Crushing Loss for Pirates Fans — But Pittsburgh Still Strong

Last night will be a hard night to forget for Pirates fans, as their team was subject to a brutal beating by the Dodgers, losing 11-0. The Dodgers have Chad Billingsley to thank for much of the route, as his pitching helped beach the Pirates for eight straight innings. Pittsburgh pitcher Kevin Correia also had a deceptively strong outing that kept most balls in the infield. But costly errors and a few missed opportunities on pitches loaded the bases and allowed hitters to drive home run after run. Add to that a lack of conversion from the Pittsburgh batting rotation, and the game was destined to end in defeat.

So one of the big questions that have a lot of fans worried if they’ll ever get a chance to buy Pittsburgh Pirates tickets for the postseason. Are the Pirates in trouble? Well if you take a look at the team’s stats since June, it’s clear that last night was merely a fluke.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, even after last night’s loss, head into their next game 12 games above a .500 winning percentage. The Pirates have also not been swept in a series since the beginning of June. Finally, the Pirates still hold the top NL wild card spot and are fortunately playing healthy right now, unlike many other teams that are struggling to keep a full roster active. Correia has had a tremendous resume the past seven starts leading up to last night, winning every game and tying the longest active winning streak in the MLB.

So don’t be too quick to count the Pirates out this year, even though a crushing loss is always a tough challenge to overcome. The Pirates play the Dodgers again tonight and finish the series on Thursday before facing off against the Cardinals late this week.


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