Moran, Bucs Win Series In Milwaukee

A day after getting blown out by the Milwaukee Brewers by a 7-1 score, the Pittsburgh Pirates bounced back on Sunday with a thrilling extra-innings victory, led by Colin Moran.

The win secured the Bucs’ second straight series victory against a divisional opponent, and put them at a 7-9 record.  After beginning the season 1-6, the Pirates have boasted a 6-3 mark since.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh today and battled his way through five innings, giving up three runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts.  The bullpen was solid for the most party, although Chris Stratton did gave up a pair of runs in the seventh inning.  Richard Rodriguez earned the victory by pitching two scoreless innings.

Things certainly didn’t start out well for the Bucs today.  A solo homerun by

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Starting Pitching Continues To Hurt Pirates

If you want to win at the Major League level you have to have starting pitching.  Preferably an ace at the top, a solid middle of the rotation, and a guy in the five hole who will eat innings.  The Pittsburgh Pirates definitely don’t have an ace, a solid middle of the rotation guy doesn’t appear often, and an innings eater at this point would be a blessing based on how much the bullpen has been used.  Tonight, they would get four innings of work from their starter, but drop game two of this three game series with the Milwaukee Brewers by the final of 7-1.

Trevor Cahill made the start for Pittsburgh and during his four innings on the mound gave up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits to go with five strikeouts and one walk...

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Pirates Overcome Walks To Defeat Padres

If you are a fan of pitching then tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres was not for you.  There was a total of 17 walks, and 7 hit batters from the 12 pitchers used between the two teams.  Pittsburgh would use seven pitchers on the night, but got out of the jams they created to pick up an 8-4 victory.

Chad Kuhl started for the Pirates and did not look good.  He would allow four runs, three earned, on four hits, with seven walks and just one strikeout over 3.2 innings of work.  San Diego jumped on the board in the first with a solo home run by Trent Grisham and a bases loaded walk to Jurickson Profar.  Pittsburgh would answer with three runs of their own.  Jacob Stallings drove in two with a double to left center field...

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Bullpen Stumbles, Pirates Lose 6-2

Fresh off an impressive series victory against the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight riding some momentum as they opened up a series against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park.

After a strong start from Trevor Cahill, the Pirates’ bullpen didn’t hold up, and the Padres cruised in the late innings to a 6-2 victory.

Luis Oviedo was the main culprit on the mound for the Bucs tonight, as he limped his way through the sixth and seventh innings, throwing 47 pitches while giving up five runs on five hits and two walks.  As for Cahill, he pitched well, giving up one run on three hits while striking out eighth in his five innings of work.

Wil Myers’ RBI single in the first inning put the Padres in front early...

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Reds Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 11-4

For the second game in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff was overwhelmed by the Cincinnati Reds’ offense.  The result this afternoon was an 11-4 route at Great American Ballpark.  With the victory, the Reds completed the three game series sweep of the Bucs.

After winning the opening game of the season, the Pirates have now lost five straight and are in a freefall.  They managed to score four runs today, but those came in the ninth inning when the game had already been decided.  Overall, it was a dominant performance this week for the Reds over the Bucs.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh was ineffective, giving up five runs (four earned) on two hits with five walks in four innings...

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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 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 Blown Out, Swept By Royals

The quest for the number one draft pick continues to roll on for the Pittsburgh Pirates and up to this point the journey has been a successful one.  Today they were crushed by the Kansas City Royals by the final of 11-0.  The loss also gave Kansas City a sweep of Pittsburgh in this three-game series.

Chad Kuhl started for the Pirates today, and in what has become a trend with the rotation the past couple weeks, was terrible.  Kuhl allowed nine runs on four hits, with six walks and five strikeouts in just 2.1 innings of work.  I don’t know what the plans are for the starting rotation in 2021, but Kuhl can not be a figure that anyone would be excited to see in that rotation.

The Royals countered with Brad Keller...

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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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