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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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Upton's miscue helps Pirates rally past Braves

Aug 20 2014 9:40pm CDT | Source: CBSSports.com

PITTSBURGH (AP) Justin Upton dropped a routine fly ball to left-centerfield in the ninth inning which set the stage for Gaby Sanchez's game-winning sacrifice fly that capped a late-inning comeback as the Pittsburgh Pirates ...
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Pirates' Vance Worley 1st to Record 8 Ks After Allowing 6 Runs in 1st Inning

Aug 19 2014 12:57pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Vance Worley had an odd Monday night, becoming the first hurler since at least 1900 to record eight or more strikeouts during a start in which he gave up six or more runs in the first inning, per Elias Sports Bureau. Worley's night at PNC Park started in the worst fashion imaginable, as he gave up solo home runs to the Atlanta Braves' first two batters of the game, outfielder Jason Heyward and light-hittin ...
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Washington Nationals: What to do about the closer role

Aug 17 2014 9:57pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

From the beginning of 2013 until now, Rafael Soriano has been the closer for the Washington Nationals. After a rough start to the second half of the season, however, his future in this role appears to be in doubt. After struggling to a save while allowing one run in Friday night’s victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Soriano gave up three runs in 1/3 of an inning on Sunday evening leaving the Nationals Park mound to a chorus of boos. Fans in Washington D.C. have grown tired of Soriano’s ...
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3 days ago

Pirates lose RHP Morton (hip) to 15-day DL

Aug 17 2014 3:37pm CDT | Source: ESPN.com - MLB

The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list with right hip inflammation and recalled infielder Brent Morel from ...
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4 days ago

Ramos completes rally as Nats down Pirates

Aug 16 2014 9:41pm CDT | Source: ESPN.com - MLB

Wilson Ramos' ground-rule double drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, after Adam LaRoche's two-run homer tied it in the eighth, and the Washington Nationals came back ...
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4 days ago

Nationals come back in 8th, 9th to top Pirates 4-3

Aug 16 2014 9:27pm CDT | Source: CBSSports.com

WASHINGTON (AP) Wilson Ramos' ground-rule double drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, after Adam LaRoche's two-run homer tied it in the eighth, and the Washington Nationals came back to beat the Pitts ...
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5 days ago

Pirates place RHP Pimental on disabled list

Aug 15 2014 5:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON — The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Stolmy Pimentel on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle and activated right-handed reliever John Axford. The Pirates made the moves before Friday night’s game at Washington. Pittsburgh claimed Axford off waivers Thursday from the Cleveland Indians. The 31-year-old was 2-3 with 10 saves and a 3.92 ERA in 49 games this season for the Indians. For his career, Axford is 24-22 with 116 saves and a 3.38 ERA. He had 46 ...
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5 days ago

Pirates place RHP Pimental on disabled list

Aug 15 2014 5:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON — The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Stolmy Pimentel on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle and activated right-handed reliever John Axford. The Pirates made the moves before Friday night’s game at Washington. Pittsburgh claimed Axford off waivers Thursday from the Cleveland Indians. The 31-year-old was 2-3 with 10 saves and a 3.92 ERA in 49 games this season for the Indians. For his career, Axford is 24-22 with ...
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5 days ago

Pirates place RHP Pimental on disabled list

Aug 15 2014 5:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON — The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Stolmy Pimentel on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle and activated right-handed reliever John Axford. The Pirates made the moves before Friday night’s game at Washington. Pittsburgh claimed Axford off waivers Thursday from the Cleveland Indians. The 31-year-old was 2-3 with 10 saves and a 3.92 ERA in 49 games this season for the Indians. For his career, Axford is 24-22 with 116 saves and a 3. ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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5 days ago

Pirates place RHP Pimental on disabled list

Aug 15 2014 5:57pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

WASHINGTON — The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Stolmy Pimentel on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle and activated right-handed reliever John Axford. The Pirates made the moves before Friday night’s game at Washington. Pittsburgh claimed Axford off waivers Thursday from the Cleveland Indians. The 31-year-old was 2-3 with 10 saves and a 3.92 ERA in 49 games this se ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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