Pirates Lose Third Straight Game

After winning the season opener against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates have now lost three straight games.  This, after a 5-3 defeat against the Cincinnati Reds in the first of a three game series at Great American Ballpark.

JT Brubaker started for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts in his four innings of work.  The Reds sent Jose De Leon to the mound, who gave up two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts in his five innings of work.

The Pirates got off to a hot start tonight with the bats, hitting two solo homeruns in the top of the first inning to snag the early lead.  Phillip Evans hit a solo blast to get the Bucs on the board, and Colin Moran later doubled their lead with a solo shot of his own.

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Pirates Lose Series To Cubs, Hayes To IL

It was not a Happy Easter for the Pittsburgh Pirates or their fan base today.  Prior to the game it was announced that starting third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist injury.  He was replaced on the roster by Wilmer Difo.  Pitcher Tyler Bashlor was then designated for assignment to make room for Difo on the 40-man roster.

After all that took place there was still a game to be played. The Chicago Cubs jumped out to an early lead and didn’t look back, as they took the rubber match of this series from Pittsburgh by the final of 4-3.  The Pirates downfall for this game came from another short outing by a starter and the inability to come up with a clutch hit from one of their veteran bats.

Mitch Keller made his first start of the season ...

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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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Musgrove, Hayes Lead Pirates To 8-0 Victory

Joe Musgrove threw seven shutout innings and Ke’Bryan Hayes had five hits to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-0 lead over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.

After a horrible start to the season, Musgrove has finished up strong in 2020, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters in his seven innings, earning his first victory of the year and lowering his ERA to 3.86.

As for Hayes, he continues to impress in his short stint in the majors so far.  He went 5-5 with three runs scored on Saturday night, improving his average to .370 for the season.

Pittsburgh took the lead in the first inning on a RBI single by Colin Moran.  A solo homerun by Jose Osuna in the second made it 2-0, and a single by Josh Bell and a two run homerun by Bryan Reynolds put 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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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 Lose Seventh Straight, 4-1 To Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates fell behind early on Tuesday night, giving up three runs in the first inning on their way to a seventh straight defeat, a 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Joe Musgrove (0-5) started for Pittsburgh and struggled from the start, giving up four runs on six hits in five innings.  Blake Cederlind, the flame-throwing rookie, debuted with a clean sixth inning, and Derek Holland pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

Mike Moustakas was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to plate the game’s first run.  A sacrifice fly by Brian Goodwin made it 2-0, and a Freddy Galvis single later in the inning increased the lead to 3-0.  Tucker Barnhart hammered a solo homerun the next inning, and the Reds held a commanding 4-0 advantage after two innings.

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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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Pirates Fall To Reds For Fifth Straight Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their fifth straight game on Monday in the first game of a twin bill against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.

Cody Ponce started for Pittsburgh opposite Trevor Bauer on the mound for the Reds.  Ponce gave up one run on one hit and two walks in four innings, while Bauer gave up one run on four hits in 6.1 innings.  Sam Howard suffered the loss for Pittsburgh, and Raisel Iglesias earned the victory for Cincinnati.

All runs were scored via the homerun today.  Joey Votto hit his eighth homerun of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.  The Pirates were held scoreless until the top of the seventh inning, when Colin Moran hit his eighth homerun of the year to tie the game, 1-1.

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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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