Found July 29, 2013 on WHYGAVS?:
I'll admit it: this series has been looming on the calendar for a long time, terrifying me. Obviously the Pirates are a good baseball team this year, and obviously they've played pretty well against good teams all year, but the prospect of five games against the best team in baseball right at the trade deadline has always been right there. I don't expect this Pirate team to fold up the way last year's team did, but thinking about laying an egg in this series has been hanging out on the outside of my conscious mind for a couple of months now.  And so there was no better way to kick this five-game set off than with four Pirate runs in ten pitches. Jose Tabata drew a walk, Neil Walker got hit by a pitch, Andrew McCutchen singled Tabata home, and Pedro Alvarez cleared the bases off with a three-run blast. Francisco Liriano cruised through the Cardinals lineup the first time through, needing only 34 pitches to set the first nine hitters of the game down, and all of th...
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