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Pirates End Season With Victory Over Reds

For a true fan, it is never easy to say goodbye to the boys of summer, but that is what we did today.  The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up the 2018 season this afternoon and did so with a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in ten innings.  Plenty of names were used in the lineup that hadn’t seen much action at the big-league level, but they stepped up to end the season on a high note.

Cincinnati struck first when Billy Hamilton scored on a throwing error by Elias Diaz in the first inning.  They would tack on two more runs in the second inning on a two-run home run from Tim Federowicz.  Pittsburgh finally struck in the fifth with two runs of their own.  Kevin Kramer plated the first run with a sac fly to left.  Jose Osuna would then cross the plate on a wild pitch.

The Reds regained...

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Pirates Shut Out By Cubs In Finale

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs played for the 19th and final time in 2018 tonight and in the end, Chicago would take the game and season series with a 3-0 victory.  Pittsburgh didn’t have many chances tonight and the few they did have they could not capitalize.

Trevor Williams made his final start of the season and came one game short from reaching the 15-win plateau.  Instead he would collect his 10th loss of the year after throwing five innings and allowing three runs on eight hits, with four strikeouts and three walks.  Two of those runs came in the second on a David Bote triple to left field.  The final run crossed the plate when Daniel Murphy hit an RBI single to right center in the fourth inning.

The Pirates offense couldn’t do any damage to Jon Lester in his six inn...

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Pirates Come Back In Ninth, Lose In Extra Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates have enjoyed playing spoiler this week against the Chicago Cubs.  But after taking the first pair of games this week at Wrigley Field, the Bucs fell behind early tonight, came back and tied the game in the ninth before losing 7-6 in ten innings.

Ivan Nova struggled for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits in four innings of work.  Jose Quintana pitched for Chicago, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings.

The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the top of the first on a solo homerun by Jose Osuna.  A no doubt blast to deep left field, Osuna’s homerun gave the Pirates their first and only lead of the game.

Chicago answered in the bottom of the first inning when Jason Heyward hit a two-run homerun to make it 2-1...

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Pirates Blank Cubs At Wrigley

The season may be winding down, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing like a team looking to make a playoff push.  Tuesday night made for another great pitching performance, with some clutch at bats as Pittsburgh would take down the Chicago Cubs by the final of 6-0.  The Pirates are keeping things interesting in the division by defeating the N.L. Central leaders for the second night in a row.

Chris Archer looked like the top of the rotation pitcher the team traded for during his six innings of work on the mound.  He would allow only four hits to go with nine strikeouts and two walks.  People have been critical of Archer, but if he pitches like this in 2019 the Buccos staff could be one of the best in the National League.

The offense got rolling in the second inning when Pablo Reyes hi...

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Williams, Pirates Shut Out Brewers 3-0

One of the brightest parts of the 2018 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates has been the performance of Trevor Williams.  The right hander has been the best and most consistent starter on the Bucs’ staff, and that trend continued tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers, as he and the bullpen combined to shut out their N.L. Central division rivals 3-0.

Williams was dominant against the Brewers once again, throwing six shutout innings, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out seven batters.  Richard Rodriguez and Kyle Crick pitched the seventh and eighth innings respectively, setting the table for Felipe Vazquez to come in and earn his 36 save of the season.

The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a Starling Marte double, scoring Williams and Adam Frazier.  A sing...

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Pirates Rally Late, Beat Royals 7-6

After playing spoiler over the weekend by taking two of three games against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home for a three game series at PNC Park against the Kansas City Royals.

A back and forth game tonight resulted in a 7-6 victory for the Pirates on the North Shore.

Joe Musgrove started for the Pirates tonight, battling his way through six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.  Rookie Brad Keller gave up four runs on ten hits in six innings for Kansas City.

The Royals took the lead in the third inning on a RBI double by Alex Gordon.  Pittsburgh tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a two out single by Corey Dickerson.

A two run double by Adam Frazier in the fourth inning made it 3-1 Pittsburgh, but the Royals scored four runs in ...

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Cardinals Score Four In Eighth, Beat Pirates 8-7

After a 5-0 home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road for a crucial N.L. Central series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals are in the heat of the wild card playoff race, and the Bucs would look nothing more than to play spoiler against their division rivals.

As has been the case many times over the years, tonight’s game between the Pirates and Cardinals went back and forth, but the Cardinals used a clutch three run homerun to edge the Bucs by an 8-7 score.

Trevor Williams and Adam Wainwright opposed one another on the mound tonight, and each battled his way through five innings of work.  Williams gave up four runs on six hits with six strikeouts, while Wainwright struck out three while giving up four runs on seven hits...

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Pirates Continue To Roll, Take Down Marlins

The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing a good brand of baseball on this six game homestand and that would continue today against the Miami Marlins.  Pittsburgh would use solid pitching and timely hitting to earn a 5-1 victory today at a damp PNC Park.

Ivan Nova was back on the mound today after missing his last start.  It looked like the extra rest did Nova some good during this outing.  He would finish the day pitching six innings allowing three hits to go with nine strikeouts and one walk.  Dovydas Neverauskas pitched a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts, before Nick Kingham would work the final two innings.  Kingham allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

The lone Miami run came when Miguel Rojas scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning...

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Pirates Beat Reds 7-3

Regardless of either team’s record, the Pittsburgh Pirates have struggled against the Cincinnati Reds in recent years.  But in 2018, the Bucs have played well against their N.L. Central foes…and that trend continued on Tuesday night.  Pittsburgh provided starter Joe Musgrove with plenty of run support, as they earned comfortable 7-3 victory at PNC Park.

Musgrove pitched well for the Pirates, giving up two runs on five hits with eighth strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.  Richard Rodriguez, Kyle Crick, and Felipe Vazquez pitched the final 2.2 innings in relief to close things out.

Francisco Cervelli gave the Pirates the lead in the bottom of the first with a single to score Adam Frazier.  They added three more runs in the bottom of the third on a two run double by Gregory Polanco and...

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Pirates Blow Late Lead To Braves

Tonight, marked the beginning of the final month to the 2018 season.  This also meant rosters were expanded and calls to the bullpen would be at an all time high.  For the Pittsburgh Pirates it meant an opportunity for minor league players to gain Major League experience and for the organization to see what they have in the system.  Pittsburgh led for much of the game, but the Atlanta Braves rallied late to earn a 5-3 victory.

Chris Archer had what could have been his best game in a Pirates uniform tonight and it went for naught.  Archer worked six innings and allowed one run on two hits with five strikeouts and just one walk.  He was replaced in the seventh by Richard Rodriguez who would strike out all three batters that he faced.

The game was tied 0-0 in the fifth when Starling Mart...

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