The Pirates 2016 season came to an end Sunday evening in St. Louis with a 10-4 loss to the Cardinals. The misery is finally over in a season of what can go wrong, did go wrong. The Pirates finished 78-83 with one silly tie that won’t be reflected in the final standings. Despite being swept by the Cardinals, the good news is that the Giants won out and eliminated the Cards from postseason play.
Ryan Vogelsong started and finished with 5.0 innings, five hits, one run, three walks and one strikeout in a no-decision. He left the game with a 2-1 lead, but was stuck watching the bullpen blow it (surprise, surprise). Antonio Bastardo put two on and then served up a three-run home run to Matt Carpenter.
The Pirates rallied in the next inning as pinch-hitter Adam Frazier singled and John Jaso answered with a two-run home run off Jonathan Broxton to tie the game at 4-4. The tie was short lived however, as Juan Nicasio and Wade LeBlanc proceeded to give up a six-run 7th inning to put the game away.
The season began with a sweep of the Cardinals at PNC Park…and finished with a sweep by the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. In between those series, not much went right for the Pirates who were riddled with injuries to the rotation, catcher and saw down years from plenty of their star players.
One year after a 98-win season, the Pirates won 20 less games and finished in third place in the NL Central.
Thanks to everyone for reading our articles and listening to our podcasts all season long. We’ll be wrapping up the season with our season recap post this week. Stay tuned on what should be an intriguing offseason.