.  The Bucs’ left hander was stellar today, and the offense came up with some timely hitting on their way to a 3-1 victory on the North Shore.

Niese pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and two walks with two str...

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