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Cardinals Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 7-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates did everything they could this weekend to help the St. Louis Cardinals gain ground in the N.L. Central Standings.  After two close losses on Friday and Saturday to their divisional foes, the Bucs were beaten easily this afternoon at Busch Stadium by a 7-0 score.  With the victory, the Cardinals completed a three game weekend sweep of the Pirates.

The Bucs fell to ten games under .500 with the loss and their starter, Ivan Nova, lost his 13th game of the year, giving up five runs on five hits in five innings.  Michael Wacha, the Cardinals’ starter, gave up five hits and struck out seven in eight innings.

Yadier Molina was the star of the day for St. Louis, contributing two hits and five RBIs on the day.  Andrew McCutchen had two hits for Pittsburgh, but there was...

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Cardinals Best Pirates Again

Not much to see these days when you tune in to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Losers of three straight games, Pittsburgh was hoping to snap that skid, but the St. Louis Cardinals had no intention of losing at home.  St. Louis would pick up a series win with a 4-3 victory tonight.  The Pirates had their chances to win, but the Cardinals would battle back.

Chad Kuhl was good on the bump tonight and even helped his cause with the bat in the second inning.  He would double home Jordy Mercer for the first run of the game, before coming in to score on an Adam Frazier ground rule double.  Kuhl pitched six innings allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits with five walks and six strikeouts.

St. Louis came back from a 2-0 deficit in their half of the second when Yadier Molina hit a two-run ho...

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Cardinals Beat Pirates 4-1

After a disappointing finale to their home stand against the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road to continue their month long battle against N.L. Central division foes.  The St. Louis Cardinals still have an outside change at making the postseason, and they played like a team hungry for the playoffs, beating the Pirates 4-1 at Bush Stadium.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh tonight and never really settled in.  He struggled with his control, and in addition to walks, he was hit hard on balls he left over the plate.  He gave up four runs on four hits and four walks in 4.2 innings.  His mound opponent, Luke Weaver, pitched a great game, giving up seven hits and struck out seven batters in 5.2 innings.

The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the third on a RBI grou...

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Pirates Bullpen Falters Once Again

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance tonight to do something they have not done since 1997, sweep a road series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  While they had their chances to pull of this feat tonight, they would come up short with an 8-4 loss.  Pittsburgh was able to hold they lead through five innings tonight, but the shortcomings of the bullpen would ultimately be their downfall.

Chad Kuhl continued his mediocre at best performances tonight.  He would go five innings and allow four runs on eight hits, with six strikeouts and one walk.  The first two runs came in the second on a Greg Garcia single to the outfield.  Randal Grichuk would crush a solo home run to the third level of the left field seats off Kuhl in the sixth.  After letting two batters on, Tony Watson would give up a...

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Cardinals Win Pitcher’s Duel vs. Pirates

After sweeping the Chicago Cubs this past weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates were riding high going into their final stop of this seven-game road trip.  Their opponent, the St. Louis Cardinals, had gotten off to a slow start this year and found themselves at the bottom of the N.L. Central division.  Pittsburgh would look to continue their recent success, while St. Louis was looking to turn things around.

The Pirates offense was never able to find any rhythm tonight against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn. Lynn threw seven shutout innings, giving up three hits, while striking out five and walking one.  Trevor Rosenthal was just as good in the eighth, striking out one batter and retiring the side in order.  That would set up Seung-hwan Oh to collect the save in the ninth.

While Oh would pick u...

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Cardinals Rally, Beat Pirates 4-3

The St. Louis Cardinals are desperate for a playoff spot.  Entering the final weekend of the regular season one game behind the San Francisco Giants for the second Wild Card seed in the National League, the Cardinals are in need of a series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a blowout victory last night at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals came from behind this afternoon to beat the Bucs 4-3.

Chad Kuhl pitched a great game for the Pirates, but stayed in one inning too long.  He gave up two runs on eight hits in five innings of work.  Antonio Bastardo gave up a run in just a 1/3 of an inning, and Felipe Rivero took the loss (1-6) by giving up a run in the eighth.

The Pirates jumped on Michael Wacha and the Cardinals in the first inning.  Jung-ho Kang crushed a three run homerun to left...

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Pirates End Losing Streak, Beat Cardinals 4-3

Finally!  After the worst stretch of baseball of the 2016 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates ended their eight game losing with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park.

Jameson Taillon made the start for the Pirates tonight, giving up two runs on six hits in five innings of work.  Trevor Williams made his Major League debut, giving up an unearned run on three hits in three innings, while earning the victory.  One day after giving up three homeruns in the top of the ninth last night, Tony Watson set the Cardinals down to earn the save and seal the victory.

The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the first inning.  Matt Carpenter led off the game with a single, advanced to third on Stephen Piscotty’s base hit, and scored on Matt Adams single.  St...

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Watson Implodes, Pirates Drop Eighth Straight

The Pittsburgh Pirates have basically lost in every possible way during this eight game losing streak.  Tonight it would be Tony Watson, who choked up a 6-5 lead with two outs to the St. Louis Cardinals, enroute to a 9-7 defeat.  This loss continues to showcase every weakness this team has had during the 2016 season.

St. Louis jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on a Yadier Molina grand slam in the first inning.  With the way things have been going, it looked like this game was already over.  The Cardinals then added another run with a solo shot off the bat off Matt Adams in the third inning.  Ryan Vogelsong got the starting nod for Pittsburgh and saw his night end after four innings.  He allowed all five runs, on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Unlike other nights during this...

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Cardinals Spoil Glasnow’s Debut

Today was the day that many Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been waiting for since last year.  Tyler Glasnow was called up from AAA Indianapolis to make his long anticipated debut at the Major League level.  His opponent would be the St. Louis Cardinals, who have been struggling as of late, but are always a threat against Pittsburgh.

The Pirates jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Matt Joyce scored on a Jordy Mercer ground out.  That would be the only time that the Buccos would lead today, as St. Louis scored five unanswered runs, to win 5-1 and avoid being swept.

In the fourth inning Glasnow threw a wild pitch that allowed Aledmys Diaz to score.  In the fifth, Randal Grichuk hit a home run to deep left that made it 2-1 and then Stephen Piscotty hammered a three run ...

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Cardinals Complete Sweep Of Bucs With 8-3 Victory

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park in the midst of a four game losing streak.  After falling to the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies on back to back nights, the Bucs dropped the first pair of games to their N.L. Central rivals on Friday and Saturday, forcing them into a series-salvaging game today on the North Shore.

Today, the theme of the series continued, as the Cardinals brought their bats out early and often, beating the Bucs 8-3 to complete the three game series sweep.

Jonathon Niese started today for Pittsburgh, and it was a rough afternoon for him.  He gave up eight runs on eleven hits in 5.1 innings, raising his ERA to 4.60 while falling to 6-3 on the season.  His mound opponent, Mike Leake, pitched effectively, giving ...

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