Bullpen Spoils Musgrove’s Strong Start; Pirates Lose 2-1

Joe Musgrove pitched six shutout innings this afternoon at PNC Park, but the bullpen gave up the lead, as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the St. Louis Cardinals by a 2-1 score.

Musgrove gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out 11 batters in his six innings of work on the mound.  But in what has become an all-too-common theme, the bullpen struggled to hold a lead.  Derek Holland was the culprit today, giving up two runs on three hits in the seventh inning, which proved to be the difference in the game. 

Jack Flaherty started for the Cardinals, giving up one run on two hits in six innings, while striking out 11 Buccos’ hitters.  Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save of the season.

A sacrifice fly by Colin Moran scored Bryan Reynolds ...

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Pirates Snap Streak, Beat Cardinals 5-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, snapping their eight game losing streak with a 5-1 victory at PNC Park.

The Bucs have won four straight games against the Cardinals this season.  They are 4-2 against their division rivals, and 11-32 against everyone else.

Steven Brault was magnificent on the mound for Pittsburgh, earning his first victory of the season while pitching a complete game.  He gave up just one run on two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.  In a year that has been mauled by awful pitching, this was a sight for sore eyes for all Pirates fans.

The Cardinals scored their lone run of the game in the third inning on a RBI single by Tommy Edman.  Pittsburgh responded in the fourth inning, taking control of the game with four runs...

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Pirates Drop Eighth Straight, Swept By Reds

Another day and another loss for the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight as the Cincinnati Reds completed the four game sweep of this series after a 1-0 victory.  Pittsburgh pitching kept them in the game, which isn’t easy to do at Great American Ballpark, the Cincinnati pitching kept the Pirates offense in check throughout the night.

JT Brubaker made the start for the Buccos tonight and in the process pitched well during his 5.1 innings on the mound.  He would allow one run on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk.  That lone run came in the fifth when Jose Garcia scored on a single to shallow left center field by Shogo Akiyama.  Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo pitched seven innings striking out ten, walking one and allowing three hits.

Sam Howard was the first Pittsburgh relief pi...

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Ponce Leads Pirates To Doubleheader Sweep Of Cardinals

Sweeping a doubleheader is never easy, but that is exactly what the Pittsburgh Pirates did today after winning game two against the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0.  The story of the game was a stellar pitching performance by Pittsburgh starter Cody Ponce, who picked up his first Major League win, and Nik Turley who earned his first career save this evening.

Ponce was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers last summer and got the nod in the nightcap of this doubleheader.  Ponce worked a strong 5.2 innings and allowed five hits while striking out and walking two batters.  He wasn’t in many jams tonight, but the few that occurred he handled well.  Geoff Hartlieb was brought in to collect the final out of the sixth inning.

The Pirates only needed one run tonight, but collected two in the third ...

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Pirates Take Game One, Beat Cardinals 4-3

Chad Kuhl pitched six solid innings, and thanks to a three run eighth inning, the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Kuhl pitched well on the mound today, giving up one run on four hits with four walks in six innings of work.  His mound opponent, Kwang Hyun Kim, was solid as well, giving up one unearned run on three hits in six innings.

Pittsburgh took the lead in the top of the fourth inning on a RBI single by Jacob Stallings.  A solo homerun by Yadier Molina in the bottom of the fifth tied the game, 1-1.

The Pirates scored three runs in the eighth inning, and as it turned out, they needed every one of them.  Cole Tucker’s single scored Jarrod Dyson to give the Bucs the lead.  A single by Bryan Reynolds scored Tucker to m...

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Pirates Notch First Win Of Season, Beat Cards 5-1

After a close loss on Friday and a blowout defeat on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field this afternoon at Busch Stadium looking to avoid a sweep against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mitch Keller pitched a nice game on the mound, and the Bucs got some timely hitting in key situations as they salvaged a game in the weekend series, picking up a 5-1 victory.

Keller won his first start of the year, giving up one run on two hits in five innings.  His mound opponent, Daniel Hudson, gave up four runs on seven hits in a losing effort.

St. Louis scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the third, as Tommy Edman singled home Kolten Wong.  The Pirates answered immediately in the next inning, on a solo homerun by Colin Moran and a two run homerun by Jose Osuna.  A sacrifice fly by Jos...

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Pirates Offense and Bullpen Lifeless Against Cardinals

When your lone run of the day comes via a bases loaded walk it is safe to say it was not a good day at the ballpark.  That was the case for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they dropped game two of this three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals by the final of 9-1.  Two losses in two days is definitely not the way that Pittsburgh wanted to start the 2020 season.

Trevor Williams started for the Pirates and only made it through 3.2 innings after throwing just 67 pitches.  Not sure if it was because he had some laboring at bats against him, but Manager Derek Shelton needs to let Williams work longer into games due to the lack of options in the Buccos bullpen.  Williams final stat line was three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Pittsburgh was opposed by Adam Wainwrigh...

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Pirates Open 2020 Season With 5-4 Loss

After a nearly four month delay, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally opened their 2020 season at a fan-less Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals.  These are unprecedented times for sure, from the empty ballparks to the rule changes on the field to the 60 game in 66 day sprint of the season.  And while the baseball experts don’t expect the Pirates to contend this season, if they are to prove the doubters wrong and catch some lightning in a bottle, they need to get off to a strong start.

Unfortunately, the Bucs opened the season with a 5-4 loss to the Cardinals on Friday night.  Joe Musgrove gave up three runs on five hits and three walks in 5.2 innings.  Jack Flaherty earned the victory last night, giving up two runs on six hits in 7 innings.

Musgrove pitched well, but he did fall...

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Steelers Keep Grinding, Beat Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their push toward a postseason berth with a 23-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. With the victory, the Steelers are now 8-5 on the season, and are hanging on to the final playoff spot in the AFC.

Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray had a few nice moments for Arizona, but he struggled this afternoon against the Steelers’ defense. Devlin Hodges, meanwhile, managed the game well, made a few clutch plays, and most importantly, did not make a big mistake.

A field goal by Chris Boswell from 30 yards gave the Steelers a 3-0 lead, and an 85 yard punt return by Diontae Johnson made it 10-0 after the first quarter.

The Cardinals tied the game in the second quarter with a field goal and touchdown of their own, but the Steelers built a drive just before the end of ...

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Steelers Take Down Browns, Remain In Playoff Chase

The Cleveland Browns had not swept the season series against the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1988.  Pittsburgh wanted to make sure that statistic grew for another year.  Two weeks ago, a huge brawl was the story between these two teams.  After a bevy of fines, the three main factors in the fight were either suspended or benched.  This game didn’t have any post whistle drama, but did have the feel of an old school back and forth football game.

Cleveland dominated the first quarter of this game, but was only able to get on the board once.  That would occur when Austin Seibert kicked a 31-yard field goal with 7:31 left in the quarter.  The Browns looked to run away with this contest mid-way through the second quarter when Baker Mayfield threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Hunt to p...

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