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Bucs Complete Sweep, Beat Reds 7-5

One of the keys of the 2019 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates will be how they play against the other teams in their division.  After losing three of their first four games to begin the year, the Bucs have reeled off four in a row, including a 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park this afternoon.

The win today marked a four game sweep of the Reds, who have fallen to 1-8 to start the year.  The Bucs, on the other hand, now sit at 5-3 and completed a 4-2 home stand before they head out on their first extensive road trip of the year.

Chris Archer started for the Bucs today, giving up three runs on five hits in six innings.  Nick Kingham gave up a pair of runs in two innings, and Richard Rodriguez earned his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless inning.

The Pirates too...

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Newman Sends Pirates Home Winners In Extras

It was a beautiful spring day this afternoon at PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Cincinnati Reds in game three of this four game series.  Pittsburgh took the first two games and were looking for a series win today.  This was a back and forth contest from the beginning, but in the end the good guys would come away victorious.

The Pirates jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Josh Bell hit a double to right center field that scored Jason Martin.  That lead would last until the top of the third when Kyle Farmer hit a two-run home run and Yasiel Puig hit an RBI single for the Reds.  The Buccos earned a run back in the bottom half of the inning on a Melky Cabrera groundout that plated Colin Moran.

Cincinnati quickly struck back with a run of their own in ...

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Pirates Beat Reds 2-0

The 2019 season has already seen some frustrating times for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  But so far, the one constant positive has been the starting pitching.  It has been a bright spot so far this year, which is exactly what we thought we would see before the season started.

Tonight, the trend continued, as the Pirates’ starting pitching was solid once again, and the offense did just enough to beat the Cincinnati Reds by a 2-0 score at PNC Park.

Joe Musgrove was dominant tonight, giving up three hits and one walk while striking out eight in seven innings of work.  Keone Kela bounced back from a rough performance his last time out on the mound to set the Reds down in order in the eighth, and Felipe Vazquez sealed the victory with his first save of the season.

In his second start against t...

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Pirates Pitching Leads The Way Past Reds

It has been a rough couple of days for the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans.  After blowing leads in both of their games with the St. Louis Cardinals, they also ran out of hot dog buns on dollar dog night.  They would wash their hands and begin a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds in front of a mostly empty PNC Park tonight.  Those in attendance and watching at home got to see a pitcher’s duel for the majority of the night.

Jordan Lyles made his first start of the season for Pittsburgh and did well in his back of the rotation role.  He would go five innings and allow three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.  Lyles was replaced in the sixth by Nick Kingham who added two scoreless innings to the box score, while striking out two and giving up two hits.  Richard Rodrigu...

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Bullpen Falters Again, Pirates Lose 5-4

After a disappointing home opening loss on Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight looking to earn a series split against their divisional rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the trend from Monday’s loss continued tonight, as the Pirates took an early lead, surrendering the lead late, and losing in extra innings.

Pittsburgh built a 3-0 lead, but the bullpen gave it up in the latter innings, and the Cardinals scored a pair of runs in the 10th inning, going on to win 5-4.

Jameson Taillon pitched well tonight for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings of work.  Keone Kela, unfortunately, continued the bad start to the season for the Bucs’ bullpen, giving up two runs on two hits with a walk in one inning...

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Miscues Send Pirates To Loss Against Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off the home portion of their 2019 schedule this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals. While the weather may have been cold, the sunshine gave the fans at PNC Park the feeling that warmer days are nearby.  Pittsburgh came in to today with a .500 record and looked to hand St. Louis their fifth loss on the young season.

The Pirates offense jumped on Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright early with three runs in the first inning.  Adam Frazier would be the first of those runs when he scored from third on a Josh Bell groundout.  Colin Moran then brought home Starling Marte and Francisco Cervelli with a double to right field.  Bell would add the fourth run of the game in the second inning with a sac fly to left that plated Marte.

Wainwright would make it throu...

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Williams’ Arm, Bat Lead Pirates Over Reds

In his first start of the 2019 season, Trevor Williams picked up right where he left off last year – with a great performance on the mound.  This afternoon at Great American Ballpark, though, he did it with his arm and his bat, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Williams earned his first win of the season today, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out six batters in six innings of work.  His mound opponent, Sonny Gray, struggled in his Reds’ debut.  He lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks.

Offensively, the Pirates were patient at the plate and did enough to give their starter some support.  Adam Frazier and Melky Cabrera had two hits each, while Williams led the team with two ...

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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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