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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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Kuhl Struggles, Pirates Lose 4-2

While the thrill of a playoff race has been out of the minds of Pittsburgh Pirates fans for weeks now, the month of September does present an opportunity to see what this team can do in future years with the talent they have now.  Chad Kuhl, who has vastly improved from this time last year, took the mound against the Cincinnati Reds, looking to finish strong with his final few starts in 2017.

Unfortunately, and uncharacteristically, Kuhl fell victim to the long ball, as the Reds hit four homeruns on their way to a 4-2 victory at Great American Ballpark.

Kuhl fell to 7-11 on the season, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks in 4.2 innings.  He was forced into long counts early, as he ended up throwing 101 pitches in under five innings of work.  His mound opponent, Homer Baile...

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Pirates Rally Late To Defeat Cubs

I guess it is never too late to play exciting baseball and that is exactly what the Pittsburgh Pirates did tonight.  After a so-so night by starter Steven Brault, the Pittsburgh bullpen and offense battled back to pick up a 4-3 victory.  Anytime the Pirates can send the Chicago Cubs away with a defeat is good news to me.

Brault got the start tonight in place of Ivan Nova and had his work cut out for him.  He would last five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with two walks.  Though the final stat line isn’t terrible, he was walking the tightrope quite a bit during that time.  Brault had a great year in Indianapolis and will hopefully get a couple more starts at the Major League level this year.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, the Buccos would collect two runs on a Jor...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Cubs 12-0

It has been a very difficult stretch for the Pittsburgh Pirates as of late.  That is certainly what made today’s 12-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park feel that much better.  Chad Kuhl pitched seven shutout innings and the Pirates offense knocked around the Cubs bullpen on their way to a comfortable win in front of their home crowd.

Kuhl improved to 7-10 on the season, giving up four runs and two walks while striking out eight Cubs hitters in seven innings.  Jake Arrieta fell to 14-9, giving up three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the first on a majestic two run homerun by Josh Bell.  Kuhl got himself into trouble, though, in the top of the second, allowing the first pair of hitters on base while struggling with his control...

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Pirates Win Series Over Reds

After a victory last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered today with a chance to take this three-game series from the Cincinnati Reds.  Cincinnati has had their way with Pittsburgh this season, but today’s 3-1 victory gave the Pirates two straight series victories over the division foes.  The Buccos will have one more chance to take a series from the Reds in two weeks.

Trevor Williams was very good once again today.  Williams is not the type of pitcher that is going to overwhelm you with his numbers, but he has been one of the more consistent Pittsburgh starters this season.  He would throw seven innings today allowing zero runs on eight hits, to go with five strikeouts and one walk.

The offense collected five hits today and three of those put runs on the scoreboard...

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Cardinals Hold On To Beat Bucs 11-10

It was a crazy game tonight at PNC Park between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After falling behind by as many as eight runs, the Pirates rallied late, but came up just short as the Cardinals held on for a 11-10 victory on the North Shore.

The Pirates have now lost six straight games, are six games under .500, and continue to drift further and further out of contention in the N.L. Central division.

Trevor Williams suffered the loss tonight (5-6), giving up eight runs on seven hits in three innings of work.  Carlos Martinez improved to 10-9 on the season with the victory, giving up three runs on six hits through seven innings of work.

Homeruns by Tommy Pham in the top of the first and Josh Harrison in the bottom half evened the game 1-1 heading into the second inning...

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Bucs Rally Again, Beat Brewers In Extras

This has been a special home stand for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Tonight, they fell behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the third straight night, and, again, they rallied late to pull out an unprecedented 3-2 victory at PNC Park.

Trailing 2-1 with three outs remaining, the Bucs responded to adversity once again with a run in the ninth and a run in the tenth to clinch a series victory over the division leading Brewers, while giving themselves an opportunity to complete a series sweep tomorrow afternoon.

The story for most of the game was the outstanding pitching performances by Gerrit Cole and Zach Davies, who each put their respective teams in great position to win the game.  But by the end of the night, the story was the Pirates resilience.

Both Cole and Davies got off to rather slow starts...

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