Pirates Open Weekend With 10-2 Loss

Clint Hurdle decided to start Michael Feliz on Friday night at PNC Park.  The result was a five run first inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who went on to rout the Pittsburgh Pirates by a 10-2 score.

The starting pitching situation for the Pirates right now is in shambles, and that continued on Friday night.  Feliz struggled from the beginning, not even making it through the first inning.  He recorded just one out, giving up five runs on four hits with a walk.  Steven Brault pitched 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks.

A double by Max Muncy scored the game’s first run, and David Freese then crushed a grand slam to right center field to essentially put the game out of reach in the very first inning.  L.A. led 5-0 before the Bucs even came to bat.

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Pirates Beat Braves 3-2

After a disappointing series in St. Louis, the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their road trip Friday night with the first of three games against the Atlanta Braves.  Jameson Taillon took the hill for the Bucs and delivered a strong performance, while the struggling offense did just enough to come away with a 3-2 victory.

Taillon continued his recent trend of strong starts, giving up two runs on five hits in seven innings.  Keone Kela pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Felipe Vazquez, despite giving up a pair of hits, closed things down in the ninth to earn his 29th save of the season.

The Pirates took the lead in the top of the second on a RBI single by Elias Diaz.  A single by David Freese scored Starling Marte in the top of the sixth to make it a 2-0 lead.

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Frustrating 5-2 Loss For Pirates

After splitting a four game series against the San Francisco Giants, the Pittsburgh Pirates are wrapping up their road trip with a quick two game series against the Minnesota Twins.  Despite building an early lead tonight, the Bucs gave up three runs in the fourth inning, which would prove to be the difference in a 5-2 loss at Target Field.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through six innings while giving up three runs on seven hits.  His mound opponent, Jake Odorizzi, gave up two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings of work.

The Pirates took the lead with a pair of runs in the second inning.  A double by Francisco Cervelli scored David Freese for the game’s first run.  Later in the inning, Colin Moran grounded out, allowing Josh Bell to score to make it a...

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Williams, Pirates Shut Out Giants 4-0

After a disappointing 13-10 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates desperately needed a strong pitching performance on Saturday.  Trevor Williams delivered for the Bucs in the third game of the weekend series, tossing seven shutout innings as the Pirates beat the Giants by a 4-0 score.

Williams was dominant tonight, earning his tenth victory of the season after giving up just five hits and one walk in seven innings of work.  Keone Kela and Felipe Vazquez each pitched a scoreless inning of relief on the night.

The Pirates didn’t need a lot of offense tonight, but they got more than enough in the third and fourth innings.  A sacrifice fly by Corey Dickerson in the third scored Josh Harrison to put the Bucs on the board at 1-0...

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Pirates Comeback Falls Short To Giants

There was some controversy prior to the start of tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco GiantsClint 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...

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Pirates Win Third Straight, Beat Giants 10-5

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...

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Pirates Rout Rockies 10-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their road trip yesterday with a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies.  In fact, the Bucs managed just two hits in the entire game, including a double by their pitcher Joe Musgrove.  Tonight, the bats came alive early and often, as the Pirates went on to an easy 10-2 victory.

Jameson Taillon was solid for Pittsburgh tonight, throwing a complete game, giving up two runs on nine hits.  Chad Bettis really struggled for Colorado tonight, giving up nine runs on eight hits and two walks in 4.2 innings of work.  The Bucs’ offense took off in the fourth and fifth innings, chasing Bettis from the game after it was already out of reach.

Starling Marte’s solo homerun in the top of the first inning gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead before Taillon even threw a pitch...

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Pirates Defeat Cubs To Close Out July

It was a very busy day for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  First, they completed two trades to not only bolster their team this season, but for a few years to come.  Second, they opened up a short two game series with the division leading Chicago Cubs.  Pittsburgh has played well against their own division in 2018 and that continued tonight by defeating Chicago 5-4.

Jameson Taillon made the start tonight and was solid in the 6.2 innings he pitched.  He allowed three runs on seven hits to go with two walks and two strikeouts.  The three runs came on a mistake pitch to Javier Baez who hit a three-run home run in the fourth.  Taillon would also work his way out of a few jams to keep his team in the ball game.

The Pirates offense was able to get to Jon Lester in the third inning.  David Freese

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Wheeler Blanks Pirates In Series Finale

The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the outside looking in when it comes to a possible playoff spot.  With two months left in the season they need to win series if they hope to earn a wild card spot or possibly win a division title.  They came into today with a chance of taking three of four from the New York Mets, but Zack Wheeler had other plans in a 1-0 New York victory.

Wheeler was strong on the mound today throwing six innings allowing five hits to go along with seven strikeouts and one walk.  After he was lifted in the seventh for a pinch hitter, Seth Lugo took his spot on the mound.  Lugo worked two innings giving up one hit and striking out a batter.  Anthony Swarzak pitched the ninth and struck out two of the three batters he faced, including Elias Diaz to end the game.

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Pirates Stay Hot, Beat Mets 5-0

A few weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates were left for dead.  They were well on their way to another disappointing season finishing under .500, with any chance of a playoff appearance nothing short of impossible.  Flash forward to the last weekend of July, and the Pirates are one of the hottest teams in baseball.  Tonight, they got the best of one of the best pitchers in the league, as they shut out the New York Mets by a 5-0 score.

Tonight, the Pirates faced the league’s number one pitcher in terms of ERA, Jacob deGrom, and they battled him throughout his seven innings on the mound.  They were able to score three runs on eighth hits off the Mets’ ace.  Meanwhile, Trevor Williams earned his ninth win of the year, throwing six innings of shutout baseball.

This was a pitchers’ duel t...

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