Arrieta Too Much For Pirates

Jake Arrieta and the Cubs were too much for the Pirates tonight. Arrieta pitched a complete game shutout catapulting the North Siders into the division series against their arch-rivals, St. Louis Cardinals. (I guess as close to an arch-rival as you can have when you haven’t won in 106 years.)

After winning the N.L. Wild Card Game in 2013, the Pirates lost the game for the second straight year and for the second straight year they didn’t score a run. Last year they fell 8-0 to the Giants and this year 4-0 to the Cubs.

Going into the game defense was perhaps an advantage for the Pirates but the Cubbies flashed their share of leather tonight.  They were able to turn two double plays in the sixth and seventh to snuff out any thought of a Pittsburgh rally.

On to The Lou for the Cubs.

Raise The Jolly Roger…

Pirates beat Reds head to St. Louis for Division Series.

From MLB dot com:

Pirates romp at raucous PNC, advance to NLDS

PITTSBURGH — With a foot in the door to Major League Baseball’s postseason, the Pirates kicked it in Tuesday night with a rollicking 6-2 win over the Reds in the National League Wild Card Game.

There will be a baseball tomorrow in Pittsburgh — well, a baseball Sunday, when the Bucs will return from St. Louis for Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Cardinals.

And there is most definitely a home-field advantage in a one-shot Wild Card Game, at least when it is played on the banks of the Allegheny River that runs under the Clemente Bridge.

Keep reading here.

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It looks like the Tigers rotation will be Scherzer, Verlander, Sanchez and Fister.

Pirates 81

Congratulations to the Pirates! Raise the Jolly Roger!

Rob Layton Sports

Travis Snider pinch hit home run helped the Pirates defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 4 to 3. That win extended their lead in the National League Central over the St. Louis Cardinals to two games. The win was their 81st, and it ended the streak of twenty consecutive losing seasons. This achievement is not the biggest thing for the Pirates, but going far in the playoffs is. With the recent trade acquisitions of Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets, and Justin Moreau from the Minnesota Twins, the Pirates are sending a message that they want to go far in the playoffs and maybe the World Series.

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