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Newman Homers Twice, Pirates Beat Reds 6-5

Kevin Newman hit two homeruns, including a two run walk off in the ninth, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of their final series of the season last night.

The Pirates’ shortstop has had a great rookie campaign, and is finishing up strong with a huge performance in the final Friday night of the regular season at PNC Park.

In his final start of the season, Steven Brault gave up four runs on four hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts in five innings.  Brault has had an up and down season, and whether it is as a starter or a reliever, one would have to believe he will find a roster spot on the team next season.

The Reds scored a pair of runs in the first inning and then Phillip Ervin singled home two more runs in the fifth inning, increasing the lead to ...

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Pirates Finish Off Sweep Of Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs met for the final time in 2019 tonight.  The end result was a 9-5 victory and series sweep for Pittsburgh.  The Pirates led for all nine innings and got one final good start from Joe Musgrove.

Musgrove worked six innings tonight and allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.  Those three runs came in the sixth inning.  The first two came on an Ian Happ double to right field.  Happ then came in to score on a Jonathan Lucroy groundout to the pitcher.

The Buccos got off to a hot start against Chicago starter Jose Quintana.  In the first inning Pablo Reyes brought home Melky Cabrera and Jose Osuna with a triple to left center field.  Two more runs would score in the third on an Osuna double to right...

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Pirates Suffer Seventh Straight Loss

The landslide that has become the Pittsburgh Pirates 2019 season continued on Friday night with a 10-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Steven Brault struggled on the mound, falling to 4-6 on the year after giving up six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks in 5.1 innings of work.  Meanwhile, the Bucs couldn’t touch Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson, who pitched six innings of scoreless ball, giving up just three hits and one walk.

Bryan Reynolds had three hits for the Pirates, lifting his average to .321 for the season, eight points behind Christian Yelich for the National League lead.  The Pirates’ lone run came in the seventh inning a on solo homerun by Adam Frazier.

The Brewers scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take control of the game early...

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Cubs Blast Bucs 17-8

With nothing else to play for this season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to play the role of spoiler as they face off against playoff hopefuls down stretch.  This afternoon, they were dismantled by a Chicago Cubs team making a push toward the postseason.

The Cubs would be a wild card team if the season ended today, and they played like a club that needs to win every time they take the field.  Chicago destroyed Pittsburgh pitching on their way to a win that looked more like a football score – a 17-8 beatdown at Wrigley Field.

The two teams combined for 25 runs on 29 hits, and while the Cubs had three errors on the day, their bats more than made up for their miscues in the field.

Steven Brault had the worst start of his career, giving up ten runs on eight hits and three walks in 2...

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Pirates Take Three Of Four From Giants

The Pittsburgh Pirates played their final game on the west coast this afternoon when they completed a four game series against the San Francisco Giants.  The previous three games were back and forth contests, but today saw Pittsburgh take an early lead and hold on for a 4-2 victory.

Jose Osuna got things started in the first when he hit a RBI double to left to score Bryan Reynolds.  The Pirates would strike again in the fourth on a Kevin Kramer sac fly.  The Buccos took a three run lead in the fifth when Adam Frazier singled to right to score Joe Musgrove.  San Francisco scored their only two runs of the afternoon in the sixth on a home run by Evan Longoria.  Pittsburgh would get an insurance run in the seventh on a 380 ft. solo home run by Jacob Stallings.

Musgrove pitched five innin...

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Pirates Complete Four Game Sweep Of Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a four-game series at Coors Field today against the Colorado Rockies.  While this game wasn’t as high scoring as the previous three, Pittsburgh led from the beginning and swept this series after a 6-2 win today.  The key to this win was the offense, and a stellar start from Steven Brault.

Brault pitched 6.1 innings today and even provided some offense during that time.  He would allow two runs, one earned, on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  The first run came in the sixth on a Nolan Arenado home run to left.  Colorado scored their other run in the seventh when Tony Walters hit an RBI single to right center to bring home Ryan McMahon.

The Pirates offense got started on the very first pitch of the game.  That is when Adam Frazier hit a...

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Pirates Stay Hot, Beat Rockies 11-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense stayed hot on Saturday night, ripping the pitching staff of the Colorado Rockies for the third night in a row on their way to an 11-4 victory.

Joe Musgrove earned the victory (9-12), giving up three runs on eight hits in six innings. The Bucs got to Tim Melville early and often, tagging him for five runs on six hits in two innings of work.

Pittsburgh took control of the game early again on Saturday, as Kevin Newman led off with a solo homerun. A sacrifice fly by Colin Moran later in the inning increased the lead to 2-0, and Newman’s single along with Bryan Reynolds’ double in the second made it 5-0.

After the Rockies added a couple runs to get back in the game, the Pirates responded in the fourth on solo homeruns by Josh Bell (35) and Jose Osuna (10)...

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Pirates Score In Ninth, Beat Phillies 5-4

One day after losing a one-run game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Ballpark, the Pittsburgh Pirates edged out their cross-state rivals with a 5-4 victory in a back and forth battle on Tuesday night.

Steven Brault battled his way through five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with a walk and a strikeout.  The Bucs used five pitchers in all, including Felipe Vazquez, who recorded four outs and earned the victory (5-1) with a strikeout of Bryce Harper to end the game.

Bryan Reynolds continued his run at the batting title with three more hits on Tuesday, bumping his average up to .332 on the season.  His two run homerun in the top of the first scored Kevin Newman and put the Pirates in front early.

The Phillies scored runs in the second, third, and fourth inning...

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Nationals Cruise To Series Victory Over Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals completed a four-game series tonight, and this game went in favor of Washington.  The Nationals used stellar pitching and a hot offense to take this series three games to four in a 7-1 victory.  Pittsburgh struggles get worse and worse with each passing game.

Max Scherzer was returning from injury tonight and only lasted four innings on the mound.  During that time, he would allow one run on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk.  That lone run came in the third inning on a 380ft. home run by Adam Frazier.  This would be all the offense that the Pirates offense could muster on the night.

Washington struck early with two runs in the first inning off of Buccos starter Steven Brault.  A fielding error by Josh Bell allowed the first ...

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Bryant, Lester Lead Cubs Over Pirates

After a dramatic walk-off victory on Friday night at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates played another low scoring contest against the Chicago Cubs this afternoon.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, they couldn’t replicate what they did last night, as they lost to the Cubs 2-0.

The Pirates left 11 runners on base, including multiple at-bats with the bases loaded against Cubs’ starter Jon Lester.  Chicago’s left hander improved to 10-8, giving up four hits and walking five in six innings of work.  Steven Brault was excellent on the day, giving up one run on two hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work.

The game was scoreless until the seventh inning, when Kris Bryant blasted a solo homerun, his 25th of the season, to left center field to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead...

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