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Cubs Spoil Cole’s Outing, Beat Bucs 1-0

Tonight, Gerrit Cole pitched one of the best games of his career.  Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Pirates offense couldn’t support him with even a single run.  The Chicago Cubs scored a run in the top of the ninth and went on to beat the Bucs 1-0 at PNC Park.

Cole was dominant tonight, giving up just two hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work.  His mound opponent, Jose Quintana, gave up six hits and a walk in six innings of work.

The Pirates’ best chance to score came in the bottom of the sixth, as Andrew McCutchen and David Freese led off with back to back singles.  But Jose Osuna grounded into a double play, and Sean Rodriguez grounded into a force out to end the inning quickly.

The Cubs scored the game’s lone run in the top of the ninth inning...

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Cubs Beat Pirates 6-1

After taking two of three from the Cincinnati Reds this weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their N.L. Central road trip against the first place Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Tonight, the Bucs missed plenty of scoring opportunities on offense and played sloppy defense on their way to a 6-1 loss to the Cubs.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through five innings against the high powered Chicago offense.  Williams was tagged with the loss tonight, giving up two runs on six hits.  His mound opponent, Mike Montgomery, pitched very well, giving up one run on six hits in seven innings of work.

An RBI single by Ian Happ in the bottom of the second inning scored Anthony Rizzo to get the Cubs on the board...

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Pirates Fall To Dodgers In Twelve Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight to open a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  This game was back and forth all night, but in the end, it would be Los Angeles who would leave with a victory.  The toughest part of this loss is that Pittsburgh held a three-run lead into the later innings and a managerial decision was a big key to this defeat.

The Pirates offense get off to a hot start tonight and looked to be getting the best of Dodgers starter Alex Wood.  The Buccos would blast back to back solo home runs off the bats of Jose Osuna and Sean Rodriguez.  One inning later Josh Harrison would do the same to give Pittsburgh a three-run lead, their biggest of the night.

Gerrit Cole was pitching a fine game through six innings even though at times he needed some ...

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Pirates Snap Six Game Losing Streak

It has been a rough week for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They entered game three of this four game series with the St. Louis Cardinals on a six-game losing streak and have lost in every way imaginable.  That would change today after a rain delay led to some hot bats and a 6-4 Pittsburgh victory.

The Cardinals struck first when Kolten Wong hit a RBI single to right that scored Jose Martinez.  That would be the lone run that Chad Kuhl would allow today, as he returned from the rain delay to throw five innings and give up three hits, while walking one and striking out six.  The Pirates offense would come to life to ensure Kuhl got the victory.

The Bucco bats would smack three homers on the night.  The first came from Adam Frazier who hit a two-run shot to deep right center.  Elias Diaz would...

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Pirates Take Three Of Four From Tigers

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a four game, two city interleague series with the Detroit Tigers today, and in the process, took three of those four games.  Pittsburgh used the long ball twice on their way to a 7-5 victory.  Neither team had much go right for them on the mound, so it would be the bats that decided this tilt.

The Pirates struck early in the first inning when Josh Bell hit a sac fly to left to score Adam Frazier.  Detroit would answer in their half of the first with a two RBI triple off the bat of Nicholas Castellanos.  The Buccos would answer in the top of the second with a RBI single from Sean Rodriguez.  The first of two homers for Pittsburgh today would come in the third.  Bell would smack a homer to right to put the Pirates up two.

The Tigers would answer with a...

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Kuhl, Pirates Beat Tigers 6-3

Tonight at PNC Park, Chad Kuhl and the Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up the team’s home stand with a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.  For Kuhl, he not only performed well on the mound, but also contributed offensively, leading the Bucs to a two-game series sweep of the Tigers.

Pittsburgh improved to 56-57 on the season with the victory, battling to keep pace with the rest of the crowded N.L. Central.  Kuhl improved to 5-7 with the win, while Felipe Rivero earned his 10th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

The Pirates broke the scoreless tie in the third inning on an RBI single by Starling Marte, scoring Jordy Mercer.  Andrew McCutchen’s solo homerun to lead off the fourth inning made it 2-0, and later in the inning, Kuhl came up with a huge two run single, scoring David Fr...

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Welcome Back Serpico!

Yesterday afternoon it was reported that Sean Rodriguez had been traded back to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Atlanta Braves for a minor league prospect.  Less than 24-hours later, Rodriguez was back at PNC Park in a Pittsburgh uniform to take on the San Diego Padres.  Serpico would not start the game, but he would be the difference maker at the end of the day.

Jameson Taillon made the start today for the Pirates and he got off to a rocky start.  In the first inning, he would allow a RBI single to Cory Spangenberg and then Spangenberg would cross home plate on a wild pitch.  Taillon would settle down after that to throw 6.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.  This was a much better start than Taillon has had of late.

The Buccos would jump on ...

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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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Cubs Hold On Late, Beat Pirates 6-4

After a 12-2 blowout loss last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park looking to get back on track tonight against the Chicago Cubs in the second of this four game series.  As has been the case in nearly every game they’ve played throughout the season, the Cubs jumped out in front early tonight and held on late for a 6-4 victory over the Pirates.

Tonight was most likely the final start in the career of Ryan Vogelsong. The 39 year old veteran faced Chicago starter John Lackey.  While Vogelsong was looking to go out on a winning note, Lackey was looking to sharpen his game in preparation for a postseason push.  Tonight, Vogelsong gave up four runs on four hits with five walks and five strikeouts in five innings, rounding out his ERA at 5.00 for the season...

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Benches Clear In Pirates Loss To Nationals

The Pittsburgh Pirates may be out of the mix for a playoff spot, but that doesn’t mean they won’t show any passion on the diamond.  They may have lost to the Washington Nationals today by the final of 10-7, but they emptied the bench when a pitch was thrown at one of their own.  It has been reported that no Gatorade coolers were harmed in the process.

Tensions were high after Bryce Harper injured his hand while sliding into third base on a fake tag by Jung-ho Kang.  This is just more proof that baseball players are overly sensitive when it comes to the unwritten rules of baseball.  Kang would come up to bat in the bottom half of the inning and Washington starter A.J. Cole would unleash a pitch behind Kang that emptied the benches.  After the scuffle was broken up, Cole and Sean Ro...

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