Though the team they're chasing for the NL's second wild-card spot keeps faltering, the Pittsburgh Pirates have failed at nearly every turn to take advantage.
Losers in eight of 10, the visiting Pirates again try to emerge from their second-half malaise Tuesday night against the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds after a series-opening 14-inning marathon.
Pittsburgh (72-68) has been in a funk since the beginning of August, when it was 16 games over .500 and had a four-game cushion for a playoff spot. It still had a one-game lead for the NL's second wild-card spot on Aug. 19 after taking two of three from St. Louis, but ending a 20-year postseason drought seems unlikely now.
The Pirates' latest skid reached four in excruciating fashion Monday. After blowing a 3-1 lead in the seventh, Pittsburgh loaded the bases with no outs in the 14th but failed to score. The Reds ended things in the bottom half, walking off with a 4-3 victory after Ryan Ludwick's infield single scored Devin Mesorac...