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Wild Win, Pirates Complete Sweep Of Brewers

Five game sweeps are a rarity in MLB, mostly because five game series hardly ever happen in the modern game, but it happened today when the Pittsburgh Pirates came back in the tenth inning to win 7-6 over the Milwaukee Brewers.  It was a back and forth game, and an exciting way to head into the four-day All-Star break.

Joe Musgrove made the start today and pitched well through the first seven innings.  He would give up a solo home run to Travis Shaw in the second and an RBI single to Tyler Saladino in the sixth.  Musgrove was roughed up in the eighth and with two outs gave up a three-run triple to Brett Phillips.  His final line was 7.2 innings pitched, allowing five runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and four walks.

The Pittsburgh offense got things started in the third when Core...

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Pirates Fall Flat In Loss To Nationals

Rain delayed the start of tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals and early on both offenses looked to be a bit off because of it.  Washington would strike first and never look back in a 5-1 defeat of Pittsburgh tonight.  The Nationals win also evened up this three-game series with the rubber match taking place tomorrow afternoon.

Joe Musgrove was back on the mound tonight after a stint on the DL for a finger laceration.  He worked his way out of a rocky first inning and looked good for the next three innings.  He would find trouble in the fifth when he gave up a two-run home run to Anthony Rendon.  Musgrove was lifted after pitching five innings, while giving up two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.  His counterpart, Jeremy Hellick...

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Pirates Open Home Stand With Another Ugly Loss

The Philadelphia Phillies are a good baseball team and the Pittsburgh Pirates are a bad baseball team.  And what happens when a good team plays a bad team?  It’s usually an ugly game for the bad team.  Tonight, the Phillies destroyed the Pirates’ pitching on their way to a 17-5 blowout.

Trevor Williams started for the Bucs tonight and was completely ineffective.  He gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in 2.1 innings.  The bullpen was equally disappointing.  Other than Steven Brault, who pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, the rest of the bullpen was horrible.

The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI single by Colin Moran.  The Phillies responded in the top of the second inning on a two run double by Maikel Franco...

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Dodgers Rout Bucs 17-1

After winning two consecutive series on the road against the New York Mets and San Diego Padres, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered Monday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers with momentum on their side.  Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse quickly on Monday, as the Dodgers handed the Bucs their worst loss of the season, a 17-1 rout.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh, giving up seven runs (five earned) on eighth hits in three innings of work.  Tanner Anderson gave up six runs (five earned) and Steven Brault gave up four runs in relief.  In fact, Edgar Santana, who pitched the eighth, was the only Bucs’ pitcher to not give up a run.  Yikes.

Alex Wood was solid for Los Angeles tonight, giving up one run on six hits...

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Pirates Offense Leads Way In 7-5 Victory

It is always a good thing when the offense is rolling and that is exactly what happened today for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-5 victory over the San Diego Padres.  The Pittsburgh bats picked up a below average performance from their starter and most of the bullpen this afternoon.  The win also gave the Pirates a second straight series win.

Corey Dickerson got things started in the second inning when he hit a solo home run to right field.  San Diego would answer in the bottom half of the inning when they collected two runs.  They would then pick up a third in the bottom of the third.  All three of the runs that scored reached base via the walk.  The Buccos got back on the board in the fourth on an Elias Diaz RBI double to left field.

Pittsburgh would take the lead for good in the fi...

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Pirates Open Series With Win Over Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates headed west to begin a three-game series with the San Diego Padres tonight.  In the midst of a nine-game road trip, Pittsburgh started the trip by taking two of three against the New York Mets and were looking to continue that success in California.  The Pirates jumped out to an early lead and used one big inning to collect a 6-3 victory to open the series.

Joe Musgrove made the start for the Buccos tonight and was solid for all seven innings he was on the bump.  At the end of the night he struck out five and walked two, and most importantly shut down the San Diego offense.

Pittsburgh would get things started in the first inning when Josh Bell scored on a passed ball.  Bell would then plate the first run of the third on a double to left...

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Flores Defeats Pirates In Extras

There has been a lot of turmoil surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates as of late from fans and media.  A long losing streak at home tends to do that.  A long road trip was hopefully going to be a time for the players and coaches to reset and turn things around.  People were looking up after a win last night, and they were hoping a series win was in order tonight.  That all changed late in the game when the New York Mets pulled out a 4-3 win in ten innings.

Chad Kuhl got off to a rocky start tonight when he gave up two runs in the first inning.  That would come when Wilmer Flores hit a single to left center to score two runs.  Kuhl wasn’t helped by his defense either as Elias Diaz, two errors, and David Freese one error accounted for some blunders...

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Pirates Snap Skid, Beat Mets 6-4

Tonight’s matchup at Citi Field featured two teams struggling mightily.  The Pittsburgh Pirates were losers of five straight games, including a horrible series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park.  The New York Mets were losers of six straight entering play tonight.  Tonight, the Pirates jumped out to an early lead, nearly blew it in the seventh inning, but held on for a much-needed 6-4 victory.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh tonight and threw a very nice game.  He took a shutout into the seventh inning, but some bad luck and bad relief ruined what could have been a great stat line.  He ended up being charged with two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks in six innings.  Tyler Glasnow came to relieve him, pitched to two hitters, giving up a walk a...

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Kuhl Snake Bitten By Diamondbacks

Chad Kuhl was supposed to start the finale of the Pittsburgh Pirates series with the Milwaukee Brewers last night.  When that game was postponed because of rain, Kuhl was then slated to start game one of a four game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight.  Kuhl must have not studied the lineup very well, because Arizona hit him hard and often in an 9-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

Kuhl looked like he was throwing batting practice to the Diamondbacks during his two innings of work.  It all started in the first inning when Daniel Descalso hit a sac fly to score John Jay.  Descalso would cross home plate on a Ketel Marte homer to right.  In the second inning Jay would bring in two runs with a double to right.  He then came in to score on a Paul Goldschmidt single to right center.

The ...

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Bucs Win Third Straight, Beat Reds 6-2

After playing terrible baseball for the past month, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of a strong home stand.  So far, so good.  The Bucs won their third consecutive game, and second straight over the Cincinnati Reds, with a 6-2 victory this afternoon at PNC Park.

Pittsburgh used a three-run sixth inning to break open what was once a close game.  Ivan Nova started for the Bucs, giving up one run on five hits in six innings of work.  Steven Brault and Michael Feliz finished off the Reds over the final three innings to secure the victory.

Starling Marte’s groundout scored Josh Harrison in the bottom of the first inning to give the Pirates an early 1-0 lead.  A solo homerun by Eugenio Suarez in the second tied the game.

Solo homeruns by Colin Moran and Elias Diaz in the thi...

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