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Pittsburgh Pirates wake-up call: Archer's great start goes to waste

By: ajscherer86 | April 14, 2019 The Pirates let another late inning lead go while falling to the Washington Nationals in game two of their three-game series on Saturday by the score of 3-2. Pittsburgh scored first in the top fourth after a Josh Bell triple, as Colin Moran drove him in for the 1-0 lead.  The Nationals tied it in the bottom half of the fourth after a Anthony Rendon double and an RBI single by Kurt Suzuki. Melky Cabrera hit his first home run of the season to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead in the sixth,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates wake-up call: Those darn Cubs

By: ajscherer86 | April 9, 2019 It was Opening Day at Wrigley Field as the Pirates took their four-game winning streak into a game against the struggling Cubs. Neither starter lasted long as Jameson Taillon and Jon Lester lasted just two innings each as the Cubs rolled to a 10-0 win over the Pirates. The Cubs jumped on the Pirates early thanks to mistakes by Kevin Newman, after Taillon got out the first two batters of the inning. Then, Taillon got Daniel Descalso to ground one to Newman at shortstop. Newman threw the ball away from Josh Bell, which...

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Pittsburgh Pirates wake-up call: VICTORY

By: ajscherer86 | April 5, 2019 In the fifth game of the season the Pirates hosted the Cincinnati Reds for the first of four games on Thursday night. For the first seven innings it was a pitching duel between two guys you wouldn’t expect to see one from. Jordan Lyles, in his first start of the season for the Pirates, went five innings, allowed three hits, walking three and striking out two, all while holding the Reds scoreless. His counterpart for the Reds was Tyler Mahle, who went six innings, with five strikeouts and five hits allowed. In the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates wake-up call: That sucked

By: ajscherer86 | April 2, 2019 It was a pathetic performance by the Pittsburgh Pirates after the sixth inning. Before that, Chris Archer and Kyle Crick dominated the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup, but after that – between a bullpen that used all eight pitchers available and a defense that made errors and mistakes – it cost the Pirates what should’ve been an easy win. Mistakes by Colin Moran, Erik Gonzalez and – most surprisingly – Francisco Cervelli cost the Pirates some runs. Moran had two miscues of the ball with an error and missed ball. Gonzalez missed an easy...

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Did the Pirates misread the starting pitching market in free agency?

By: ajscherer86 | March 27, 2019 With Opening Day right around the corner, the Pirates could’ve put themselves in hole dating back to Dec. 11, 2018, at least from a pitching standpoint. On that day, the Pirates signed free agent pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year deal for $2.05 million with the idea that he would come in a compete for the No. 5 starter’s job. The Pirates had traded away Ivan Nova that same day and knew that pitcher Chad Kuhl wouldn’t pitch in 2019 due to Tommy John surgery. At the time it looked like a deal...

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