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Pirates Close Season With 3-1 Loss To Reds

It was an emotional day at PNC Park.  Steve Blass was stepping into retirement, Clint Hurdle was relieved of his duties, and oh yeah, the Pittsburgh Pirates were playing their final game of the season.  Unfortunately for the Bucs, they ended the season with a whimper, falling 3-1 to the Cincinnati Reds.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh, giving up two runs on five hits in seven innings.  He fell to 7-9 on the season, despite pitching a solid game.  The offense, unfortunately, didn’t provide much support on a day that the team really needed to win.

The Reds took the lead in the top of the second on a solo homerun by Aristides Aquino.  Brian O’Grady’s solo homerun in the fifth inning put them in front 2-0.  A sacrifice fly by Jose Osuna in the bottom of the sixth cut the lea...

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Pirates Fall To Reds 4-2 In Twelve

After an hour and five-minute rain delay, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds continued their three-game series at PNC Park on Saturday night. It was a night to celebrate the career of former Pittsburgh pitcher and current broadcaster Steve Blass.  However, in the end Cincinnati had the final celebration with an extra innings victory.

Tucker Barnhart got the scoring started in this game with a 364 ft. solo home run to right field in the second inning.  The Pirates tied the game in the second when Jose Osuna scored on a past ball.  Later in the inning Steven Baron hit an RBI double to bring home Kevin Kramer.  The Reds tied the game in the fourth when Jose Iglesias plated Phillip Ervin with a single to shallow left center.

James Marvel had his best start since being called up fro...

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Newman Homers Twice, Pirates Beat Reds 6-5

Kevin Newman hit two homeruns, including a two run walk off in the ninth, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of their final series of the season last night.

The Pirates’ shortstop has had a great rookie campaign, and is finishing up strong with a huge performance in the final Friday night of the regular season at PNC Park.

In his final start of the season, Steven Brault gave up four runs on four hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts in five innings.  Brault has had an up and down season, and whether it is as a starter or a reliever, one would have to believe he will find a roster spot on the team next season.

The Reds scored a pair of runs in the first inning and then Phillip Ervin singled home two more runs in the fifth inning, increasing the lead to ...

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Pirates Finish Off Sweep Of Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs met for the final time in 2019 tonight.  The end result was a 9-5 victory and series sweep for Pittsburgh.  The Pirates led for all nine innings and got one final good start from Joe Musgrove.

Musgrove worked six innings tonight and allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.  Those three runs came in the sixth inning.  The first two came on an Ian Happ double to right field.  Happ then came in to score on a Jonathan Lucroy groundout to the pitcher.

The Buccos got off to a hot start against Chicago starter Jose Quintana.  In the first inning Pablo Reyes brought home Melky Cabrera and Jose Osuna with a triple to left center field.  Two more runs would score in the third on an Osuna double to right...

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Pirates Win, Cubs Eliminated From Playoff Contention

Dario Agrazal and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night at PNC Park, officially eliminating them from playoff contention with a 4-2 win on the north shore.

Agrazal pitched well, self-proclaimed his best start of the season, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings of work.  Francisco Liriano and Michael Feliz each pitched a scoreless inning, setting the table for Keone Kela, who earned his first save of the season.

The Cubs did take the early lead on a RBI single by Ian Happ in the second inning, scoring Willson Contreras.  The Pirates responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Erik Gonzalez’s RBI double tied the game, and a single by Jake Elmore put them in front, 2-1.

Happ homered in the seventh to tie the game, but the Pirates ...

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Seven Run Seventh Lifts Pirates Over Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs began their final series of the 2019 season tonight at PNC Park.  Chicago has dominated Pittsburgh over the course of this season, and blew out the Pirates in a three game sweep a little over a week ago.  With the Cubs in the hunt for the final Wild Card spot in the National League, the Buccos have a chance to play spoiler these next three days.

Mitch Keller made a decent start tonight, especially considering his overall body of work.  Keller would pitch five innings and allow one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.  That lone run came in the fourth inning when Nico Hoerner hit an RBI double into the right center field gap to bring around Jason Heyward.

Pittsburgh would finally see its offense come to life in the seventh inning...

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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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