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Pirates End Season With Victory Over Reds

For a true fan, it is never easy to say goodbye to the boys of summer, but that is what we did today.  The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up the 2018 season this afternoon and did so with a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in ten innings.  Plenty of names were used in the lineup that hadn’t seen much action at the big-league level, but they stepped up to end the season on a high note.

Cincinnati struck first when Billy Hamilton scored on a throwing error by Elias Diaz in the first inning.  They would tack on two more runs in the second inning on a two-run home run from Tim Federowicz.  Pittsburgh finally struck in the fifth with two runs of their own.  Kevin Kramer plated the first run with a sac fly to left.  Jose Osuna would then cross the plate on a wild pitch.

The Reds regained...

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Taillon, Pirates Shut Down Cubs 5-1

After wrapping up their home schedule at PNC Park over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates embarked on their final road trip of the 2018 season.  Tonight they took the field against one of the favorites to advance to the World Series, the Chicago Cubs.  The Pirates got another solid performance from their starter, and their offense put enough runs on the board to take the first game of this four game series at Wrigley Field by a 4-1 score.

Jameson Taillon had another great start for the Pirates, finishing up his season strong on the road.  He gave up one run on five hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 3.16 on the season.  His mound opponent, Cole Hamels, didn’t fair quite as well for Chicago.  The Cubs’ left hander gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings...

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Sloppy Play Dooms Pirates Against Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up the home portion of their 2018 season today, though there is a makeup game scheduled for October 1, and did it in ugly fashion.  Poor pitching and the continuation of wild pitches paved the way for a 13-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.  The wild pitches should be at the top of the list of things to fix during the upcoming offseason.

Nick Kingham started today for Joe Musgrove, who will miss the remainder of the season because of side discomfort, and was terrible on the mound.  He allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks in just 1.1 innings of work.  The bullpen wasn’t much better during their 7.2 innings of action today...

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Brewers Hit Four Homers, Beat Bucs 8-3

After completing a sweep of the Kansas City Royals earlier in the week, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight at PNC Park looking to continue their strong play at home.  Unfortunately, the Bucs’ bullpen struggled tonight, as the Milwaukee Brewers scored six runs in the sixth inning and went on to a comfortable 8-3 victory.

Josh Bell’s solo homerun in the bottom of the first gave the Pirates an early 1-0 lead.  A two-out single by Ryan Braun in the top of the fourth tied the game, but Corey Dickerson blasted a two run homerun in the bottom of the inning to give them a 3-1 lead.

After a two hour 14 minute rain delay, the Brewers came back on the field on fire.  Jesus Guilar doubled home a run in the sixth inning, and scored on a two run homerun by Travis Shaw.  Mike Moustakas

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Pirates Rally Late, Beat Royals 7-6

After playing spoiler over the weekend by taking two of three games against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home for a three game series at PNC Park against the Kansas City Royals.

A back and forth game tonight resulted in a 7-6 victory for the Pirates on the North Shore.

Joe Musgrove started for the Pirates tonight, battling his way through six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.  Rookie Brad Keller gave up four runs on ten hits in six innings for Kansas City.

The Royals took the lead in the third inning on a RBI double by Alex Gordon.  Pittsburgh tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a two out single by Corey Dickerson.

A two run double by Adam Frazier in the fourth inning made it 3-1 Pittsburgh, but the Royals scored four runs in ...

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Pirates Continue To Roll, Take Down Marlins

The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing a good brand of baseball on this six game homestand and that would continue today against the Miami Marlins.  Pittsburgh would use solid pitching and timely hitting to earn a 5-1 victory today at a damp PNC Park.

Ivan Nova was back on the mound today after missing his last start.  It looked like the extra rest did Nova some good during this outing.  He would finish the day pitching six innings allowing three hits to go with nine strikeouts and one walk.  Dovydas Neverauskas pitched a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts, before Nick Kingham would work the final two innings.  Kingham allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

The lone Miami run came when Miguel Rojas scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning...

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Pirates Beat Reds 7-3

Regardless of either team’s record, the Pittsburgh Pirates have struggled against the Cincinnati Reds in recent years.  But in 2018, the Bucs have played well against their N.L. Central foes…and that trend continued on Tuesday night.  Pittsburgh provided starter Joe Musgrove with plenty of run support, as they earned comfortable 7-3 victory at PNC Park.

Musgrove pitched well for the Pirates, giving up two runs on five hits with eighth strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.  Richard Rodriguez, Kyle Crick, and Felipe Vazquez pitched the final 2.2 innings in relief to close things out.

Francisco Cervelli gave the Pirates the lead in the bottom of the first with a single to score Adam Frazier.  They added three more runs in the bottom of the third on a two run double by Gregory Polanco and...

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Happy Labor Day, Pirates Win

The unofficial end of summer is Labor Day and it also means that baseball season is coming to a close.  The Pittsburgh Pirates are beginning to evaluate talent for 2019 by expanding the roster and playing guys who have spent most of the season on the bench or in the minors.  Today they opened up a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park with a 5-1 victory.

Trevor Williams has been on fire as of late and that trend continued today.  He worked 6.2 innings giving up five hits to go with four strikeouts and one walk.  His ERA would drop to 3.15 and the offense did the job to get him a W today.  Richard Rodriguez would collect the final out of the seventh, before giving way to Kyle Crick in the eighth.  Crick gave up one run on two hits with one strikeout.  Keone Kela t...

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Archer Continues To Struggle With Pirates

There was a lot of hype surrounding Chris Archer when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Tampa Bay Rays.  The fan base was excited and even gave him a standing ovation the night he arrived at PNC Park.  Even with that excitement, he has struggled mightily since he first donned a Pittsburgh uniform.  That trend would continue today in a 7-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Archer would only last four innings today allowing six runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  The hope was that this guy would be a top of the rotation pitcher for the Pirates and so far, he has been nothing more than a headache.  He was replaced in the fifth by Nick Kingham.  Kingham worked two innings and gave up one run on one hit with two strikeouts...

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Pirates Swept By Braves

Thank goodness this homestand is over!  The Pittsburgh Pirates completed a seven game homestand tonight by being swept by the Atlanta Braves 2-1.  Pittsburgh would go 2-5 during these seven games at PNC Park and only manage to score a total of seven runs.  With numbers like those it is hard to imagine how they won two games during this stretch.

Trevor Williams pitched six innings tonight and gave up one run on two hits with four strikeouts and two walks.  That lone run came in the first inning when lead off hitter Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a solo homer to deep left centerfield.  Williams was replaced by Keone Kela in the seventh and he would go on to strikeout two of the three batters he faced.

The Buccos finally got to Atlanta starter Julio Teheran in the fifth when Colin Moran hit an RBI...

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