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Brault, Pirates Blank Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers on a five-game losing streak and struggling in all aspects of the game.  Steven Brault looked to be the stop gap for Pittsburgh and he would have help from his offense in a 7-0 win over Milwaukee.  If the Pirates want finish this season strong, more nights like this would go a long way.

Brault would go on to have the best start of his short Major League career.  He would throw six innings allowing one hit, while striking out six and walking one.  The biggest stat was not allowing a single run.  Brault would even do it with the bat going 2-3 with two RBI and a run scored.  He definitely did it all tonight in leading the charge to victory.

The Buccos would get the offense going immediately in the first in...

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Cardinals Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 7-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates did everything they could this weekend to help the St. Louis Cardinals gain ground in the N.L. Central Standings.  After two close losses on Friday and Saturday to their divisional foes, the Bucs were beaten easily this afternoon at Busch Stadium by a 7-0 score.  With the victory, the Cardinals completed a three game weekend sweep of the Pirates.

The Bucs fell to ten games under .500 with the loss and their starter, Ivan Nova, lost his 13th game of the year, giving up five runs on five hits in five innings.  Michael Wacha, the Cardinals’ starter, gave up five hits and struck out seven in eight innings.

Yadier Molina was the star of the day for St. Louis, contributing two hits and five RBIs on the day.  Andrew McCutchen had two hits for Pittsburgh, but there was...

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Pirates Rally Late To Defeat Cubs

I guess it is never too late to play exciting baseball and that is exactly what the Pittsburgh Pirates did tonight.  After a so-so night by starter Steven Brault, the Pittsburgh bullpen and offense battled back to pick up a 4-3 victory.  Anytime the Pirates can send the Chicago Cubs away with a defeat is good news to me.

Brault got the start tonight in place of Ivan Nova and had his work cut out for him.  He would last five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with two walks.  Though the final stat line isn’t terrible, he was walking the tightrope quite a bit during that time.  Brault had a great year in Indianapolis and will hopefully get a couple more starts at the Major League level this year.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, the Buccos would collect two runs on a Jor...

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Pirates Mauled By Cubs

College football season will be in full swing this weekend, and not a moment too soon.  It will give those of us who follow the Pittsburgh Pirates a chance to hit the reset button and follow our teams in the hopes of a championship.  I say this because in Pittsburgh baseball season is over.  If you weren’t sure before tonight, then the 17-3 beatdown by the Chicago Cubs had to be the assurance you were looking for.

Ivan Nova would last only three innings tonight and in that time, he would allow five runs, four earned, on five hits, to go with five strikeouts and one walk.  Nova has hit a wall and we see why the New York Yankees were willing to trade him last year.  Steven Brault, who has been great in AAA this year, lasted only one inning in relief and gave up four runs on four hits ...

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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 End Woeful Series With Dodgers

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their season series with the N.L. West and the Los Angeles Dodgers today, and not a moment too soon.  The west beat up on Pittsburgh this year, going ten games under .500.  Los Angeles did they part going 6-1 against the Pirates this year including a 5-2 victory today in the series finale.

Chad Kuhl made the start for the Buccos today and was not very effective during his four innings on the mound.  He would allow two runs on six hits, while walking five and striking out two.  Chris Taylor would drive in the first run with a RBI single to shallow center.  Jordy Mercer would tie the game at one in the second with a bloop single into right field.  Curtis Granderson would break that tie with a solo home run in the fourth.

Kike Hernandez would add to tha...

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Taillon Beat Up By Giants

The San Francisco Giants are team on pace for 100 losses this season, and yet they seem to know what it takes to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates.  For the fourth time in five chances this season San Francisco has walked away on the right end of the final score.  On Tuesday night that happened to be a 11-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

Jameson Taillon had easily his worst start in a Pirates uniform tonight, which falls in line with a bad outing from Ivan Nova on Sunday.  This is not the time of year that a team in a playoff chase needs to be having bad outings from their best starters.  Taillon allowed ten runs, nine earned, on nine hits to go with one strikeout and one walk in just three innings...

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Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

Next week at this time the Pittsburgh Pirates will be enjoying their first day of the offseason, though with their play as of late it appears the offseason began quite some time ago for them.  On the other hand, the Chicago Cubs will be in awaiting their division opponent in the playoffs.  Chicago continued to roll into October with a 12-2 victory over Pittsburgh to open this four game series.

Kyle Hendricks would make the start for the Cubs tonight and continue to make his case for the Cy Young award.  He would allow seven hits over six innings of work, while striking out five and not allowing a walk.  This outing would also see him lower his ERA on the year to 1.99.  Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless seventh, before Hector Rendon allowed the only two runs by the Pirates.

Those two run...

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Pirates Keep Slim Playoff Hopes Alive, Defeat Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed their final off day of the 2016 regular season yesterday, and began a three game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park tonight.  The last time Pittsburgh played at Miller Park they swept a four game series.  That high was quickly gone after Milwaukee swept a three game series in PNC Park one week later.  Basically, when these two teams play, anything can happen.

The Pirates had plenty of hot bats in their previous series against the Cincinnati Reds.  Tonight they didn’t have quite the massive output, but they still took care of business.  Andew McCutchen led things off with a two RBI double in the first inning.  That lead was cut in half in the third when Domingo Santana hit a RBI double to right center field.

Jordy Mercer gave the Buccos b...

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Sloppy Play Dooms Pirates Against Phillies

One night after picking up a rare September win, the Pittsburgh Pirates were back to their disappointing ways.  It would be another night of errors, bad decisions, lack of offense, and the inability of the starting pitcher to work deep into the game.  Add all of those things up and you have a 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Philadelphia took the lead in the second inning and never looked back.  It would start with a Freddy Galvis two run home run.  The Phillies would then add two more runs in the third inning.  The first run would cross the plate on a Cameron Rupp double to left.  The next run would cross the plate on a David Freese fielding error.

Stephen Brault did not look good in his start tonight, but it’s not like he had much help behind him...

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