Pirates Win, Cubs Eliminated From Playoff Contention

Dario Agrazal and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night at PNC Park, officially eliminating them from playoff contention with a 4-2 win on the north shore.

Agrazal pitched well, self-proclaimed his best start of the season, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings of work.  Francisco Liriano and Michael Feliz each pitched a scoreless inning, setting the table for Keone Kela, who earned his first save of the season.

The Cubs did take the early lead on a RBI single by Ian Happ in the second inning, scoring Willson Contreras.  The Pirates responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Erik Gonzalez’s RBI double tied the game, and a single by Jake Elmore put them in front, 2-1.

Happ homered in the seventh to tie the game, but the Pirates ...

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Pirates Swept…..Again

Another day and another loss for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After winning games one and two of this three game series, the Seattle Mariners picked up a series sweep this afternoon with a 6-5 victory in eleven innings.  Errors and a lack of production in the later innings, two things that have plagued this team all year, were the story once again.

After a scoreless first inning, Seattle would plate four runs in the second inning.  Daniel Vogelbach crossed the plate when Cole Tucker made a throwing error to first.  Braden Bishop scored the second run on a RBI single to left center field.  The final two runs came around on a Shed Long single to right.  Only two of these runs were earned, as Joe Musgrove left after five innings, giving up five hits with six strikeouts and two walks.


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Musgrove Struggles, Pirates Lose 11-1

Joe Musgrove and the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff were tortured again on Wednesday night, as the Washington Nationals used a six run third inning to take control and went on for a comfortable 11-1 blowout victory at PNC Park.

Musgrove lasted five innings on Wednesday, giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits.  He fell to 8-12 on the season with a 4.74 ERA.  Parker Markel and Francisco Liriano also struggled on the mound, giving up three and two runs respectively.

The Bucs’ offense was dominated by Patrick Corbin, who improved to 10-5 on the season after giving up three hits and two walks in eight innings of work on the mound.

The Nationals took control of the game in the third innings, scoring six runs, including a three run homerun by Asdrubal Cabrera...

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Pirates Win Series Opener With Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park Friday night to open a six-game home stand, with the first three games against the New York Mets.  New York has been a team on the rise as of late and even added a pitcher at the trade deadline.  The Mets swept Pittsburgh last weekend at Citi Field, and were looking to add to that success against the Pirates tonight.

New York came out swinging against Bucco starter Trevor WilliamsPete Alonso got things started in the first with an RBI double to right center.  He would then come in to score on a Wilson Ramos groundout to third base.  The Mets added another run in the third when J.D. Davis hit a double to center field.

That was the final run Williams gave up on the night as he worked through the sixth inning allowing three runs on six hits ...

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Pirates Swept By Mets, Drop 8th Straight

For the third time this season the Pittsburgh Pirates have lost eight games in a row.  This occurred after they lost to the New York Mets today by the final of 8-7.  The loss gave New York a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh, and the Pirates have now been swept in two straight series.  A poor start by Chris Archer and three errors by the defense were the main factors in today’s loss.

Archer was shelled in the first inning where he gave up six runs, five earned, while throwing fifty pitches.  He did manage to make it through five innings, with four strikeouts and four walks.  Archer continues to disappoint in a Buccos uniform, further questioning what the thought process was that brought him to Pittsburgh one year ago.

The Pirates offense tried their best to get this team back in the ga...

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Pirates Best Phillies 5-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates earned their first win at PNC Park since the All-Star break tonight by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 in front of a near capacity crowd.  Prior to the game a ceremony was held to honor the 40th Anniversary of the 1979 World Series Championship team.  The 2019 Pittsburgh team made them proud tonight in defeating their former division rival.

Pitching was key tonight for the Pirates and Joe Musgrove looked very good out on the bump.  Musgrove worked six strong innings allowing one run, zero earned, on two hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.  That lone run came across for Philadelphia in the fifth on an Adam Haseley ground out that plated Brad Miller.

The Buccos offense came to life in the third inning with three runs.  Bryan Reynolds got things start...

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Cardinals Come Back Against Pirates Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals wrapped up their three-game series this afternoon at Busch Stadium.  St. Louis took game one, while Pittsburgh rebounded last night to even up this series.  A win for either team today would be big in the tight N.L. Central Division race.  In the end it would come down to one swing of the bat by Paul Goldschmidt in the seventh inning.

The Pirates struck first today when Starling Marte hit a solo home run in the top of the first.  The Cardinals would quickly answer in the bottom half of the inning when Tyler O’Neill hit an RBI single to right.  Jose Martinez gave St. Louis a one run lead in the second with a sac fly to right.  The Buccos plated three runs in the fourth and it started with Chris Archer...

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Pirates Score Twice In Ninth, Beat Cardinals 3-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates earned their first victory since the All Star Break with a hard fought 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

Dario Agrazal started for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on five hits with three walks in six innings of work.  Richard Rodriguez and Francisco Liriano pitched an inning of scoreless baseball each, setting the table for Felipe Vazquez to earn his 21st save of the season by shutting things down in the ninth.

The Pirates struggled against starter Jack Flaherty, who gave up one run on three hits in seven innings, but they were able to rally against Carlos Martinez, who took the loss after giving up a pair of runs on a two hits and a walk in the ninth inning.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth inning, when Kevin...

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Pirates Enter All-Star Break 2.5 Games Out Of First

Today marked the unofficial end of the first half of the baseball season.  In the National League Central Division nothing has been claimed up to this point.  All five teams are in the mix, with the last place Cincinnati Reds only 4.5 games behind the division leading Chicago Cubs.  The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers closed out a three-game series today, with the winner taking two of the three games.  Division games always hold a little bit more importance and today was just the same.

Joe Musgrove made the start for Pittsburgh today and worked a solid six innings on the mound.  He would allow three runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts.  All three of those runs came off the bat of Jesus Aguilar, as he connected on a solo homer in the fifth and a two-run home r...

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Pirates Lose To Brewers In Extra Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates began their final series before the All-Star tonight when they hosted the Milwaukee Brewers for the first of three games.  Milwaukee has owned Pittsburgh this season, but the games have been tight for the most part.  That would be the same tonight, as this game looked like it would be a Brewers blow out before the Pirates rallied and then fell short 7-6 in ten innings.

Steven Brault made the start tonight, but would leave after four innings of work with shoulder discomfort.  The Buccos looked like the finally had a solid five-man rotation going after getting Jordan Lyles back a week ago, but depending on the seriousness of this injury, Pittsburgh could be scrambling for a fifth man in the rotation...

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