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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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Pirates Take Three Of Four From Giants

The Pittsburgh Pirates played their final game on the west coast this afternoon when they completed a four game series against the San Francisco Giants.  The previous three games were back and forth contests, but today saw Pittsburgh take an early lead and hold on for a 4-2 victory.

Jose Osuna got things started in the first when he hit a RBI double to left to score Bryan Reynolds.  The Pirates would strike again in the fourth on a Kevin Kramer sac fly.  The Buccos took a three run lead in the fifth when Adam Frazier singled to right to score Joe Musgrove.  San Francisco scored their only two runs of the afternoon in the sixth on a home run by Evan Longoria.  Pittsburgh would get an insurance run in the seventh on a 380 ft. solo home run by Jacob Stallings.

Musgrove pitched five innin...

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Pirates Rally In Ninth, Beat Giants 6-4

After a disappointing home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates headed out west for the first of a four game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.  After trailing for the majority of the game, the Bucs rallied in the ninth inning, stealing a 6-4 victory to kick off the road trip.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh, giving up four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings, while his mound opponent, Madison Bumgarner, gave up two runs on six hits in seven innings.  Richard Rodriguez earned the victory by pitching a scoreless eighth inning, and Felipe Vazquez earned his 26th save of the season by shutting things down in the ninth.

A single by Evan Longoria in the bottom of the first put the Giants in front, 1-0.  Jacob Stallings’ solo homerun in the top of the fifth tied the game...

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Pirates Complete Four Game Sweep Of Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a four-game series at Coors Field today against the Colorado Rockies.  While this game wasn’t as high scoring as the previous three, Pittsburgh led from the beginning and swept this series after a 6-2 win today.  The key to this win was the offense, and a stellar start from Steven Brault.

Brault pitched 6.1 innings today and even provided some offense during that time.  He would allow two runs, one earned, on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  The first run came in the sixth on a Nolan Arenado home run to left.  Colorado scored their other run in the seventh when Tony Walters hit an RBI single to right center to bring home Ryan McMahon.

The Pirates offense got started on the very first pitch of the game.  That is when Adam Frazier hit a...

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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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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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Four Run Eighth Lifts Pirates Over Nationals

One night after being blown out by thirteen runs, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to be on their way to another shut out at the hands of the Washington Nationals.  Down a run in the eighth Pittsburgh would battle their way to four runs and keep Washington off the board in the ninth to close out a 4-1 victory.

Chris Archer started for the Pirates tonight and would leave the game prior to the second inning to a right shoulder injury.  This would mean an already taxed Bucco bullpen would be responsible for covering the final eight innings.  First up was Clay Holmes who would give the team 3.2 innings of work allowing one run on one hit with four walks and three strikeouts.  That run came on an Anthony Rendon RBI double to right center in the fifth.

Nationals starter Steven Strausburg always...

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Cardinals Score Four In Eighth, Defeat Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates began a six-game road trip tonight with the first of three against the St. Louis Cardinals.  These two teams are clearly headed in opposite directions at this point in the season with Pittsburgh trying to salvage theirs, while St. Louis looks to make a run at the division title.  A close game throughout would turn in the eighth, as the Cardinals picked up a 6-2 victory.

St. Louis struck first in the bottom of the first when Dexter Fowler scored from third on a double play ground out by Marcell Ozuna.  The Pirates tied the game in the second when Jose Osuna hit a sac fly to left to bring home Josh Bell.  The Buccos then took the lead in the top half of the fourth when Bell scored on another sac fly, this one hit by Colin Moran...

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Pirates Win Series Opener With Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park Friday night to open a six-game home stand, with the first three games against the New York Mets.  New York has been a team on the rise as of late and even added a pitcher at the trade deadline.  The Mets swept Pittsburgh last weekend at Citi Field, and were looking to add to that success against the Pirates tonight.

New York came out swinging against Bucco starter Trevor WilliamsPete Alonso got things started in the first with an RBI double to right center.  He would then come in to score on a Wilson Ramos groundout to third base.  The Mets added another run in the third when J.D. Davis hit a double to center field.

That was the final run Williams gave up on the night as he worked through the sixth inning allowing three runs on six hits ...

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Pirates Open Homestand With Loss To Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies scored four runs in the final two innings, propelling them to a 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Jordan Lyles battled his way through 5.2 innings, giving up one run on seven hits while striking out seven batters.  His mound opponent, Jake Arrieta, gave up one run on six hits in 5.2 innings.  Neither starter earned a decision.  Richard Rodriguez was tagged with the loss, while former Pirate Juan Nicasio earned the win.

The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second inning, a RBI single by Elias Diaz which scored Corey Dickerson.  They led 1-0 after two innings, but they would never score again.

A solo homerun by Adam Haseley in the top of the fifth and Bryce Harper’s single in the seventh made it a 2-1 game in favor of...

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