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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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Polanco Shines In Defeat Of Brewers

It is officially that time of year where every series is the biggest of the season.  Technically that statement is true for the next four days.  The Pittsburgh Pirates opened the day seven games back of the Milwaukee Brewers going into their four-game series at PNC Park.  Pittsburgh would close that gap to six after a come from behind 4-2 victory tonight.

Chad Kuhl appears to be finding his way.  After a rough go of things during the better part of the first half of the season, he is starting to look like the pitcher he was last year.  He threw 5.2 innings allowing two runs on four hits, with three walks and a career high seven strikeouts.  Kuhl would even take out Milwaukee catcher Stephen Vogt on a collision at the plate in the fifth inning.

The Brewers collected their first run on...

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Frazier Walks It Off With RBI Single

If the Pittsburgh Pirates want to make a run at the 2017 postseason, they have to win series in the second half of the season.  Pittsburgh had a chance at that today after splitting the first two games of this three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.  It took all nine innings, but in the end, it would be the Pirates who came away with the game and the series at PNC Park.

The Buccos struck in the bottom of the first with an Andrew McCutchen RBI single to shallow center field.  Pittsburgh would hold that lead until the fifth when Matt Carpenter plated a run with a double to right.  Max Moroff would strike in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to right field.  St. Louis was not down for long, as a single by pitcher Carlos Martinez tied the game once again.

Trevor W...

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Taillon Returns, Pirates Top Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates began a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies tonight at PNC Park and a familiar face was on the mound for Pittsburgh.  Jameson Taillon made his return from the DL after surgery for testicular cancer back in May.  Taillon pitched a quality start, and had some help from the Pirates bats, in a 7-2 victory.

Taillon may have been a little rusty at times, but his stuff was still there tonight.  He pitched five innings and allowed zero runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  Jamo got himself into some high pitch counts on a few batters, but if he builds on this start he will sure be ace material very soon.  The bullpen had four relievers work the final four innings tonight.

Wade LeBlanc pitched the sixth and gave up a run on a Trevor Story single...

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Pirates Blow Lead Again, Lose 9-6

After blowing a late-inning lead last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to earn a split in their short two game series against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.  Tonight, unfortunately, it was more of the same, as the Pirates built a big lead, but the Orioles stormed back to win 9-6 in extra innings.

Jose Osuna and Elias Diaz had two hits each, and Max Moroff had a big hit as well, as the young guns put the Bucs in position to win the game tonight.

Chad Kuhl made the start for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on four hits in five innings.  He also struck out four and walked four.  Sure, it would have been nice for him to be a little more efficient and go a little deeper in the game, but this was a good performance for Kuhl, who has had a rocky 2017 season thus far.

Pittsburgh took ...

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