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Pirates Blank Reds, Avoid Sweep

It has been a struggle as of late for the Pittsburgh Pirates to find any kind of consistency from the offense.  After not holding a lead in the first two games of this three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh struck early and often tonight in a 6-0 victory over Cincinnati.  With the win, the Pirates avoided being swept by the bottom dwellers of the N.L. Central Division.

The Buccos got the ball rolling in the first inning.  A hit by Adam Frazier would bring in Starling Marte for the first run of the night.  Frazier would then come in to score on an Andrew McCutchen ground out.  McCutchen would bring home another RBI in the third with a single to right center field.  He would then cross the plate on a single to right by David Freese.

Chad Kuhl had possibly the best st...

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Pirates Lose Second Straight Series On West Coast Trip

This week’s series at AT&T Park featured the Pittsburgh Pirates, trying to make a run at the N.L. Central division lead, and the San Francisco Giants, housing one of the worst records in the league.  But for the fifth time in six games, the Giants beat the Pirates this afternoon, 2-1.

Trevor Williams was solid today for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on five hits in six innings of work, while his mound opponent, Jeff Samardzija, gave up one run on four hits in seven innings.  Tony Watson suffered the loss today (5-3), giving up a run and two hits in the seventh inning.

San Francisco scored the game’s first run in the first inning on an RBI ground out by Brandon Crawford, allowing Joe Panik to score.

Adam Frazier’s double in the second scored John Jaso to tie the game...

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Bucs Rally Again, Beat Brewers In Extras

This has been a special home stand for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Tonight, they fell behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the third straight night, and, again, they rallied late to pull out an unprecedented 3-2 victory at PNC Park.

Trailing 2-1 with three outs remaining, the Bucs responded to adversity once again with a run in the ninth and a run in the tenth to clinch a series victory over the division leading Brewers, while giving themselves an opportunity to complete a series sweep tomorrow afternoon.

The story for most of the game was the outstanding pitching performances by Gerrit Cole and Zach Davies, who each put their respective teams in great position to win the game.  But by the end of the night, the story was the Pirates resilience.

Both Cole and Davies got off to rather slow starts...

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McCutchen Leads Pirates Over Phillies

On a day where many had Old Glory raised across the country, for the first time in five days the Jolly Roger could also head up the flag pole.  The Pittsburgh Pirates were able to snap a four-game losing streak today with a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.  While the Pittsburgh offense didn’t exactly knock the cover off the ball, they did enough to go with stellar pitching from their starter and bullpen.

Jameson Taillon earned his fifth win of the season today while working five innings.  He would throw 102 pitches over those five innings and that shows he was working hard out on the mound.  Taillon would leave the game allowing four hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.  The Pirates bullpen picked it up from here.  Daniel Hudson struck out two during the sixth inning...

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Pirates Swept By Lowly Giants

The direction of the 2017 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates has been muddied at times because of the parity within the N.L. Central Division.  After being swept by the San Francisco Giants today, south is now the clear direction for the Pittsburgh franchise.  A 5-3 loss today sent the Pirates to their sixth straight home defeat to San Francisco and delivered the message that the Buccos will be sellers at the trade deadline.

Most fans already knew of this fate, but these three games should have cleared it up for everyone who follows this team.  Pittsburgh got a solid performance from Trevor Williams, but another bullpen implosion and lack of offense cost them once again.  Williams threw six innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and one walk...

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Pirates Sunk In Opener With Giants

It was an ugly night at PNC Park for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their series opener with the San Francisco Giants.  With San Francisco having the second worst record in the Majors, this was a prime chance for Pittsburgh to build on their previous two wins.  That would not happen, as the Giants broke out the offence to down the Pirates 13-5 tonight.

Gerrit Cole is supposed to be the ace of this staff and tonight showed why does not deserve that title.  Cole was tagged with seven runs on ten hits to go with seven strikeouts and two walks.  He would throw 101 pitches in just 5 1/3 innings.  Cole continues to have a rollercoaster like season.  Just when you think he has turned the corner, he has a game like this.

The bullpen didn’t do anything to stop the bleeding.  Antonio Bastardo re...

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Taillon, Bucs Shutout Rays 4-0

Following a solid victory last night at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the ball to Jameson Taillon in the rubber match of this week’s series against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Taillon was effective on the mound once again for Pittsburgh, and the offense put together timely at-bats in key situations, leading the way to a 4-0 victory on the North Shore.

Taillon improved to 4-2 on the season, giving up seven hits and two walks through 6.1 innings.  Tony Watson tallied a couple key outs in the seventh inning, and Juan Nicasio and Edgar Santana closed things down in the eighth and ninth respectively.

Andrew McCutchen and the offense had some key hits off Rays’ starter Chris Archer, who gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings...

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Pirates Rally Late, Fall to Rays 4-2

After a somewhat successful road trip that could have been much better against the N.L. Central, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home for an American League matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays at PNC Park.  The Bucs left their bats on the plane from St. Louis for the majority of the evening, and, despite a valiant comeback late, they came up short tonight, losing 4-2.

Trevor Williams took the mound for Pittsburgh tonight and pitched a nice game.  Unfortunately, he was out-dueled by his mound opponent, Alex Cobb, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.  Williams gave up two runs on six hits through seven innings, while Cobb gave up two hits and a walk in eight innings.  Felipe Rivero was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) in the tenth inning.

The Rays sco...

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Ninth Inning Homer Lifts Pirates To Victory

The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their week-long division road trip tonight with the first of three games against the St. Louis Cardinals.  After a split in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh was looking to regain some traction in order to remain relevant in the battle for the N.L. Central crown.  It took all nine innings to decide a victor tonight, but after the final out was recorded it was the Pirates who came away with the win.

Josh Bell got things started tonight in the second inning when he lifted a solo home run to right field.  The Cardinals quickly answered to take the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Jose Martinez hit a two-run homer to left.  Andrew McCutchen was able to bring home David Freese with a ground out to second in the fourth inning to tie the game.

Paul DeJong gave S...

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Pirates Win Fourth Straight, Beat Rockies 5-2

Don’t look now, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing good baseball.  Actually, they are probably playing better ball than they have all season.  After tonight’s 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park, the Pirates have now won four straight games.

Gerrit Cole pitched seven solid innings tonight for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on three hits with three walks, improving to 4-6 on the season with his best performance in the past few weeks on the mound. Juan Nicasio pitched a scoreless eighth, and, despite giving up a run for the first time in a long time, Felipe Rivero closed things down in the ninth.

Andrew McCutchen was the hitting star of the day for the Bucs, connecting on two homeruns, the first of which breaking a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning...

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