Game 40: Pirates 2 Nationals 1

After beating the Nationals in a 12-7 shootout, then beating them in a weird extra inning game that they certainly deserved to lose, the Pirates completed the sweep picked up their third straight win against the Nats with a 2-1 win in a pitcher’s duel last night. Paul Maholm threw six strong innings and the bullpen kept off the board long enough to ensure that their bullpen would betray them again.

In the end, a sweep against the Nationals has to be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s still a sweep. People like to play the “if we had beaten the Brewers …” game, but that’s not actually a whole lot different than saying, “If we lost to the Nationals …” You play the teams on your schedule, and that’s the end of it.

Pat Lackey

About Pat Lackey

In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.