Pirates Earn Series Split, Beat Marlins 3-1

After earning a much needed victory yesterday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates had an opportunity to split this weekend’s four game series at PNC Park with another win today against the Miami Marlins.  Ivan Nova took the mound for Pittsburgh against a familiar face for Pirates’ fans – Jeff Locke.

Nova was solid for Pittsburgh, and the offense did just enough to tally a 3-1 victory on the North Shore.

Improving to 6-4 on the season, Nova gave up just one hit and no walks in six innings, lowering his ERA to 2.83 on the season.  The lone run for Miami was scored on Daniel Hudson.  For the second straight day, Felipe Rivero earned a four-out save.

Overall, Locke pitched well against his former team, giving up three runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings...

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Pirates Rally To Defeat Marlins 7-6

While the Pittsburgh Pirates have had trouble pitching for the past few weeks, the offense has showed some signs of life in the month of June.  After dropping the first two games of this series, the bats came to life late to earn a victory over the Miami Marlins today at a sunny PNC Park.  The win was much needed since Pittsburgh had dropped four straight games.

The Pirates jumped on the board in the second inning when Andrew McCutchen hit a RBI double to deep left center field.  Down two runs in the third Josh Bell would single to left center to score Adam Frazier.  The Buccos would find themselves down two again in the fourth, but cut into that lead when Elias Diaz crossed home on a double play.

Pittsburgh would be down two in the seventh and that is when they completed the comeback...

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Sloppy Bucs Fall To Nationals 6-1

After last night’s come from behind victory against Mark Melancon and the Washington Nationals, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight’s game in need of yet another victory in order to attempt to keep pace in the National League Wild Card race.  Unfortunately, the Bucs showed up flat tonight on the mound, in the field, and at plate, and the Nationals took advantage in a 6-1 victory.

With the victory, coupled with a loss by the New York Mets, the Nationals clinched the National League East title.  By contrast, with the loss, the Pirates took another blow to their depleting playoff chances.

For the second straight start, Ivan Nova struggled on the mound for the Pirates.  He lasted just four innings, giving up six runs (three earned) on eight hits...

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Cardinals Rout Pirates 12-6

After a horrible weekend in which they were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of a strong showing against the St. Louis Cardinals this week.  Unfortunately, the Bucs were overmatched from the onset today, as they were blown out by their N.L. Central rivals by a score of 12-6.

Chad Kuhl made the start tonight, and was not effective against the Cardinals lineup.  He gave up three runs on four hits and three walks.  Clint Hurdle took him out after two innings and replaced him with Jeff Locke, who struggled mightily today.  He gave up seven runs (four earned) on five hits with two walks in three innings.  In fact, every pitcher who took the mound for Pittsburgh struggled with the exception of Jared Hughes, who pitched two scoreless i...

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Pirates Lose Fifth Straight, 7-4 To Brewers

For most of the second half of the 2016 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been in a race for the N.L. Wild Card along with the St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins, and New York Mets.  Inconsistency has been the theme for this race for all the teams involved, and the Pirates are very much included in that list.  After winning four straight games last weekend over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, the Bucs have now lost five straight, most recently a 7-4 defeat to the Brew Crew at PNC Park tonight.

Ivan Nova pitched well for the Pirates tonight, giving up two runs on five hits in six innings of work.  Unfortunately, the bullpen let them down tonight, as Neftali Feliz and Felipe Rivero each gave up a pair of runs, and Jeff Locke gave up a run.

Gregory Polanco’s sacrifice fly in the ...

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Cubs Beat Pirates 8-7 In 13 Innings

There’s no denying that Jake Arrieta has been one of the very best pitchers in all of baseball.  But this season, he has struggled against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Tonight, he once again stumbled, but the Cubs rallied late and beat the Pirates 8-7 in a wild 13 inning game.

Arrieta gave up six runs on five hits and three walks in 6.1 innings.  His mound opponent, Steven Brault, lasted only four innings, while giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Cubs took the early lead on Brault and the Bucs in the first inning.  Dexter Fowler led off with a single to get things started.  Kris Bryant then hit a ground ball back to Brault, who attempted to get the out at second, but threw the ball away...

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Pirates Offense Stays Hot, Beat Brewers 9-6

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a lot of ups and downs this season.  Right now, they are on an upward swing…and in Miller Park, of all places.  The Pirates offense stayed hot tonight as they took down the Milwaukee Brewers by a 9-6 score for their third straight victory.

Tonight’s game featured an enticing pitching matchup between Jameson Taillon and Jimmy Nelson.  Unfortunately for those who love pitchers duels, neither starter was able to last beyond the fourth inning, as the offenses were hitting the ball hard and hitting in often.

Taillon gave up five runs on seven hits in three innings, while Nelson gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits in 3.2 innings...

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Pirates Defeat Giants, Sweep Series

The chase for the National League Wild Card game is heating up.  It was just a week ago that it seemed that no team wanted to be included in this winner take all one game playoff.  That has appeared to change after the Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a 5-1 road trip, by sweeping the San Francisco Giants today by the final of 6-5.  Pittsburgh, along with the St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins, and runner up in the N.L. West, seem to be taking this thing down to the wire.

The Pirates needed to come from behind one again today after they spotted San Francisco a 4-0 after three innings of play.  Buster Posey got things started with a RBI single to center in the first.  He would then come around to score on a Brandon Crawford double later that inning...

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Missed Opportunites and Errors Send Pirates To Defeat

Eighteen men left on base, three errors, and seventeen hits against were the main reasons why the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers today by the final of 8-4.  Pittsburgh is in a situation where they need to play their best in order to make a fourth straight postseason appearance.  Too many times this year they have had games where the entire team looks like their heads are stuck in the clouds.

Things looked promising early on for Pittsburgh.  Los Angeles starter Brandon McCarthy had control problems and only lasted through 2/3 of the second inning before being lifted for hip stiffness.  McCarthy would walk two runs in and give up a RBI single to Jung-ho Kang, but the Pirates missed out on blowing the game wide open during those first two innings.

Gerrit Cole had anoth...

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Pirates Blow Early Lead, Lose 8-4

One night after notching a much-needed victory over the Atlanta Braves, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action tonight looking to clinch a series victory against one of the worst teams in baseball.  Unfortunately, the Bucs spoiled an early lead and ineffective pitching as they fell to the Braves 8-4.

Jeff Locke started for the Pirates tonight, and unfortunately, he reminded us all why he hasn’t been in the rotation.  He gave up five runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings of work, further inflating his ERA to 5.63 on the season.  Juan Nicasio gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in two innings of work.

The Pirates took the lead in the first inning on Braves’ pitcher Rob Whalen, who was making his Major League debut on the mound.  After Gregory Polanco singled and Starling Marte

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