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Brewers Hand Pirates Sixth Straight Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in an absolute freefall to end the 2017 season.  They can’t score runs, they make base-running mistakes, mental errors, and the defense is as unreliable as the offense is unproductive.  The latest team to take advantage of the Pirates inferiority was the Milwaukee Brewers, who shut out the Bucs 3-0 at PNC Park tonight.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up two runs on six hits through five innings in a losing effort.  His mound opponent, Brent Suter, bewildered the Pirates, giving up just five hits in five innings of work.

Ryan Braun broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth with a solo homerun, his 17th of the season, to left center field.  Neil Walker’s RBI single in the sixth and Travis Shaw’s single in the eighth made it 3...

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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 Offense Comes Up Short Against Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has had some peaks and many valleys during the 2017 season.  After an outburst last night, they were silenced tonight in a 4-2 loss to the New York Mets.  Pittsburgh would go 1-12 with runners in scoring position, so they did have their chances to win the game.

New York would strike first with a two-run home run by Neil Walker in the first inning.  The home run parade for the Mets would continue in the third when Jay Bruce ripped a solo shot into deep right centerfield.  The final homer for New York would come in the fourth when Wilmer Flores hit a 358-foot shot into the left field stands.

All of these runs would come off of Pirates starter Tyler Glasnow...

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Diaz’s 6 RBIs Lead Pirates Over Mets

Tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets featured an enticing pitching matchup.  On paper, this looked as though it could be a low-scoring affair, as both Gerrit Cole and Matt Harvey have shown the potential this season to shut down the opposition.  Tonight was anything but a pitchers’ duel, however, as the Pirates beat the Mets on a wild night, 12-7.

Cole, tonight’s winning pitcher, gave up seven runs on eight hits in five innings of work, seeing his ERA continue to inflate to 4.27 on the season.  Harvey wasn’t much better tonight, giving up six runs on five hits and four walks in five innings of work.  Tonight, it was all about the offense, and the Pirates came up with the big hits in key moments.

The Pirates loaded the bases in the first inning, but we...

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Mets Take Series, Beat Pirates 7-2

After last night’s dramatic walk-off extra inning victory at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action tonight against the New York Mets looking to win another series against a N.L. East opponent.  But the Mets had other plans, as their offense got the best of Tyler Glasnow and the Bucs’ pitching staff on their way to a 7-2 victory.

Glasnow started for Pittsburgh tonight, and after a few good innings to begin the game, he ran into trouble in the fourth inning.  In all, he gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings of work.  His mound opponent, Matt Harvey, took a huge step forward, giving up one run on six hits in six innings.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the second on a solo homerun by Gregory Polanco, his third of the season.

A two run double by Asdrub...

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Walker Homers Twice, Mets Beat Pirates 8-1

After winning the final two games of their short four game road trip, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to continue their hot hitting tonight against Neil Walker the New York Mets at PNC Park.

Unfortunately, Chad Kuhl and the Pirates struggled defensively, and the offense was non-existent, as the Mets won in a rout tonight by an 8-1 score.

Kuhl had yet another bad start for Pittsburgh, giving up five runs on eight hits in just 4.1 innings while falling to 1-5 on the season.  His mount opponent, Jacob deGrom, was solid, giving up one run on six hits in 8.1 innings of work.

Walker was the star of the day for the Mets against his old club, tallying three hits, including two homeruns, and four RBIs.  Lucas Duda had two hits and two RBIs as well.

The Mets took the lead in the top of the second on...

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Pirates Continue Fall Into The Abyss

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 6-14 dating back to May 27th, which is why they currently sit in third place with a .500 record.  If this were 2013 we all would be ready to throw a parade for a .500 record, but now it is a reason to hang your heads.  Tonight they lost to the New York Mets by the final of 6-4 and leave the Big Apple with a series loss.

New York started the scoring off when lead off hitter Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run in the first inning.  They broke the game open for good in the third.  Yoenis Cespedes hit a sac fly to right, Neil Walker hit a two run homer to deep right center, and Michael Conforto hit a solo shot to deep right center as well.  Walker would then bring home an insurance run in the fifth with a RBI double.

Juan Nicasio was roughed up once again toni...

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Cardinals Complete Sweep Of Bucs With 8-3 Victory

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park in the midst of a four game losing streak.  After falling to the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies on back to back nights, the Bucs dropped the first pair of games to their N.L. Central rivals on Friday and Saturday, forcing them into a series-salvaging game today on the North Shore.

Today, the theme of the series continued, as the Cardinals brought their bats out early and often, beating the Bucs 8-3 to complete the three game series sweep.

Jonathon Niese started today for Pittsburgh, and it was a rough afternoon for him.  He gave up eight runs on eleven hits in 5.1 innings, raising his ERA to 4.60 while falling to 6-3 on the season.  His mound opponent, Mike Leake, pitched effectively, giving ...

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Mets Spoil Taillon’s Debut, Beat Pirates 6-5

Tonight’s game between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates served as the Major League debut for Jameson Taillon.  Instead, this game became more about the Mets overcoming multiple deficits and eventually stealing a 6-5 victory to avoid the series sweep.

Taillon pitched well in his debut, giving up three runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings of work.  His mound opponent, Noah Syndergaard, gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings.  The winning pitcher was Addison Reed, the loser was Cory Luebke, and Jeurys Familia earned his 19th save of the season.

Pittsburgh scored two runs in the first inning on an RBI double by Gregory Polanco and a single by Jung-ho Kang.  Ty Kelly’s two run homerun to deep right center in the fourth inning ...

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Niese, Pirates Shut Down Mets 3-1

The first game of today’s doubleheader between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates was centered around the return of Neil Walker to his hometown.  After all, not only was the Pittsburgh area native drafted by the Bucs and had played his entire career for the Bucs, but they were his favorite team growing up and it was quite a story for him to return to PNC Park in a different uniform.  Jon Niese wanted some of that attention.

The Mets and Pirates swapped Niese for Walker in the offseason, and this was the first time the clubs faced off since the deal.  The Bucs’ left hander was stellar today, and the offense came up with some timely hitting on their way to a 3-1 victory on the North Shore.

Niese pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and two walks with two str...

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