For the majority of the 2020 season the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation and bullpen have been on different wavelengths. When the starting rotation is going well, the bullpen struggles and when the starting rotation struggles, the bullpen is going well. Tonight, both performed well and led the way in a 2-1 Pittsburgh victory over the Chicago Cubs.
The offense for both teams came early and then were silent for the remaining eight innings. In the top of the first Anthony Rizzo hit a 406 ft. solo home run to right centerfield to give Chicago their only lead. The Pirates quickly answered with two solo home runs of their own during the bottom half of the inning. Adam Frazier led off the inning with a 379 ft. dinger to right field. That was followed up by a 415 ft...
Trevor Williams was roughed up on the mound as the Kansas City Royals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 in the second game of their weekend series.
Williams fell to 1-7 on the season, giving up six runs on ten hits in five innings of work. The bullpen pitched relatively effectively for the final four innings of the game, but the damage had already been done.
The Royals used a total of six pitchers on the night, including starter Carlos Hernandez, who lasted 3 innings, as well as Kyle Zimmer, who earned his first MLB win.
A solo homerun by Whit Merrifield in the bottom of the first gave the Royals a 1-0 lead, but the Pirates answered with a pair of solo homeruns, one from Josh Bell and one from Bryan Reynolds, in the top of the second. After Adam Frazier homered in the top of the ...
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.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds continued their four-game series tonight from PNC Park. The night belonged to Cincinnati, thanks in part to Eugenio Suarez and the three home runs he collected. In fact, all six of the Reds runs came via the long ball.
Cincinnati got things started in the third inning when Tucker Barnhart hit a solo homer to center field. Anthony Alford would fracture his elbow on the play running into the wall chasing down the ball and it appears he will miss the remainder of the 2020 season. The first of the three Suarez homers would occur later in this inning when he hit a three-run home run to left field.
The Pirates got on the board in the third when Gregory Polanco hit a sac fly to centerfield to bring in Erik Gonzalez...
After a 4-2 loss in the first game of their doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates responded with a 4-3 victory to earn the twin bill split.
Cody Ponce started for Pittsburgh, giving up three runs on three hits in four innings of work. His mound opponent, Trevor Bauer, had a frustrating night on the bump, giving up four runs, only one of them earned, on six hits in six innings of work.
The Reds took the lead in the bottom of the first on a two run homerun by Eugenio Suarez. Pittsburgh tied the game in the top of the fourth on a two run triple by Anthony Alford, scoring Colin Moran and Ke’Bryan Hayes. A wild pitch by Bauer later in the inning scored Alford, and the Pirates led 3-2.
Cincinnati tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a...
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up their four-game series from Miller Park tonight, where Pittsburgh was looking to leave town with a series split. Milwaukee had other plans though, as they capitalized on two Pirates errors to pick a 6-5 victory and earn a 3-1 series win. This was a big series for the Brewers as they hover around the .500 mark and look to secure a possible wild card spot.
Milwaukee jumped out in front in the second when Eric Sogard hit an infield single to plate Ben Gamel. A throwing error by Kevin Newman on that play allowed Jedd Gyorko to score. The Buccos tied it up in the third on a two-run home run by Erik Gonzalez that traveled 360ft...
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...
The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field this afternoon less than 24 hours after being no hit by Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito. While they were able to collect some hits and runs today, the result was the same, as they dropped the second game of this two-game series by the final of 10-3. Chicago jumped out front early and did not look back.
Trevor Williams made the start for Pittsburgh today, and though he lasted six innings it was far from his best work. Williams allowed eight runs on nine hits to go with two walks and three strikeouts. The run scoring started in the second when Luis Robert hit a sac fly to center. Later in the inning Nomar Mazara hit an RBI single to left center. The final two runs of the inning crossed the plate on a home run by Danny Mendick that poppe...
The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t solve Shane Bieber on the mound Wednesday night, falling victim to a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians while suffering yet another series sweep.
Bieber continued his dominant run on the mound, improving to 5-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.11 for the season. He gave up six hits and struck out 11 batters in six innings of work. His mound opponent, Trevor Williams, fell to 1-4 on the season, but he pitched well for Pittsburgh. He gave up one run on six hits and two walks in his four innings.
The offense let the team down on Wednesday, as they managed just seven hits as a team. Kevin Newman was the only player to have more than one hit in the game.
Cleveland took the lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by Beau Taylor, scoring Franm...
After two games at Target Field, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins continued their season series Wednesday night at PNC Park. This game was a pitcher’s duel for most of the night until a four run ninth inning by Minnesota lifted them to a 5-4 victory, their third straight over Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh native Randy Dobnak started for the Twins tonight and pitched very well over his six innings. He would allow three hits and strike out one batter during that time. He was replaced by Cody Stashak in the seventh, who was then followed by Tyler Duffey in the eighth.
Trevor Williams had his best start of the young season. Williams threw seven innings allowing one run on three hits with five strikeouts and one walk. That lone run came in the second inning when Marwin Gonzalez h...