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Bucs Dugout

Eli Nellis

Series Preview: Tigers at Pirates

The Pirates (12-10), losers of four in a row and six of their last seven, get some respite with a visit from the Tigers, who the Bucs swept to open the season.

To its credit, Detroit’s been more middle of the road than the doormat it looked at times in the opening series. They followed a five-game losing streak with a four-game winning streak, and enter this series coming off a split of four games with the Royals.

Oddly enough, the Tigers are the Pirates’ first repeat opponent of the...

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Cannonballs coming: J.T. Brubaker throws seven shutout innings

West Virginia’s game was postponed.

— Indianapolis (8-7) managed to beat Syracuse, 2-0, with a Sunday lineup. Alex McRae started and went six innings, giving up four hits and three walks, and striking out four. Dovydas Neverauskas survived walking the bases loaded in his first inning of work, then got the side in order in his second. The Indians got their runs in the eighth when Jerrick Suiter tripled and scored on a Kevin Newman single, then Newman came around on a sacrifice, a wild...

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Inbox: Marte the answer at leadoff for Bucs?

What are the Pirates' best options at second base and in the leadoff spot while Josh Harrison is sidelined? Who can help fix the club's middle-reliefs issues? Beat reporter Adam Berry answers those questions and more in the Inbox.

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So close but yet so far away as Phils finally sweep Bucs with 3-2 victory

Another day without J-Hay, another game of no more than two runs scored. Even the Penguins, playing acrossed the parking lot, were able to score six goals in the last 26 minutes of their game. But not so for the punchless Pirates.

After managing a single hit while striking out six times in the first four innings against Phillies starter Nick Pivetta, the Pirates jumped ahead 2-0 in the fifth when Jordy Mercer laced a double down the left field line and Elias Diaz, the owner of the only...

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Cannonballs coming: Indianapolis bullpen struggles

— Nick Kingham (pictured) had a decent start, but didn’t get much help as Indianapolis (7-7) lost to Charlotte, 7-2. Kingham gave up two runs, one unearned, on six hits and three walks in five and two-thirds innings. He struck out six. Josh Smoker, A.J. Schugel and Casey Sadler all had problems out of the bullpen. Smoker gave up a two-run HR, although the runs were unearned. Schugel gave up two hits and a run in two-thirds of an inning. Sadler allowed two runs on four hits and...

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Pirates held to two runs by Phillies in loss

Despite a strong effort by the pitching staff, including six innings of one-hit ball by starter Trevor Williams, the Pirates fell for the fourth time in as many games to the Phillies, on this day a 3-2, 11-inning loss at Citizens Bank Park. Pirates reliever Richard Rodriguez surrendered a one out RBI single to Aaron Altherr to take the loss.

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Brian Cartwright

Game Thread: Pirates look to a studly Williams to avoid being swept in Philly

After all the early season euphoria which we all suspected would not be long-lasted, the Pirates’ mast has snapped this week. Having lost each of the first three games in Philadelphia, they turn to Trevor Williams (3-1, 1.93) to stanch the flow. He be faced by second-year starter Nick Pivetta (1-0, 2.49)

Pivetta is a 25 year old, 6’5” 210 lb right-hander who made 26 starts a year ago in his rookie season, going 8-10 with a 6.02 ERA. However, in his career he does have 161 strikeouts in...

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Pirates trio among top prospect performers

Pirates prospects Mitch Keller, Jason Martin and Calvin Mitchell were among top performers on Saturday.

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Cannonballs coming: Big day for Cal Mitchell

— Indianapolis (7-6) got six runs in the third inning, thanks to five straight singles and a triple by Chris Bostick, and went on to beat Charlotte, 7-2. Bostick went 2-4 and Jordan Luplow 2-3 with a walk. Austin Coley gave up the two runs over five innings.

Kevin Newman: 0-4
Austin Meadows, Jose Osuna, Kevin Kramer, Jacob Stallings: all 1-4
Johnny Hellweg: IP, K, Sv (no runs allowed in five outings, seven innings)

— Jason Martin hit his first home run with the Pirates and Mitch...

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Pirates' bats mostly silent in loss to Phillies

It started a lot better than it ended for the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park Saturday afternoon. Sean Rodriguez, inserted into the leadoff spot, opened the game with an opposite-field home run off of Phillies starter Aaron Nola. Nola would settle in after the initial shock, and strike out 9 batters en route to a 7-inning, 2-run performance, helping sink the Pirates in a 6-2 win by the Phillies before 28,161 fans.

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Offense continues to fail as Pirates lose third straight

The Pirates’ hitters continued to founder and the bullpen got lit up yet again in a 6-2 loss to the Phillies. The offensive futility wasted a good start by Steven Brault.

The pitching matchup seemed badly slanted in the Phillies’ favor, but Brault more than matched Aaron Nola. Despite getting squeezed by the home plate umpire, Brault got through the first five innings without allowing a run. It wasn’t elegant; he walked three, but allowed only one hit. The only real jam he had came...

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Bell feels team effort will keep Bucs in 1st place

Pirates first baseman Josh Bell had a breakout season in 2017, adding a dose of power to a lineup needing just that. Bell hit .255 (140-for-549), smacked 26 home runs, drove in 90 runs and recorded an OPS of .800. He limited his strikeouts to 117. So far in 2018, he's hitting .253 (20-for-79), with a home run and 13 RBIs, second on the Bucs to Gregory Polanco's 15 RBIs.

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Gamethread: Pirates try to get on the board

The Pirates will try to avoid clinching a series loss in a 4:05pm start against the Phillies. It’s not an auspicious matchup, as the Pirates’ badly struggling hitters will go up against a very good pitcher in Aaron Nola. The Pirates will send out Steven Brault and his 5.40 xFIP against a team that’s been scoring a lot of runs, although their overall hitting numbers aren’t especially impressive. Clint Hurdle will bat Sean Rodriguez leadoff in an attempt to maximize the value of his...

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Brault looking to rebound against Phils

The Pirates' stay across the state continues on Saturday with a 4:05 p.m. ET start at Citizens Bank Park. Steven Brault will go for Pittsburgh, trying to bounce back from a 6-2 loss to the Rockies on Monday night in Pittsburgh where he allowed five runs on five hits in six innings. He will face Philadelphia's Aaron Nola, who held Pittsburgh to an 0.64 ERA in two starts (1-1) in 2017.

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Cannonballs coming: Young West Virginia hitters produce the offense

Some transaction news: My impression that the Pirates didn’t like Kevin Krause got confirmed when they released him today. He got only three ABs this year. Krause wasn’t much in the field, but he showed power and good plate discipline. I guess the Pirates don’t need either of those. On the plus side, Pablo Reyes got a much-deserved promotion to Indianapolis. I don’t know what the countervailing move at Indy was. Altoona filled the spots by activating Jordan George, who hit...

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Pirates hitting still offensive, drop 2nd to Phils, 2-1

The Pirates who until very recently led the National league in run scoring had suddenly stopped finding their way home. Other than a ten run explosion on Wednesday against Colorado, the team has failed to score more than one run in any game this week.

Tonight their scoreless streak extended to 14 innings facing the Phillies unheralded starter Ben Lively, who came into the game with a 4.50 career ERA. Fortunately Iva Nova was matching the zeroes on the scoreboard when the Pirates struck first...

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Gamethread: Pirates try to even up series with Phillies

Game time is 7:05pm.

Pirates

Adam Frazier, 2B Gregory Polanco, RF Starling Marte, CF Josh Bell, 1B Corey Dickerson, LF Francisco Cervelli, C Colin Moran, 3B Jordy Mercer, SS Ivan Nova, P

Philadelphia

Cesar Hernandez, 2B Carlos Santana, 1B Odubel Herrera, CF Rhys Hoskins, 1B Aaron Altherr, RF Andrew Knapp, C Maikel Franco, 3B Ben Lively, P J.P. Crawford, SS

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Pirates host sixth annual 'Dads' Trip'

The Pirates are hosting their sixth annual Dads' Trip this weekend in Philadelphia, with the fathers of 20 players and staff members joining during the four-game series.

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Taillon falters as Bucs drop opener in Philly

Jameson Taillon, one of the National League's best pitchers in the season's first three weeks, had the shortest start of his Major League career as he could not get out of the second inning in the Pirates' eventual 7-0 loss to the Phillies. The 26-year-old righty gave up five runs on three run-scoring hits -- all coming in 3-2 counts -- and was pulled after just 1 2/3 innings.

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Cannonballs coming: Mitchell, Valerio key wins with three-run HRs

Indianapolis was off.

— Altoona (7-5) beat Akron in ten innings, 2-1. The Curve got seven shutout innings from Dario Agrazal. It was a representative Agrazal start; he didn’t dominate, striking out only three, but he walked just one, allowed four hits and needed just 79 pitches. He left with the score 1-0, but Geoff Hartlieb gave up the tying run in the eighth. Cole Tucker, who went 1-4 with a walk, drove in the faux run in the tenth with an infield hit off Jordan Milbrath. Yeudy...

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