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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates Clinch 1st Postseason Berth in 21 Years
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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates Clinch 1st Postseason Berth in 21 Years

Sep 24 2013, 4:32am CDT | by

The Pittsburgh Pirates ended their Major League Baseball playoff drought with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

After 21 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates are back in the postseason. The Pirates are assured of at least a National League Wild Card spot after Starling Marte's ninth-inning home run off Kevin Gregg (...

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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates Clinch 1st Postseason Berth in 21 Years

Sep 24 2013, 4:32am CDT | by

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The Pittsburgh Pirates ended their Major League Baseball playoff drought with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

After 21 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates are back in the postseason.

The Pirates are assured of at least a National League Wild Card spot after Starling Marte's ninth-inning home run off Kevin Gregg (2-6) propelled visiting Pittsburgh to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.

The win also coincided with the Washington Nationals' 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals which eliminated Washington from postseason contention and made sure the Pirates are in the postseason for the first time since 1992.  

With the victory, Pittsburgh boosted its record to 90-67 to move into a tie for second place in the NL Central with the Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals' lead in the division stands at two games with five games remaning in the regular season. 

For now, Pittsburgh will relish being in the postseason since Jim Leyland, Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla all sported Pirates black and gold. They have also put an end to their 20-year streak with a losing record -- the longest in the four major professional sports, per the Associated Press

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen couldn't be more relieved.

"Even tough I didn't lose for the last 20 years, they make you feel like you are. You feel like you lost those 20 years. That's all you hear. You hear it every single day -- 'When's it going to change? You think this is the year? You get sick and tired of hearing that. It's awesome that there won't be any questions anymore. The question is are we able to go farther?"

The Pirates led early on, 1-0, on a first-inning home run form Neil Walker but the Cubs managed to even things up in the eighth.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs' Ryan Sweeney blooped a single which McCutchen scooped up. The Pirates' center fielder then threw to first baseman Justin Morneau near the pitcher's mound.

Morneau threw to catcher Russell Martin who made the game-saving play at home plate, tagging Nate Schierholtz for the final out. 

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington, who orchestrated several mid-season moves to bring in key players such as Morneau, outfielder Marlon Byrd and backup catcher John Buck, was all too delighted but knows it's just the first step.

"To see these guys bounce around, the excitement, the sheer joy in their eyes...At the same time, they know it's just another step in the process." 

 
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Nationals vs. Giants: Keys for Each Team to Win NLDS Game 3

Oct 5 2014 11:49pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

It's desperation time for the Washington Nationals. After two one-run losses (one of which went 18 innings), the Nationals have their backs against a wall. As the top playoff seed in the National League, much was expected of the Nats. The pitching has been strong, but timely hitting has been an issue. On the other hand, the San Francisco Giants are enjoying their even-year magic. Brandon Belt wa ...
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Madison Bumgarner celebrates Giants’ win with 4 beers

Oct 3 2014 10:58am CDT | Source: CBC Sports

There was a method to Madison Bumgarner’s madness after the San Francisco Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday to advance to the NLDS. ...
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Young Pirates Fan Takes Some Hacks off Giants' Madison Bumgarner

Oct 2 2014 12:33pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Pittsburgh Pirates mustered only four hits against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco's 8-0 NL Wild Card Game win on Wednesday night. A young Pirates fan wanted to take matters into his own hands. The fan adorably tries to time Bumgarner's pitches before taking some solid hacks. Get this ki ...
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Hudson wonders what Nationals have between their legs

Oct 2 2014 12:28pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

Tim Hudson knows the Washington Nationals have enough talent on their roster to be worthy of a postseason spot, but the San Francisco Giants pitcher seems to think his team has an advantage over the Nats in one specific area — male anatomy. After the Giants dominated ...
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Tim Hudson: Madison Bumgarner ‘goes out there and sticks it right up your butt’

Oct 2 2014 8:43am CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner had a playoff pitching performance for the ages, going the distance on 109 pitches while striking out 10 and giving up only four hits in an 8-0 shutout of the neutered Pittsburgh Pirates in Wednesday’s National League Wild Card game. But it was cool calm Bumgarner displayed before the […] The post Tim Hudson: Madison Bumgarner ‘goes out there and sticks it right up yo ...
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