Late Pirates Rally Falls Short

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs began a three game series at Wrigley Field this afternoon.  Chicago held the lead all day, and even survived a late Pittsburgh threat, to pick up a 3-2 win.  The Pirates have been struggling with offense all year and currently have the worst run differential in the National League.

The Cubs jumped out to a one run lead in the first inning when Joc Pederson scored on a Phillip Evan’s fielding error.  Pederson would then double that lead one inning later with a single to right to bring in David Bote.  Chicago would cap their scoring in the third on a Matt Duffy sac fly to center, which brought home Javier Baez.

All of those runs would come off of Pittsburgh starter Trevor Cahill...

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Padres Take Game, Series From Bucs

In this young season, the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres have played seven competitive baseball games.  After splitting a four game set at PNC Park last month, the Bucs battled the Padres in 3 highly contested games this week.  But the Padres got the best of the Bucs in the rubber match on Wednesday night by a 4-2 score.

The game featured an enticing pitching matchup, as JT Brubaker took the mound for Pittsburgh against Yu Darvish for San Diego.  Brubaker pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.  Darvish lasted 5.2 innings, also giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out eight and walking just one batter.

The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a solo homerun by Victor Caratini.  They scored another...

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Pirates Snap Losing Skid

Many baseball pundits suggest that starting pitching is the key for a team to be successful over the course of an MLB season.  That is even more important when your offense is struggling to score runs.  The Pittsburgh Pirates needed a great start from Mitch Keller on Tuesday night and that is exactly what they received.  Keller, along with the bullpen, kept the San Diego Padres in check for nine innings to pick up a 2-1 victory.

There have been two sides to Keller each time he takes the mound.  The one side has him look like a top of the rotation starter, while the other looks like he need some fine tuning in the minor leagues.  Keller was stellar on this night as he worked 5.2 innings allowing two hits while striking out five and walking two batters. 

The Pirates offense has been i...

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Padres Hand Pirates Fifth Straight Loss

After beating the Kansas City Royals last Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates held a 12-11 record and were playing good baseball.  Since then, they have lost five straight games, including a 2-0 defeat to the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

The losing pitcher for Pittsburgh was Tyler Anderson, who certainly didn’t deserve that fate.  He gave up two runs on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts through 6.2 innings of work.  He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, which unfortunately is when things fell apart a bit.

The Padres pitched by committee last night, with starter Miguel Diaz lasting just three innings, while Tim Hill earned the victory after pitching a scoreless seventh inning.

Both runs were scored in the seventh inning...

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Buccos Blanked, Swept By Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their homestand this afternoon with their three-game series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.  St. Louis got the better of Pittsburgh for a third straight day and completed their sweep with a 3-0 victory.  The Pirates had trouble getting any offense going, though their pitching was solid for eight of the nine innings.

Wil Crowe made the start for Pittsburgh this afternoon and gave them a good start over five innings of work.  He would allow three runs on three hits to go along with two strikeouts and four walks.  All three of those runs came in the second inning when Harrison Bader hit a three-run home run to deep left center. 

Even with only three runs allowed on the day, the Pirates offense just couldn’t get anything going against Cardinals ...

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Pirates Fall Behind Early, Lose Second Straight To Cardinals

After a sloppy game on Friday, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight at PNC Park looking to even the score against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Unfortunately, the Bucs fell behind early and the Cards broke it up late, falling to their division rivals by a 12-5 score.

Trevor Cahill started for Pittsburgh and didn’t fair well against the Cardinals’ lineup.  The Bucs’ right hander gave up five runs on seven hits with three walks in 5.1 innings of work.  St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty lasted six innings on the bump, surrendering three runs on six hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.

The Cardinals got out to a hot start, tagging Cahill for four runs in the first inning.  A single by Paul Goldschmidt made it 1-0, and a three run homerun by Paul DeJong made it 4-0 before th...

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Sloppy Play Costs Pirates Against Cardinals

Tonight, marked the beginning of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park.  It may just be one month into the 2021 season, but this series has two teams playing for second place in the division.  Both starters were solid for their respective teams, but a key swing by a man who has made a living of tormenting Pittsburgh was enough for St. Louis to earn a 7-3 victory.

JT Brubaker was tagged with the loss, but pitched well during his five innings on the mound.  He allowed three runs on seven hits to go with seven strikeouts.  Two of those runs came on bloop doubles that dropped in front of new outfielder Ka’ai Tom.  Those would occur in the first and third inning.  The third run happened in the fourth when Tyler O’Neill blasted a 425 ft...

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Keller Struggles Again, Pirates Fall To Royals

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been off to a surprising start to begin the 2021 season.  Unfortunately, Mitch Keller has been off to a dreadful start.  That trend continued tonight for the Bucs’ right hander, who didn’t make it out of the third inning as the Pirates fell to the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park.

Keller gave up four runs on three hits and five walks in just 2.1 innings of work.  The control continues to be a major issue, as his ERA continues to rise, now sitting at 8.20 on the season.

Jorge Soler’s double and Hunter Dozier’s triple put the Royals in front 3-0 in the first inning.  A bases loaded walk in the third inning scored their fourth run, and singles by Salvador Perez and Soler in the fourth inning made it 6-0.

Pittsburgh battled back with three runs in th...

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Pirates Take Pitcher’s Duel vs. Royals

After a successful road trip that saw them get back to .500, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight to begin a two-game series against the Kansas City Royals.  Kansas City has been a surprise so far this season, as they sit atop the A.L. Central Division, a division that many felt would belong to either the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, or Minnesota Twins.  Pittsburgh is in a similar boat as they currently are near the top of a crowded N.L. Central.

There was not much offense tonight, as both starters had solid outings and they were followed up by strong bullpens.  Pirates starter Tyler Anderson worked six innings allowing one run on three hits to go with five strikeouts and two walks.  That lone run came in the third inning when Carlos Santana reached on an infiel...

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Bucs Win Third Straight Series, Beat Twins 6-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates won clinched their third straight series victory on Sunday afternoon after beating the Minnesota Twins by a 6-2 score.  The Bucs are now 11-11 on the season, and after a dreadful 1-6 start to begin the season, they have now gone 10-5 with completed a 6-3 road trip.

Wil Crowe started for Pittsburgh today, giving up one run on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in his four innings on the mound.  The bullpen took it from there, pitching the final five innings of the game.  Chris Stratton struggled again, giving up a run on three hits in his two innings, while Clay Holmes earned the victory.

The Bucs jumped out in front early with two runs in the first inning.  Bryan Reynolds’ double scored Adam Frazier to put them in front 1-0, and their second run c...

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