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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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Cardinals Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 7-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates did everything they could this weekend to help the St. Louis Cardinals gain ground in the N.L. Central Standings.  After two close losses on Friday and Saturday to their divisional foes, the Bucs were beaten easily this afternoon at Busch Stadium by a 7-0 score.  With the victory, the Cardinals completed a three game weekend sweep of the Pirates.

The Bucs fell to ten games under .500 with the loss and their starter, Ivan Nova, lost his 13th game of the year, giving up five runs on five hits in five innings.  Michael Wacha, the Cardinals’ starter, gave up five hits and struck out seven in eight innings.

Yadier Molina was the star of the day for St. Louis, contributing two hits and five RBIs on the day.  Andrew McCutchen had two hits for Pittsburgh, but there was...

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Cardinals Best Pirates Again

Not much to see these days when you tune in to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Losers of three straight games, Pittsburgh was hoping to snap that skid, but the St. Louis Cardinals had no intention of losing at home.  St. Louis would pick up a series win with a 4-3 victory tonight.  The Pirates had their chances to win, but the Cardinals would battle back.

Chad Kuhl was good on the bump tonight and even helped his cause with the bat in the second inning.  He would double home Jordy Mercer for the first run of the game, before coming in to score on an Adam Frazier ground rule double.  Kuhl pitched six innings allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits with five walks and six strikeouts.

St. Louis came back from a 2-0 deficit in their half of the second when Yadier Molina hit a two-run ho...

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Fowler Homers Twice, Cards Sweep Pirates

Hey, why not make it three in a row?  After losing back to back games to the St. Louis Cardinals by a 2-1 score, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field this afternoon at Busch Stadium looking to avoid the series sweep against their N.L. Central rivals.  Unfortunately, it was more of the same today, as the Cards were able to muster enough runs, thanks to Dexter Fowler, on their way to yet another 2-1 win.

This afternoon’s game featured another enticing matchup.  Gerrit Cole took the mound for Pittsburgh against Michael Wacha for St. Louis.  Both of these pitchers are familiar with the opposing offenses, making it a very interesting game to watch.  As expected the pitchers got the best of the hitters...

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Bucs Bats Stay Silent, Lose 2-1

In last night’s loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates offense was virtually non-existent.  Tonight, unfortunately, the same trend continued, as despite another strong performance from their starter, they weren’t able to put together enough of an offensive effort to come away with a victory.

Prior to today’s game, the Bucs and their fans received some terrible news, as Starling Marte was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.  Jose Osuna was recalled from Indianapolis and did make an appearance in the game tonight.

For the second straight night at Busch Stadium, it was a solid pitching matchup between the two starters.  Chad Kuhl lasted six innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while Mike Leake gave up one run on seven ...

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Pirates Blanked By Cardinals 7-0

The start of the Pittsburgh Pirates final series did not go the way anyone in the organization or fan base wanted.  The St. Louis Cardinals proved that they have something to play for, as they chase one of two Wild Card spots, while Pittsburgh appeared to go through the motions.  Zero runs, five hits, and two errors are no way to play spoiler to a division rival.

The Cardinals did not jump on the board until the third inning when Jedd Gyorko hit a solo home run off of Bucco starter Tyler Glasnow.  Glasnow pitched five innings and allowed only the one run, to go with four strikeouts and four walks.  He will need to work on his command if he wants to be effective at the Major League level next year.

Trevor Williams would be the Pittsburgh pitcher who got hit the hardest on the night...

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Polanco, Jaso Lead Pirates Over Cardinals

After a tough loss to the St. Louis Cardinals last night at Busch Stadium, the Pittsburgh Pirates turned to Gerrit Cole as they looked to win their second series of the season against their N.L. Central rivals.  This afternoon, the Bucs got two clutch homeruns by Gregory Polanco and John Jaso, as they beat the Cards 10-5.

Cole improved to 3-3 on the season, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings.  The Pirates had to use a total of seven pitchers, including Mark Melancon, who earned his ninth save of the season.  Fortunately, Pittsburgh was able to get to Michael Wacha, tagging him for four runs on six hits in his six innings of work.

The Cardinals scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the third inning.  Matt Carpenter and Stephen Piscotty led off with back to back singl...

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Carpenter Walks Off To Down Pirates

Ever since the Pittsburgh Pirates ended a twenty year losing streak in 2013, their games with the St. Louis Cardinals have been very tight.  That is what makes their first four matchups so surprising, Pittsburgh came into today with a 4-0 record and looking for a second straight series win and it is only early May.

The Pirates jumped on the board early in the game by putting up two runs in the first inning.  Gregory Polanco drove in a run with a single to center and then Jung Ho Kang drove in run number two with a sac fly to right.  St. Louis quickly answered in the bottom half of the inning when Randal Grichuk tied the game with a single to left center.  Stephen Piscotty then gave the Cardinals the lead with a solo home run in the third.

Three runs is all that Buccos starter Jeff Lock...

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Mercer Hits Game Winner In 11th

It may only be game 2 of 162, but a win over a division foe is always big, especially when it is the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Pittsburgh Pirates finished two games back of St. Louis for the division title last year, so entering 2016 the need to have an “every game counts” mentality.  That was just the kind of effort they showed tonight in a 6-5 victory in eleven innings.

Jonathon Niese made his Pittsburgh debut tonight and looked solid during his five innings of work.  His stat line of four earned runs on five hits doesn’t sound impressive, but errors by Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer led to an increased pitch count.  Niese was able to strike out seven and only walk one during his time on the mound...

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Liriano Bests Wainwright as Pirates Win Season Opener

This afternoon’s MLB season opener pitted two excellent pitchers against one another – Francisco Liriano and Adam Wainwright.  The first official game of the regular season in Major League Baseball featured one of the best rivalries in the league between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.

Today, Liriano outpitched his mound opponent and the offense came up with some timely hits, as the Pirates beat the Cardinals 4-1 at PNC Park.

Liriano struck out ten batters, but did walk five and gave up three hits in six innings work.  He got himself out of a couple jams throughout his afternoon, coming up with some big strikeouts at pivotal moments.

The Cardinals put runners on first and third in the third, but couldn’t capitalize...

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