HERTZEL COLUMN: A look back at 20 years of Bucs’ failures
Thursday is the day we have waited 20 years for, the day the Pittsburgh Pirates return home a winning team.
Not since Barry Bonds threw slightly up the first-base line and Sid Bream slid under catcher Mike Lavalliere’s tag at the plate, costing the Pirates their chance at playing in a World Series, has the team won more games than it lost.
Pirates 1-0 win at Texas clinches winning season
Clinching their first winning season since 1992, rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole had a career-high nine strikeouts over seven innings to outpitch Yu Darvish and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
Cards beat Pirates, take NL Central lead
Adam Wainwright bounced back from back-to-back sub-par outings with seven shutout innings and David Freese homered to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.
Pirates lose 12-8 to Cardinals, lead by half-game
The Pittsburgh Pirates have no worries about posting their first winning record in 21 years, a milestone that will come soon enough.
Also, they won’t have to face Joe Kelly again.
Brewers beat Pirates to delay winning season
The Pirates will have to wait at least one more game before officially shedding more than two decades of losing.
Pittsburgh ace Francisco Liriano lasted only three innings and the Milwaukee Brewers pounded out a 9-3 victory Wednesday night to delay the Pirates’ from clinching their first winning season since 1992.
Walker homers; Pirates retake NL Central lead
Charlie Morton is doing his part to ensure that the Pittsburgh Pirates end their 20-year playoff drought.
Pirates beat Cardinals, 7-1, to take NL Central lead
A.J. Burnett scattered four hits over seven innings, Russell Martin hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 on Saturday night to regain sole possession of the NL Central lead.
Twins trade Morneau to Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates are all-in as they chase the franchise’s first playoff appearance in 21 years.
So is Justin Morneau.
Pittsburgh traded for the longtime Minnesota Twins first baseman Saturday, hoping the four-time All Star can give the Pirates’ middling offense a jolt heading into the final month of the season.
Pirates beat Cards for NL Central tie
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle gave Garrett Jones a few days off this week, freeing the first baseman to explore ways to work out of a miserable funk that threatened to banish him to the bench indefinitely.
Byrd homers in debut as Pirates top Brewers, 7-1
Marlon Byrd celebrated his arrival in Pittsburgh with a three-run homer, and the Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 on Wednesday night.
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