Musgrove, Hayes Lead Pirates To 8-0 Victory

Joe Musgrove threw seven shutout innings and Ke’Bryan Hayes had five hits to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-0 lead over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.

After a horrible start to the season, Musgrove has finished up strong in 2020, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters in his seven innings, earning his first victory of the year and lowering his ERA to 3.86.

As for Hayes, he continues to impress in his short stint in the majors so far.  He went 5-5 with three runs scored on Saturday night, improving his average to .370 for the season.

Pittsburgh took the lead in the first inning on a RBI single by Colin Moran.  A solo homerun by Jose Osuna in the second made it 2-0, and a single by Josh Bell and a two run homerun by Bryan Reynolds put t...

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Bullpen Spoils Musgrove’s Strong Start; Pirates Lose 2-1

Joe Musgrove pitched six shutout innings this afternoon at PNC Park, but the bullpen gave up the lead, as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the St. Louis Cardinals by a 2-1 score.

Musgrove gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out 11 batters in his six innings of work on the mound.  But in what has become an all-too-common theme, the bullpen struggled to hold a lead.  Derek Holland was the culprit today, giving up two runs on three hits in the seventh inning, which proved to be the difference in the game. 

Jack Flaherty started for the Cardinals, giving up one run on two hits in six innings, while striking out 11 Buccos’ hitters.  Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save of the season.

A sacrifice fly by Colin Moran scored Bryan Reynolds ...

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Pirates Lose Seventh Straight, 4-1 To Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates fell behind early on Tuesday night, giving up three runs in the first inning on their way to a seventh straight defeat, a 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Joe Musgrove (0-5) started for Pittsburgh and struggled from the start, giving up four runs on six hits in five innings.  Blake Cederlind, the flame-throwing rookie, debuted with a clean sixth inning, and Derek Holland pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

Mike Moustakas was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to plate the game’s first run.  A sacrifice fly by Brian Goodwin made it 2-0, and a Freddy Galvis single later in the inning increased the lead to 3-0.  Tucker Barnhart hammered a solo homerun the next inning, and the Reds held a commanding 4-0 advantage after two innings.

That would be more t...

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Newman Walks It Off Again For Pirates

After an off day on Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action Tuesday and welcomed the Chicago White Sox to PNC Park for a short two game series.  When these two teams met in the Windy City a couple weeks ago, Chicago easily dispatched Pittsburgh in both games of the series.  Tonight, however, the Pirates battled back and walked it off for a 5-4 victory.

Joe Musgrove was on the mound for the Buccos tonight and was limited to just four innings of work while still recovering from a triceps injury.  During those four innings he gave up three hits, walked two and struck out five.  The White Sox countered with Dylan Cease.  Cease worked five innings allowing two runs on five hits with two strikeouts.

The White Sox got the scoring started in the fifth when Yoan Moncada hit an RBI ...

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Pirates Can’t Figure Out Cubs

Wednesday night marked the fifth of ten times that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs would do battle in 2020, and for the fifth time Chicago came away victorious.  The Cubs used bend, but not break pitching, solid offense, and capitalized on three Pittsburgh errors to come away with an 8-2 win at PNC Park.

The Pirates held an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Colin Moran hit a 440ft. home run to right centerfield that ended up in the Allegheny River.  That lead would last until the top half of the fourth inning.  That is when Javier Baez hit a three run home run to left centerfield.  That homer would come off of Buccos pitcher Nick Tropeano, who came out of the bullpen in the fourth to replace Joe Musgrove...

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Cubs Spoil Hayes’ Debut, Beat Bucs 8-7

Tuesday night marked the highly anticipated MLB debut of Ke’Bryan Hayes, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ rookie third baseman.  In an otherwise dismal season for this club, the series opener against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park brought some hope to a fanbase that the young prospect can turn into a star.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the Cubs overcame a rally and a rain delay to hold on for an 8-7 victory.

Hayes delivered in his debut, however, going 2-5 with a homerun and a double.  His first homerun in the majors came after a rain delay on the third pitch of the at-bat in the bottom of the eighth inning.  All in all, it was an encouraging performance and one that will hopefully spark a strong final month of the season.

Chad Kuhl started for the Bucs on the mound, giving up four runs (...

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Woodruff, Brew Crew Blank Bucs

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers finished off a three-game series Wednesday night, with each team notching a comeback victory during the first two games.  That would not be the case tonight as Milwaukee grabbed the lead in the third and held onto it behind a stellar pitching performance by Brandon Woodruff.

Woodruff tossed 6.1 innings tonight and during that time struck out ten, walked one, and allowed one hit.  The Pittsburgh offense never really threatened at any point, leaving only two men on base.  David Phelps entered the game and struck out the final two batters of the seventh.  The eighth belonged to Devin Williams and after a scoreless inning he handed the ball off to Josh Hader, who picked up his first save of the season.

Joe Musgrove started for the Pirates and wa...

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Pirates Open 2020 Season With 5-4 Loss

After a nearly four month delay, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally opened their 2020 season at a fan-less Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals.  These are unprecedented times for sure, from the empty ballparks to the rule changes on the field to the 60 game in 66 day sprint of the season.  And while the baseball experts don’t expect the Pirates to contend this season, if they are to prove the doubters wrong and catch some lightning in a bottle, they need to get off to a strong start.

Unfortunately, the Bucs opened the season with a 5-4 loss to the Cardinals on Friday night.  Joe Musgrove gave up three runs on five hits and three walks in 5.2 innings.  Jack Flaherty earned the victory last night, giving up two runs on six hits in 7 innings.

Musgrove pitched well, but he did fall...

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Pirates Finish Off Sweep Of Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs met for the final time in 2019 tonight.  The end result was a 9-5 victory and series sweep for Pittsburgh.  The Pirates led for all nine innings and got one final good start from Joe Musgrove.

Musgrove worked six innings tonight and allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.  Those three runs came in the sixth inning.  The first two came on an Ian Happ double to right field.  Happ then came in to score on a Jonathan Lucroy groundout to the pitcher.

The Buccos got off to a hot start against Chicago starter Jose Quintana.  In the first inning Pablo Reyes brought home Melky Cabrera and Jose Osuna with a triple to left center field.  Two more runs would score in the third on an Osuna double to right...

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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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