Padres Take Game, Series From Bucs

In this young season, the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres have played seven competitive baseball games.  After splitting a four game set at PNC Park last month, the Bucs battled the Padres in 3 highly contested games this week.  But the Padres got the best of the Bucs in the rubber match on Wednesday night by a 4-2 score.

The game featured an enticing pitching matchup, as JT Brubaker took the mound for Pittsburgh against Yu Darvish for San Diego.  Brubaker pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.  Darvish lasted 5.2 innings, also giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out eight and walking just one batter.

The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a solo homerun by Victor Caratini.  They scored another...

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Pirates Fall Behind Early, Lose Second Straight To Cardinals

After a sloppy game on Friday, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight at PNC Park looking to even the score against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Unfortunately, the Bucs fell behind early and the Cards broke it up late, falling to their division rivals by a 12-5 score.

Trevor Cahill started for Pittsburgh and didn’t fair well against the Cardinals’ lineup.  The Bucs’ right hander gave up five runs on seven hits with three walks in 5.1 innings of work.  St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty lasted six innings on the bump, surrendering three runs on six hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.

The Cardinals got out to a hot start, tagging Cahill for four runs in the first inning.  A single by Paul Goldschmidt made it 1-0, and a three run homerun by Paul DeJong made it 4-0 before th...

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Sloppy Play Costs Pirates Against Cardinals

Tonight, marked the beginning of a three-game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park.  It may just be one month into the 2021 season, but this series has two teams playing for second place in the division.  Both starters were solid for their respective teams, but a key swing by a man who has made a living of tormenting Pittsburgh was enough for St. Louis to earn a 7-3 victory.

JT Brubaker was tagged with the loss, but pitched well during his five innings on the mound.  He allowed three runs on seven hits to go with seven strikeouts.  Two of those runs came on bloop doubles that dropped in front of new outfielder Ka’ai Tom.  Those would occur in the first and third inning.  The third run happened in the fourth when Tyler O’Neill blasted a 425 ft...

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Keller Struggles Again, Pirates Fall To Royals

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been off to a surprising start to begin the 2021 season.  Unfortunately, Mitch Keller has been off to a dreadful start.  That trend continued tonight for the Bucs’ right hander, who didn’t make it out of the third inning as the Pirates fell to the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park.

Keller gave up four runs on three hits and five walks in just 2.1 innings of work.  The control continues to be a major issue, as his ERA continues to rise, now sitting at 8.20 on the season.

Jorge Soler’s double and Hunter Dozier’s triple put the Royals in front 3-0 in the first inning.  A bases loaded walk in the third inning scored their fourth run, and singles by Salvador Perez and Soler in the fourth inning made it 6-0.

Pittsburgh battled back with three runs in th...

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Pirates Take Pitcher’s Duel vs. Royals

After a successful road trip that saw them get back to .500, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight to begin a two-game series against the Kansas City Royals.  Kansas City has been a surprise so far this season, as they sit atop the A.L. Central Division, a division that many felt would belong to either the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, or Minnesota Twins.  Pittsburgh is in a similar boat as they currently are near the top of a crowded N.L. Central.

There was not much offense tonight, as both starters had solid outings and they were followed up by strong bullpens.  Pirates starter Tyler Anderson worked six innings allowing one run on three hits to go with five strikeouts and two walks.  That lone run came in the third inning when Carlos Santana reached on an infiel...

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Bucs Win Third Straight Series, Beat Twins 6-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates won clinched their third straight series victory on Sunday afternoon after beating the Minnesota Twins by a 6-2 score.  The Bucs are now 11-11 on the season, and after a dreadful 1-6 start to begin the season, they have now gone 10-5 with completed a 6-3 road trip.

Wil Crowe started for Pittsburgh today, giving up one run on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in his four innings on the mound.  The bullpen took it from there, pitching the final five innings of the game.  Chris Stratton struggled again, giving up a run on three hits in his two innings, while Clay Holmes earned the victory.

The Bucs jumped out in front early with two runs in the first inning.  Bryan Reynolds’ double scored Adam Frazier to put them in front 1-0, and their second run c...

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Pirates Beat Padres In Musgrove’s Return To Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates took the lead early on Wednesday night and broke it open late, beating the San Diego Padres by a 5-1 score at PNC Park.

The Bucs beat former teammate Joe Musgrove, who was taking the mound for the first time since throwing the first no-hitter in Padres’ history.  Tonight, he lasted just four innings, giving up a run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.  His mound opponent, Tyler Anderson, gave up a run on four hits in 5.1 innings.

Gregory Polanco put the Bucs in front in the bottom of the second with a no-doubt solo homerun to right field off Musgrove.  A single by Colin Moran in the fifth inning scored Adam Frazier to double their lead.

Tommy Pham’s RBI single in the sixth scored Manny Machado and cut the Pirates’ lead in half at 2-1.

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Pirates Overcome Walks To Defeat Padres

If you are a fan of pitching then tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres was not for you.  There was a total of 17 walks, and 7 hit batters from the 12 pitchers used between the two teams.  Pittsburgh would use seven pitchers on the night, but got out of the jams they created to pick up an 8-4 victory.

Chad Kuhl started for the Pirates and did not look good.  He would allow four runs, three earned, on four hits, with seven walks and just one strikeout over 3.2 innings of work.  San Diego jumped on the board in the first with a solo home run by Trent Grisham and a bases loaded walk to Jurickson Profar.  Pittsburgh would answer with three runs of their own.  Jacob Stallings drove in two with a double to left center field...

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Brubaker Leads Pirates Past Cubs

It was another beautiful day at PNC Park and for the second straight day the Pittsburgh Pirates dominated the Chicago Cubs.  Starting pitcher JT Brubaker kept the Chicago offense in check while on the mound, and did the job at the plate by driving in three runs.  In the end, Pittsburgh would defeat the Cubs 7-1 and win their first series of the season.

Brubaker was strong during his 5.1 innings on the mound.  He would allow one run on four hits to go with four strikeouts and one walk.  That lone run came in the second inning when Javier Baez hit a solo home run to centerfield.  The Pirates were able to answer in the second inning when the offense came to life against former Bucco Trevor Williams.

Dustin Fowler would tie the game at one with double to left center field that brought h...

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Pirates Drop Home Opener To Cubs

For the first time since 2019 the Pittsburgh Pirates played in front of fans at PNC Park.  With attendance around 8,000 people it may have felt more like a Wednesday afternoon game in August.  Either way the result was the same as it has been for the vast majority of the season, a loss.  This one turned out being a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs to open up a three game series.

Tyler Anderson made the start today for Pittsburgh and was able to work through 5.1 innings.  He would give up three runs on ten hits to go with five strikeouts.  That line isn’t great, but for the Pirates it is great compared to some of the starts they have had this season.  Kris Bryant started the scoring for Chicago with a solo home run in the first...

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