Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 9/29/13
The Pirates finished off a sweep in Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon, and will carry all the momentum in the world back home to Pittsburgh for Tuesday’s win-or-go-home Wild Card game. Of course, we’ve seen that momentum can shift with one bad inning or one swing of the bat, and almost no starters were a part of Sunday’s entirely meaningless game, but it was still cool to see the Pirates complete a great weekend on the road. With the victory, the Pirates finished the regular season 94-68, good for the third best record in the NL and fifth best in baseball. The Pirates used “the B-squad” for this one, but it did not matter. Brandon Cumpton did a heck of a job in another spot start, tossing five shutout innings of two-hit ball. Cumpton finished with a 2.05 ERA for the year over 6 games (5 starts) and 30.2 innings – extremely impressive work from the rookie who has certainly forced his way in to starting rotation conversations next season. Jordy Mercer had the highlight of the afternoon with an inside the park homer (Jay Bruce dove for and missed his sinking liner to right) plus a triple. Josh Harrison and Jose Tabata had two hits each, and Garrett Jones blasted a homer in what was probably his final start as a Pirate. Pedro Alvarez was the only every day regular to play, mostly because he entered the game tied with Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt for the NL home run lead. Pedro did not go deep, but neither did Goldschmidt, so both can claim that crown with 36 bombs. Unsurprisingly, the Reds nailed Pedro with a fastball in his second at bat, but he was able to shake it off and there were no other incidents. Stolmy Pimentel, Jeanmar Gomez (who allowed two runs), and Kyle Farnsworth (who picked up his second save) closed things out and the Bucs sent another sold out GABP crowd home disappointed. The Reds played their starters for the first few innings but lifted them eventually, treating the game much like the Pirates did. It was nice to see a win and a sweep, and it capped off an absolutely tremendous season, but now all eyes are on PNC Park for Tuesday night. Get ready. Pirates 4, Reds 2 / Box / 2013 Record: 94-68 / Next: Tuesday, vs. Reds, 8:07 Source: FanGraphs
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