Offense Struggles Again, Pirates Lose 4-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ struggles at the plate continued on Wednesday night, as the Seattle Mariners beat them for the second straight game, 4-1, at PNC Park.

Playing without Starling Marte and Josh Bell in their lineup has certainly taken a toll on this offense’s production.  On Wednesday, the Bucs could only manage one run on six hits as a team, and with a young and inexperienced pitching staff that has been taking the mound for the past month, it doesn’t leave much of a chance for this team to win.

Dario Agrazal fell to 4-5 on the season, giving up four runs on six hits, while five relievers were used to complete the final four innings of the game, pitching scoreless ball and giving up just one hit the rest of the way...

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Ozuna, Wainwright Lead Cardinals To Easy Victory

Adam Wainwright dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates on the mound last night, as the St. Louis Cardinals hit Steven Brault and the Bucs’ bullpen hard in a 10-1 beatdown at PNC Park.

Wainwright gave up one run on six hits in seven innings, while Brault fell to 4-4 on the season after giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits in 5.1 innings.

Dexter Fowler’s single and Marcell Ozuna’s three run homerun gave the Cards a 4-0 lead in the third inning.  The Pirates’ lone run came in the bottom of the inning, when Starling Marte singled home Kevin Newman.

But St. Louis added two runs in the sixth, two in the seventh, and two in the ninth to make this one a laugher.

Marte was the only Pirate to have a multi-hit game, while Newman, Bryan Reynolds, Adam Frazier, and Brault had the other hits.

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Six Run Seventh Carry Pirates Over Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates began a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park tonight.  St. Louis is chasing a playoff spot, while Pittsburgh is trying to avoid the division cellar and put a damper on the Cardinals postseason hopes.  Things did not look good for the Pirates through six innings, but a big seventh inning led them to an opening game victory.

Alex McRae made the start tonight for the Buccos and gave them five innings on the night.  He would allow two runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout.  His counterpart Miles Mikolas would also go five innings and allow one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and four walks.

St. Louis got things started in the second on a Tommy Edman two run home run...

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Pirates Stay Hot, Beat Rockies 11-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense stayed hot on Saturday night, ripping the pitching staff of the Colorado Rockies for the third night in a row on their way to an 11-4 victory.

Joe Musgrove earned the victory (9-12), giving up three runs on eight hits in six innings. The Bucs got to Tim Melville early and often, tagging him for five runs on six hits in two innings of work.

Pittsburgh took control of the game early again on Saturday, as Kevin Newman led off with a solo homerun. A sacrifice fly by Colin Moran later in the inning increased the lead to 2-0, and Newman’s single along with Bryan Reynolds’ double in the second made it 5-0.

After the Rockies added a couple runs to get back in the game, the Pirates responded in the fourth on solo homeruns by Josh Bell (35) and Jose Osuna (10)...

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Pirates Exit Philadelphia With Loss

Tonight marked the final time in 2019 that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies would partake in their instate rivalry.  Pittsburgh did not have a good time in this final game, as Philadelphia used a big fifth inning to earn a 12-3 victory.  The win also gave the Phillies a four to two edge in the season series.

Mitch Keller continued his rocky first season in the big leagues tonight.  He would only make it through four innings after being yanked in the fifth without recording an out.  During that time, he would allow eight runs on eleven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.  Keller is the Pirates top pitching prospect, so hopefully the rest of this season is a learning curve for him to get better in time for the 2020 season.

There wasn’t much offense tonight by the Bu...

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Pirates Complete Sweep, Beat Reds 9-8

The Pittsburgh Pirates completed the weekend sweep of the Cincinnati Reds this weekend with a 9-8 victory in a wild game at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon.

While the Pirates have had a nightmare of a season, they have played well against the Reds.  That trend continued today, as the Bucs improved to 11-5 against Cincy this year with the one-run victory, capping the series sweep this weekend.

Neither starter, Trevor Bauer for Cincinnati or Dario Agrazal for Pittsburgh, pitched well, as it was all about the offense on Sunday.  Agrazal did get the win (3-3), while Felipe Vazquez tallied his 23rd save of the season.

The Pirates fell behind early in this one, as the Reds scored three runs in the top of the first inning...

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Pirates Pound Reds 14-0

Football season is among us and the Pittsburgh Pirates got into the spirit by putting up two touchdowns in a 14-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds tonight.  Pittsburgh used two home runs and a stellar start from Trevor Williams to dominate Cincinnati.  The only thing uglier than the Reds performance may have been the dreadful “Players Weekend” jerseys.

Williams worked a strong six innings tonight, allowing three hits with three strikeouts and one walk.  He has dominated Cincinnati during his career and that didn’t change this evening.  The Pirates bullpen also pitched well in three innings of relief.  Richard Rodriguez, Kyle Crick, and Parker Markel each worked an inning and combined to give up four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

The Buccos offense came to life in the ...

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Four Run Eighth Lifts Pirates Over Nationals

One night after being blown out by thirteen runs, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to be on their way to another shut out at the hands of the Washington Nationals.  Down a run in the eighth Pittsburgh would battle their way to four runs and keep Washington off the board in the ninth to close out a 4-1 victory.

Chris Archer started for the Pirates tonight and would leave the game prior to the second inning to a right shoulder injury.  This would mean an already taxed Bucco bullpen would be responsible for covering the final eight innings.  First up was Clay Holmes who would give the team 3.2 innings of work allowing one run on one hit with four walks and three strikeouts.  That run came on an Anthony Rendon RBI double to right center in the fifth.

Nationals starter Steven Strausburg always...

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Cubs Use Long Ball To Defeat Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs headed to Williamsport, PA to take part in the 3rd annual Little League Classic at historic Bowman Field.  With these teams splitting the first two games, the winner of tonight’s rubber match would earn a series victory in front of a mostly Little League crowd.  Chicago would hit three home runs in route to a 7-1 win.

Mitch Keller, who was coming off his best outing in the Majors, was hit hard once again tonight.  In 4.1 innings he would allow six runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  He would allow solo homers to Nicholas Castellanos and Jason Heyward in the first and third innings respectively.  In the fourth Kyle Schwarber drove in two more runs with a single to left center.

Keller would give up two more runs in the fifth...

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Pirates Rally Late, Beat Cubs 3-2

After taking two of three games over the Los Angeles Angels this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home to PNC Park to face off against the Chicago Cubs.  The Bucs rallied from behind in the ninth inning on Friday night, beating the Cubs 3-2 in a walk off victory.

The Pirates have won three of four games, and have won  5 of the 11 meetings against the Cubs so far this season.

Joe Musgrove and Kyle Hendricks battled on the mound against one another, each giving their team a chance to win this game.  Hendricks lasted 7 innings, giving up one run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout, while Musgrove gave up two runs on four hits with nine strikeouts in 7.1 innings.  While neither pitcher earned a decision, both pitched very well.

Scoring was at a premium in this game, with the fir...

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