Reds Eek Out Win Over Pirates To Complete Sweep

Reds Eek Out Win Over Pirates To Complete Sweep

The bad news continued for Pittsburgh Pirates fans Wednesday night as the Cincinnati Reds edged out a 2-1 win over the Bucs, completing the series sweep and bringing the recent Pirates losing streak to a disappointing six games. A.J. Burnett suffered the loss, his first against the Reds in 2012. The attitude on Wednesday was far different than previous games, with both teams remarking that the game felt like a “battle” the whole nine innings. While many Pirates fans were quick to dismiss accusations that the team was headed for their 20th consecutive losing season last month, the most recent in a string of defeats has many wondering if the Pirates are just building up the suspense. But a late season collapse certainly isn’t unprecedented, with the Bucs burying a July 53-47 record last season with a 19-43 finish.

The two series sweeps also come with more bad news — Pittsburgh Pirates tickets aren’t selling well. According to ESPN.com, the Pirates currently rank 21st in the MLB for average attendance at home. While it’s hard to ignore how much more fan support the Pirates enjoy now when compared to PNC Park’s opening in 2001, the Bucs need fan support now more than ever.

The Pirates aren’t destined for a losing finish yet, but have a sizable challenge ahead of them. In order to finish the season with a winning record, Pittsburgh will need a 9-12 record over the next 21 games. Since early August, the Bucs have completely reversed their Wild Card contention, going from 2 1/2 games up to 2 1/2 games down. The Pirates have work to do to reverse their slump this season — both in pitching which has logged a 4.43 ERA in the past 31 games and batting, hitting from .237 to .367 in the same period. The second Wild Card slot isn’t out of reach yet, but Pittsburgh will need to reverse their fortunes beginning with Friday’s afternoon game against the Cubs.


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