Mitch Keller came into the season with lofty expectations and rightfully so. He has come up through the Pittsburgh Pirates system as the next potential ace following the ranks of Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and Tyler Glasnow. While those three did not live up to the hype in a Pittsburgh uniform, they have become known names with other teams. Fans are hoping that doesn’t happen with Keller, but he has yet to consistently show that top of the rotation hype in the early part of his career.
The San Diego Padres came out swinging early and tagged Keller for seven runs on nine hits over just 3.1 innings of work. He would walk three and strikeout just one batter during his time on the mound. It all started with a Jake Cronenworth RBI double. Cronenworth then scored on a Manny Machad...
One day after managing to score only one run against Gerrit Cole, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field on Wednesday night and exploded against Framber Valdez and the Houston Astros’ bullpen, coasting to a 14-2 blowout victory.
The Pirates tallied a total of 15 hits as a team, scoring two runs in each of the first three innings to put them in complete control of the game from the onset. Kevin Newman and Corey Dickerson led the way with four hits each, while Jose Osuna and Jung Ho Kang added a pair of hits as well.
Josh Bell’s two run homerun, his 21st of the season, got things started for the Bucs in the first inning. A double by Dickerson and a single by Newman in the second made it 4-1, and Dickerson’s single in the third and Kang’s homerun in the sixth made it 8-1 Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates began a six-game road trip tonight with the first of three against the Houston Astros. The story surrounding this game was that Pittsburgh would be facing their former number one draft pick Gerrit Cole. Cole would outduel his mound opponent, Trevor Williams, and Houston would earn a 5-1 victory.
Williams would pitch 6.2 innings tonight and allow four runs on eight hits to go with four strikeouts. The first two of those runs came in the fourth inning when Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run home run to left field. The Astros would plate another run via the long ball in the sixth on an Alex Bregman solo shot to left. The final run of the night charged to Williams came on a sac fly by Robinson Chirinos in the seventh.
Cole would allow baserunners, but did not allow a b...
It was a great weekend at PNC Park for the Pittsburgh Pirates, capping off their three game series with an 11-10 walk-off victory in the 11th inning over the San Diego Padres.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Bucs, who swept the Padres this weekend and took six of seven games on the season.
It was a wild game in the series finale this afternoon, as a total of 13 pitchers were used and 21 runs were scored. Steven Brault started for the Bucs, giving up three runs on six hits in five innings. Francisco Liriano, despite giving up three runs on three hits in his only inning of work, earned the victory.
After falling behind 1-0 in the very first inning, the Pirates responded with two runs in third on a single by Brault and a sacrifice fly by Bryan Reynolds.
The Padres took the lead ba...
After a disappointing series in Cincinnati, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home to PNC Park for the first of a three game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Joe Musgrove made his Pirates debut on the mound tonight, marking the first time to suit up since being dealt to Pittsburgh in the Gerrit Cole trade with the Houston Astros over the offseason. Tonight, Musgrove tossed a gem, and the Pirates offense came alive, as they coasted to an 8-1 victory.
Musgrove was dominant tonight, needing just 67 pitches to make it through seven innings of shutout baseball. He scattered five hits, striking out seven without walking a batter. Michael Feliz gave up a run in the eighth and Kyle Crick pitched a scoreless ninth in relief.
This was a pitchers’ duel through the first five inni...
The Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to take two out of three from the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon. The two teams combined to hit four home runs and, in the end, Cincinnati would bring home one more run in a 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh. The loss would be the Pirates fifth in six games and first time since mid-April that they have lost back to back series.
Zeros were put on the board through the fist two and a half innings today, but the Reds would put a four spot on the board in the bottom of the third. Ivan Nova would walk the first batter of the inning and then give up a single to right. With one out, Nova would commit a throwing error that would load the bases for Eugenio Suarez and he would clear the bases with a grand slam to left field...
It’s no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates lone struggle this season has been their bullpen. The best way to counter that is have your starter work deeper into ballgames. Today’s starter Jameson Taillon took the ball and ran with it for all nine innings. He would even help himself at the plate too by driving in what would be the winning run in a 5-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Taillon would earn his second win of the year after pitching a complete game one hitter. He would strike out seven and walk two during the course of the game. His lone allowed hit would come against his fellow starter Tyler Mahle in the top of the third. After Gerrit Cole was traded to the Houston Astros during the offseason, everyone felt it was up to Taillon to take control at the top of the rotat...
The Pittsburgh Pirates faced one of the best pitchers in the league tonight. Stephen Strasburg was dominant tonight, and his offense did enough for the Washington Nationals to coast to an easy 6-0 victory in the second game of the four game weekend series.
Strasburg bewildered the Pirates hitters, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters in 7.2 innings of work. Gerrit Cole started for Pittsburgh, battling his way through 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Ryan Zimmerman was the hitting star of the day for Washington, and he got things started in the bottom of the first with an RBI double to score Anthony Rendon. Daniel Murphy’s RBi single in the sixth scored Trea Turner and also chased Cole from the game...
Tonight was Ivan Nova’s last start of the 2017 season. An up and down season for Nova left in injury, as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ right hander left after just two innings of work after being hit on the hand while trying to bunt. The Washington Nationals beat the Bucs in a close game tonight by a 4-2 score.
Tyler Glasnow relieved Nova, giving up one run on two hits and five walks in 3.2 innings. Edwin Jackson started for Washington, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings.
Daniel Murphy’s RBI single in the first scored Wilmer Difo to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh responded with two runs in the third. Christopher Bostick’s RBI double scored Max Moroff to tie the game, and Starling Marte gave the Bucs a 2-1 lead with an RBI single.
After tying the game in t...
Tonight’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates featured a matchup between two pitchers who have had significant success against each other in the past – Lance Lynn and Gerrit Cole. Tonight, however, both pitchers struggled, and the Pirates jumped out to a huge early lead and went on to win 11-6 at PNC Park.
Lynn didn’t finish an inning tonight, giving up eight runs on six hits. Cole earned his 12th win of the season in his final home start of the year, giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings. This was a long game as most September games are, with the two teams combining to use a total of 14 pitchers.
The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the first on a two run homerun by Tommy Pham. A two-run single by David Freese tied things up quickly in...