Pirates Dominate Cardinals in Season Comeback

Pirates Dominate Cardinals in Season Comeback

While some might have been tempted to count the Pirates out in the Wild Card race after devastating series against the Brewers and Padres, the Bucs answered back with a dominant series against the Cardinals. Over three games, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost one by a single run and locked in two shutouts for a 2-1 finish on the series. Next, the Pirates look to exact revenge against the Brewers tonight and end the month on a great note.

During Wednesday’s 5-0 victory against the Cardinals, the Pirates built off fantastic play from third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who blasted his 26th homer this year and drove in a crucial three runs to put the game well out of reach of Cardinal batters. Alvarez’s home run also shot him to seven homers and 23 RBIs in the past 15 games against the defending MLB champions. Not since Barry Bonds roamed the Three Rivers Stadium outfield have the Pirates shown more resilience and follow-through in a season. With a solid performance in September, Pittsburgh has a chance at their first playoff berth, and indeed first winning season, in nearly 20 years.

The best news coming from the Cardinals series is that the Pirates now lead St. Louis 8-7. Should the Cardinals and Pirates end the season tied for a Wild Card slot, the tie-breaking game will be played in Pittsburgh. But don’t be too quick to buy Pittsburgh Pirates tickets for the World Series, as there’s still five weeks left in regular season play. But Pirates fans hope that their squad will be able to use the momentum earned in late August to secure solid wins for the remainder of the season. The Pirates have their sights set on the playoffs, and you can be sure that the Brewers will have whole new challenges ahead of them heading into the clubs’ final series together.


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