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Hamels, Cubs Shut Out Pirates 1-0

After a disappointing end to their road trip, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home to PNC Park for the beginning of a crucial home stand against the Chicago Cubs.  Two games in against the N.L. Central division leaders, and the Pirates haven’t even scored a run.  On Friday night, it was Cole Hamels who they Bucs couldn’t solve, as they fell 1-0 for the second consecutive night.

The Pirates managed seven hits on Friday, but also had three errors and they couldn’t get a that one key hit at a critical time to get on the board.  Hamels gave up five hits and walked two in seven innings of work.  The Cubs used four relievers to finish off the Bucs in the final two innings of the game.

Trevor Williams pitched another solid game on Friday, giving up one run on four hits in seven innings...

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Pirates Can’t Figure Out Twins

.500?  Would we all be happy with a .500 record at the conclusion of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates?  I know I would be, considering I thought this was a 65-win ball club coming into the season.  It appears that is the only question left to answer with a month and a half left to go in the season.  Pittsburgh gave us all a little bit of hope with an 11-game win streak and two trades that appeared to improve the roster, but that all seems to have come crashing down in August.

The Pirates record for the month dropped to 5-8 after being swept by the Minnesota Twins today by the final of 6-4.  The Buccos needed a win today to complete a winning road trip, instead they are left to wonder what might have been.

Chris Archer was on the bump today and once again showed that while he may ...

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Pirates Hold On To Defeat Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened up a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at PNC Park.  With Pittsburgh in contention for a playoff spot every game is big, but this one held a little more weight since St. Louis was tied with the Pirates in the division coming into tonight.  This game also marked the debut of the recently acquired Chris Archer.

St. Louis would jump out to an early lead when Matt Carpenter welcomed Archer to the National League with a 395 ft. home run to lead off the game.  The Buccos would take the lead in the bottom half of the inning.  Gregory Polanco hit a two RBI triple and then came around to score on a Colin Moran sac fly to left.

The Cardinals would gain a run back in the second on a Yairo Munoz double to right, but Pittsburgh would open things up...

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Cubs Split Series, Beat Pirates 9-2

After an exciting victory last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight at PNC Park looking to earn a two game series sweep against the division-leading Chicago Cubs.  But tonight, the Cubs jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 9-2 victory.

Cole Hamels made his debut with the Cubs tonight, and his offense gave him a four run lead before he even threw his first pitch.  It was not Nick Kingham’s night, lasting just one inning while giving up four runs (two earned) on three hits.

A groundout by Jason Heyward scored the game’s first run, and an error by Sean Rodriguez on a ball off the bat of Javier Baez scored the Cubs’ second run.  An error by Kingham scored the game’s third run, and Kyle Schwarber’s single made it 4-0 after a half inning.

Francisco Cervelli’s...

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Pirates Stay Hot, Beat Mets 5-0

A few weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates were left for dead.  They were well on their way to another disappointing season finishing under .500, with any chance of a playoff appearance nothing short of impossible.  Flash forward to the last weekend of July, and the Pirates are one of the hottest teams in baseball.  Tonight, they got the best of one of the best pitchers in the league, as they shut out the New York Mets by a 5-0 score.

Tonight, the Pirates faced the league’s number one pitcher in terms of ERA, Jacob deGrom, and they battled him throughout his seven innings on the mound.  They were able to score three runs on eighth hits off the Mets’ ace.  Meanwhile, Trevor Williams earned his ninth win of the year, throwing six innings of shutout baseball.

This was a pitchers’ duel t...

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Pirates Open Home Stand With Loss To Mets

After having their eleven-game winning streak snapped yesterday afternoon in the final game of a 5-1 road trip to open the second half of the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home looking to continue their strong play at PNC Park.  Unfortunately, the Pirates came out flat, and inconsistent pitching and sloppy play contributed to a 12-6 loss to the New York Mets.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh tonight, and really struggled on the mound from the very beginning.  He lasted only three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and four walks.  Richard Rodriguez also had difficulties tonight, giving up three runs on four hits in just one inning of work.

A two run homerun by Wilmer Flores in the top of the first inning put the Mets in front early, but David Freese tied the game in ...

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Bullpen Shuts Door, Pirates Beat Brewers 2-1

After a strong pair of games against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburgh Pirates faced off against the N.L. Central division leaders in the first game of a doubleheader this afternoon.  Today, the suddenly hot Bucs got out to an early lead and held on for a 2-1 victory at PNC Park.

Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh, failing to earn a decision after pitching just 4.2 innings.  He gave up one run on seven hits, but was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning.  Richard Rodriguez, Edgar Santana, and Kyle Crick each pitched a scoreless inning, setting the table for Felipe Vazquez, who sat the Brewers down in the ninth to clinch the win.

The Pirates took the lead in the first inning, scoring the only two runs they would need on the day.  Back to back homeruns by Starling Marte and Gregory ...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Brewers 7-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates are wrapping up a difficult home stand and a disappointing first half of the season with a tough five game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.  But so far in their series against the N.L. Central division leaders, the Pirates have looked like the better team overall.  Tonight, they got a lead early and went on to beat the Brewers 7-3 at PNC Park.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh tonight, improving to 4-4 on the season after giving up three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings.  Edgar Santana and Kyle Crick each had scoreless outings in relief.

The Pirates scored three runs in the first inning to take control of the game early.  Gregory Polanco hit a sacrifice fly to score Corey Dickerson for the game’s first run.  Colin Moran’s single scored Starling Marte,...

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Pirates Take Series From Nationals

It was a beautiful day on the North Shore for a baseball game and at PNC Park that is exactly what you had as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals completed their three-game series today.  If you like pitching and defense then this was the game for you.  One swing of the bat was all that Pittsburgh needed as they defeated Washington today by the final of 2-0.

Trevor Williams started for the Pirates today and worked a total of five innings which saw him throw 81 pitches.  In that time, he gave up four hits, while walking and striking out three batters.  I would like to see a starter work deeper into the game so that the bullpen is rested for when it is needed, but it worked out today.  Gio Gonzalez pitched six innings for the Nationals and allowed two runs on six hits with f...

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Polanco, Pirates Beat Nationals 6-3

After a terrible stretch of baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates earned a much-needed victory yesterday afternoon at PNC Park.  Tonight, their home stand continued against the Washington Nationals, a team who swept them earlier in the season.  But Gregory Polanco and the Bucs’ offense came out strong, and the Pirates held on for a 6-3 victory.

Polanco led the way tonight with two hits and four RBIs, while Corey Dickerson and David Freese each had a pair of hits as well.

Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh and delivered a solid start, exactly when this team needed it.  He gave up three runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings, benefitting from a nice surge of offensive support early in the game.

A two-run single by Polanco in the first inning put the Bucs on the board, and a double by Colin Moran ma...

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