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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 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 Pound Reds 14-0

Football season is among us and the Pittsburgh Pirates got into the spirit by putting up two touchdowns in a 14-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds tonight.  Pittsburgh used two home runs and a stellar start from Trevor Williams to dominate Cincinnati.  The only thing uglier than the Reds performance may have been the dreadful “Players Weekend” jerseys.

Williams worked a strong six innings tonight, allowing three hits with three strikeouts and one walk.  He has dominated Cincinnati during his career and that didn’t change this evening.  The Pirates bullpen also pitched well in three innings of relief.  Richard Rodriguez, Kyle Crick, and Parker Markel each worked an inning and combined to give up four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

The Buccos offense came to life in the ...

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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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Nationals Cruise To Series Victory Over Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals completed a four-game series tonight, and this game went in favor of Washington.  The Nationals used stellar pitching and a hot offense to take this series three games to four in a 7-1 victory.  Pittsburgh struggles get worse and worse with each passing game.

Max Scherzer was returning from injury tonight and only lasted four innings on the mound.  During that time, he would allow one run on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk.  That lone run came in the third inning on a 380ft. home run by Adam Frazier.  This would be all the offense that the Pirates offense could muster on the night.

Washington struck early with two runs in the first inning off of Buccos starter Steven Brault.  A fielding error by Josh Bell allowed the first ...

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Pirates Offense Struggles In Loss To Reds

A day after erupting for 11 runs in a much needed victory, the Pittsburgh Pirates struggled to even score one run this afternoon at Great American Ballpark.  The result was a 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, concluding a horribly disappointing road trip.

The Pirates are now 47-61, having lost another series to a divisional opponent.  They will now return home after a day off to begin a home stand on Friday night.

Pittsburgh couldn’t solve Luis Castillo today, who improved to 10-4 on the season after giving up one run on six hits in seven innings of work.  Dario Agrazal took the loss for the Bucs, giving up three runs on six hits in 3.2 innings.

A leadoff homerun by Jesse Winker in the bottom of the first put the Reds in front very early, and they never looked back...

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Teams Brawl In Pirates Win

For only the third time since the All-Star break, and the first time in nine days, the Pittsburgh Pirates were victorious.  Tonight, they would put a complete game together in all phases to earn an 11-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds.  It may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but it was nice to watch a game and not be frustrated for the majority of the game.

Pitching is key when it comes to winning, and tonight Joe Musgrove had a solid performance during his six innings on the mound.  He would allow two runs on five hits to go with four strikeouts.  Both of these hits were solo home runs.  Joey Votto hit the first one in the third inning, while the second belonged to Jose Iglesias in the fourth.

Pittsburgh once again scored first tonight, this time it would be a two-run doubl...

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