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Pirates Fall Behind Early, Lose 13-8

It was another tough night for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  In the first game of this series on Monday night, the Bucs jumped out to a five run lead before losing it late.  Tonight, they fell behind by eight runs and their comeback rally fell short, as the D-Backs held on for a 13-8 victory.

Trevor Williams took the loss for Pittsburgh (5-4), no thanks to sloppy defense behind him.  He was tagged with eight runs (three earned) on six hits in just three innings of work.  After a solid start to the season, Williams, like the rest of this team, has fallen on hard times.

Arizona scored six runs in the first inning to put the Pirates in a huge hole.  A fielding error by Josh Bell allowed Jon Jay to score on a Jake Lamb ground ball.  A single by John Ryan Murph...

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Pirates Win Wild Game At PNC Park

After being shut out in back to back games and falling to the .500 mark, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of a victory.  Tonight, the offense came alive as they won a crazy game over the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park by an 11-9 score.

This was not a good game for the pitching staff on either club.  The two teams used 14 pitchers combined.  Trevor Williams lasted just three innings, giving up four runs on four hits.  Steven Brault earned the victory (5-1) in relief, while Felipe Vazquez tallied his 11th save of the season.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the second on a bases loaded, three run double by Josh Harrison.  Starling Marte singled Harrison home later in the inning, and the Pirates led 4-0.

Los Angeles responded in the top of the third with four runs...

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Pirates Blanked In Series Opener By Dodgers

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight to begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Pittsburgh has been playing terribly as of late, while Los Angeles has struggled since their World Series loss last year.  This looked to be an opportune time for the Pirates to right the ship, but the Dodgers played a great all-around game to defeat the Buccos 5-0.

Joe Musgrove started for Pittsburgh tonight and had the worst outing during his short time in a Pirates uniform.  Musgrove would allow four runs, three earned, on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.  Giving up the long ball is what hurt him most while on the mound.  Joc Pederson would hit a two-run homer in the second, while Yasiel Puig cranked a solo shot in the fourth.

That lone unearned run came when C...

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Wacha, Cardinals Shut Out Pirates 5-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates have some history with Michael Wacha.  Over the years, Wacha has looked almost perfect against the Bucs in some of the biggest games.  This afternoon, it was nearly unhittable, stifling the Pirates hitters and holding a no-hit bid until the ninth inning.  The St. Louis Cardinals jumped in front early and coasted to an easy 5-0 victory at Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh has now lost five straight series, and in those series, they hold a 5-12 record.  They are now just one game over .500, and after a great start against the N.L. Central, they are now just 14-12 against their division.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh, falling to 2-2 on the season after giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits through five innings.  Steven Brault pitched two scoreless innings, ...

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Pirates Blow Three Run Ninth Inning Lead In Loss To Cardinals

One day after Felipe Vazquez shut the door to hold on to a one run victory over the Chicago Cubs, he would blow a three-run lead and give up five runs in a 10-8 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has been down right awful lately, but tonight hurt more since Pittsburgh overcame a four run and one run deficit to take a three-run lead into the bottom of the ninth.

St. Louis came out swinging in this game.  They would plate four runs in the first inning off of Pirates starter Trevor Williams.  Williams was able to settle in after that and pitch five innings allowing five runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Buccos started to chip away at that four-run lead in the second when Jordy Mercer hit an RBI single to left center field...

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Bullpen Struggles Continue, Pirates Lose 7-0

Entering this afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates had lost three straight series, two against N.L. Central opponents.  There have been many factors that have contributed to the team’s struggles, but at the top of the list has certainly been the bullpen.  Today, the bullpen woes continued, turning a close game into a blowout, as the Pirates lost to the Cubs by a 7-0 score.

The Bucs have lost three straight games, after dropping the final two games against the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend.  Chad Kuhl took the loss today (4-3), although he pitched very well against a potent Chicago offense.  He gave up one run on four hits through six innings, walking four and striking out five.  The Pirates couldn’t solve Kuhl’s mound opponent, M...

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Pirates Come Back, Blow Lead, Drop Series To Padres

The key to any successful baseball season is winning series from teams who on paper are inferior to yours.  That did not happen this weekend for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After winning game one of this four game series Thursday, they would drop the next three to the San Diego Padres, a team that currently sits eight games under .500.

Pittsburgh would jump out to a one run lead in the third when Francisco Cervelli hit a sac fly to center field to score Trevor Williams.  That lead would not hold up since San Diego would take a one run lead in the fourth on a two-run homer from Christian Villanueva.  The Padres then put up two more runs in the fifth to increase that lead to three.  Freddy Galvis would score on a ground out, which was followed by A.J. Ellis scoring on a sacrifice bunt.

Tre...

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Padres Beat Kingham, Pirates 6-2

Nick Kingham made the third start of his career tonight at PNC Park against the San Diego Padres.  After an incredible debut, he came back to earth a bit in his second start, and tonight, the Padres got to him early and went on to a 6-2 victory.

Kingham gave up three runs in the first inning and even though he settled down afterwards, the damage was done and the Pirates couldn’t make a comeback.  Nick gave up three runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts in six innings of work.  Tyler Glasnow gave up a run on three hits in two innings, and George Kontos gave up a run on two hits.

A two run double by Jose Pirela in the top of the first plated the first pair of runs for San Diego, and another double by Christian Villanueva made it 3-0...

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Pirates Come From Behind Twice, Beat Padres 5-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to find ways to win baseball games.  Tonight, they opened up a four game series with the San Diego Padres at PNC Park.  The two teams traded blows back and forth throughout, but the Bucs scored the game’s winning run in the bottom of the seventh and the bullpen shut the door in the final two innings to secure a 5-4 victory.

The Pirates are now nine games over .500 (26-17) and have won eight of their last nine games to climb to first place in the N.L. Central.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh and struggled his way through 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  Steven Brault pitched 2.1 innings, while Edgar Santana earned his second consecutive victory.  Felipe Vazquez tallied his 9th save of the season with a one-two-three ninth inning.

After fa...

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Pirates Complete Season Sweep Of White Sox

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago White Sox met up today for the fourth and final time this season.  Pittsburgh had taken the previous three games, but it was expected that Chicago would put up a fight.  The White Sox did just that, but the Pirates got just enough offense to complete the season sweep with a 3-2 victory.

Chicago would jump out to an early lead on a Leury Garcia solo home run in the second inning.  That lead was quickly erased by the Buccos when Sean Rodriguez brought home two runs with a double to left field.  The White Sox would go on to tie the game in the fifth when Yolmer Sanchez hit a solo homer to deep right field.  Josh Bell would come off the bench for Pittsburgh in the seventh and drive the game winning run home with a single to left center field.

Jameson Tai...

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