Pirates Drop Home Opener To Cubs

For the first time since 2019 the Pittsburgh Pirates played in front of fans at PNC Park.  With attendance around 8,000 people it may have felt more like a Wednesday afternoon game in August.  Either way the result was the same as it has been for the vast majority of the season, a loss.  This one turned out being a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs to open up a three game series.

Tyler Anderson made the start today for Pittsburgh and was able to work through 5.1 innings.  He would give up three runs on ten hits to go with five strikeouts.  That line isn’t great, but for the Pirates it is great compared to some of the starts they have had this season.  Kris Bryant started the scoring for Chicago with a solo home run in the first...

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Pirates Lose Late Lead, Fall To Indians

Tonight, marked the final weekend of the 2020 Major League Baseball season.  While this year hasn’t gone well for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they had been playing better baseball coming into tonight.  That fact would carry over through the first eight innings of this game with the Cleveland Indians, but Cleveland would plate three ninth inning runs to cap off a 4-3 victory.

Mitch Keller started the game for Pittsburgh and had a no hitter going through five innings when he was pulled from the game.  He was pulled because of a high pitch count, which mostly came from walking eight batters and striking out three.  The one earned run he allowed tonight came with the bases loaded and Francisco Lindor scoring on a Carlos Santana double play.

Nik Turley kept the no hitter going in the sixth...

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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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Brault, Stallings Lead Pirates Over Cubs 3-2

Steven Brault was magnificent on the mound on Tuesday night, holding the Chicago Cubs to just two hits and three walks in his seven innings of work on the mound, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory at PNC Park.

Before the seventh inning, Brault had pitched 10 straight hitless innings dating back to his previous start.  Despite not registering a victory on Tuesday, he did lower his ERA to 3.38 for the season while keeping the dangerous Cubs’ offense in check all night.

Pittsburgh scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second.  Erik Gonzalez doubled on a line drive to right field, scoring Gregory Polanco.  A double by Adam Frazier in the fifth scored Polanco and the Bucs held a 2-0 lead.

The Bucs held the lead until the eighth inning, when the Cubs capital...

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Pirates Snap Streak, Beat Cardinals 5-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, snapping their eight game losing streak with a 5-1 victory at PNC Park.

The Bucs have won four straight games against the Cardinals this season.  They are 4-2 against their division rivals, and 11-32 against everyone else.

Steven Brault was magnificent on the mound for Pittsburgh, earning his first victory of the season while pitching a complete game.  He gave up just one run on two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.  In a year that has been mauled by awful pitching, this was a sight for sore eyes for all Pirates fans.

The Cardinals scored their lone run of the game in the third inning on a RBI single by Tommy Edman.  Pittsburgh responded in the fourth inning, taking control of the game with four runs...

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Suarez Hat Trick Lifts Reds Over Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds continued their four-game series tonight from PNC Park.  The night belonged to Cincinnati, thanks in part to Eugenio Suarez and the three home runs he collected.  In fact, all six of the Reds runs came via the long ball.

Cincinnati got things started in the third inning when Tucker Barnhart hit a solo homer to center field.  Anthony Alford would fracture his elbow on the play running into the wall chasing down the ball and it appears he will miss the remainder of the 2020 season.  The first of the three Suarez homers would occur later in this inning when he hit a three-run home run to left field.

The Pirates got on the board in the third when Gregory Polanco hit a sac fly to centerfield to bring in Erik Gonzalez...

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Pirates Drop Game One Of DH to Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds met up at PNC Park today for the first of two games.  Game one of the doubleheader belonged to Cincinnati as they led from start to finish to pick up a 4-2 victory. Pittsburgh had their chances to take this one, but could not capitalize when it mattered most.

The Reds got things started in the second on a Jose Garcia RBI single to shallow left field that brought home Aristides Aquino.  That lead would triple in the third.  Their second run of the game crossed the plate when Eugenio Suarez hit a sac fly to right field that plated Joey VottoJesse Winkler then hit a RBI single to center to bring around Nick Castellanos.  Castellanos would bring himself home in the fifth with a solo homer to left centerfield.

All four of these runs would com...

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Bell, Polanco Power Bucs Past Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates got back into the win column on Sunday afternoon, thanks to a pair of homeruns and some strong pitching, beating the Milwaukee Brewers by a 5-1 score at Miller Park.

Gregory Polanco’s solo homerun in the top of the second inning gave the Bucs the lead early, but Keston Hiura’s RBI single tied the game after three.

A two run homerun by Josh Bell, which hit the hood of a car in the parking lot, gave the Bucs a 3-1 lead.  After adding a run in the fifth, the Pirates added another insurance run in the seventh on a RBI single by Adam Frazier.  The bullpen held on for a 5-1 win.

Pittsburgh handed Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff his third loss of the season, as he gave up four runs on four hits with three walks in five innings.  Steven Brault started for th...

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White Sox Blast Pirates To Complete Sweep

The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field this afternoon less than 24 hours after being no hit by Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito.  While they were able to collect some hits and runs today, the result was the same, as they dropped the second game of this two-game series by the final of 10-3.  Chicago jumped out front early and did not look back.

Trevor Williams made the start for Pittsburgh today, and though he lasted six innings it was far from his best work.  Williams allowed eight runs on nine hits to go with two walks and three strikeouts.  The run scoring started in the second when Luis Robert hit a sac fly to center.  Later in the inning Nomar Mazara hit an RBI single to left center.  The final two runs of the inning crossed the plate on a home run by Danny Mendick that poppe...

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Giolito Throws First No Hitter Of 2020

Lucas Giolito threw Major League Baseball’s first no-hitter of the 2020 season, as the Chicago White Sox shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates by a 4-0 score in the first of a brief two game series on Tuesday night.

Breezing through the Bucs’ lineup with ease, Giolito gave up just one walk while striking out 13 batters, lowering his ERA to 3.09 and winning his third game of the season.

The Pirates were dumbfounded at the plate, in particular Gregory Polanco and Cole Tucker, who each struck out three times on the night.

Steven Brault started for Pittsburgh, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks in his three innings on the mound.  Nick Tropeano pitched well in his four innings of work, giving up three hits and striking out four.  Dovydas Neverauskas pitched a scoreless inni...

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