Pirates Blanked In Opener Against Mariners

It was an ugly day for anyone associated with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  News broke in the early afternoon that All-Star Closer Felipe Vazquez had been arrested for multiple charges dealing with sexual misconduct towards a minor.  News like this makes something as simple as a baseball game have very little meaning.  That being said, Pittsburgh did open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners tonight at PNC Park.

Seattle controlled the game from start to finish, and one could assume that the Pirates had their minds elsewhere.  Dee Gordon plated the first run tonight in the second inning on a sac fly to right field.  A single by Shed Long in the fifth gave the Mariners a two-run lead.  Back to back home runs by Omar Narvaez and Austin Nola in the sixth increased their lead to four...

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Pirates Take Three Of Four From Giants

The Pittsburgh Pirates played their final game on the west coast this afternoon when they completed a four game series against the San Francisco Giants.  The previous three games were back and forth contests, but today saw Pittsburgh take an early lead and hold on for a 4-2 victory.

Jose Osuna got things started in the first when he hit a RBI double to left to score Bryan Reynolds.  The Pirates would strike again in the fourth on a Kevin Kramer sac fly.  The Buccos took a three run lead in the fifth when Adam Frazier singled to right to score Joe Musgrove.  San Francisco scored their only two runs of the afternoon in the sixth on a home run by Evan Longoria.  Pittsburgh would get an insurance run in the seventh on a 380 ft. solo home run by Jacob Stallings.

Musgrove pitched five innin...

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Pirates Hold Off Giants 6-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates built an early lead on Wednesday night and were able to hold off the San Francisco Giants to earn a 6-3 victory in the third game of this four game series on the west coast.

This certainly had the feel of September matchup between two teams out of playoff contention.  The two teams combined to use 13 pitchers, with neither starter making it out of the fifth inning.  Michael Feliz earned the victory (3-4) by pitching a scoreless fifth inning, while Felipe Vazquez tallied his 27th save of the season with an easy ninth.

Adam Frazier’s single in the second scored Jose Osuna for the game’s first run, and a single by Kevin Kramer later in the inning made it 2-0 Bucs.

Pittsburgh added two more runs in the fourth when Elias Diaz hit a sacrifice fly and Colin Moran sing...

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Pirates Rally In Ninth, Beat Giants 6-4

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...

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Six Run Seventh Carry Pirates Over Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates began a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park tonight.  St. Louis is chasing a playoff spot, while Pittsburgh is trying to avoid the division cellar and put a damper on the Cardinals postseason hopes.  Things did not look good for the Pirates through six innings, but a big seventh inning led them to an opening game victory.

Alex McRae made the start tonight for the Buccos and gave them five innings on the night.  He would allow two runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout.  His counterpart Miles Mikolas would also go five innings and allow one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and four walks.

St. Louis got things started in the second on a Tommy Edman two run home run...

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Keller Leaves With Injury, Pirates Lose 5-4

It was a difficult beginning to the home stand for Mitch Keller and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Bucs’ top prospect was injured early in the game, and the Pirates lost to the Miami Marlins in extra innings on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Keller exited his start in the second inning after being hit in the wrist with a line drive.  It was officially listed as a right wrist contusion, with no word of anything more significant than a “day to day” type injury.

This turned into a bullpen game for the Bucs, who used a total of seven pitchers once Keller left.  They held a one-run lead into the ninth inning, when Felipe Vazquez shockingly blew his 3rd save of the season.  The Marlins scored a run in the top of the tenth to win the game.

Adam Frazier hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the ...

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Pirates Complete Four Game Sweep Of Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a four-game series at Coors Field today against the Colorado Rockies.  While this game wasn’t as high scoring as the previous three, Pittsburgh led from the beginning and swept this series after a 6-2 win today.  The key to this win was the offense, and a stellar start from Steven Brault.

Brault pitched 6.1 innings today and even provided some offense during that time.  He would allow two runs, one earned, on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  The first run came in the sixth on a Nolan Arenado home run to left.  Colorado scored their other run in the seventh when Tony Walters hit an RBI single to right center to bring home Ryan McMahon.

The Pirates offense got started on the very first pitch of the game.  That is when Adam Frazier hit a...

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Pirates Score Seven First Inning Runs, Beat Rockies 11-8

Entering this four game series against the Colorado Rockies, it was anticipated that a lot of runs would be scored.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have an explosive offense, as do the Rockies, setting up for what is expected to be a fun weekend.  The first game of this series did not disappoint from an offensive standpoint, as the Bucs beat the Rockies 11-8 in a wild one on Thursday.

The teams combined for 19 runs on 27 hits, with the starting pitchers, Trevor Williams for Pittsburgh and Chi Chi Gonzalez for Colorado, suffering the consequences.  Williams did earn the victory (7-6), battling his way through seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  Gonzalez, on the other hand, struggled mightily, giving up seven runs on seven hits without even making it out of the first inning.

The ...

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Pirates Score In Ninth, Beat Phillies 5-4

One day after losing a one-run game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Ballpark, the Pittsburgh Pirates edged out their cross-state rivals with a 5-4 victory in a back and forth battle on Tuesday night.

Steven Brault battled his way through five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with a walk and a strikeout.  The Bucs used five pitchers in all, including Felipe Vazquez, who recorded four outs and earned the victory (5-1) with a strikeout of Bryce Harper to end the game.

Bryan Reynolds continued his run at the batting title with three more hits on Tuesday, bumping his average up to .332 on the season.  His two run homerun in the top of the first scored Kevin Newman and put the Pirates in front early.

The Phillies scored runs in the second, third, and fourth inning...

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Pirates Complete Sweep, Beat Reds 9-8

The Pittsburgh Pirates completed the weekend sweep of the Cincinnati Reds this weekend with a 9-8 victory in a wild game at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon.

While the Pirates have had a nightmare of a season, they have played well against the Reds.  That trend continued today, as the Bucs improved to 11-5 against Cincy this year with the one-run victory, capping the series sweep this weekend.

Neither starter, Trevor Bauer for Cincinnati or Dario Agrazal for Pittsburgh, pitched well, as it was all about the offense on Sunday.  Agrazal did get the win (3-3), while Felipe Vazquez tallied his 23rd save of the season.

The Pirates fell behind early in this one, as the Reds scored three runs in the top of the first inning...

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