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Offense Struggles Again, Pirates Lose 4-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ struggles at the plate continued on Wednesday night, as the Seattle Mariners beat them for the second straight game, 4-1, at PNC Park.

Playing without Starling Marte and Josh Bell in their lineup has certainly taken a toll on this offense’s production.  On Wednesday, the Bucs could only manage one run on six hits as a team, and with a young and inexperienced pitching staff that has been taking the mound for the past month, it doesn’t leave much of a chance for this team to win.

Dario Agrazal fell to 4-5 on the season, giving up four runs on six hits, while five relievers were used to complete the final four innings of the game, pitching scoreless ball and giving up just one hit the rest of the way...

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Pirates Blanked In Opener Against Mariners

It was an ugly day for anyone associated with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  News broke in the early afternoon that All-Star Closer Felipe Vazquez had been arrested for multiple charges dealing with sexual misconduct towards a minor.  News like this makes something as simple as a baseball game have very little meaning.  That being said, Pittsburgh did open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners tonight at PNC Park.

Seattle controlled the game from start to finish, and one could assume that the Pirates had their minds elsewhere.  Dee Gordon plated the first run tonight in the second inning on a sac fly to right field.  A single by Shed Long in the fifth gave the Mariners a two-run lead.  Back to back home runs by Omar Narvaez and Austin Nola in the sixth increased their lead to four...

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Cubs Complete Sweep, Crush Bucs 16-6

The Chicago Cubs capped a three game series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with another blowout victory at Wrigley Field this afternoon.

It was another difficult day for the starting pitchers, as Trevor Williams and Jose Quintana both struggled on the mound for their respective clubs.  Williams gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks in 2.1 innings, while Quintana also just lasted 2.1 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.

A three run homerun by Kris Bryant in the bottom of the first gave the Cubs the early lead.  A single by Kevin Newman, a double by Bryan Reynolds, and two more singles by Pablo Reyes and Colin Moran put the Bucs in front in the top of the third by a 5-3 score, but the Cubs scored five more runs in the bottom of the inning, including Bryant’s second homerun...

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Ozuna, Wainwright Lead Cardinals To Easy Victory

Adam Wainwright dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates on the mound last night, as the St. Louis Cardinals hit Steven Brault and the Bucs’ bullpen hard in a 10-1 beatdown at PNC Park.

Wainwright gave up one run on six hits in seven innings, while Brault fell to 4-4 on the season after giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits in 5.1 innings.

Dexter Fowler’s single and Marcell Ozuna’s three run homerun gave the Cards a 4-0 lead in the third inning.  The Pirates’ lone run came in the bottom of the inning, when Starling Marte singled home Kevin Newman.

But St. Louis added two runs in the sixth, two in the seventh, and two in the ninth to make this one a laugher.

Marte was the only Pirate to have a multi-hit game, while Newman, Bryan Reynolds, Adam Frazier, and Brault had the other hits.

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Six Run Seventh Carry Pirates Over Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates began a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park tonight.  St. Louis is chasing a playoff spot, while Pittsburgh is trying to avoid the division cellar and put a damper on the Cardinals postseason hopes.  Things did not look good for the Pirates through six innings, but a big seventh inning led them to an opening game victory.

Alex McRae made the start tonight for the Buccos and gave them five innings on the night.  He would allow two runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout.  His counterpart Miles Mikolas would also go five innings and allow one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and four walks.

St. Louis got things started in the second on a Tommy Edman two run home run...

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Marlins Rally, Beat Bucs 10-7

Despite falling behind in the first inning, the Miami Marlins rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the rubber match of their three game series by a 10-7 score at PNC Park on Thursday night.

The Pirates scored five runs in the first inning, taking control of the game from the onset.  But the Marlins battled back at the plate and limited the Bucs to just two runs the rest of the way.  The victory game the Marlins’ a series win on the road, while evening the season series Pirates.

A single by Neil Walker in the top of the first gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead, but the Pirates scored five runs in the bottom of the inning.  A homerun by Bryan Reynolds and a double by Pablo Reyes put them in front 3-1, and they were then aided by a throwing error by Isan Diaz which scored the other two run...

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Keller Leaves With Injury, Pirates Lose 5-4

It was a difficult beginning to the home stand for Mitch Keller and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Bucs’ top prospect was injured early in the game, and the Pirates lost to the Miami Marlins in extra innings on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Keller exited his start in the second inning after being hit in the wrist with a line drive.  It was officially listed as a right wrist contusion, with no word of anything more significant than a “day to day” type injury.

This turned into a bullpen game for the Bucs, who used a total of seven pitchers once Keller left.  They held a one-run lead into the ninth inning, when Felipe Vazquez shockingly blew his 3rd save of the season.  The Marlins scored a run in the top of the tenth to win the game.

Adam Frazier hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the ...

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Pirates Complete Four Game Sweep Of Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a four-game series at Coors Field today against the Colorado Rockies.  While this game wasn’t as high scoring as the previous three, Pittsburgh led from the beginning and swept this series after a 6-2 win today.  The key to this win was the offense, and a stellar start from Steven Brault.

Brault pitched 6.1 innings today and even provided some offense during that time.  He would allow two runs, one earned, on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  The first run came in the sixth on a Nolan Arenado home run to left.  Colorado scored their other run in the seventh when Tony Walters hit an RBI single to right center to bring home Ryan McMahon.

The Pirates offense got started on the very first pitch of the game.  That is when Adam Frazier hit a...

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Pirates Complete Sweep, Beat Reds 9-8

The Pittsburgh Pirates completed the weekend sweep of the Cincinnati Reds this weekend with a 9-8 victory in a wild game at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon.

While the Pirates have had a nightmare of a season, they have played well against the Reds.  That trend continued today, as the Bucs improved to 11-5 against Cincy this year with the one-run victory, capping the series sweep this weekend.

Neither starter, Trevor Bauer for Cincinnati or Dario Agrazal for Pittsburgh, pitched well, as it was all about the offense on Sunday.  Agrazal did get the win (3-3), while Felipe Vazquez tallied his 23rd save of the season.

The Pirates fell behind early in this one, as the Reds scored three runs in the top of the first inning...

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Pirates Rally In Ninth, Beat Reds 3-2

It looked as though the Pittsburgh Pirates were going to lose their 76th game of the season on Friday night, as they trailed the Cincinnati Reds by a 2-1 score entering the ninth inning.  The Pirates rallied for a pair of runs in the inning, walking off on the Reds in the first game of this three game series at PNC Park.

Mitch Keller started for the Pirates, giving up one run on six hits with nine strikeouts in six innings of work.  Michael Feliz pitched a scoreless inning, while Keone Kela gave up a run on two hits in the eighth inning.  Felipe Vazquez earned the victory after pitching a perfect ninth inning.

The Reds took the lead in the top of the second on a solo homerun by Aristides Aquino.  A groundout by Colin Moran in the sixth scored Bryan Reynolds to tie the game, but Aquino’...

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