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Glasnow Continues To Struggle In Majors

Tyler Glasnow made his return to a big-league mound tonight after a successful stint in Indianapolis for much of the summer.  Reports were that he had better command of his pitches and was doing a better job of controlling the running.  We were all quickly reminded that there is a huge difference between pitching in the majors and the minors, and the Milwaukee Brewers pounced on that difference.  At the end of the night they picked up a series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates with an 8-2 victory tonight.

Glasnow would only last 2.2 innings and allowed five runs on four hits during that time.  He would strikeout three and walk six.  That stat line would balloon his ERA up to 7.89.  A few questionable calls by the home plate umpire didn’t help, and even led to Clint Hurdle being eject...

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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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Blown Lead Sends Pirates To 5th Straight Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight coming off an ugly 2-5 road trip.  Awaiting their return were the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pittsburgh and St. Louis have played each other back and forth all year and both teams are still in the mix for a division crown.  The Cardinals would overcome a four-run deficit to take game one of the four game series by the final of 11-7.

Jameson Taillon made the start for the Pirates and only made it through five innings.  He would allow four runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.  Taillon sure hasn’t looked much like the dominant pitcher he was at the beginning of the season and fatigue may be playing a part in that.  The Buccos would hold a one run lead when he left the game.

St. Louis would send Adam Wainwright to the ...

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Welcome Back Serpico!

Yesterday afternoon it was reported that Sean Rodriguez had been traded back to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Atlanta Braves for a minor league prospect.  Less than 24-hours later, Rodriguez was back at PNC Park in a Pittsburgh uniform to take on the San Diego Padres.  Serpico would not start the game, but he would be the difference maker at the end of the day.

Jameson Taillon made the start today for the Pirates and he got off to a rocky start.  In the first inning, he would allow a RBI single to Cory Spangenberg and then Spangenberg would cross home plate on a wild pitch.  Taillon would settle down after that to throw 6.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.  This was a much better start than Taillon has had of late.

The Buccos would jump on ...

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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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Pirates Drop Finale and Series To Rockies

After a great win to open this series Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped two straight games to the Colorado Rockies including an ugly 13-3 loss this afternoon.  Two ugly innings did Pittsburgh in, plus while the offense had chances to close the gap they never got a clutch hit.  It also did not help that Ivan Nova had easily his worst start ever in a Pirates uniform.

The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the third, but Colorado changed that in a hurry.  Charlie Blackmon drove in a run with a single to right.  He would then come in to score on a two RBI single by Nolan ArenadoIan Desmond grounded out to plate what would end up being the game winning run.

Nova would leave the game after allowing seven runs on nine hits during five innings of work...

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Pirates Complete Four Game Sweep Of Brewers

It appears that the Pittsburgh Pirates are heating up.  They entered this four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers seven games out of first place and now find themselves just three games back after winning all four games.  All of the games were competitive and today was no different, as Pittsburgh had to come back from a deficit to pick up the 4-2 win.

The Pirates jumped out to a one run lead in the second when Chris Stewart drove in Adam Frazier with a single to right.  The Brewers then took the lead in the fourth.  Brett Phillips tied the game with a double to right.  An Orlando Arcia ground out scored Manny Pina.  That would be all the runs that Buccos starter Jameson Taillon would allow.

Taillon threw 5...

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Frazier Walks It Off With RBI Single

If the Pittsburgh Pirates want to make a run at the 2017 postseason, they have to win series in the second half of the season.  Pittsburgh had a chance at that today after splitting the first two games of this three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.  It took all nine innings, but in the end, it would be the Pirates who came away with the game and the series at PNC Park.

The Buccos struck in the bottom of the first with an Andrew McCutchen RBI single to shallow center field.  Pittsburgh would hold that lead until the fifth when Matt Carpenter plated a run with a double to right.  Max Moroff would strike in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to right field.  St. Louis was not down for long, as a single by pitcher Carlos Martinez tied the game once again.

Trevor W...

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Pirates Sunk In Opener With Giants

It was an ugly night at PNC Park for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their series opener with the San Francisco Giants.  With San Francisco having the second worst record in the Majors, this was a prime chance for Pittsburgh to build on their previous two wins.  That would not happen, as the Giants broke out the offence to down the Pirates 13-5 tonight.

Gerrit Cole is supposed to be the ace of this staff and tonight showed why does not deserve that title.  Cole was tagged with seven runs on ten hits to go with seven strikeouts and two walks.  He would throw 101 pitches in just 5 1/3 innings.  Cole continues to have a rollercoaster like season.  Just when you think he has turned the corner, he has a game like this.

The bullpen didn’t do anything to stop the bleeding.  Antonio Bastardo re...

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Cubs Score Six In The Ninth, Beat Pirates 9-5

Entering this weekend’s series at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs were both chasing the first place Milwaukee Brewers in the N.L. Central division.  The Pirates had their four game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, but were playing very good baseball entering this evening’s action.

For eight innings, the Pirates played good baseball and held a lead over the Cubs.  But the ninth inning was a complete disaster, as the Cubs rallied for six runs on their way to a 9-5 victory at PNC Park.

Trevor Williams started for the Pirates, giving up three runs on four hits in five innings.  Wade LeBlanc, Daniel Hudson, and Felipe Rivero each pitched a scoreless inning of work.  But Clint Hurdle chose Juan Nicasio to close things down in the ninth, and the Cubs took advantage...

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