Brault, Stallings Lead Pirates Over Cubs 3-2

Steven Brault was magnificent on the mound on Tuesday night, holding the Chicago Cubs to just two hits and three walks in his seven innings of work on the mound, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory at PNC Park.

Before the seventh inning, Brault had pitched 10 straight hitless innings dating back to his previous start.  Despite not registering a victory on Tuesday, he did lower his ERA to 3.38 for the season while keeping the dangerous Cubs’ offense in check all night.

Pittsburgh scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second.  Erik Gonzalez doubled on a line drive to right field, scoring Gregory Polanco.  A double by Adam Frazier in the fifth scored Polanco and the Bucs held a 2-0 lead.

The Bucs held the lead until the eighth inning, when the Cubs capital...

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Pirates Snap Streak, Beat Cardinals 5-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, snapping their eight game losing streak with a 5-1 victory at PNC Park.

The Bucs have won four straight games against the Cardinals this season.  They are 4-2 against their division rivals, and 11-32 against everyone else.

Steven Brault was magnificent on the mound for Pittsburgh, earning his first victory of the season while pitching a complete game.  He gave up just one run on two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.  In a year that has been mauled by awful pitching, this was a sight for sore eyes for all Pirates fans.

The Cardinals scored their lone run of the game in the third inning on a RBI single by Tommy Edman.  Pittsburgh responded in the fourth inning, taking control of the game with four runs...

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Royals Win 4th Straight, Beat Pirates 4-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ struggles against the American League continued on Friday night with a 4-3 los to the Kansas City Royals.  The loss dropped the Bucs to 14-28 on the season, while the Royals improved to 18-28.

Steven Brault fell to 0-3 on the season, giving up three runs on five hits with three walks in his four innings on the mound.  Royals’ starter Kris Bubic earned his first MLB win, giving up one run on six hits in five innings of work.

Kansas City jumped out on top early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take control of the game.  A solo homerun by Adalberto Mondesi got them on the board, and a single by Maikel Franco increased the lead to 2-0.  A wild pitch by Brault later in the inning made it a 3-0 score after the first inning.

Jacob Stal...

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Pirates Drop Game One Of DH to Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds met up at PNC Park today for the first of two games.  Game one of the doubleheader belonged to Cincinnati as they led from start to finish to pick up a 4-2 victory. Pittsburgh had their chances to take this one, but could not capitalize when it mattered most.

The Reds got things started in the second on a Jose Garcia RBI single to shallow left field that brought home Aristides Aquino.  That lead would triple in the third.  Their second run of the game crossed the plate when Eugenio Suarez hit a sac fly to right field that plated Joey VottoJesse Winkler then hit a RBI single to center to bring around Nick Castellanos.  Castellanos would bring himself home in the fifth with a solo homer to left centerfield.

All four of these runs would com...

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Bell, Polanco Power Bucs Past Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates got back into the win column on Sunday afternoon, thanks to a pair of homeruns and some strong pitching, beating the Milwaukee Brewers by a 5-1 score at Miller Park.

Gregory Polanco’s solo homerun in the top of the second inning gave the Bucs the lead early, but Keston Hiura’s RBI single tied the game after three.

A two run homerun by Josh Bell, which hit the hood of a car in the parking lot, gave the Bucs a 3-1 lead.  After adding a run in the fifth, the Pirates added another insurance run in the seventh on a RBI single by Adam Frazier.  The bullpen held on for a 5-1 win.

Pittsburgh handed Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff his third loss of the season, as he gave up four runs on four hits with three walks in five innings.  Steven Brault started for th...

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Giolito Throws First No Hitter Of 2020

Lucas Giolito threw Major League Baseball’s first no-hitter of the 2020 season, as the Chicago White Sox shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates by a 4-0 score in the first of a brief two game series on Tuesday night.

Breezing through the Bucs’ lineup with ease, Giolito gave up just one walk while striking out 13 batters, lowering his ERA to 3.09 and winning his third game of the season.

The Pirates were dumbfounded at the plate, in particular Gregory Polanco and Cole Tucker, who each struck out three times on the night.

Steven Brault started for Pittsburgh, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks in his three innings on the mound.  Nick Tropeano pitched well in his four innings of work, giving up three hits and striking out four.  Dovydas Neverauskas pitched a scoreless inni...

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Bullpen And Offense Tank In Pirates Loss

It was another rough night at PNC Park for the Pittsburgh PiratesSteven Brault pitched five scoreless innings, but with a lack of offense and two bad innings from the bullpen those five innings were all for naught.  When the final out was recorded the Cleveland Indians picked up their second win of the series with a 6-1 victory.

Brault threw thirty pitches in the first inning, but did not allow a runner to get past first base.  After that he settled down over the next four innings and kept his team in the ball game.  When his night was over, he allowed two hits while striking out three and walking one.  His counterpart Aaron Civale threw a complete game, something that is rare in baseball these days.  Civale struck out six and allowed one run on five hits.

Cleveland got on the bo...

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Santana, Indians Power Past Bucs 6-3

Carlos Santana hammered a moon shot down the left field line, resulting in a towering three run homerun to power the Cleveland Indians past the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

After a long replay review, the umpires felt there was not enough evidence to reverse the original decision made on the field, which was a devastating three run homerun.  After three days off, this was the worst possible outcome for this Pirates team, falling to a league-worst 4-15 on the season.

Pittsburgh once again pitched by committee, using seven arms through the 10 innings of work.  JT Brubaker made the start, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks in three innings.

Colin Moran’s RBI single in the bottom of the first gave the Bucs the early lead, but a two run single by Santana gave the ...

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Tigers Complete Sweep Of Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers wrapped up their 2020 season series this afternoon at PNC Park.  Unlike the first two games of the series, this game was short on runs and pitching was very good from both sides.  In the end it was Detroit who pushed the go ahead run across the plate in the eighth inning to win 2-1 and finish off the sweep.

Steven Brault made the start for Pittsburgh today after not recording an out on Friday on the backside of piggybacking with Chad Kuhl.  In two innings he gave up a walk and struck out one batter.  Though a short outing, hopefully it got the bad taste out of his mouth.  Chris Stratton worked the next three innings and allowed one run on three hits with six strikeouts.  That run came on an Austin Romine RBI single to left center.

The Pirates...

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Pirates Bullpen Struggles Continue

One day after ending a seven-game losing streak, the Pittsburgh Pirates welcomed the Detroit Tigers to PNC Park to begin a three-game series.  If tonight’s action was a preview of what the next two games of this series will be, prepare for plenty of offense and lots of calls to the bullpen.  Game one did not go Pittsburgh’s way, as they dropped a 17-13 contest to Detroit in eleven innings.

Chad Kuhl made his first start of the season and was solid over his four innings of work.  He allowed one run on one hit with zero walks and seven strikeouts.  He has been piggybacking with Steven Brault this year, so Brault would enter the game in the fifth and not even record an out.  His final line was four earned runs allowed on three hits with three walks.

Erik Gonzalez had a huge night for...

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