Rodriguez Homer Sinks Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates headed across the Commonwealth to begin a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies tonight.  It was a back and forth game that took eleven innings to complete, and in the end, Pittsburgh would lose 6-5 on a solo home run by Sean Rodriguez.

Joe Musgrove did a great job during his six innings of work.  He allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts.  Brad Miller brought in those two runs on a 395 ft. home run to deep left center in the fourth inning.  Musgrove helped his own cause with an RBI single in the fifth to cut the Philadelphia lead in half.

A three run seventh inning would give the Pirates a two-run lead.  It started when Colin Moran hit a double to left to bring in Melky CabreraKevin Newman then drove in the other two runs on a single t...

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Pirates Comeback Falls Short To Giants

There was some controversy prior to the start of tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco GiantsClint Hurdle decided to call up starting pitcher Clay Holmes from AAA to take the mound tonight.  The move was to give the starting rotation an extra day off, but in the middle of trying to lock up a playoff spot the better move would be to send out one of your top five pitchers every day.  The move would back fire for sure in a 13-10 Pittsburgh loss.

Holmes looked bad from the start of this game.  Andrew McCutchen would lead the game off with a solo home run to right field.  San Francisco would score two more runs in the inning and then four more in the third before Holmes night was officially over.  He would only pitch 2...

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Pirates Sweep Reds, Win Ninth Straight

The hottest team in baseball right now may just be the Pittsburgh Pirates.  They continued their hot play today with a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.  This win gave them a sweep of Cincinnati and extended their season long winning streak to nine games.  This is exactly the type of play that Pittsburgh needs if they hope to make a run at a playoff spot this season.

The Pirates offense got things started right out of the gate.  Gregory Polanco would hit a two-run home run in the top of the first.  The second inning would see more offense from the Buccos.  Max Moroff got things started with an RBI single to right field.  That was then followed up by a two-run homer by Corey Dickerson, his fourth straight game with a home run.  Starling Marte capped off the inning with a solo ho...

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Pirates Stay Hot After All Star Break, Beat Reds 12-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates ended the first half of the season as one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball heading into the All Star break.  In their return to action after the break, and after a nearly 3 hour rain delay, the Bucs’ strong play continued as they went on to beat the Cincinnati Reds by a 12-1 score.

Jameson Taillon started for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up one run on six hits in 5.1 innings.  The bullpen was solid tonight, giving up just three total hits across 3.2 innings of work.

But the night belonged to the Pirates offense, which feasted on Reds’ pitching.  Sean Rodriguez and Starling Marte had four RBIs each, and five different players had multi-hit games, including Colin Moran who had four and Elias Diaz who had three hits.

Rodriguez had a good game after ret...

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Pirates Blanked, Swept By Diamondbacks

The downward spiral of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2018 season continues.  Today they wrapped up a nine game homestand by being swept in a four-game series by the Arizona Diamondbacks after a 3-0 loss.  Pittsburgh would go 3-6 during the homestand, a number that won’t impressive anyone on the North Shore.

Arizona scored early and then settled in to allow their pitching and defense to carry them the rest of the way.  David Peralta hit a two-run home run in the first inning that would bounce into the river.  The final run of the game came in the second on a solo dinger off the bat of John Ryan Murphy.  All three of these runs came off of Pirates starter Trevor Williams.

Williams would have had a decent day if he had any type of run support...

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Kuhl Snake Bitten By Diamondbacks

Chad Kuhl was supposed to start the finale of the Pittsburgh Pirates series with the Milwaukee Brewers last night.  When that game was postponed because of rain, Kuhl was then slated to start game one of a four game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight.  Kuhl must have not studied the lineup very well, because Arizona hit him hard and often in an 9-3 victory over Pittsburgh.

Kuhl looked like he was throwing batting practice to the Diamondbacks during his two innings of work.  It all started in the first inning when Daniel Descalso hit a sac fly to score John Jay.  Descalso would cross home plate on a Ketel Marte homer to right.  In the second inning Jay would bring in two runs with a double to right.  He then came in to score on a Paul Goldschmidt single to right center.

The ...

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Pirates Fall Behind Early, Lose 13-8

It was another tough night for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  In the first game of this series on Monday night, the Bucs jumped out to a five run lead before losing it late.  Tonight, they fell behind by eight runs and their comeback rally fell short, as the D-Backs held on for a 13-8 victory.

Trevor Williams took the loss for Pittsburgh (5-4), no thanks to sloppy defense behind him.  He was tagged with eight runs (three earned) on six hits in just three innings of work.  After a solid start to the season, Williams, like the rest of this team, has fallen on hard times.

Arizona scored six runs in the first inning to put the Pirates in a huge hole.  A fielding error by Josh Bell allowed Jon Jay to score on a Jake Lamb ground ball.  A single by John Ryan Murph...

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Pirates Win Wild Game At PNC Park

After being shut out in back to back games and falling to the .500 mark, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of a victory.  Tonight, the offense came alive as they won a crazy game over the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park by an 11-9 score.

This was not a good game for the pitching staff on either club.  The two teams used 14 pitchers combined.  Trevor Williams lasted just three innings, giving up four runs on four hits.  Steven Brault earned the victory (5-1) in relief, while Felipe Vazquez tallied his 11th save of the season.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the second on a bases loaded, three run double by Josh Harrison.  Starling Marte singled Harrison home later in the inning, and the Pirates led 4-0.

Los Angeles responded in the top of the third with four runs...

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Pirates Blanked In Series Opener By Dodgers

The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight to begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Pittsburgh has been playing terribly as of late, while Los Angeles has struggled since their World Series loss last year.  This looked to be an opportune time for the Pirates to right the ship, but the Dodgers played a great all-around game to defeat the Buccos 5-0.

Joe Musgrove started for Pittsburgh tonight and had the worst outing during his short time in a Pirates uniform.  Musgrove would allow four runs, three earned, on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.  Giving up the long ball is what hurt him most while on the mound.  Joc Pederson would hit a two-run homer in the second, while Yasiel Puig cranked a solo shot in the fourth.

That lone unearned run came when C...

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Wacha, Cardinals Shut Out Pirates 5-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates have some history with Michael Wacha.  Over the years, Wacha has looked almost perfect against the Bucs in some of the biggest games.  This afternoon, it was nearly unhittable, stifling the Pirates hitters and holding a no-hit bid until the ninth inning.  The St. Louis Cardinals jumped in front early and coasted to an easy 5-0 victory at Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh has now lost five straight series, and in those series, they hold a 5-12 record.  They are now just one game over .500, and after a great start against the N.L. Central, they are now just 14-12 against their division.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh, falling to 2-2 on the season after giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits through five innings.  Steven Brault pitched two scoreless innings, ...

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