Pirates Drop Home Opener To Cubs

For the first time since 2019 the Pittsburgh Pirates played in front of fans at PNC Park.  With attendance around 8,000 people it may have felt more like a Wednesday afternoon game in August.  Either way the result was the same as it has been for the vast majority of the season, a loss.  This one turned out being a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs to open up a three game series.

Tyler Anderson made the start today for Pittsburgh and was able to work through 5.1 innings.  He would give up three runs on ten hits to go with five strikeouts.  That line isn’t great, but for the Pirates it is great compared to some of the starts they have had this season.  Kris Bryant started the scoring for Chicago with a solo home run in the first...

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Pirates “Raise It” To Begin 2021 Season

While expectations may not be high for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2021 season, Opening Day is always a day of hope.  After a condensed 2020 season, the 162-game season began today for 26 Major League Baseball teams and Pittsburgh would open up on the road against the Chicago Cubs.  The Pirates led from start and would use a strong outing from the bullpen to hold on to a 5-3 victory.

The scoring began with a 380 ft. two run home run by Ke’Bryan Hayes.  Hayes is thought to be a contender for the National League Rookie of the Year, and if he keeps swinging a hot bat those expectations will continue to rise.  Chicago would answer with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning on a Joc Pederson sac fly to left.

Adam Frazier got that run back when he hit an RBI single t...

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Pirates End 2020 With Loss To Indians

The 2020 Major League Baseball season may have been shortened, but it felt extra-long at time for fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  It all came to an end today after Pittsburgh lost to the Cleveland Indians 8-6.  While there were some glimpses of hope, there is definitely work that needs to be done before anyone feels comfortable calling this team a contender any time soon.

JT Brubaker made the start for the Pirates today and pitched five innings.  During that time, he allowed five runs on seven hits to go with three strikeouts and two walks.  All five of those runs came via the home run.  A two-run homer by Carlos Santana in the third inning tied the game at two, while a three-run home run by Franmil Reyes in the sixth got Cleveland back to within a run.

The Buccos got the scoring s...

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Pirates Lose Late Lead, Fall To Indians

Tonight, marked the final weekend of the 2020 Major League Baseball season.  While this year hasn’t gone well for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they had been playing better baseball coming into tonight.  That fact would carry over through the first eight innings of this game with the Cleveland Indians, but Cleveland would plate three ninth inning runs to cap off a 4-3 victory.

Mitch Keller started the game for Pittsburgh and had a no hitter going through five innings when he was pulled from the game.  He was pulled because of a high pitch count, which mostly came from walking eight batters and striking out three.  The one earned run he allowed tonight came with the bases loaded and Francisco Lindor scoring on a Carlos Santana double play.

Nik Turley kept the no hitter going in the sixth...

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Pirates Win Final Home Game, Beat Cubs 7-0

While it has been a disastrous season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they finished the home schedule on a high note – a 7-0 blowout victory over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh and was dominant on the mound this afternoon.  He gave up just two hits and three walks in seven innings of work.  He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a double off the wall by Anthony Rizzo.  Still, it was a tremendous way for Kuhl to finish off his 2020 campaign.

The Pirates used the long ball to take control of this baseball game.  A solo homerun in each of the first three innings put the Bucs in front.  Colin Moran’s solo homer in the first scored the game’s first run, followed by dingers from Bryan Reynolds and Adam Frazier.

A single by Frazier in the four...

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Pirates Down Cubs In Pitcher’s Duel

For the majority of the 2020 season the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation and bullpen have been on different wavelengths.  When the starting rotation is going well, the bullpen struggles and when the starting rotation struggles, the bullpen is going well.  Tonight, both performed well and led the way in a 2-1 Pittsburgh victory over the Chicago Cubs

The offense for both teams came early and then were silent for the remaining eight innings.  In the top of the first Anthony Rizzo hit a 406 ft. solo home run to right centerfield to give Chicago their only lead.  The Pirates quickly answered with two solo home runs of their own during the bottom half of the inning.  Adam Frazier led off the inning with a 379 ft. dinger to right field.  That was followed up by a 415 ft...

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Brault, Stallings Lead Pirates Over Cubs 3-2

Steven Brault was magnificent on the mound on Tuesday night, holding the Chicago Cubs to just two hits and three walks in his seven innings of work on the mound, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory at PNC Park.

Before the seventh inning, Brault had pitched 10 straight hitless innings dating back to his previous start.  Despite not registering a victory on Tuesday, he did lower his ERA to 3.38 for the season while keeping the dangerous Cubs’ offense in check all night.

Pittsburgh scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second.  Erik Gonzalez doubled on a line drive to right field, scoring Gregory Polanco.  A double by Adam Frazier in the fifth scored Polanco and the Bucs held a 2-0 lead.

The Bucs held the lead until the eighth inning, when the Cubs capital...

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Pirates Swept By Reds In Doubleheader

After losing game one 3-1, the Pittsburgh Pirates would drop game two of their doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds by the final of 9-4.  Pittsburgh held the lead twice during this game, but as the story of much of 2020 has been, the pitching could not hold onto that lead.

Colin Moran gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the first inning after hitting a double to left field that brought around Adam Frazier.  Moran should have scored on a Josh Bell single to left, but did not cross home plate prior to Bell being tagged out at second.  Cincinnati was able to take a 2-1 lead in the second when Brian Goodwin homered to deep left field.

Joey Votto did what Joey Votto does to the Buccos, go yard.  He would hit a solo homer to right field to give the Reds a two-run lead...

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Royals Beat Williams, Pirates 7-4

Trevor Williams was roughed up on the mound as the Kansas City Royals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 in the second game of their weekend series.

Williams fell to 1-7 on the season, giving up six runs on ten hits in five innings of work.  The bullpen pitched relatively effectively for the final four innings of the game, but the damage had already been done.

The Royals used a total of six pitchers on the night, including starter Carlos Hernandez, who lasted 3 innings, as well as Kyle Zimmer, who earned his first MLB win.

A solo homerun by Whit Merrifield in the bottom of the first gave the Royals a 1-0 lead, but the Pirates answered with a pair of solo homeruns, one from Josh Bell and one from Bryan Reynolds, in the top of the second.  After Adam Frazier homered in the top of the ...

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Pirates Walk Off, Beat Reds 3-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds and earn a series split at PNC Park this afternoon.

Despite the horrific 2020 season, the Pirates have actually held their own against their N.L. Central division opponents, including the Reds, and after today’s victory, they are 3-3 on the year against them.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh today, giving up two runs on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts in three innings of work.  The two teams combined to use 11 pitchers, including Richard Rodriguez for the Bucs, who earned his first victory of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

A two-run homerun by Nick Castellanos in the top of the third inning scored Joey Votto to give the Reds a 2-0 lead...

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