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The Pirates certainly made their 81st loss about as painful as possible, and after one night of happiness, they followed it up by dropping number 82 in a different fashion–but just as agonizing. Coming into this game, the Bucs were 69-0 when leading after eight innings. Joel Hanrahan had blown a few saves, but each time the Pirates came back to win anyway. Now, they’re 69-1. And the one clinched the 20th losing season in a row, eliminating any slight hope that the Bucs could win out and finish .500. The culprits? Xavier Paul and Ryan Ludwick, both former Pirates from last year. Paul led off by pounding an outside pitch from Hanrahan over the Clemente wall, and after two outs Ludwick came up with a pinch hit double…which was followed by another double by Zack Cozart. The Pirates, who had been in control of the game since the 5th inning, were all of a sudden three outs away from the loss everyone’s been dreading for weeks. Oh, and Aroldis Chapman was warming up. But Chapman walked Jos...
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