All good things must come to an end. It's been a fun ride for the Pirates over the past 13 days as they won nine games in a row, built a nine game lead in the wild card standings and even built a two game bulge in the National League Central Division over St. Louis. All the while, the hype and excitement surrounding the team grew with each victory, including sellout crowds at PNC Park to witness a weekend sweep of the Brewers.
Pittsburgh built a 51-30 record, the best start for the franchise since 1972.
Tuesday night, before another great crowd at PNC, the Pirates finally dropped a game, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Phillies, and now they look mortal again.
It was a loss you could see coming from miles away. After defeating Milwaukee, 10-3, Friday night, the Pirates offense struggled in the last two games of the weekend series, scoring only four runs over the final 23 innings (Sunday's game went 14 innings), but thanks to the team's dominant pitching, the sweep was achieved, and the excitement continued for another day.
It was the Pirates longest winning streak since their 10-game streak back in the summer of 2004. Of course, the difference between then and now, is that streak only brought Pittsburgh to within seven games of .500.
My, how times have changed.
The great thing about baseball is you can go get'em tomorrow!
Here's to a new winning-streak and a bigger bulge in the standings.
Let's Go Bucs!