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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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Cardinals Best Pirates Again

Not much to see these days when you tune in to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Losers of three straight games, Pittsburgh was hoping to snap that skid, but the St. Louis Cardinals had no intention of losing at home.  St. Louis would pick up a series win with a 4-3 victory tonight.  The Pirates had their chances to win, but the Cardinals would battle back.

Chad Kuhl was good on the bump tonight and even helped his cause with the bat in the second inning.  He would double home Jordy Mercer for the first run of the game, before coming in to score on an Adam Frazier ground rule double.  Kuhl pitched six innings allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits with five walks and six strikeouts.

St. Louis came back from a 2-0 deficit in their half of the second when Yadier Molina hit a two-run ho...

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Pirates Win Inaugural MLB Little League Classic, Split Series With Cardinals

It was a special night in Williamsport, PA tonight, as the first MLB Little League Classic took place, celebrating the unification of Little League Baseball and Major League Baseball.  And while it was an exciting night, there was also a very important game to play, as the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals were playing the final of their four game weekend series.

Tonight, the Pirates jumped off to a fast start in the first inning and went on to beat the Cardinals 6-3, earning a series split against their N.L. Central division rivals.

Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh tonight, and while he was hit hard at times, battled his way through 5.2 innings of work, giving up three runs on eight hits.  Mike Leake struggled mightily tonight, giving up six runs on eight hits in three innings ...

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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 Bullpen Falters Once Again

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance tonight to do something they have not done since 1997, sweep a road series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  While they had their chances to pull of this feat tonight, they would come up short with an 8-4 loss.  Pittsburgh was able to hold they lead through five innings tonight, but the shortcomings of the bullpen would ultimately be their downfall.

Chad Kuhl continued his mediocre at best performances tonight.  He would go five innings and allow four runs on eight hits, with six strikeouts and one walk.  The first two runs came in the second on a Greg Garcia single to the outfield.  Randal Grichuk would crush a solo home run to the third level of the left field seats off Kuhl in the sixth.  After letting two batters on, Tony Watson would give up a...

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Pirates Close Season With Loss To Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates season has officially come to an end today after a 10-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pittsburgh had an up and down season that never saw them go on the type of roll a team needs to reach the post season.  Bad free agent signings, injuries, and down years for players were the main factors to the team seeing their playoff streak snapped after three years.

St. Louis started the scoring in the third with a Yadier Molina RBI single to center.  In the fifth inning, the Pirates took the lead on an Andrew McCutchen two run single to left.  That would be the last time that the Buccos held the lead on the day.  Ryan Vogelsong pitched his final five innings in a Pittsburgh uniform today and allowed one run on five hits, to go with three walks and one strikeout.

Antoni...

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Pirates Blanked By Cardinals 7-0

The start of the Pittsburgh Pirates final series did not go the way anyone in the organization or fan base wanted.  The St. Louis Cardinals proved that they have something to play for, as they chase one of two Wild Card spots, while Pittsburgh appeared to go through the motions.  Zero runs, five hits, and two errors are no way to play spoiler to a division rival.

The Cardinals did not jump on the board until the third inning when Jedd Gyorko hit a solo home run off of Bucco starter Tyler Glasnow.  Glasnow pitched five innings and allowed only the one run, to go with four strikeouts and four walks.  He will need to work on his command if he wants to be effective at the Major League level next year.

Trevor Williams would be the Pittsburgh pitcher who got hit the hardest on the night...

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Pirates End Losing Streak, Beat Cardinals 4-3

Finally!  After the worst stretch of baseball of the 2016 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates ended their eight game losing with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park.

Jameson Taillon made the start for the Pirates tonight, giving up two runs on six hits in five innings of work.  Trevor Williams made his Major League debut, giving up an unearned run on three hits in three innings, while earning the victory.  One day after giving up three homeruns in the top of the ninth last night, Tony Watson set the Cardinals down to earn the save and seal the victory.

The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the first inning.  Matt Carpenter led off the game with a single, advanced to third on Stephen Piscotty’s base hit, and scored on Matt Adams single.  St...

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Watson Implodes, Pirates Drop Eighth Straight

The Pittsburgh Pirates have basically lost in every possible way during this eight game losing streak.  Tonight it would be Tony Watson, who choked up a 6-5 lead with two outs to the St. Louis Cardinals, enroute to a 9-7 defeat.  This loss continues to showcase every weakness this team has had during the 2016 season.

St. Louis jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on a Yadier Molina grand slam in the first inning.  With the way things have been going, it looked like this game was already over.  The Cardinals then added another run with a solo shot off the bat off Matt Adams in the third inning.  Ryan Vogelsong got the starting nod for Pittsburgh and saw his night end after four innings.  He allowed all five runs, on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Unlike other nights during this...

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Polanco, Jaso Lead Pirates Over Cardinals

After a tough loss to the St. Louis Cardinals last night at Busch Stadium, the Pittsburgh Pirates turned to Gerrit Cole as they looked to win their second series of the season against their N.L. Central rivals.  This afternoon, the Bucs got two clutch homeruns by Gregory Polanco and John Jaso, as they beat the Cards 10-5.

Cole improved to 3-3 on the season, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings.  The Pirates had to use a total of seven pitchers, including Mark Melancon, who earned his ninth save of the season.  Fortunately, Pittsburgh was able to get to Michael Wacha, tagging him for four runs on six hits in his six innings of work.

The Cardinals scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the third inning.  Matt Carpenter and Stephen Piscotty led off with back to back singl...

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