After a disappointing home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates headed out west for the first of a four game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. After trailing for the majority of the game, the Bucs rallied in the ninth inning, stealing a 6-4 victory to kick off the road trip.
Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh, giving up four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings, while his mound opponent, Madison Bumgarner, gave up two runs on six hits in seven innings. Richard Rodriguez earned the victory by pitching a scoreless eighth inning, and Felipe Vazquez earned his 26th save of the season by shutting things down in the ninth.
A single by Evan Longoria in the bottom of the first put the Giants in front, 1-0. Jacob Stallings’ solo homerun in the top of the fifth tied the game...
There was some controversy prior to the start of tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Clint Hurdle decided to call up starting pitcher Clay Holmes from AAA to take the mound tonight. The move was to give the starting rotation an extra day off, but in the middle of trying to lock up a playoff spot the better move would be to send out one of your top five pitchers every day. The move would back fire for sure in a 13-10 Pittsburgh loss.
Holmes looked bad from the start of this game. Andrew McCutchen would lead the game off with a solo home run to right field. San Francisco would score two more runs in the inning and then four more in the third before Holmes night was officially over. He would only pitch 2...
Before embarking on their current road trip, the Pittsburgh Pirates were probably hearing rumblings from fans, media, and critics that this trip to Colorado, San Francisco, and Minnesota could very well make or break their season. After all, they are on the outside looking in at both the N.L. Central Division and N.L. Wild Card playoff pictures, and a strong (or weak) showing on the road could determine just where the final month and a half of the season goes from here.
After taking two of three games against the Colorado Rockies, the Pirates opened their four game weekend series with a 10-5 victory over Andrew McCutchen and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.
The Bucs tallied 13 hits as a team, and used two big innings to make this a comfortable win. Adam Frazier led the way with t...
After an extensive rain delay, the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates took the field at PNC Park for the second game of their three game weekend series. While Friday’s game was a lopsided victory for Pittsburgh, tonight’s matchup was much more competitive. It was a back and forth game throughout the evening, but the Pirates scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a hit-by-pitch to beat the Giants 6-5 for their fifth straight win.
Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through six innings of work. He gave up three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and four walks.
The Pirates took the lead in the first inning. After Gregory Polanco drew a walk and Starling Marte singled, Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the game’...
The storyline coming into this weekend series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants was the return of Andrew McCutchen to PNC Park. McCutchen was a key member of three straight playoff appearances from 2013-15, but all good things must come to an end. Many thought Pittsburgh would be in turmoil this season, but so far, they have been playing good baseball and that continued tonight in an 11-2 victory.
The Pirates were able to get out of the gate fast tonight with a Starling Marte two run home run in the bottom of the first inning. That would be key after Jameson Taillon left the game after the third inning with a finger laceration. Hopefully Taillon does not miss much time, because when he is on top of his game he is by far the best pitcher on the staff.
Looking at the standings before this series started, it appeared that the Pittsburgh Pirates would have an easy time picking up two wins over the Chicago White Sox. Last night they had to overcome a four-run deficit to gain the win, while today it would take a four run ninth inning rally to cap the 6-5 victory and complete the sweep of the series.
Chicago would once again jump out to a four-run lead today, though it would take four innings to gain that lead. Tim Anderson came through with a two-run homer to deep left in the second inning. In the fourth inning it would be another two-run shot, this time from Daniel Palka. All four of these runs would be charged to Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams.
Williams would only go five innings today, allowing four runs on seven hits to go wi...
The Pittsburgh Pirates faced one of the best pitchers in the league tonight. Stephen Strasburg was dominant tonight, and his offense did enough for the Washington Nationals to coast to an easy 6-0 victory in the second game of the four game weekend series.
Strasburg bewildered the Pirates hitters, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters in 7.2 innings of work. Gerrit Cole started for Pittsburgh, battling his way through 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Ryan Zimmerman was the hitting star of the day for Washington, and he got things started in the bottom of the first with an RBI double to score Anthony Rendon. Daniel Murphy’s RBi single in the sixth scored Trea Turner and also chased Cole from the game...
Tonight was Ivan Nova’s last start of the 2017 season. An up and down season for Nova left in injury, as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ right hander left after just two innings of work after being hit on the hand while trying to bunt. The Washington Nationals beat the Bucs in a close game tonight by a 4-2 score.
Tyler Glasnow relieved Nova, giving up one run on two hits and five walks in 3.2 innings. Edwin Jackson started for Washington, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings.
Daniel Murphy’s RBI single in the first scored Wilmer Difo to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh responded with two runs in the third. Christopher Bostick’s RBI double scored Max Moroff to tie the game, and Starling Marte gave the Bucs a 2-1 lead with an RBI single.
After tying the game in t...
It’s been a tough year for the Pittsburgh Pirates. And really, outside of a couple of months in the middle of the season, it’s been a difficult year for Andrew McCutchen. Entering a season fresh off countless trade rumors, the star outfielder struggled out of the gate, hit his stride in June and July, and has been sluggish as the end of the season nears.
But tonight, McCutchen reminded us all just how much of an offensive force he can be, delivering two homeruns, including his first career grand slam, as the Pirates routed the Baltimore Orioles 10-1 at PNC Park.
McCutchen went 4-4 with two homeruns, a double, eight RBIs, and four runs scored. His RBI double in the first scored Starling Marte to give the Pirates the early lead...
It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been struggling mightily lately and it has been noticed by the fan base. With the losses piling up, the seats are emptier now more than ever at PNC Park. Fans want to see wins and for the few at the game and watching at home, they would see that tonight. Pittsburgh would earn a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers to avoid being swept, and snap a seven-game losing streak.
Milwaukee jumped out to a two-run lead with solo home runs from Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana in the second and third innings respectively. Those would be the only runs that Pirates starter Steven Brault would allow tonight during his five innings of work. Brault would give up four hits, to go along with three strikeouts and one walk.
The Buccos would tie th...