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 Fall Flat In Opener With Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight, after a successful 7-4 road trip, to begin a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies.  Pittsburgh was looking to continue their quality play of late, but that would not be the case.  Lack of offense, a key error, and a less than stellar start from Chris Archer sent the Buccos to a 5-0 loss.

It is no secret that with injuries to Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams that Pittsburgh needs quality outings from their remaining starters if they hope to stay afloat this season.  Archer was supposed to be a key member of the rotation, but has yet to show that in 2019.  He would pitch five innings allowing four runs, three earned, giving up six hits to go along with three strikeouts and two walks.

Colorado collected their first run of the ...

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Bucs Complete Sweep, Beat Rangers 7-5

As the Pittsburgh Pirates entered this shortened two game series against the Texas Rangers, they were in desperate need of a victory.  The freefall of this young season had reached eight games, and they needed something, anything, to go their way.  After a come from behind victory last night, the Bucs took the field again this afternoon, and another back and forth battle resulted in a victory for the Pirates.

The 7-5 victory brought Pittsburgh back to the .500 mark at 14-14, and it hopefully sets the pace for a successful home stand beginning this weekend.

Jameson Taillon took the mound for the Pirates today, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits in 6.1 innings.  He improved to 2-3 on the season with the win, and his ERA sits at 4.10...

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Pirates Swept By Diamondbacks

A rough week for the Pittsburgh Pirates got rougher today with a 5-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The loss was the fifth straight for Pittsburgh and tenth straight at PNC Park against Arizona.  A poor start by Jameson Taillon, along with the continued lack of offense, made this another forgettable day for Pirates fans.

Taillon is not living up to his “Ace” status so far this season.  Today he worked five innings allowing five runs on six hits with five strikeouts.  His record dropped to 1-3, while his ERA rose to 4.06.  So far, Taillon looks like a second coming of Gerrit Cole.  Good stuff, but never fully lives up to the hype while in a Buccos uniform.  Let’s hope this trend changes sooner rather than later.

Offensively Pittsburgh had no answer for Diamondbacks starter

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Tucker, Pirates Beat Giants 3-1

A day after the weather delayed the start of the series opener between the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates, the rain impacted this afternoon’s game as well.  Once the wet stuff started, it never stopped, and the game was called after five innings.  The Pirates held at 3-1 lead at the time, and were awarded the victory.

Jameson Taillon earned his first victory of the season, giving up one run on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk.  His mound opponent, Derek Holland, fell to 1-3 on the season after giving up three runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.

Pittsburgh’s lineup looked much different today, one game after Erik Gonzalez and Starling Marte collided, injuring both players...

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Pirates Take Series, Beat Nationals 4-3

After two very competitive games to kick off this weekend’s series, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals took the field today looking to earn a much-needed victory early in the season.  As has been the case all weekend, this game went back and forth, and today, the Bucs scored the last run of the game to take the 4-3 win on the road.

Today’s game featured an enticing pitching matchup, as Jameson Taillon took the mound for Pittsburgh against Max Scherzer for Washington.  Both pitchers struggled early but settled in and turned in quality starts.  Taillon gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings, while Scherzer gave up three runs on seven hits in eight innings.

The Pirates scored a pair of runs in the very first inning.  Red-hot Josh Bell doubled home Adam Frazier fo...

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Late Home Runs Sink Pirates

During the offseason the talk coming from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization was how good their pitching was from the starting rotation to the back of the bullpen.  Through thirteen games so far, the starters have done very well, but the bullpen has given away more than their fair share of games.  That would certainly be the case today with the Washington Nationals hitting two late home runs for a come from behind victory.

Chris Archer looked great during his seven innings of work today.  He would allow one run on four hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.  That lone run came in the fourth when Kurt Suzuki hit an RBI single to left that brought home Anthony Rendon.  Archer was able to start today because he has appealed his five-game suspension...

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Pirates Roughed Up In Chicago

The Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road today to begin a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.  This was the first home game for Chicago, after a rough start to the season, and they gave their fans plenty to cheer about.  The Cubs would use four Pittsburgh errors to plate ten runs in the first four innings on their way to a 10-0 victory.  It was definitely a good day to be at work for Pirates fans, because there wasn’t much of anything to see during the game.

Jon Lester started for Chicago today and got the scoring started in the second inning when he hit an RBI double to left center field.  Ben Zobrist drove in two runs on a single to right.  Anthony Rizzo plated the fourth run of the inning with a single to shallow center field.  Run five came via a Javier Baez single to left cent...

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Bucs Complete Sweep, Beat Reds 7-5

One of the keys of the 2019 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates will be how they play against the other teams in their division.  After losing three of their first four games to begin the year, the Bucs have reeled off four in a row, including a 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park this afternoon.

The win today marked a four game sweep of the Reds, who have fallen to 1-8 to start the year.  The Bucs, on the other hand, now sit at 5-3 and completed a 4-2 home stand before they head out on their first extensive road trip of the year.

Chris Archer started for the Bucs today, giving up three runs on five hits in six innings.  Nick Kingham gave up a pair of runs in two innings, and Richard Rodriguez earned his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless inning.

The Pirates too...

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Bullpen Falters Again, Pirates Lose 5-4

After a disappointing home opening loss on Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight looking to earn a series split against their divisional rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the trend from Monday’s loss continued tonight, as the Pirates took an early lead, surrendering the lead late, and losing in extra innings.

Pittsburgh built a 3-0 lead, but the bullpen gave it up in the latter innings, and the Cardinals scored a pair of runs in the 10th inning, going on to win 5-4.

Jameson Taillon pitched well tonight for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings of work.  Keone Kela, unfortunately, continued the bad start to the season for the Bucs’ bullpen, giving up two runs on two hits with a walk in one inning...

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