Sep 20, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT
The Pirates were below .500 on May 29th. Then they figured out their offense, rode A.J. Burnett and some other unexpectedly good arms for a while and put a run on that had everyone in Pittsburgh thinking not only a winning season, but a playoff season. Indeed, they were 16 games over .500 at one point.
And then they stopped winning. They lost to the Brewers today 9-7 and now stand at 74-75.
They had a chance in this one. They were up 7-4 heading into the eighth when Rickie Weeks hit a tying two-run triple and scored the go-ahead run on Aramis Ramirez‘s single in the eighth inning. Credit Chad Qualls and Chris Resop with the meltdown.
Pittsburgh has lost 11 of 13. They’re staring their 20th straight year of losing records in the face.
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