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Brewers Beat Cole, Pirates 5-2

Gerrit Cole took the mound tonight for the Pittsburgh Pirates looking for another solid start on the road. Unfortunately, he ran into some trouble in the early innings, and the Bucs couldn’t muster a comeback as they fell 5-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers tonight at Miller Park.

Cole battled his way through six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits with ten strikeouts and two walks.  His mound opponent, Brent Suter, gave up two runs on three hits in three innings in a spot start for Milwaukee.

A solo homerun by Eric Thames in the bottom of the second inning put the Brewers in front 1-0.  Jordy Mercer’s groundout in the third tied the game and an RBI single by Jordan Luplow later in the inning gave the Bucs a 2-1 advantage.

The Brewers tagged Cole for four runs in the third inning. 

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Brault, Pirates Blank Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers on a five-game losing streak and struggling in all aspects of the game.  Steven Brault looked to be the stop gap for Pittsburgh and he would have help from his offense in a 7-0 win over Milwaukee.  If the Pirates want finish this season strong, more nights like this would go a long way.

Brault would go on to have the best start of his short Major League career.  He would throw six innings allowing one hit, while striking out six and walking one.  The biggest stat was not allowing a single run.  Brault would even do it with the bat going 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored.  He definitely did it all tonight in leading the charge to victory.

The Buccos would get the offense going immediately in the first in...

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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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Bullpen Falters, Pirates Lose 7-6

The Pittsburgh Pirates are fading fast in the race for the N.L. Central division title.  After losing their second straight game to the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at Miller Park, the Pirates are now four games under .500 and are drifting further behind their division rivals.

Gerrit Cole and Jimmy Nelson battled their way through trying starts this afternoon, each earning a no-decision.  Cole gave up four runs on five hits (including three homeruns) in six innings, while Nelson gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work.

The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the very first inning.  After singling to lead off, Starling Marte advanced to third when Nelson attempted to pick him off first base, throwing the ball away.  Later in the inning, Josh Bell h...

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Pirates Falter In Loss To Brewers

In order for the Pittsburgh Pirates to keep their slim playoff chances alive, they need help on the outside, and have to win every night.  Their 3-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers tonight took the wind out of their sails after winning six out of their last seven games.  Pittsburgh must now do a little scoreboard watching to see where they stand prior to their final home stand of the season.

Milwaukee was able to get to Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong early in the game.  Scooter Gennett lifted a two run home run to deep left center field to score Jonathan Villar.  Vogelsong continued the trend of starters not pitching deep into games, as he was sent to the bench after four innings of work.  He would end up allowing two runs on two hits to go with seven strikeouts and two walks...

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Kuhl, Rodriguez Lead Pirates Over Brewers

After a strong performance last night in a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight looking for their sixth consecutive victory at Miller Park.  Chad Kuhl pitched six quality innings and Sean Rodriguez had three RBI’s as the Pirates beat the Brewers 4-1.

Kuhl gave up one run on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts in six innings of work.  His mound opponent, Jimmy Nelson, gave up four runs on six hits in five innings.

The Pirates scored three runs in the first inning off Nelson, all with two outs.  Andrew McCutchen hit a towering home run to deep left field to give the Bucs a 1-0 lead.  Gregory Polanco and David Freese singled and Francisco Cervelli walked, loading the bases for Rodriguez...

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Pirates Keep Slim Playoff Hopes Alive, Defeat Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed their final off day of the 2016 regular season yesterday, and began a three game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park tonight.  The last time Pittsburgh played at Miller Park they swept a four game series.  That high was quickly gone after Milwaukee swept a three game series in PNC Park one week later.  Basically, when these two teams play, anything can happen.

The Pirates had plenty of hot bats in their previous series against the Cincinnati Reds.  Tonight they didn’t have quite the massive output, but they still took care of business.  Andew McCutchen led things off with a two RBI double in the first inning.  That lead was cut in half in the third when Domingo Santana hit a RBI double to right center field.

Jordy Mercer gave the Buccos b...

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Pirates Can’t Complete Sweep, Lose 7-4

The common theme for the 2016 season has been inconsistency for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a horrendous stretch of games the past couple weeks, the Bucs had put four straight victories together and were looking for a four game series sweep as they entered play this afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.

Unfortunately, Ivan Nova and the Pirates came up short this afternoon, as the Reds overcame an early deficit to avoid the series sweep with a 7-4 victory.

Nova wasn’t at his best this afternoon, giving up five runs (three earned) on nine hits in just three innings.  Tyler Glasnow pitched three scoreless innings in relief while Drew Hutchison gave up a pair of runs in two innings.

The Pirates took the lead in the top of the second with a pair of runs.  Jun...

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Pirates Lose Fifth Straight, 7-4 To Brewers

For most of the second half of the 2016 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been in a race for the N.L. Wild Card along with the St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins, and New York Mets.  Inconsistency has been the theme for this race for all the teams involved, and the Pirates are very much included in that list.  After winning four straight games last weekend over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, the Bucs have now lost five straight, most recently a 7-4 defeat to the Brew Crew at PNC Park tonight.

Ivan Nova pitched well for the Pirates tonight, giving up two runs on five hits in six innings of work.  Unfortunately, the bullpen let them down tonight, as Neftali Feliz and Felipe Rivero each gave up a pair of runs, and Jeff Locke gave up a run.

Gregory Polanco’s sacrifice fly in the ...

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Pirates Miss Out On Gaining Ground In Loss To Brewers

Before tonight’s game, the Pittsburgh Pirates had thirty one more opportunities to earn a spot in the Wild Card game.  Eighteen of those thirty one games would be against non-playoff teams, including tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Pittsburgh has had their problems with Milwaukee in the past, most notably at Miller Park, but the Pirates have played well at PNC Park, so they had to believe that they could perform better in front of the home crowd.

Jameson Taillon has been a huge bright spot for the Buccos since being called up from Triple-A, and tonight was no different.  He threw six strong innings tonight, allowing one run on three hits, while walking four and not allowing a single walk...

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