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Pittsburgh Pirates fall in NL Wild Card game to Cubs

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Oct 8, 2015 3:37 AM
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The Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0, to win the National League wild card baseball game Wednesday. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

(Pittsburgh) -- For the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates' season ended at the hands of a red-hot pitcher.

The Bucs were blanked by Chicago's Jake Arrieta in a 4-0 loss in the National League Wild Card game.

Arietta allowed just four hits in the complete game win.

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker says the Cubs ace attacked hitters from pitch one.

"We weren't able to, number one, put much pressure on him. But number two, get his pitch count up." he says. "He's a good pitcher, but we just weren't as good as him tonight."

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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole sits in the dugout after giving up a run in the first inning of the National League wild card game against the Chicago Cubs. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole struggled on the mound.

He only lasted five innings after surrending four runs on six hits.

"I couldn't really get into a good rhythm. I wasn't able to make pitches when I needed to. The two home runs were bad," he said. "I was trying to figure things out out there. Something to go to. Something to work.

The Cubs advance to NL Division Series in St. Louis starting on tomorrow.

The Pirates have hosted the last three Wild Card games at PNC Park and have dropped the last two.
 

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