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Pirates Lose 1-0 Again

Despite splitting a series over the weekend against the first place Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates are not playing their best baseball.  While the pitching has been tremendous lately, the offense has been non-existent.  Unfortunately, that trend continued for Pittsburgh tonight, as they lost yet another 1-0 game, this time to the Atlanta Braves.

Chris Archer started for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in four innings of work.  He would have lasted longer, but he was pulled after pitching the top of the fourth with left leg discomfort.  He appeared to injure his leg while at bat in the bottom of the third.  After pitching the top of the fourth, he was relieved by Steven Brault, who pitched two scoreless innings.

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Pirates Fall Short In Finale With Giants

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants today and fell short in their bid for a series win.  Pittsburgh would get down in a hole, make a comeback, but fall short in a 4-3 loss to finish off this series with a split.  The Pirates needed this one today as they try to maintain pace in the NL Wild Card race.

The Buccos had the lead early when Elias Diaz hit an RBI double to left that scored Josh Bell.  San Francisco tied the game up in the third inning and took the lead for good when they scored two runs in the fourth.  An insurance run for the Giants in the sixth proved to be much needed after Starling Marte would drive in two runs on a double to right in the eighth inning.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh that is as far as the rally would go.

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Pirates Take Series From Rockies

After a mostly down start to the month of August, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to start this nine-game road trip with a series win over the Colorado Rockies.  Pittsburgh has played well in the Mile-High City their last few trips out, and would need a solid performance by their starter Chris Archer if they wanted to continue this trend.

Archer would only make it through five innings today, but he was able to keep the damage to a minimum.  He would allow two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.  While he hasn’t wowed anyone yet since coming over in a trade, Archer was able to pick up his first win in black and gold.

The Pirates offense got off to a quick start today by scoring two runs in the first inning.  Gregory Polanco hit an RBI double to left center to br...

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Pirates Rout Rockies 10-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their road trip yesterday with a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies.  In fact, the Bucs managed just two hits in the entire game, including a double by their pitcher Joe Musgrove.  Tonight, the bats came alive early and often, as the Pirates went on to an easy 10-2 victory.

Jameson Taillon was solid for Pittsburgh tonight, throwing a complete game, giving up two runs on nine hits.  Chad Bettis really struggled for Colorado tonight, giving up nine runs on eight hits and two walks in 4.2 innings of work.  The Bucs’ offense took off in the fourth and fifth innings, chasing Bettis from the game after it was already out of reach.

Starling Marte’s solo homerun in the top of the first inning gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead before Taillon even threw a pitch...

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Wheeler Blanks Pirates In Series Finale

The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the outside looking in when it comes to a possible playoff spot.  With two months left in the season they need to win series if they hope to earn a wild card spot or possibly win a division title.  They came into today with a chance of taking three of four from the New York Mets, but Zack Wheeler had other plans in a 1-0 New York victory.

Wheeler was strong on the mound today throwing six innings allowing five hits to go along with seven strikeouts and one walk.  After he was lifted in the seventh for a pinch hitter, Seth Lugo took his spot on the mound.  Lugo worked two innings giving up one hit and striking out a batter.  Anthony Swarzak pitched the ninth and struck out two of the three batters he faced, including Elias Diaz to end the game.

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Pirates Winning Streak Snapped By Indians

All good things must come to an end and today that meant the Pittsburgh Pirates eleven game winning streak.  Pittsburgh ran into a red-hot pitcher, who quieted the Pirates bats, in route to a 4-0 loss today.  The game may have not been the biggest loss of the day with Starling Marte leaving the game after being hit on the hand by a pitch in the top of the first.

Trevor Bauer started for Cleveland today and he showed why he is an All-Star caliber pitcher.  Bauer worked seven innings allowing only two hits, while striking out ten and walking two batters.  Adam Cimbar collected the first two outs of the ninth before giving way to Brad Hand for the final four outs of the game.  Of those four outs, Hand would collect three of them for strikeouts.

Jameson Taillon was tasked with keeping thi...

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Pirates Extend Winning Streak To Eleven Games

It sure has been fun being a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates these past two weeks.  Pittsburgh has been playing great baseball and there is a feeling of hope among the fan base.  At least the ones that aren’t still mad about that one guy being traded out west.  The Pirates would smack three home runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

The offense came out of the gate on fire tonight.  It all started when Starling Marte hit a two-run home run in the first inning.  The onslaught continued in the second when Corey Dickerson hit a two RBI triple to center field.  Dickerson would come around to score on a Marte infield single.  Gregory Polanco finished off the inning with a two-run homer of his own.  The final Bucco runs came in the fifth on a two-run blast by Jos...

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Pirates Win 10th Straight, Blank Indians

Ohio was very kind to the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend and that kindness continued as they moved to the northeastern part of the state to begin a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians.  Three rain delays couldn’t stop the Pittsburgh offense, as they used two big innings to down Cleveland tonight 7-0.

Cory Kluber made the start tonight for the Indians, but I’m guessing he wished he had the night off.  Kluber would only go four innings allowing seven runs, three earned, on nine hits to go along with two strikeouts and one walk.  The first big inning of the night was the second when Josh Harrison blasted a three-run home run.  Starling Marte added the fourth run of the inning with a single to right.

Marte would continue to swing a hot bat in the fourth inning...

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Pirates Sweep Reds, Win Ninth Straight

The hottest team in baseball right now may just be the Pittsburgh Pirates.  They continued their hot play today with a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.  This win gave them a sweep of Cincinnati and extended their season long winning streak to nine games.  This is exactly the type of play that Pittsburgh needs if they hope to make a run at a playoff spot this season.

The Pirates offense got things started right out of the gate.  Gregory Polanco would hit a two-run home run in the top of the first.  The second inning would see more offense from the Buccos.  Max Moroff got things started with an RBI single to right field.  That was then followed up by a two-run homer by Corey Dickerson, his fourth straight game with a home run.  Starling Marte capped off the inning with a solo ho...

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Pirates Stay Hot After All Star Break, Beat Reds 12-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates ended the first half of the season as one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball heading into the All Star break.  In their return to action after the break, and after a nearly 3 hour rain delay, the Bucs’ strong play continued as they went on to beat the Cincinnati Reds by a 12-1 score.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up one run on six hits in 5.1 innings.  The bullpen was solid tonight, giving up just three total hits across 3.2 innings of work.

But the night belonged to the Pirates offense, which feasted on Reds’ pitching.  Sean Rodriguez and Starling Marte had four RBIs each, and five different players had multi-hit games, including Colin Moran who had four and Elias Diaz who had three hits.

Rodriguez had a good game after ret...

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