The Pittsburgh Pirates Report

by Bill Chuck on September 24, 2013

It was good experience for both teams last night at Wrigley Field.

By scoring a run in the 9th inning, after a 21-years of October golf, the Pirates clinched at least a National League wild card slot by beating the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, paired with the Washington Nationals loss to St. Louis.

As all these young Cubs watched and learned the joy of turning a losing franchise around, the Pirates Starling Marte hit the go-ahead homer in the top of the 9th and the Pirates threw out a runner at the plate for the final out of the game. That’s what winning teams do.

“That’s what we need to do,” Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs starting pitcher who went six innings allowing just one run, told reporters post game. “I think we’re getting there, but we need to get some things ironed out.”

The Pirates in the postseason

Rk Year Lg W L Ties W-L% Finish Playoffs ▾ Managers
1 1979 NL East 98 64 1 .605 1st of 6 Won WS (4-3) Chuck Tanner (98-64)
2 1971 NL East 97 65 0 .599 1st of 6 Won WS (4-3) Danny Murtaugh (97-65)
3 1960 NL 95 59 1 .617 1st of 8 Won WS (4-3) Danny Murtaugh (95-59)
4 1925 NL 95 58 0 .621 1st of 8 Won WS (4-3) Bill McKechnie (95-58)
5 1909 NL 110 42 2 .724 1st of 8 Won WS (4-3) Fred Clarke (110-42)
6 1927 NL 94 60 2 .610 1st of 8 Lost WS (4-0) Donie Bush (94-60)
7 1903 NL 91 49 1 .650 1st of 8 Lost WS (5-3) Fred Clarke (91-49)
8 1992 NL East 96 66 0 .593 1st of 6 Lost NLCS (4-3) Jim Leyland (96-66)
9 1991 NL East 98 64 0 .605 1st of 6 Lost NLCS (4-3) Jim Leyland (98-64)
10 1990 NL East 95 67 0 .586 1st of 6 Lost NLCS (4-2) Jim Leyland (95-67)
11 1975 NL East 92 69 0 .571 1st of 6 Lost NLCS (3-0) Danny Murtaugh (92-69)
12 1974 NL East 88 74 0 .543 1st of 6 Lost NLCS (3-1) Danny Murtaugh (88-74)
13 1972 NL East 96 59 0 .619 1st of 6 Lost NLCS (3-2) Bill Virdon (96-59)
14 1970 NL East 89 73 0 .549 1st of 6 Lost NLCS (3-0) Danny Murtaugh (89-73)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/24/2013.

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