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 Rally Comes Up Short In Extras

The downward spiral of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2019 season continued tonight with a 6-5 loss in ten innings to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pittsburgh as been falling fast since the All-Star break and now sport a 2-8 record during that time.  Tonight, came down to top of the tenth grand slam and a bottom of the tenth rally that fell just short.

Trevor Williams would have one of his better outings tonight, especially considering that he had his start pushed back two days because of severe flu like symptoms.  Williams would go five innings and allow two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.  He may have only gone five innings tonight, but it was two innings longer than St. Louis starter Daniel Ponce de Leon who worked up a large pitch count.

This back and forth game began wh...

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Cubs Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 8-3

This was certainly not the start to the second half of the season we were envisioning as Pittsburgh Pirates fans.  Finishing up strong before the All Star break had some optimism floating around the Steel City; Unfortunately, though, the Pirates lost their third straight game to the Chicago Cubs this weekend with an 8-3 loss at Wrigley Field this afternoon.

Trevor Williams struggled today, and the Cubs offense stayed hot as they have been all weekend.  The Pirates’ right hander gave up 8 runs on 11 hits in 5.1 innings of work, ballooning his ERA to 5.17 on the season.

Chicago took the early lead with a RBI double by Robel Garcia, making it 1-0 in the second inning.  The Pirates responded, though, with three runs in the top of the third.  A single by Bryan Reynolds, a sacrifice fly by...

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Cubs Offense Too Much For Lyles

The second half of the season could not have gotten off too much worse of a start for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  One day after wasting a great pitching performance by Chris Archer, Jordan Lyles would get blasted for seven runs in only .2 innings on the mound today against the Chicago Cubs, in his first start since Chicago rocked him back on July 4th.

Lyles final stat line was seven runs allowed on four hits to go with two strikeouts and four walks.  He started the season off well, but ever since mid-May Lyles has been a liability when on the bump.  Anthony Rizzo got things started for the Cubs when he laced an RBI single to left center field.  The first of five home runs hit today came off the bat of Wilson Contreras, a three-run homer.  Chicago starter Jon Lester helped his cause by pl...

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Pirates Lose To Brewers In Extra Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates began their final series before the All-Star tonight when they hosted the Milwaukee Brewers for the first of three games.  Milwaukee has owned Pittsburgh this season, but the games have been tight for the most part.  That would be the same tonight, as this game looked like it would be a Brewers blow out before the Pirates rallied and then fell short 7-6 in ten innings.

Steven Brault made the start tonight, but would leave after four innings of work with shoulder discomfort.  The Buccos looked like the finally had a solid five-man rotation going after getting Jordan Lyles back a week ago, but depending on the seriousness of this injury, Pittsburgh could be scrambling for a fifth man in the rotation...

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Cubs Avoid Sweep, Beat Bucs 11-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates played very well this series against the Chicago Cubs.  It’s difficult to sweep a team, though, especially in a four game series, and especially against a good team.  The Cubs’ offense took over this afternoon at PNC Park, beating the Pirates by an 11-3 score.

Jordan Lyles started for Pittsburgh today, giving up seven runs on ten hits in four innings of work.  Jose Quintana earned his sixth win of the year, giving up three runs on six hits in seven innings.

Homeruns by Kris Bryant and Albert Almora made it 2-0 early, but the Pirates tied the game in the bottom of the second inning on a double by Jung Ho Kang and a sacrifice fly by Elias Diaz.

After falling behind again in the third, the Pirates tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Josh Bell.  Unfortunately, thi...

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Pirates Comeback In Ninth To Down Cubs

The great thing about the game of baseball is that there is no clock.  Teams have as much time as they want to mount a comeback and that is what the Pittsburgh Pirates did tonight when they found themselves down a run in the bottom of the ninth.  Five men would come to the plate and two of them would come around to score to give the Pirates a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs and earn a series win.

Chicago jumped out to an early lead in the second on a solo home run by Victor Caratini.  That lead would double in the fourth on an Addison Russell single to left center that scored Wilson Contreras.  The Buccos battled back to take a one run lead in the bottom half of the inning.  Josh Bell got things started with an RBI double to right.  He would then come around to score when Melky Cab...

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Bell Homers Thrice, Pirates Win 18-5

The Pittsburgh Pirates were back home Monday night to begin a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs.  Chicago is currently in a battle with the Milwaukee Brewers atop the standings, while Pittsburgh is trying to claw their way back into the Central Division and N.L. Wild Card playoff race.  The Pirates opened this seven-game home stand with an offensive explosion that included 23 hits in a 18-5 victory.

Josh Bell showed everyone tonight why he was worthy of his All-Star nod and participant in the Home Run Derby.  He would smack a total of three home runs on the night, with the first one coming in the first inning on a 415 ft. three run shot to deep right field.  Number two came in the second inning when he smacked a 387 ft. two run homer to deep right...

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Pirates Rout Astros 14-2

One day after managing to score only one run against Gerrit Cole, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field on Wednesday night and exploded against Framber Valdez and the Houston Astros’ bullpen, coasting to a 14-2 blowout victory.

The Pirates tallied a total of 15 hits as a team, scoring two runs in each of the first three innings to put them in complete control of the game from the onset.  Kevin Newman and Corey Dickerson led the way with four hits each, while Jose Osuna and Jung Ho Kang added a pair of hits as well.

Josh Bell’s two run homerun, his 21st of the season, got things started for the Bucs in the first inning.  A double by Dickerson and a single by Newman in the second made it 4-1, and Dickerson’s single in the third and Kang’s homerun in the sixth made it 8-1 Pirates.


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Four Run Eighth Lifts Pirates Over Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres were back in action today at a picturesque PNC Park.  Pittsburgh was looking to take this three-game series, while San Diego looked to even it up at one game apiece.  Chris Archer would make the start for the Pirates and the Padres would counter with Chris Paddack.

After three scoreless innings, San Diego would strike first on a solo home run from Manny Machado.  This is the second time that Machado has hit a solo home run in this series.  That would be the only run that Archer would allow today after pitching five innings.  His final stat line would include five strikeouts, three walks, and two hits.

The Buccos finally got to Paddack in the fifth inning when Jose Osuna hit a two-run pinch hit home run...

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