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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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First Pitch: Is Chris Stewart the Best Catching Option If the Pirates Can’t Re-Sign Martin?

Oct 20 2014 11:00pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

The Pittsburgh Pirates brought in Chris Stewart last year to serve as a defensive specialist behind Russell Martin. Stewart did not exactly specialize in defense during the 2014 season. The catcher posted his best year ever offensively, with a .693 OPS that was over 100 points higher than his career numbers entering the season. That was largely fueled by a .364 BABIP, which is way up from his career .259 ...
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World Series preview: Will Giants or Royals win it all?

Oct 20 2014 10:07am CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

Well, this wasn’t supposed to happen. The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals will square off in the 110th World Series beginning Tuesday. The matchup is one of the most improbable in history, as both teams won less than 90 games during the regular season and needed to win a winner-take-all wild card game. Perhaps fighting for their playoff lives from the onset benefitted both the Giants and Royals. The clubs played meaningful games down ...
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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 was the hero on Saturday, launching a ball deep into right field in the 18th inning to ...
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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 pitc ...
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