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Bucs Win Third Straight, Beat Reds 6-2

After playing terrible baseball for the past month, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of a strong home stand.  So far, so good.  The Bucs won their third consecutive game, and second straight over the Cincinnati Reds, with a 6-2 victory this afternoon at PNC Park.

Pittsburgh used a three-run sixth inning to break open what was once a close game.  Ivan Nova started for the Bucs, giving up one run on five hits in six innings of work.  Steven Brault and Michael Feliz finished off the Reds over the final three innings to secure the victory.

Starling Marte’s groundout scored Josh Harrison in the bottom of the first inning to give the Pirates an early 1-0 lead.  A solo homerun by Eugenio Suarez in the second tied the game.

Solo homeruns by Colin Moran and Elias Diaz in the thi...

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Pirates Open Homestand With Victory Over Reds

It was exactly one month ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates season took an ugly turn.  Pittsburgh would lose to the San Diego Padres that night and then go on to lose 17 of their next 25 games.  Skids like that can definitely take a toll on team, but with over three months remaining in the season all hope has not been lost.  After ending their road trip on Wednesday with a win the Pirates looked to build on that tonight in game one of a ten game homestand.

They would come back to PNC Park to open a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds.  Cincinnati may be the only Central Division team looking up at the Buccos at the moment, but they always play them tough.  That would be no different tonight, as after a back and forth game Pittsburgh would prevail with a 3-2 victory.

The Pirates ha...

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Pirates Drop Sixth Straight Series

On May 18 the Pittsburgh Pirates sported a 26-17 and looked to be a team that could possibly contend throughout the season.  Sure, they had their weaknesses, but they played tough every night.  Since then they have gone 5-14 and look like a very incomplete team.  Pitching appears to be their biggest problem with most of those problems coming from the bullpen.  The starting pitching has struggled to pitch deep into games as of late, which of course makes the bullpen problem even worse.

Today they wrapped up a three-game series at PNC Park with the Los Angeles Dodgers that saw them lose a tight 8-7 ballgame.  Six straight series losses in terrible and honestly Pittsburgh should consider themselves lucky to be at .500 with 100 games left in the season.

Jameson Taillon started for the Pir...

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Pirates Win Wild Game At PNC Park

After being shut out in back to back games and falling to the .500 mark, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of a victory.  Tonight, the offense came alive as they won a crazy game over the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park by an 11-9 score.

This was not a good game for the pitching staff on either club.  The two teams used 14 pitchers combined.  Trevor Williams lasted just three innings, giving up four runs on four hits.  Steven Brault earned the victory (5-1) in relief, while Felipe Vazquez tallied his 11th save of the season.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the second on a bases loaded, three run double by Josh Harrison.  Starling Marte singled Harrison home later in the inning, and the Pirates led 4-0.

Los Angeles responded in the top of the third with four runs...

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Pirates Blanked In Series Opener By Dodgers

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight to begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Pittsburgh has been playing terribly as of late, while Los Angeles has struggled since their World Series loss last year.  This looked to be an opportune time for the Pirates to right the ship, but the Dodgers played a great all-around game to defeat the Buccos 5-0.

Joe Musgrove started for Pittsburgh tonight and had the worst outing during his short time in a Pirates uniform.  Musgrove would allow four runs, three earned, on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.  Giving up the long ball is what hurt him most while on the mound.  Joc Pederson would hit a two-run homer in the second, while Yasiel Puig cranked a solo shot in the fourth.

That lone unearned run came when C...

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Wacha, Cardinals Shut Out Pirates 5-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates have some history with Michael Wacha.  Over the years, Wacha has looked almost perfect against the Bucs in some of the biggest games.  This afternoon, it was nearly unhittable, stifling the Pirates hitters and holding a no-hit bid until the ninth inning.  The St. Louis Cardinals jumped in front early and coasted to an easy 5-0 victory at Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh has now lost five straight series, and in those series, they hold a 5-12 record.  They are now just one game over .500, and after a great start against the N.L. Central, they are now just 14-12 against their division.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh, falling to 2-2 on the season after giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits through five innings.  Steven Brault pitched two scoreless innings, ...

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Musgrove, Pirates Beat Cubs 2-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs in desperate need of a win.  Fortunately, Joe Musgrove was on the mound and picked up right where he left off in his last start, holding the Cubs’ hitters in check as the Pirates held on for a 2-1 victory at PNC Park.

Musgrove wasn’t as sharp as he was in his first start of the season, but still made the big pitches when he needed to in the crucial moments.  He gave up one run on seven hits with four walks and five strikeouts through seven innings.  Kyle Crick pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Felipe Vazquez made things a bit dramatic, but held on for his 10th save of the season.

Kyle Hendricks started for Chicago and also wasn’t as sharp as he usually is, giving up two runs on seven hits in five innings...

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Bullpen Struggles Continue, Pirates Lose 7-0

Entering this afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates had lost three straight series, two against N.L. Central opponents.  There have been many factors that have contributed to the team’s struggles, but at the top of the list has certainly been the bullpen.  Today, the bullpen woes continued, turning a close game into a blowout, as the Pirates lost to the Cubs by a 7-0 score.

The Bucs have lost three straight games, after dropping the final two games against the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend.  Chad Kuhl took the loss today (4-3), although he pitched very well against a potent Chicago offense.  He gave up one run on four hits through six innings, walking four and striking out five.  The Pirates couldn’t solve Kuhl’s mound opponent, M...

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Pirates Bullpen Implodes In Loss To Cardinals

Baseball can be a fickle game that can humble anyone.  Being humbled has been the story of the Pittsburgh Pirates for three straight series now.  After a 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals today, Pittsburgh has dropped three straight series for the first time in 2018.  This loss would be mostly caused by Clint Hurdle’s mishandling of his bullpen.

For the second straight day St. Louis would strike first and Matt Carpenter had a hand in it once again.  After leading the game off with a double and then moving up to third on a groundout, he would score on an infield single by Marcell Ozuna.  The Pirates would come back to tie the game in the fourth on an RBI single by Colin Moran.

The Buccos would break through with a big fifth inning that looked to be enough to earn a Sunday afternoon...

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Flaherty Beats Williams, Pirates 4-1

A day after coasting to an 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action this afternoon against their division rivals at PNC Park.  Today, unfortunately, the Cardinals got the best of them, as Jack Flaherty pitched a gem and Trevor Williams struggled.  The Cardinals took an early lead and went on for a 4-1 win.

Flaherty was solid for St. Louis, giving up one run on four hits in six innings of work.  Williams, on the other hand, struggled, giving up four runs on seven hits in just four innings of work.  The Bucs used a total of five pitchers, although the bullpen did keep the Cards off the bullpen.  Unfortunately, the damage had already been done.

Matt Carpenter led off the game with a solo homerun to right field.  Starling Marte responded with a ...

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