10/8/2015 | Despite familiarity, Pirates can't solve Arrieta
For the third October in a row, the Pirates ran into a season-ending buzzsaw. In 2013, it was Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. Last year, it was Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. On Wednesday night at PNC Park, it was Jake Arrieta, who threw a four-hit shutout and struck out 11 as the Pirates lost, 4-0, in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser.
10/8/2015 | Huntington faced with many player decisions
Neal Huntington entered the Pirates' barren clubhouse late Wednesday night, a weak smile piercing his sullen mood. Between free agents and arbitration-eligible players, Huntington faces decisions on 17 players -- 68 percent of the 25-man roster that had carried the Pirates into September.
10/8/2015 | Bucs deserve better than early October exits
It was little wonder that the Pirates' frustration boiled over during Wednesday night's 4-0 loss to the Cubs in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, with Jake Arrieta in control and another great season nearing a quick end in the postseason.
10/8/2015 | Aramis, Burnett go out with heads held high
While the Chicago Cubs derailed the Bucs' fabulous season in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, they also marked the last days in a uniform for Aramis Ramirez and A.J. Burnett, who had long announced postseason retirement plans.
10/8/2015 | Oct. 7 Clint Hurdle postgame interview
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle addresses the media after the National League Wild Card Game.
10/7/2015 | Arrieta, Cubs ace Wild Card test vs. Bucs
The Cubs' first step toward their ultimate goal of ending a 107-year World Series championship drought was contentious, yet also decisive. Jake Arrieta weaved his routine spell, and rookie Kyle Schwarber drove in the first three runs -- two on a majestic 450-foot homer out of PNC Park -- and Chicago blanked Pittsburgh, 4-0, in Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser.
10/7/2015 | Bucs turned away after big 6th-inning threat
Trailing by four runs, the Bucs loaded the bases with one out against Jake Arrieta in the sixth inning. The rally woke up a quiet PNC Park crowd in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, but Arrieta made the final push, getting Starling Marte to ground into an inning-ending double play.
10/7/2015 | Benches clear after Pirates plunk Arrieta
Emotions ran high and tempers flared in the seventh inning on Wednesday night, when Cubs ace Jake Arrieta was hit by a pitch from Pirates reliever Tony Watson.
10/7/2015 | Things don't go to plan for Cole vs. Cubs
The Pirates had the pitcher they wanted on the mound on Wednesday night, but after a dominant regular season, Gerrit Cole couldn't deliver the performance he or the Bucs expected.
10/7/2015 | McCutchen's mom sings national anthem
Petrina McCutchen, mother of Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew, sang the national anthem prior to the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser. It's the fourth time she delivered "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a Pirates game -- they won the previous three.
10/7/2015 | Kang receives huge ovation from Bucs faithful
The only people more excited to see Jung Ho Kang on Wednesday night than the black-clad fans at PNC Park might have been inside the Pirates' dugout.
10/7/2015 | Oct. 7 Clint Hurdle NL Wild Card interview
10/7/2015 | Intriguing lineups for NL Wild Card Game
Here are the lineups for tonight's game between the Cubs and Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
10/7/2015 | Tale of the Tape: Arrieta vs. Cole
When it comes to postseason baseball, it doesn't get much better than tonight's pitching matchup at PNC Park.
10/7/2015 | Pirates announce NL Wild Card Game roster
The Pirates revealed their roster for tonight's National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, which will air on TBS at 8 p.m. ET.
10/7/2015 | Statcast of characters in NL Wild Card Game
Only one win separated the Cubs and Pirates in the standings this year, providing little clarity as to which team has the upper hand entering tonight's winner-take-all clash. By using Statcast™, however, the matchup in the National League Wild Card Game can at least be evaluated in a way like never before.
10/6/2015 | Moments that will matter in NL Wild Card Game
Tonight at PNC Park, the Pirates and Cubs could see their entire season -- successful as they've been to this point -- come down to their ability to execute in a few key moments of the National League Wild Card Game.
10/6/2015 | Starlin, Aramis square off one more time
When Starlin Castro was called up to the Cubs in May 2010, Aramis Ramirez was 32 years old, and had been with the team since July 2003. Ramirez was one of the veteran players who helped the then-20-year-old shortstop adjust to big league life.
10/6/2015 | Kang will join club for pregame introductions
Jung Ho Kang, the trailblazing rookie from South Korea who quickly worked his way into the Pirates lineup and into the hearts of the team's fans, will take his bows alongside his teammates tonight.
10/6/2015 | Heat of the moment stokes Cole
In his Major League debut, Gerrit Cole beat Tim Lincecum. In his second big league start, Cole beat Zack Greinke. This season, Cole started wins over Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw. So the young right-hander has done well starting games in the shadow of Cy Young Award winners.
10/6/2015 | If challenged, McCutchen ready to rake
"If you can't stand the heat, stay out of McCutchen." Pirates opponents followed that advice for the last two weeks of the regular season, avoiding Andrew McCutchen with rare resolve.
10/6/2015 | Authentic, transparent Hurdle leads Pirates
Clint Hurdle fits the mold of a "traditional" manager. He's a former player. He talks about the importance of grit and staying stubborn in your approach. His deep voice booms out of his office and all around PNC Park. At 58 years old, even after two hip surgeries, he is still physically imposing. But to classify Hurdle as traditional would be a mistake.
10/6/2015 | Morse, Ishikawa excited to hear loud Bucs fans
Michael Morse has heard all about how loud PNC Park will be tonight. He got a taste of it in last year's National League Wild Card Game, but his team quickly silenced the crowd of 40,629.
10/6/2015 | Pittsburgh kid earns Wild Card tickets for good grades
Pirates club president Frank Coonelly presented Nazair with tickets to Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser at PNC Park during a surprise morning visit to his school.
10/6/2015 | Open GIF basket before Cubs-Bucs contest
The Cubs and Pirates meet in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser tonight at 8 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. As we prepare for this intriguing matchup, which can be seen on TBS, here's a look at some of the top GIFs from each team's season, courtesy of @MLBGIFs.
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