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Pirates Sweep Doubleheader, Beat Brewers 6-2

After beating the Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 2-1 earlier this afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field today in the second game of today’s doubleheader looking to win their fourth straight game against their N.L. Central division rivals.  And once again, the theme of the game was solid pitching and homeruns, as the Pirates beat the Brewers 6-2 to finish the doubleheader sweep.

Clay Holmes started for Pittsburgh and was solid, giving up four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings.  Tyler Glasnow, Michael Feliz, and Felipe Vazquez pitched out of the bullpen.  Feliz was charged with the two runs, while Vazquez earned his 23rd save of the season and second save of the day.

A solo homerun by Max Moroff in the third inning put the Bucs on the board, 1-0.  David ...

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Pirates Fall Flat In Loss To Nationals

Rain delayed the start of tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals and early on both offenses looked to be a bit off because of it.  Washington would strike first and never look back in a 5-1 defeat of Pittsburgh tonight.  The Nationals win also evened up this three-game series with the rubber match taking place tomorrow afternoon.

Joe Musgrove was back on the mound tonight after a stint on the DL for a finger laceration.  He worked his way out of a rocky first inning and looked good for the next three innings.  He would find trouble in the fifth when he gave up a two-run home run to Anthony Rendon.  Musgrove was lifted after pitching five innings, while giving up two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.  His counterpart, Jeremy Hellick...

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Four Home Runs Lift Pirates Over Giants

The storyline coming into this weekend series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants was the return of Andrew McCutchen to PNC Park.  McCutchen was a key member of three straight playoff appearances from 2013-15, but all good things must come to an end.  Many thought Pittsburgh would be in turmoil this season, but so far, they have been playing good baseball and that continued tonight in an 11-2 victory.

The Pirates were able to get out of the gate fast tonight with a Starling Marte two run home run in the bottom of the first inning.  That would be key after Jameson Taillon left the game after the third inning with a finger laceration.  Hopefully Taillon does not miss much time, because when he is on top of his game he is by far the best pitcher on the staff.

San Franc...

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Pirates Dominated By Scherzer, Nationals

The Pittsburgh Pirates sure don’t appear to enjoy heading east so far this season.  Last month they were swept in a four-game series in Philadelphia, and they have dropped two games already in this series against the Washington Nationals.  Tonight, they were picked apart by a strong outing from Max Scherzer and a red-hot Washington offense by the final of 12-4.

Two innings of scoreless baseball were snapped in the third on a solo home run by Wilmer Difo.  One inning later another solo homer, this one by Matt Adams, would double the Nationals lead.  The fifth inning would be when things fell completely apart for Pittsburgh.  Bryce Harper would launch a three-run homer and would be followed by another solo dinger from Adams.

That would send Chad Kuhl to the showers after just 4...

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Taillon Roughed Up In Loss To Phillies

One day after the Pittsburgh Pirates offense showed signs of life, they quickly plummeted back to earth tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies.  An awful night from the usually reliable Jameson Taillon made this night even tougher.  In the end Philadelphia would come away with a 7-0 victory to open up this four-game series between the Keystone State rivals.

After a scoreless first inning, the Phillies jumped all over Taillon in the second.  It all started with a Rhys Hoskins solo home run.  Later in the inning Cesar Hernandez would clear the bases on a RBI single to center.  There seemed to be some confusion by Jordy Mercer and Adam Frazier as to who the cutoff man was on this play, since both stood around second base.  Odubel Herrera would finish off the inning with a RBI single ...

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Kuhl, Pirates Avoid Sweep With 10-2 Victory

After struggling to score the past couple nights at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered this afternoon’s series finale against the Colorado Rockies looking to avoid their first three-game sweep of the season.  Today, despite some of their best hitters having the day off, the Pirates offense erupted and they got a strong performance from Chad Kuhl on the mound as they avoided the series sweep with a 10-2 victory over the Rockies.

Kuhl started for Pittsburgh today and faced a tough task against the red-hot Rockies offense.  But after a slow start to the season, Kuhl pitched well today, giving up one run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings of work.

Chris Iannetta’s solo homerun in the top of the third made it a 1-0 game early, but the Rockies’ lead woul...

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Pirates Close Season With Win Over Nationals

Today marked the final time that the Pittsburgh Pirates would take the field in 2017.  They will head into the offseason with many questions after a 11-8 victory over the Washington Nationals.  It was a game that took over four hours to play, had a slew of pitching changes, and saw everyone get some playing time.  Washington was doing it to get players rest for the postseason, while Pittsburgh did it to get everyone in the stat column.

The Pirates would score five of their eleven runs in the first inning.  Jordan Luplow would be hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the first run of the game.  Max Moroff then came through with a double to clear the bases.  Finally, Jacob Stallings hit a RBI single to left center for the fifth run of the inning...

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Pirates Rally Late To Defeat Nationals

The 2017 season is coming to an end for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any drama left in the season.  Pittsburgh struggled to get anything going offensively for most of the night, but found a spark in the ninth inning.  A great start from Jameson Taillon, along with a solid outing from the bullpen, ensured that the ninth inning rally would be enough for a 4-1 victory.

Taillon was solid in his final outing of the year.  He would throw seven innings and allow one run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk.  That lone run came around in the second inning on a Ryan Zimmerman RBI single.  Taillon would be backed by a scoreless eighth inning from George Kontos and ninth from Felipe Rivero.  Rivero would pick up his 21st save of the year in the process...

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Nova Exits With Injury, Pirates Lose 5-4

Tonight was Ivan Nova’s last start of the 2017 season.  An up and down season for Nova left in injury, as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ right hander left after just two innings of work after being hit on the hand while trying to bunt.  The Washington Nationals beat the Bucs in a close game tonight by a 4-2 score.

Tyler Glasnow relieved Nova, giving up one run on two hits and five walks in 3.2 innings.  Edwin Jackson started for Washington, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings.

Daniel Murphy’s RBI single in the first scored Wilmer Difo to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead.  Pittsburgh responded with two runs in the third.  Christopher Bostick’s RBI double scored Max Moroff to tie the game, and Starling Marte gave the Bucs a 2-1 lead with an RBI single.

After tying the game in t...

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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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